Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder SuperDork
11/12/14 8:25 a.m.

An empty engine compartment is a lot like a blank canvas: There are just so many possibilities. Sure, big parts like the engine block and transmission are easy to place in the right spots, but what about all of those bolts, brackets and bobble struts that are required to make the whole mess go “vroom”?

Our Dodge Neon ACR came to us without an engine, but it did include a box full of parts. We could take that pile of junk and create whatever we wanted, but only after we assembled the contents of those crumbly cardboard boxes like a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle—a puzzle that was missing a few pieces. Plus, we didn’t really know the condition of those bits. The situation was like a Mensa brainteaser for car geeks.

Right off the bat, we decided to get the car running as inexpensively as possible. The goal was to attend a rallycross event without a heavy investment in parts or time. We managed the first half of that goal quite well, but the latter was a bit more difficult.

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2002maniac Dork
11/12/14 8:35 a.m.

Dang I miss stuff like this. Per's projects were always the best!

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