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RossD
RossD Reader
5/20/09 3:17 p.m.
GameboyRMH wrote: Few FWD cars would make good RWD cars considering the weight distribution and suspension issues...otherwise, I'd say all of them. I prefer laterally mounted engines over longitudinally mounted engines but I prefer RWD to FWD.

Thats mostly due to the engineering process by which the cars are produced. The converse would likely be true also if you were to convert a rwd to fwd (blasphemy?) I dont understand why you would prefer a transversely mounted engine to a longitudinally mounted engine. Most of the transversely mounted engines I've seen have not been in a good spot with respect to weight distribution (read: off to one side and/or in front of the front axle). Personally I'd rather have the engine directly on the center line of the car and situated in between the axles somewhere. At least longitudinal mounted engines qualify for at least one of those most of the time, whether its fwd or rwd. I suppose you could make the arguement for counter-acting the weight of the driver being offset...

Lightning
Lightning New Reader
5/20/09 3:28 p.m.

'96 Escort hatch with a 5.0 and a T5.

I second the bringing the Falcon to our shores. The cops would have a field day if they had those.

mw
mw Reader
5/20/09 3:40 p.m.

I have an 89 Pontiac Firefly Turbo with a freshly painted body, but the floor of the car is rusted out (suspension isn't bolted to anything). I'm tempted to get a sammurai transmission and bulid a tube frame with a miata rear end and the stock 1.0 turbo turned 90 degrees.

Brotus7
Brotus7 New Reader
5/20/09 4:36 p.m.

So, you're thinking about something like this? http://www.teamswift.net/viewtopic.php?t=9156

kb58
kb58 New Reader
5/20/09 8:08 p.m.
RossD wrote: If you had the chance/ability/money to make a front wheel drive car into a rear wheel drive car what car and drivetrain would you pick?

I'd use a FWD assembly complete, mounting it behind the driver - like I did with the Mini ;)

dfddfd2
dfddfd2 New Reader
5/20/09 9:38 p.m.

Same here: Mid-Engine Integra

procainestart
procainestart Dork
5/20/09 11:51 p.m.

This car was at Carlisle.

I don't know jack about V8s but it looks to me to be um, a big one.

Oh, and here's another:

Because these cars originally came with north-south oriented 45* slant-4s, they're apparently fairly well-suited to a V8 RWD conversion. I think doing it with a front end suspension grafted into the rear with a Porsche transaxle out back would be a fun project.

Capt Slow
Capt Slow Reader
5/21/09 12:03 a.m.

I always thought the mazda mx-3 deserved a better driveline....

Raze
Raze Reader
5/21/09 7:17 a.m.

Someone tossed a Honda Civic Hatch shell ontop of a Corvette powertrain/axle/wheels assembly some time ago...

CIVETTE: http://www.honda-tech.com/showthread.php?t=2004368

93celicaGT2
93celicaGT2 Dork
5/21/09 8:36 a.m.
Lightning wrote: '96 Escort hatch with a 5.0 and a T5. I second the bringing the Falcon to our shores. The cops would have a field day if they had those.

2nd gen Escort GT RWD 545whp

snipes
snipes New Reader
5/21/09 9:34 a.m.

I may double post this one it fit in both places. But I want to find out more about this car. It has to be RWD. And I can just see my car with this set up after I finish the porsharu. The GM motors have to bolt to some GM RWD setup.

neon4891
neon4891 SuperDork
5/21/09 9:59 a.m.
procainestart wrote: This car was at Carlisle. I don't know jack about V8s but it looks to me to be um, a big one. Oh, and here's another: Because these cars originally came with north-south oriented 45* slant-4s, they're apparently fairly well-suited to a V8 RWD conversion. I think doing it with a front end suspension grafted into the rear with a Porsche transaxle out back would be a fun project.

Between lowish res and the plain chrome valvecover I can't get a positive ID on the first one. What I can tell is siamese headers and a rear mount distributor. I'm leaning towards Mopar A-block b/c the valve cover doesn't look Square enogh to be an SBC.

Second one is Deffinetly an A-block

Rob_Mopar
Rob_Mopar New Reader
5/21/09 10:38 a.m.
neon4891 wrote:
procainestart wrote: This car was at Carlisle. I don't know jack about V8s but it looks to me to be um, a big one. Oh, and here's another: Because these cars originally came with north-south oriented 45* slant-4s, they're apparently fairly well-suited to a V8 RWD conversion. I think doing it with a front end suspension grafted into the rear with a Porsche transaxle out back would be a fun project.
Between lowish res and the plain chrome valvecover I can't get a positive ID on the first one. What I can tell is siamese headers and a rear mount distributor. I'm leaning towards Mopar A-block b/c the valve cover doesn't look Square enogh to be an SBC. Second one is Deffinetly an A-block

Both are small block Mopars. The chrome valve cover one has the old Direct Connection/Mopar Performance covers on them. Both appear to be LA series small blocks since they are using the 5-bolt valve covers.

The blue one has what appears to be a Mopar 6-Pack hood scoop on it with a 340 badge from a '70 340 Dart / '71 340 Demon hood scoop.

I'm really kicking myself now for not checking out the SAAB section on Friday. Anybody know who owns either of those cars?

-Rob

neon4891
neon4891 SuperDork
5/21/09 1:15 p.m.

WOOT i was right!!

How about this swap, cross a neon with a liberty. Wheel base is close enough. I thought of this one one day when i parked next to a libby, looked between the two and the gears started turning.

Schmidlap
Schmidlap New Reader
5/21/09 6:53 p.m.

Lincoln LS V6/5 Speed into a 1999-2002 Cougar, then put a turbo on the V6.

Bob

Greg55_99
Greg55_99 New Reader
5/21/09 8:19 p.m.

Total Sleeper...

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=20347

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=20346

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=20345

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=20344

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=20343

That's from KC Larry Buford....

Greg

Pat
Pat New Reader
5/21/09 9:27 p.m.
Greg55_99 wrote: Total Sleeper... http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=20347 http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=20346 http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=20345 http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=20344 http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=20343 That's from KC Larry Buford.... Greg

I've seen that car at a few Shelby events. I"m a bit partial to P body Dodges, but it is a sweet car. Larry's also a great guy...very friendly and will tell you anything about what he's done.

It should also be noted that he drives that thing everywhere. He's driving from KC and I've seen it in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Detroit, I've heard about him driving it to Texas. Unloads his stuff, runs it down the track, loads back up and drives it home. Pat

72SuperBrian
72SuperBrian Reader
5/22/09 8:42 p.m.
RossD wrote: The funny thing is its probably cheaper to make a celica rwd than to buy a last gen supra.

This has me seriously thinking... I would love to have Supra in Celica clothes.

How would one mount a north-south engine in the Celica?

Anymore info on that red RWD Celica?

2002maniac
2002maniac New Reader
5/22/09 9:59 p.m.
Chris_V wrote: For the longest time, I really wanted to build a RWD early '90s Civic coupe using a Chevy DZ302 clone engine. Good for 9k rpm in street form (revs higher than those VTEC ricer fanbois' engines do). Wonder if you can build a decent DZ302 clone (in stats) from the lighter LSx engine easily?

The 4.8 truck motor has an 83mm stroke. Swap that crank into a 5.7 or 6.0 motor with aftermarket rods and some high comp pistons and you'd have a seriously capable bottom end. Some high flow heads with upgraded valvetrain and a lumpy cam would make for an awesome sports car engine..

This would be my LS swap of choice.

NYG95GA
NYG95GA Dork
5/22/09 10:20 p.m.
neon4891 wrote: , cross a neon with a liberty. .

That sounds like a pretty cool thing to do with a Neon, but I've always wanted to mount a slant 6 in one midship, weld the front doors shut, and drive from the back seat.

Crazy? Yes. I have all the raw materials for it, but not the facilities or fab skills. Still, a man can dream, can't he?

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