Look at how serviceable this configuration is. Cars and trucks don't have to be so difficult to fix, but nobody works on their own stuff so no one cares.
I remember reading a magazine article about an auto critic saying the vega engine looked like a tractor (Somehow this is a bad thing???).......granted the block/head should have been cast iron..
Why is simplicity seen as bad? Why is there no drive towards it? Maybe because there just isn't much thought put towards it........or those that do think are more interested in the performance??...... I think the common person would be better served by a simple design......they need it, their bank account needs it... but they don't even know that it would be good for them. maybe simple cars can even upset people...who knows.
I have a GM 3800 in a large engine bay.... it seems ok, but too much plastic crap that breaks, plus all the crappy electronics give me a hard time.... ecm/climate control system.....I bought it not running for $400... so can't complain I guess.. But I did have to pull a motor mount to change the water pump.. What nonsense.
I think I like the old checker cabs too... Chevrolet inline 6.. Turbo 400... Ford 9" Differential.. I want to say the quarterpanels bolt on too, idk... This stuff is all older than I am.
I took the previous generation GM 3800 car and upgraded the ignition system to the later multi coil set up, that was nicer but the transmissions were a bit weaker... I could take the Chrysler slant six and have parts machined to install custom fuel injection set up..... I think that is the way I want to go.... I'll just do my own thing and modify/upgrade older stuff.... That's my freedom and I am grateful for it!!