By on February 18, 2008

lemons-lincoln.JPGIt happened innocently enough: an email about 24 Hours of LeMons visiting my favorite stomping ground, Houston's Motorsport Ranch. After securing the blessings of The Powers That Be, TTAC got the green light to play down and dirty. What else would I do with an overabundance (yeah right) of free time and a $75 Lincoln LSC originally bought for parts? Take a page from Cerberus: strip and flip that bitch! Everyone knows the 5.0L powered Lincoln is the Rich Man's Mustang, but only if it sheds luxuries for a curb weight of 3300lbs or less. Hell, the Recaro-esque seats are 75lbs heavier than a Mustang! And just like ye olde 5.0 Pony, its 225hp makes for a strong beater on MSR Houston's straights, with 300lb-ft of torque for quick apex exits and ABS intervention when needed. With the Fox Body's Lego-like parts interchangeability, plenty of local junkyards and a friend with mad welding (i.e. roll cage) skills, this could very well happen. TTAC is ready to do battle. Watch this space!

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21 Comments on “When Life Gives You LeMons…...”


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    N85523

    Is Motorsport Ranch the track that is down there north Angleton and Lake Jackson? I’ve done some flying over that area and noticed a new track going up out there a few years ago.

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    The picture reminds me – the city wasn’t happy, so we just had my stepson tow his two heaps out of the yard: an ’87 Supra and a ’65 GTO. He found a garage for them somewhere.

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    N85523: Bingo.

    After 130 miles on that track, I’m a big fan. And its a Fox Chassis friendly layout, with plenty of space for the 5.0 to breathe. (as friendly as any place can be for said Fairmonts)

  • avatar
    jaje

    I so want to do a LeMons race but don’t have the buddies who are really interested in this.

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    JT

    N85583:

    ’46 Aeronca! What a cool ride.
    I envy you.

    JT

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    poolboy1637

    A wonderful choice of vehicle. I have had 2 myself and I have no regrets. One thing to be mindful of is that the pre 87 cars had less powerful motors the addition of the E7TE heads in 87 brought the power to 225hp and 300Lbft. Things to watch for would be Air suspension, and electrical system issues. both easy fixes. Enjoy.

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    N85523

    JT,

    Yeah, a cool ride indeed. It’s a hot-rod Champ and about as much fun as you can have with 100 horses.

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    N85523

    Sajeev,

    Sounds like a kick in the pants. If I was still living in the Patria, I’d have be interested in that event.

  • avatar
    Steven Lang

    If you need any spare parts let me know.

    Oh, and if only it were in Atlanta…. if only…

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    gcmustanglx

    I have plenty of co-workers here that are interested in doing this but alas lack of funds will hinder our efforts for now.

  • avatar
    Bunter1

    Cool!

    Wishing you all the best.

    Carry our banner proudly.

    Bunter

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    Mike Solowiow

    Sajeev,

    About that beer…. if you need an experienced racing driver, I’m more than willing to drive down from Oklahoma!

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    jaje

    I might be game and can drive down from Kansas City. Have the drivers / crew comprised of TTAC readers and staff.

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    L47_V8

    Excellent! It is my dream to one day do this.

    Although, you’ve allied yourselves with evil. If Car and Driver nabs another Aurora – notice the name – you might not be taking home the trophy (isn’t it a bag of nickels?).

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    Steven Lang

    I wonder ow a late 80′s mr2 turbo would do in this field?

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    jaje

    From what I gather (someone I know fielded an old Porsche 944 last year) – they can throw a BS factor and laps to your tally which may lose you the event (i.e. a lemon colored neon that won it was deducted points b/c it was race prepped) and if they think your car was worth way more than $500 (they can buy any car after the event for $500 leaving you out the cash).

    Yes the award is a $500 bag of nickels and the audience takes a vote to destroy one car with mallets, etc.

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    bjcpdx

    I should never have sold my 1988 LSC. It was the best kept secret at the time. Reliable and very tossable. But by 1999 I was getting a little spooked seeing all the Mark VIIs and Continentals around with one or the other or both ends dragging on the ground. (See photo).

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    Stephan Wilkinson

    N85523, we have Defender up here in Cornwall, New York. Aeronca warbird.

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    poolboy1637: its an 87 LSC and probably has E7 heads because it has the later model “5.0HO” intake plaque.

    Mike Solowiow: would love to have ya, but we have have filled up our 6 drivers positions. (I think) I’d love to have TTAC members in the pits, because we’ll need people for more than driving.

    L47_V8: even if C/D comes to the Houston event, I don’t fear big FWD yachts.

    bjcpdx: this LSC is missing its front air springs and the compressor is an unknown quantity. I am very concerned about the cost of replacing these parts ($500 limit) but welding up coil spring perches wouldn’t be very expensive.

    So yes, its true, “My Pappy said ‘Son you’re gonna drive me to drinkin…”

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    Lumbergh21

    They have Hornet races at the local track. The cars can not have any remaining glass, the doors must be securded shut by chains, and they recommend either a roll cage or steel post with steel plate on either end bolted/welded to the roof and floor pan. Their is also a wheel base restriction, and you must paint the car yellow (hornet division). The track can claim a car at the end of any race for $500, in order to discourage any good cars or too much modification work. I toyed with the idea of buying a junker MR2-an ugly body is part of the draw-for this division, but could never get anybody else interested in helping me with the work and towing it to the track. Neon’s and Probes seem to be the car of choice.

  • avatar
    korvetkeith

    Can we keep the stereo? I wanna crank 80s pop nonstop.


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