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The Junkman Always Rings Twice: Pontiac-Powered Deutsch-Bonnet!

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We all really enjoyed seeing Junkman's Chevy-powered '57 Porsche 356 last week, but Junkman has other projects worthy of the Jalopnik Certified Madman Engine Swap Stamp-O-Approval. Like, say, this '62 Deutsch-Bonnet LeMans Spyder with a Pontiac 400 V8...

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The Deutsch-Bonnet was a great car and all, but that little 2-cylinder Panhard engine just lacked oomph. We can just imagine Junkman looking at the D-B... then looking at the Pontiac 400 sitting on the shop floor... then looking back at the D-B, with light bulb appearing over his head. Speaking of the shop floor, looks like some nice machinery in the background, eh?


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The Deutsch-Bonnet has quite a history; one of its descendants was Matra, maker of the beloved Bagheera.


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According to Junkman: "As you can see by the smoke from the slicks in the "action photo", all is well mechanically and civil disobedience is alive and well in Ohio." Yes indeed, and we have no choice but to award him our second Project Car Hell Poster Child Award; Junkman joins ute-lovin' BrendanSF in our Pantheon of PCH Poster Children. Could you be next? Send photos of your Hell Projects to murilee at jalopnik dot com!

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@lascauxcaveman: The ride height is all about CG shift during acceleration - stomp the loud pedal and the CG shifts rearward, effectively adding weight to the drive wheels so they grip even better, thrust harder, and the CG shifts even further aft - this is a slippery slope that, when the planets are all aligned, lifts the front wheels clean off the ground.

Funny cars in the 50's would be set up like this too, raised up for better CG behavior at the strip.