My best friend's dad worked for AMC, and was an incurable hot-rodder. He had put a 402 (I think, it was more than 25yrs ago) into a Gremlin, and I'm pretty sure he used to take it to the dragstrip. I think I recall 8 sec 1/8 mile. It looked pretty damn cool with aluminun slots on it. He sold it and built a Levi's cj7 Renegade for drag racing, with a 360 3spd and no front drive shaft. They were both street cars and I only got a ride in the Jeep a couple times. It was scary fast. There were a couple kids when I was in HS with gremlins sporting mag wheels. I always liked them in an "I'm so ugly I'm too cool for you" sort of way.