Take it from a former Simca owner, every Simca is a nightmare project but in the most rewarding way possible. Parts are nearly impossible to find and for the most part, this one hasn’t any left. If it weren’t for a Facebook group of about 20 patient and helpful people and some folks on eBay clearing out their recently deceased uncle’s auto parts store surplus, spares would be utterly unobtainable. But the pitfalls of ownership don’t really matter at all – the elegant engineering, the solid build quality, and the style make it completely worth the trouble. However, if in a case where a car is completely beyond the economics of repair of restoration, there is only one sensible solution: a Bistro themed 400 meter beater with a Vedette Ford Flathead, 3-on-the tree, and Mickey Thompson big ‘n’ littles with “Crusty Draguette” scribed on the side. Is my fantasy tainting your own vision? Pull up a chair and bring your better idea to the table!
The Aronde came with a few different versions of the Flash Special, a very average Fiat-based 4 that won’t be the cause of any front wheel lifts. The lump in this car may or may not turn over but we’re completely unconcerned about that bit of trivia for this exercise. With a sectioned beam axle out of an F-100 and some terrifying drag link steering, you’ll be right well on your way to clearing the oil pan of whatever small displacement V8 your thrifty and enterprising heart can craigslist up.
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Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market, spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them, and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.