Monday, April 22, 2013

15k: Geo Cobra: 1996 Geo Tracker w/Ford 5.0 V8 Swap

The Geo Tracker (Suzuki Sidekick) was a small SUV built in a Canadian factory as a joint venture between GM and Suzuki.  The Tracker was actually built on a rugged truck frame and certified as a light truck but let down by an anemic 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine.  At least one enterprising hot rodder decided that a Ford 5.0 V8 will fit between the fenders and created a serious sleeper.  Find this 1996 Geo Tracker w/Ford 5.0 V8 swap in Newark, OH offered via ebay for $14,500 buy-it-now or best offer.  Tip from Scot. 

The Tracker isn't much to look at - but this one seems to have been well preserved or has been properly prepared for photographs (a few dozen cases of armor all and back-to-black have polished the bumper up to a nice 'new' black).  The seller mentions that it is painted in Porsche Guards red, so we have to assume this is a recent repaint, but it looks good. We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief that the correct TRACKER decals are present on the rear quarters even after the repaint, so at least the Concours judges can't ding it for that...

This Tracker is powered by a Ford 5.0 liter V8 that has been massaged with a number of aftermarket parts including the common Ford Motorsports B303 cam - which properly matched to a high compression engine,  with free-flowing intake/exhaust will make something like 350 horsepower.

The inside looks similarly nice in condition compared to the exterior, except for the addition of an aftermarket steering wheel and shifter. 

It is always a risk to buy someone else's project car, but with any luck this one has been properly built and debugged, and you can enjoy the fruits of the previous owner's labor.  Just hope that fruit isn't a lemon. Either way, the pucker factor will be high with this potent little squirt.

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  1. ~ the quality of the workmanship looks above average. it would make a great companion for Alex's RX!

  2. Talk about a stoplight to stoplight sleeper...

  3. I like the new lead-in image!

  4. That is a clean-looking conversion. I like it a lot. I would like it a bunch more for about 5 grand less.

  5. I'm sure there's no shortage of Geo Tracker drivers out there eager for more horsepower. Stock, this thing's a turtle. But how many of them are asking, "Can I get the power of a 5.0 without having to give up those qualities that make my Geo Tracker so wonderful, like superior ride quality, handling, comfort, utility, quality materials, etc?"

    At an ask of nearly $15K for a nearly 145K not-insignificant miles on a 17-year-old Suzuki, the seller really needs to find that one Geo Tracker fanatic who can't get that question out of their minds. Assuming there is someone who can't get that question out of their minds...


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