Adam with his a 1989 Dodge Aries
Jimmy with his 1989 Ford Festiva.
Adam has had this car for years & has been replacing motors & transmissions multiple times, like 5! He says that’s because he’d always gotten very high mileage (& cheap) used parts, then run them till the end of their usefulness. He then found out about the GRM $2009 Challenge. Adam decided that since he’s been wrenching on this car for so long, it would be a good car to work on – besides, it’s been his daily driver.
Adam’s cars’ theme is, stay & upgrade within the Chrysler, Dodge & Plymouth family. The replaced engine is a stock 2.5 L 4 cylinder, SOHC engine from a 1989 Plymouth Voyager, with Turbo!
Everything fixed, changed & upgraded has been with used parts, with the exception of the clutch (& that’s the only part that’s been giving him problems). And yes, I said clutch – it’s been converted from automatic to standard. Check out both of the gearshift levers:
Adam told me a LOT about all the MOPAR changes/upgrades, but his “build diary” on the TURBO-MOPAR.com Forum goes into much greater detail, even some videos – all the dirty glory is exposed. Adam has not been working on this alone; he’s partnered up with Mason, who’s had his share of getting into the intimate details of working this project.
Jimmy had started his Festiva project with the intent of competing in the GRM $2008 Challenge, last year. Well, that didn’t happen & he’s continued working on it since. He came into this project with a car that was never completed by its previous owner. The replaced turbocharged “BP” 1.8L motor is essentially the same motor as in Karlino, my 1999 Mazda Miata, but mounted transversely, with a different valve cover…!
Jimmy’s endeavor has been pretty much a solo project, but with assistance from team members not present at the autocross. For more specific details, here’s some “build diary” data from the Ford Escort Owners Association Forum (feoa.net).
This Festiva’s appearance is actually aggressive, what with the much bigger front tires & a massive air-to-air intercooler where the front air dam used to be…
Both of these guys have what people in the past have called true grit. I believe the main reason for their pursuit of of this competition is purely for the fun of it & wanting it show they can do it. All’s well that ends well…
So, Racing Ready says, “Bring it home, boys!!!”