If there’s one thing the purist Chevrolet Corvette fandom world knows what not to do, it’s this: swap out the Vette’s V8 in favor of one from a rival brand. Especially Ford. It’s just one of those things that should never be done, along with swapping a Camaro’s V8 for a Mustang’s. But not everyone is a purist. Some like to break the rules because there’s no law in place stating they can’t.
Case in point: this 1976 C3 Corvette monster truck powered by a Ford V8. Like what you see? If so, you should know it’s currently up for sale on Facebook for $9,000, or best offer. The Ford-sourced V8 is paired to a transmission from a C6 Corvette, and that’s just the start of the modifications.
Its regular street tires have been swapped out for massive monster truck rubber that can handle any type of terrain. There’s also a 12-inch drop transfer case that sends power to the 2.5-ton axles.
There are child-size coilovers at each wheel, too. Sure, this thing will easily drive through water, just don’t expect to stay dry because the interior isn’t waterproof.
We have “forever meat” that is fake beef and Olive Garden which is fake Italian food. Artificial Christmas trees and spray-on tanning also come to mind. So, why not fake 1960s Corvettes? We’ve all seen conversions taking a C-5 Corvette and turning it into an This is like that only different.
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