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 Post subject: Toyota 2000GT with Chevy V8
PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:14 pm 
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Here's an article printed in 1972 from a book called "The Complete Book Of Japanese Import Cars" (Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 72-89053).

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Does anyone know if that car is still around? I wonder if he's regretting that swap now...

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota 2000GT with Chevy V8
PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:40 am 

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota 2000GT with Chevy V8
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To much money and doesn't know how to spend it wisely? Definitely not how I would fix up one of those.


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 Post subject: Re: Toyota 2000GT with Chevy V8
PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:14 pm 

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"Hindsight is 20/20"

It is too easy to call it a dumb move now, but remember, back in the 70s Japanese cars weren't considered worth keeping. I wouldn't have done it even back in the 70s because I don't like swapping in Chevy/Ford V8s in everything under the sun. But at the time it probably made "sense" to him. Consider there are also a few 2000GTs that were converted to convertibles, like in the Bond movie. Then again, it is because of people like that guy that cars become collectible.

And I suspect everyone on this forum is guilty of the same thing, by playing with their Hot Wheels or other toys that, if left untouched in their original packaging, would be worth $$$ (relatively) today. Or, how about all the engine swaps in "lesser" JNC, like rotary 510s, V8 S30s, etc. It is just a matter of scale...


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 Post subject: Re: Toyota 2000GT with Chevy V8
PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:42 pm 
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The main thing that stuck out to me was the fact that the original engine "was getting tired" by 1972!

Were the early M engines that unreliable?

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota 2000GT with Chevy V8
PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:41 am 
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In the southern suburbs of Sydney Aust. ....late seventies / early eighties another 2000gt received similar treatment. The engine was an alloy Leyland V8, 4.4 litre I think. I remember reading about the car having a fire (engine bay? under dash? ) not sure if this led to the swap or was after.....
Anyway! Happy ending apparently. Some time in the more recent past the value was realised and the original engine was restored back to the car, and the car repatriated to Japan.
Cool story Hansel or what!? :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: Toyota 2000GT with Chevy V8
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:40 am 
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The first thing that came to my head was "Blasphemy!!" when I read the title. Was a little relieved it was a story way back. IMHO if I ever find an engine-less 2000GT a 2jz would be the only candidate I would consider, since I think a 4M would be hard to come by these days.

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota 2000GT with Chevy V8
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 2:12 pm 
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I think it's about time someone made fibreglass 2000GT shells like the Lancia Stratos kit cars etc. Then crazy engine swaps would be cool, instead of blasphemy.

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota 2000GT with Chevy V8
PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:11 pm 
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plus 1 on the 2000GT kit cars (although I know I would never be able to afford one), Imagine you pull up next to a 2000GT at a stop light brandishing 10+ inch wide tires and a blow off valve so loud it would make any V8 car shudder in fear.

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota 2000GT with Chevy V8
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it might be wrong but still it beats letting the car waste away in some field right?
actually... if the weight distribution is not ruined i`d even say the idea is good.


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 Post subject: Re: Toyota 2000GT with Chevy V8
PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:39 am 
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andrewzuku wrote:
I think it's about time someone made fibreglass 2000GT shells like the Lancia Stratos kit cars etc. Then crazy engine swaps would be cool, instead of blasphemy.


THIS!!!!

I want a 2000GT so bad, but know that will be unlikely. The Miata kit looks like crap, so my only hope is someone will decide a kit car would be good to sell. Would love to assemble one of my own and customize the drivetrain to my needs.

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota 2000GT with Chevy V8
PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 6:11 pm 

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Britan is the true home of replacement "plastic" or fiberglas bodies due to the climate. "Nice country, why don't they fix the roof" to quote my WW2 Uncle who was stationed in England before embarking to France and Germany. [Maybe that's why Morgans have Oak body rails?] If you can't find a 2000GT repro body from a British replica body house, they don't exist. So many beautiful replicas were turned out for the Toyota pickup frame and drive train that there just might be a surviving kit body upgrade in somebody's car port or garage with a family member wondering just what influenced their late Grand Dad to buy it.

There was even a replica Bently Blower complete with scrap SU carb and a fake blower assembly. Believe it or not I saw one parked by the side of Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance California! John Steed would have been proud to drive it.

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