The Thunderbird Turbo-Coupe’s engine found its way into a rather unusual home under the hood of this daily driver 1959 Edsel. In case you missed that CC, just follow this link. I still see it on the streets here regularly.
Was the Edsel such a bad looker? There were some really ugly brutes about in this era a prime example being the much more expensive Lincoln which the Edsel outsold.I also remember a sour faced Chrysler from around this time.
The 1959 Edsel sure looked a hell of a lot better than the 1959 Ford.
The shape of that grille…well let’s just say it evoked associations that (nearly) no sedan-buying gentleman would allow.
The same thing would happen to that Subaru’s cousin the Tribeca years later…
Thanks for reposting. What Randall did to this car is brilliant: totally out-of-the-box thinking. I think this drivetrain would be perfect in an early Pinto.
I’d like to see this done to a ’63 T-Bird. And, considering the mileage numbers on the new Pentastar Rams, maybe it’s time to see a Pentastar equipped ’58 Fury?
I love what Randall did with this car. I’m a big fan of this powertrain and never considered the engine swap capabilities of this setup. Brilliant engineering, American Hot Rod ingenuity at it’s finest.
I am now mulling the posiblities in my head; how about a ’67 Mustang Coupe? The unlamented Mustang II fitted with the SVO powertrain……Mustang II SVO? 1994 Ford Ranger STX 4×4 refitted with this motor? Junqueboi’s vision of the early and lightweight Ford Pinto would be a terror with that efi and intercooled SVO motor!
I know there are several reasons why the Edsel failed. But really, who would buy a car that has a giant vagina on the front?
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