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Unread 11-05-2009, 10:34 AM   #1
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So I got this 1978 Lola 492 sitting in some tall grass at the shop and I am about to pull it inside to start a rebuild.

I am trying to find a spec sheet/manual, just something that will tell me what is in the car. I know it has a ford pinto 2.0L 4-cylinder in it but the gearbox and cam will need to be worked on the engine needs a rebuild, I need some information about the parts under the hood as well as the suspension and whatnot. Anyone know a good place to look? I have been scouring the interwebz but haven't found anything yet.


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O, nice. This thing should be fun as hell when you get it finished.


Videos of first start, first drive and first race
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O, nice. This thing should be fun as hell when you get it finished.


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I have videos of it racing... They are on VHS though (lol). My dad used to race this car and the alfa romeo a good 10 years back. The alfa romeo is the red car behind the lola. I still can't find a parts list = \.
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Looks like a fun time
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Put a 350 in it!

Better yet, a 454 or 540! haha
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Put a 350 in it!

Better yet, a 454 or 540! haha
no big blocks are to heavy keep it a 350 put in a 400 crank to make a 383 and mod it up to get 600HP

lol just a thought

looks like a sweet car.
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A car like that I would do a 4cl may be a quad 4, eco tech or 2.4L srt motor something high reving light wieght high power
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Put an LS2 in there. The LS2 is actually a very light motor, comparable to the SRT-4, due to aluminum construction

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If you put a V8 in that thing, you'll tweak the frame. Too much torque too suddenly.


250-300HP is more than sufficient for something that light, anything more will upset the chassis. And maybe even twist it.
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I am going to rebuild the motor that is in it. It's an original german ford 4-cylinder pinto 2.0L. I think it puts out around 150hp. This car is fast enough as it is. It's easily a 140mph car. I took it into the shop last night and removed the seat, 5 point harness, fiberglass cover for the front and the engine bay and gave it a good pressure washing, pics on that later. The carburetors will need a rebuild and tuning, the tuned header has a hole in it and will need to be rebuilt... Thank god I know how to do most of the fab work...
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