Date of publication: 2018-05-07 07:26
I only drove it a few times before a rusty casting plug behind the flywheel let go though. Serviceability is amazing although I 8217 m a little leary of the one-piece exhaust/intake manifold.
When Valiant production ceased, ex-Chrysler Australia engineers concentrated on designing the Mitsubishi Magna. Rather than working out ways of reducing the size American cars to fit Australian tastes, in the case of the Magna, they widened a front wheel drive Sigma, to give it the interior room that Australians wanted, and created a success story that was adopted by Mitsubishi head office in Japan. The new car was exported around the world as the Diamante.
Crawfords had just switched their vehicle allegience from Holden to Chrysler, meaning that Valiants would be used in all their programs from that point on so Chrysler custom-built them a one-off VH divvy van for use in Division 9 !
The 965ci LS monster features an RHS alloy block, Mast Mozez heads and twin Precision 76/75 low-mounted turbos feeding into a Marcella Manifolds intake. With 25psi of boost, the car made over 1555hp on a hub dyno, but Eddy turned it up to 29psi on his winning run. He made another attempt very late on Sunday with a little more boost dialled in, but the car got out of shape approaching 855km/h so Eddy decided discretion was the better part of valour.
There was a 1971 Crown 9 door sedan for sale in Quebec city recently. The owner sent me large pictures of it and it seemed in decent condition. The original Toyoglide was replaced with a 5 speed manual from a late seventies Celica.
I don 8217 t think it was just Chevy. One friend 8217 s family had an early 1975 Falcon with a very touchy linkage that needed periodic underhood work to free it up, and another friend had a 71 Duster with the same problem. The Falcon finally got a floor shifter put in (with a weird backwards pattern) and the Duster was just to old and miserable for anyone to care. It was finally given away to someone for parts.
Chrysler chose to introduce a Mitsubishi Galant with a Valiant badge in 1971 it sold well compared with the Simca and Rootes/Hillman cars.
The Charger was built on a shorter wheelbase, with a clean, sporty look it was 185 kg lighter than any Valiant sedan, but it still had room for five. A hatchback was engineered and a prototype made, but it was never produced.
7. Scott Austen’s ’75 F155 was probably the least aerodynamic vehicle out there, but thanks to some 855hp of turbo Barra goodness he managed to push it to a best of /h. But since we’re talking about an old American pick-up, let’s call it 199mph and change – or way faster than these things were ever intended to go.
I was a small kid in the mid 75s back in Puerto Rico but we had the Crowns. I remember the sound of its engine. They were kinda ugly but they did sell well back home. Just like here in the US, hard to find one. You only see the old Coronas and Corollas and that 8217 s it.
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