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The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist
Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 
Drifting is a style of racing that not everybody gets into. You all got into finding drifters last week, and we’ll see which was the driftiest contender in a minute. First however, we’re going to get our engines running.
This week we’d like you to find the coolest engines for sale that you can, sans cars. That’s right, whatever floats your boat – although no boat engines, please – and then let us know what you might do with it.
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Got that? Good, now let’s get a little sideways.


Oh man, all the potential drifters out there, and all the inherent awfulness that comes with the category of cars. You sure came up with some “winners” but only one can take the drifter crown, and that is the Supra found by OA5599 as it’s already branded with “Drift Patrol” on its doors. Plus, it’s a full grand under our $3K limit so you’d have some cash to get it either roadworthy or track worthy whichever is your bent.
Congrats to OA5599, and thanks to you all. Now, go get me some engines!
1989 TOYOTA SUPRA MK3 DRIFT CAR FS/FT

65 Comments

  1. PRO BUILT BBF 521 CID 700 HP FORD RACE ENGINE – $7000
    http://images.craigslist.org/00F0F_8ZoayPJ8nIU_600x450.jpg
    http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/pts/4985924450.html

    I HAVE RECENTLY PURCHASED A RACECAR WITH THIS NEW MOTOR FROM MY OL
    RACING BUDDIES ESTATE WHOM PASSED AWAY FROM CANCER 5 YEARS AGO …. ALL
    OF THE MACHINE WORK WAS DONE 2 YEARS AGO, AND IT WAS ASSEMBLED BY A VERY
    GOOD / CLOSE FRIEND …THE ASSEMBLER IS VERY WELL KNOWN FORD RACER ,
    WITH AN INCREDIBLE ATTENTION TO DETAIL
    WORK WAS COMPLETED WITHIN THE LAST YEAR THEN DRY STORED ..
    I HELPED ON THE CAR THEREFORE I WAS MORE ATTACHED TO THE CAR THAN THIS RADICAL BEAST OF A MOTOR THAT HE SAVED TO BUILD.
    I WANT TO SELL THE MTR , AND WILL PRO STREET THE CAR .. WITH SOMETHING .. WITH 1/2 OF THE POWER .
    THIS ENGINE WAS HIS DREAM TO BUILD, AND HE WANTED TO BE ABLE TO RUN VERY
    LOW 9 SECOND 1/4 MILE TIMES , THIS WAS BUILT TO MEET / EXCEED THOSE
    EXPECATIONS.
    NEW BUILD INTAKE TO PAN
    NEVER FIRED
    521 CID BBF FORD
    FORD 460 BLOCK WITH MAIN CAP GIRDLE
    BALANCED EAGLE ROTATING ASSEMBLY
    13:1 FORGED PISTONS
    FORD ALUMINUM COBRA JET HEADS
    .734 INT / .732 EXST. LIFT CROWER MECHNICAL ROLLER CAM & LIFTERS
    TRICK FLOW ROLLER ROCKERS
    CROWER PUSHRODS
    ALUMINUM INTAKE
    FOX BODY CANTON OIL PAN
    ARP FASTNERS USED THRU OUT
    ENGINE HAS OIL AND IS PRIMED
    THE VALVES WILL NEED TO BE ADJUSTED , I DO HAVE THE CROWER CAM CARD
    ALL MACHINE WORK COMPLETED BY AMS AUTO MACHINE SPECIALTY (DOUG MEYERS OUT OF SCHWENKSVILLE PA)
    ALL PARTS / PCS ARE ALL NEW !
    THIS WILL HAVE AN ESTIMATED 700 HP + INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF TORQUE
    WELL OVER 10K SPENT TO BUILD
    NO SHORTCUTS TAKEN
    ALL %100 NEW (EXCLUDING THE BLOCK OF COURSE)
    $7K CASH FIRM.

    And it’s entirely written in caps, so you know he’s serious. I could think of a few things I would loved to have a 521 inserted into.

      1. Thrashed and tired. I read that as “Polish”, as in from Poland. Took a full second to shift gears in my head.
        I hope the czech engine light ain’t on.

          1. Not sure how I feel about an engine this clean. They feel more used when they’re Greecey

          2. He had to replace all the hoses because the old was were all Belgium.
            What a Spain in the ass.

          3. Bulges can indicate a hose that’s about to fail, so when you examine hoses, pay special attention to any Bulgaria.

          4. Hold the new piece of hose right over the top of the old one, Denmark the exact length so you don’t waste any of it. There’s Norway to get it wrong.

  2. And lastly, an engine only interesting because it’s the only transverse mod motor Ford ever built. And, being massive as all of the Ford DOHC V8s are, probably means its one of the most nightmarish to work on.
    The Lincoln “InTech” 32v V8, in Continental guise.
    Also, it needs to be stuffed under the hood of a beat-up, ex-rental, hubcapped Taurus for LeMons duty.
    http://kansascity.craigslist.org/pts/5024205149.html

    1. Why do I feel like a mid-engined Aspire would be a wonderful adventure….

    1. It’s like a larval stage Gold Wing, which means an R65 is too small, you’d need an R75/5, or Honda GL1000 to house it properly.
      The more I think about it the more I want to put this in an early (pre-Interstate) Gold Wing as a bizarre what if.

    2. It would make a confusing possibly-only-lateral-move-not-upgrade for an Amazonas. Still wouldn’t completely counter their aesthetic shortcomings.
      I think the R65 is about perfect as is.

    1. It’s a tall deck truck engine. These make bigish torque stock but are spend y to build to big power. Stock they are cheap to buy, most end up unloaded when the owner finds out what needs to be done and the cost of doing it. Or fully built used until nearly worn out and sold off as a good runner.

        1. look – someone already installed a Maytag engine in a bicycle – over at motorbicycling forum – look how cool

          1. Damn straight. That bike is fantastic. You know how steampunk hipsters go in for this kinda stuff but it always looks kinda cheesy? This is the real thing, and it’s amazing.
            Found an engine on Craigslist yesterday for $170. Also found a long-favorite motorcycle for $250, though. Decisions. . .

    1. Not too far off scrap value. Bet somebody swapped a 289 into a Mustang in the last 50 years.

      1. I should probably read all the way down before commenting. Figured Tanshanomi’s Lycoming suggestion above would make for a weird Amazonas transplant. THIS would be far more entertaining, albeit possibly better used in a Vanagon (I’m definitely on team Two Wheels Good ‘n’ Strange, but I also like me some German box-on-wheels that can use the left lane, climb hills at speed, and generally not act as a rolling chicane).

    1. A few years back I cleaned out a autobody shop where I was given 4 of these still in there packing and never ran. I gave them and and 4 more low hour examples to a sabaru guy I know. Anytime I need anything I can call this guy. Even if he sold them for one fifth of what this guy wants I’d say he did alright.

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