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Old 03-08-2013, 12:24 PM   #29
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Repurposed Pacers: Answer: None, they all rusted so quickly and badly that they wouldn't hold any water. I know I had a coupe and it had body rust when it was only 3 years old. But the wagon version was much cooler, just ask Goofy, he drove one.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:52 PM   #30
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Pacer towing a Pacer....
Is that trailer really a "Pacer"? It looks like an Airstream Argosy, and the file name is "pacer argosy trailer", which just suggests to me that it's a Pacer pulling an Argosy trailer. Not that it really matters, since this is all just for fun.

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Nice find! Not sure if they ever came with a v8, but that's a heavy looking trailer.
Yes, there were V8 Pacers, but judging from the hood shape, that's not one of them.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:57 PM   #31
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the PACER model preceded the now popular BAMBI, which was made from 1961 thru 1963. Only 99 PACERS were produced in 1960.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:02 PM   #32
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Nice find! Not sure if they ever came with a v8, but that's a heavy looking trailer.
The Pacer's came with a 258ci 6cyl. They had a lot of power for a 6 of that era. The AMC 258 ci engine produced 150 HP at 3,800 rpm and 240 foot-pounds of torque at 1,800 rpm. That Airstream Argosy would have a dry weight of about 2,700lbs.

By comparision our Nissan Quest Minivan had 150HP / 180TQ and had no problems towing this heavier dual axle Airstream.





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Old 03-08-2013, 02:55 PM   #33
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the PACER model preceded the now popular BAMBI, which was made from 1961 thru 1963. Only 99 PACERS were produced in 1960.
My Airstream education for the day...
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An Airstream lesson for me too. I didn't know they were that rare.
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Hmmmm... My Summary of all the foregoing golden nuggets of information;

The 6 cyinder AMC Pacer had a horrid record for engine reliability. In three years our Pacer cracked two exhaust manufolds and blew out a set of valve seals and several oli seals. Admittedly it had about 75,000 miles put on it miles in those 3 years, but it wasn't a very nice experience engine wise.

I thought that the Airstream "Bubble" preceeded the Bambi.
And, althouh we fulltimed for a year in an Airstream in the late 70's, I never heard of either the Pacer or the Falcon, they must have been few and far between.
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The 6 cyinder AMC Pacer had a horrid record for engine reliability.
Almost as bad as the Chevy Vega
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Almost as bad as the Chevy Vega
I had a friend in high school that swept up at a Chevy dealer. He said they had Vega engine blocks stacked up like cord wood behind the dealership.
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I had a friend in high school that swept up at a Chevy dealer. He said they had Vega engine blocks stacked up like cord wood behind the dealership.
Aluminum alloy block, cast iron heads, antifreeze diluted with water = disaster. If everyone put straight antifreeze in the radiator... no water, everything was fine. But typically, that info wasn't passed to the consumer. And, the engines were cheaper to replace than repair. Definitely NOT one of GM's better ideas...
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Almost as bad as the Chevy Vega
I had a 1970 Vega sedan and yep, got a new engine, I really made that car special. No radio, no carpet, it was bare bones. I made it in to a GT changed out the wiring and put in a GT instruments, spun alum cover over the instrument panel,4 speed instead of the 3 speed. GT mag wheels, 8 track, CB radio. It was great till I hydroplaned into mail boxes that had locus post holding them up. Oh well....
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You guys crack me up (and as an Egg owner, that's good). I Love the humor on this forum
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Aluminum alloy block, cast iron heads, antifreeze diluted with water = disaster. If everyone put straight antifreeze in the radiator... no water, everything was fine.
That must not have been anywhere that it gets cold, or very hot. The freezing point of straight ethylene glycol (antifreeze) is -13 C (9F), and it doesn't transfer heat very well; it is not a very useful engine coolant by itself - straight water is better if the weather stays above freezing. Many long-produced and long-lasting engines have combined aluminum alloy and cast iron (although usually iron block and alloy head); coolant additive chemistry is important, but they use normal water/glycol mixtures.

On the other hand, the Vega engine was somewhat experimental, and certainly problematic.

What were we talking about? Oh, right, trailers... has anyone seen a trailer called a Vega, pulled by a Vega?
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What were we talking about? Oh, right, trailers... has anyone seen a trailer called a Vega, pulled by a Vega?
Did Chevy ever export the car to Australia?

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