10 Budget Sleepers (with pics) - Forums at Modded Mustangs
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 28 Old April 5th, 2010, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
Enthusiast
 
Enzo_Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 987
   
iTrader: 0 reviews
Send a message via AIM to Enzo_Guy
10 Budget Sleepers (with pics)

I have a fascination with things that are cheap, fast, and ugly. There are no high-end custom jobs here; everything you see can be done on a simple budget. These vehicles are underappreciated and usually have very low selling prices, which means you have more money leftover for getting that thing to go fast. If you lose your car was considered a piece of junk anyways, but if you get one of these winning races you will be robbing those rich boys of their dignity. Also note, these are in no particular order, these are just 10 ideas for cheap sleepers.

10. ‘90s Chevy Caprice wagon- Chevy, in all its infinite wisdom, decided suburban soccer mom needed an LT1 V8 in her station wagon. These cars are cheap and the 350 LT1 was also found in the C4 Corvette and early 4th-gen Camaros, meaning it is a popular starting point for some serious horsepower. To really get the full potential out of this car, expect to be putting it on a diet to get that curb weight down. Once it has lost some pounds and gained some stroker cubic inches, this car can be quite a nasty piece of machinery to embarrass that guy with daddy's Subaru STI.


9. Ford Crown Victoria- Whether you like the 4.6L or the 5.0L, they can be bought for low prices and sport the same motor as Mustangs, meaning your aftermarket is wide open. Throw on a blower, lose some interior pounds, and even swap in a 5-speed if you are so inclined. If you’re in the mood for stationary entertainment, get a black hair dryer and sit on the side of the road where people like to squirrel around. Mercury Marauders are the sportiest version, but will generally bring a higher price and can be harder to find than the police interceptor models.


8. GMC Syclone/Typhoon- Hard to find and sitting on the more expensive side of the list, but still under $10,000 for a clean specimen, is a pair of black GMCs. The Syclone is the truck, the Typhoon is the SUV, both came with a turbocharged 4.3L V6 that Car & Driver put to the test against a Ferrari 348. Guess who ran the faster -mile and can stop from 70mph in a shorter distance? I’ll give you a hint: it’s got a turbocharged V6, a 4-speed automatic, 4WD, and can fit 7 kegs of beer in the bed.


7. Ford Ranger 2.3T- Some motor swapping required, but since the 2.0L, 2.3L N/A, and 2.3L turbo all share the same block the swap is pretty simple. The 2.3L turbocharged motor from Ford enjoys a nice aftermarket and can make some serious horsepower, but is relatively unheard of since the cars it came in had big brothers sporting 5.0L V8 engines that the public as more interested in. So why, you ask, would you take a 2.3L turbo out of a Thunderbird (T-birds had the most powerful 2.3T) and throw it in a pickup truck? The answer is that old 2WD Rangers are lighter than the ’87-’88 Thunderbirds by about 700lbs, not to mention Rangers are one of the least-respected vehicles on the road when it comes to performance.


6. Buick Regal GS- Supercharged for 240hp and 280ft-lbs right from the factory, or you can opt for the rarer GSX model making 270hp and 312ft-lbs. And I mean come on, it’s a damn Buick Regal! It doesn’t get much more sleeper than a blown 4-door grandpa Buick!


5. Dodge Caravan- I don’t think it gets much more sleeper status than a minivan, and the amount of possible combinations and motor swaps here is almost astounding. Some models were available with AWD, some with a 5-speed, some with both! To add to it, some came with 2.5L turbocharged motors and the ones with the Mitsubishi V6 engines love turbos and blowers! Motor swapping is quite common: I have seen the formidable 2.2L turbo motor dropped in, not to mention the V6 is the same as was used in Eclipses and 3000GTs, and then you could also just build that 2.5L turbo. I would be all day talking about the different things you could do with these vans, but any way you look at it a ate ‘80s or early ‘90s Dodge Caravan is going to be a very cheap starting point for one hell of a sleeper. The real potential in this van is being able to avoid tickets; a cop would have one hell of a time explaining a burnout or street racing ticket to the judge!


4. Chevy Chevelle- I am speaking specifically about the ’73-’75 models. Up to ’75 they had the 454 big block and up to ’74 they could still be bought with a Muncie 4-speed. Not a bad deal to get a big block 4-speed car on the cheap! This car has the upside of being uglier than a tuna and not being nearly as recognized as its earlier brothers. The downside is it is loaded down with all kinds of junk emissions stuff, expect to throw a full top end and a good set of pistons at it, but big blocks make big power if you get the right stuff. The Monte Carlo of the same years is also a good selection, it featured the same 454 engine but the Chevelle could be bought with a Muncie 4-speed.


3. Pontiac Ventura- With the recent explosion of the old school Pontiac aftermarket, parts are cheap enough to make some serious horsepower with these cars (and I do mean serious). The car is a virtually worthless piece of junk that no one has ever heard of. Many came with a smogged up Pontiac 350 (different from a Chevy 350). What most people don’t know is that even though Buick, Oldsmobile, and Chevrolet all had small and big block varieties, Pontiac’s engine was the same size block from 326 all the way up to 455. So grabbing one with the Pontiac 350 in it means you can throw a 400 or a 455 right in it, strip it down, and tear up some asphalt. Not many people know that I own a rusty brown ’74 Ventura with “stuff” done to the motor, and I like to keep it that way.


2. Cadillac Eldorado- In 1970 Cadillac introduced the 500 cubic inch, 8.2L for those on the import system, motor capable of 550ft-lbs straight out of the factory. With mild work I have seen 5000lb+ cars doing wheelstands and going for mid 10s. If your entire idea of a sleeper is BIG power, then the Cadillac “Helldorado” is for you! Driving this car makes you a connoisseur compared to the other local pimps, so after you take a rich boy’s money you can look good putting his girl to work!


1. Honda Civic- Now most people will wonder why this is a sleeper. Well, if you spotted a 4-door Civic with a stupid wing made out of wood, a primer body kit, and a retarded huge fart can, what is your first impression? Now it runs mid-10s and destroys you at a stoplight. Huh? These cars are so often riced out that doing really dumb modifications and tacking stickers everywhere means you can easily blend in with the slow ones if you did many of the same modifications and acted like a total idiot while you drove around. This is one of the easiest ways to trap someone, only for them to figure out later that you actually spent most of your money on the B-series swap and turbo kit, the wing was made in your garage and the stickers came free with all the actual parts you have on your car.

Muscle car? No
Import? No
Lifted truck? No
Lowered truck? No

When you have a Ford Ranger packing a turbo 4-cylinder, all you can do is park in the back of the car show and realize that you're one-of-a-kind.

Last edited by Enzo_Guy; April 6th, 2010 at 10:23 AM.
Enzo_Guy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 11:07 AM
Administrator
 
TheUNZippee!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Hoose
Posts: 83,767
Blog Entries: 1
                     
iTrader: 0 reviews
Send a message via AIM to TheUNZippee!
I think a sleeper still has to have some level of coolness or 'it' factor..... and the Civic just doesn't cut it in my opinion.



TheUNZippee! is offline  
post #3 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 12:09 PM
I Poop Entirely Way Too Much
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Long Island NY
Posts: 8,720
           
iTrader: 0 reviews
I always thought of a sleeper as the last thing on the road you think would beat you. Being cool and attracting any kind of attention is not sleeper at all. Sleeper is the minivan or station wagon burning you at the traffic light and only seeing tail lights wondering what just happened.



Nothing says "were dating" like sticking your dick in her.
03_StangGuy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 12:34 PM
Priest of the Car Gods
 
ReverendDexter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Rohnert Park, CA
Posts: 17,313
                     
iTrader: 0 reviews
0. Ford Fairmont (foxbody)


Ford used that as the basis of the foxbody Mustang. Hence, anything you can do to a foxbody can be done to that.

Like this:


Looks like crap, goes like stink.

Function > Form, always
ReverendDexter is offline  
post #5 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
Enthusiast
 
Enzo_Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 987
   
iTrader: 0 reviews
Send a message via AIM to Enzo_Guy
Fairmont is a new one to me. If it's got the 5.0 and the same Fox chassis, definitely a good selection for a sleeper!

Muscle car? No
Import? No
Lifted truck? No
Lowered truck? No

When you have a Ford Ranger packing a turbo 4-cylinder, all you can do is park in the back of the car show and realize that you're one-of-a-kind.
Enzo_Guy is offline  
post #6 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
Enthusiast
 
Enzo_Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 987
   
iTrader: 0 reviews
Send a message via AIM to Enzo_Guy
Quote:
Originally Posted by 03_StangGuy View Post
I always thought of a sleeper as the last thing on the road you think would beat you. Being cool and attracting any kind of attention is not sleeper at all. Sleeper is the minivan or station wagon burning you at the traffic light and only seeing tail lights wondering what just happened.
Exactly, if someone tried to race you in that Cadillac Eldorado you probably wouldn't even take him seriously. Then you are reminded the car might be heavy but it is still packing the largest V8 ever put in a passenger car!

Muscle car? No
Import? No
Lifted truck? No
Lowered truck? No

When you have a Ford Ranger packing a turbo 4-cylinder, all you can do is park in the back of the car show and realize that you're one-of-a-kind.
Enzo_Guy is offline  
post #7 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 05:48 PM
Administrator
 
TheUNZippee!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Hoose
Posts: 83,767
Blog Entries: 1
                     
iTrader: 0 reviews
Send a message via AIM to TheUNZippee!
Howzabout a plain jane looking, rusty ole' 1968 Chevy Nova....







..... with a 427 Yenko sitting between the fenders







or your own 540 CI big block stuffed in there




TheUNZippee! is offline  
post #8 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 06:04 PM
Retired MM Ninjas
 
FM1R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: United States of America
Posts: 12,555
                   
iTrader: 0 reviews
Send a message via AIM to FM1R Send a message via MSN to FM1R Send a message via Yahoo to FM1R Send a message via Skype™ to FM1R
If I remember correctly isn't the Yenko just the name of the dealership that customizxed these cars, Zip? I mean it was in reality a COPO Car, that came factory ordered with either the L88 427ci, or the ZL1 Aluminum 427ci.

The stripe was unique to Yenko cars, but I could be wrong...

They also had the COPO Camaro's which were bad! Berger Camaro's from Berger Chevrolet. Baldwin Camaro's all which were badass cars in the day.

2017 Silverado 1500 LTZ-The daily
2015 Camaro 2SS 1LE- H/C/I, MGM Shifter, Kooks LT's, Kook's mid pipe, Flowmaster 44's, 4.10 gear, 315 Nitto NT05R, NX Express kit, 150 pill, 5% tint
FM1R is offline  
post #9 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 06:04 PM
Retired MM Ninjas
 
FM1R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: United States of America
Posts: 12,555
                   
iTrader: 0 reviews
Send a message via AIM to FM1R Send a message via MSN to FM1R Send a message via Yahoo to FM1R Send a message via Skype™ to FM1R
Personally I'd rather have a Chevy II, or a Biscyane.

2017 Silverado 1500 LTZ-The daily
2015 Camaro 2SS 1LE- H/C/I, MGM Shifter, Kooks LT's, Kook's mid pipe, Flowmaster 44's, 4.10 gear, 315 Nitto NT05R, NX Express kit, 150 pill, 5% tint
FM1R is offline  
post #10 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 06:16 PM
Hooo Ha Ha
 
sharkbait's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pasadena MD
Posts: 11,354
                     
iTrader: 10 reviews
Send a message via AIM to sharkbait
I really want that caddy now lol


853rwhp @ 23psi
75mm Turbo 5.4 swap E85
#turbo2v

10.11 @ 138mph STOCK LONGBLOCK
9.11 @ 149mph - New Longblock /w Powerglide

www.JPCracing.com 410-729-0005 ext. 11

PM me if you need any parts or advice!
sharkbait is offline  
post #11 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 06:20 PM
Administrator
 
TheUNZippee!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Hoose
Posts: 83,767
Blog Entries: 1
                     
iTrader: 0 reviews
Send a message via AIM to TheUNZippee!
The Chevy II is a great choice also. Lightweight like the younger Nova I posted. I have a soft spot in my heart for the II because it also happens to be the fastest car I've ever driven. It was not mine, but belonged to a boss of mine who owned the performance shop where I served 2 years of my apprenticeship at.

It was bright orange 66' car with a monochrome paint scheme. It had a 350 roller engine in it with a 4 speed top loader and Dana 60 out back running 5.13's. Old school tubbed pro street style car. Later it was converted to a 4 speed Lenko transmission. It was a mid 9 second car at the track, 10's flat on the barely legal M/T streets. No nitrous, all engine.


Looked very similar to these ones, but in bright orange.






TheUNZippee! is offline  
post #12 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 08:29 PM
MM's Ginger
 
skuzzy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Waldorf, MD
Posts: 3,250
   
iTrader: 0 reviews
its always cool to see an average car with a motor swap that rapes everyone

XBOX 360 Gamertag: pokechop1



Quote:
Originally Posted by Drick View Post
I bought a .22 just because its the right size where when unloaded I can take the end of the barrel and stick my....eh nevermind
skuzzy is offline  
post #13 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 09:07 PM
MM Fanatic
 
kyle2002stang!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Bowdle, SD
Posts: 4,287
           
iTrader: 3 reviews
what about pintos?








2002 mustang gt - turbo'd and blown up
1980 mercury zephyr wagon - roller undergoing rust repair
1970 galaxie - 351W cruiser
1978 F150 - 4x4 400M with a few bolt ons
1999 PSD - stock
kyle2002stang! is offline  
post #14 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 11:30 PM
April 2012 ROTM
 
wishIhada5.0's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: About an hour east of Pittsburgh
Posts: 4,739
       
iTrader: 0 reviews
Send a message via AIM to wishIhada5.0
I cant wait until my '84 mercury grand marquis shits the bed...Im thinkin a 408 with a tko600 will get the job done

True blue crew founder/member #1 Newest Project: 2010 Ram 2500 Cummins G56 RCLB Rollin' Coal Crew Founder
wishIhada5.0 is offline  
post #15 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 11:34 PM
MM Fanatic
 
BadBlackGT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Waco, Texas
Posts: 3,101
       
iTrader: 0 reviews
#4 looks pretty damn nice...

Still my fav...


If its got titts or tires, it's gonna give you problems.


Quote:
Originally Posted by navyman8903 View Post
He has a 500rwhp 1990 5.0L with a cam who's lope takes virginity.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Towelly View Post
Go find some Chill biscuits, dip them in some Calm the Fuck down sauce and chill the fuck out.
BadBlackGT is offline  
post #16 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
Enthusiast
 
Enzo_Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 987
   
iTrader: 0 reviews
Send a message via AIM to Enzo_Guy
Quote:
Originally Posted by kyleD.31 View Post
what about pintos?
There is a guy over on Turbo Ranger Forums that runs a pretty sick 2.3T Pinto. But I think the Pinto and Vega go in the same class, there are just way too many V8 swaps running around for them to ever be a true sleeper.

I automatically assume any Pinto or Vega I see on the street is running a big block and a tube frame chassis, I don't lose my money that way.

Muscle car? No
Import? No
Lifted truck? No
Lowered truck? No

When you have a Ford Ranger packing a turbo 4-cylinder, all you can do is park in the back of the car show and realize that you're one-of-a-kind.
Enzo_Guy is offline  
post #17 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 11:42 PM
Hardcore Enthusiast
 
HRV6STANG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Behind Obama
Posts: 1,882
   
iTrader: 0 reviews
Send a message via AIM to HRV6STANG Send a message via Yahoo to HRV6STANG
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheUNZippee! View Post
Howzabout a plain jane looking, rusty ole' 1968 Chevy Nova....







..... with a 427 Yenko sitting between the fenders




YouTube - 1972 SS Yenko Nova Tribute



or your own 540 CI big block stuffed in there

YouTube - Chevy Nova 725 Horsepower pump gas car
That be a bad ass BBC!!

Co-Owner Hooker Trade industry

FX4 CREW
Crew Member #4

Say Bye to McMustang5.0
https://www.moddedmustangs.com/forums...mcmustang.html
HRV6STANG is offline  
post #18 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 11:43 PM
Hardcore Enthusiast
 
HRV6STANG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Behind Obama
Posts: 1,882
   
iTrader: 0 reviews
Send a message via AIM to HRV6STANG Send a message via Yahoo to HRV6STANG


HOLY FUCK!!!


Co-Owner Hooker Trade industry

FX4 CREW
Crew Member #4

Say Bye to McMustang5.0
https://www.moddedmustangs.com/forums...mcmustang.html
HRV6STANG is offline  
post #19 of 28 Old April 6th, 2010, 11:45 PM
:)
 
Imran's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Sugar Land/Houston TX
Posts: 11,582
                 
iTrader: 1 reviews
and the ford maverick/mercury comets?

1972 ford maverick

Imran is offline  
post #20 of 28 Old April 7th, 2010, 12:31 AM
:)
 
Imran's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Sugar Land/Houston TX
Posts: 11,582
                 
iTrader: 1 reviews
they should have used the roadmaster instead of the caprice wagon.

Imran is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Forums at Modded Mustangs forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



  LinkBacks (?)
LinkBack to this Thread: https://www.moddedmustangs.com/forums/all-other-vehicles/160046-10-budget-sleepers-pics.html
Posted By For Type Date
Untitled document This thread Refback March 21st, 2011 12:10 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome