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would we be looking at 707 hp today?
Didn't the K car save Chrysler back in the day?
 

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Think the minivan helped a lot too.
 

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I rebuilt and sold a lot of Omni's and Daytonas. Yes the minivan was probably the biggest savior for Chrysler. But underneath almost everything they sold was the K-car platform. Omni's and Horizions were the same layout just with a smaller K member and narrower swing axle.

I actually thought they were pretty good cars except for head gaskets and timing belts. But those were almost a maintenance item. A friend had a parts store and used them for delivery vehicles. They got the shit pounded out of them and kept going.
 

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Yes, K cars in 81 and the mini van in 83. Lee Iacocca was the man responsible for the turn around at Chrysler. He was a good business man and CEO.If I remember right he took on the challenge of bringing that company back out of the hole with no compensation his first year.`The K car was based on his design when he was at Ford and was rejected there,he also designed the mustang.
 

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Turbos. Chrysler put turbos on every fucking thing they made back then lol Omnis, vans, station wagons, you name it they add boost
 

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Looking back, the late 70s, early 80s, were the darkest times for any American cars. I bought an 82 trans am, and even that wasn't all that good.
 

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Looking back, the late 70s, early 80s, were the darkest times for any American cars. I bought an 82 trans am, and even that wasn't all that good.
Dark days indeed.

The '74 455 SD Firebirds/Trans Ams were the last and then the '82 Mustang GT 5.0 H.O. was the car that re-started it all...even if it was a 2 bbl 302.

That car ran 15's with a 4 speed and the car magazine editors at the time loved it.

1983 was the big year with the 4 bbl 5.0 H.O. Mustang and the 4 bbl Gen 3 Camaro.

Seems wimpy by today's standard, but those cars running 15's stock was a welcome sign in 82-84.
 

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I still see afew K-cars on the road around here. Not in the rust belt, just gotta keep it running.
 

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I must have done a couple hundred timing belts on those tin cans,and head gaskets too.
Turbo''s,yea they were great for setting themself's ablaze.
 

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I beat the shit out of a 2 door k car back in high school was a great car still had original clutch with 200000 miles on it i did have to put 3 clutch cables on it and a coil but other than that solid transportation
 

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Wasn't the intake and exhaust manifold on the same side of the head, and on the back side of the engine (sandwiched between the engine and the firewall)? I remember a buddy of mine had a Lebaron for a beater, it didn't look like any fun to work on.
 

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I must have done a couple hundred timing belts on those tin cans,and head gaskets too.
Turbo''s,yea they were great for setting themself's ablaze.
Proof!

I personally must have owned at least a dozen turbo Chryslers as well as wrenched at a Chrysler/Plymouth dealer and never had, seen or heard of fires. Fact is there wasn't even a TSB on it. And when MoPar came out with the Turbo II and Turbo III it was the best domestic built turbo car on the market.

As good 'ol Lee Iacocca once said, "If you can find a better car, buy it"! You won't here that today from any of the big 2-1/2.

Glad the headgaskets were an easy job, lol.
Yes they were. I use to do them without pulling the head, just lifting it up and sliding the new gasket in.
 

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I don't understand why they didn't put something similar to the Hellcat engine in the Prowler...
The Prowler was never meant to be long term. A lot of the car was put together with parts they already had on hand from other vehicles like Neon and Caravan. They actually were used to test the feasibility of using aluminum for body parts and mass production.

I still think they screwed up by not offering a V8.
 

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I live in rust central and still see lots of K car derivatives around, especially the 2nd gen LeBaron convertibles. Can't remember the last time I saw a Citation or early Escort driving around.

I admit, when I saw my first K car I thought it was a turd, but they seemed to hold up quite well.
 
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