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Old 07-11-2013, 08:46 PM   #11
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Yep, it can be done but only by a design engineer. Buy the car with the stuff you want already in it. Making it yourself has tremendous satisfaction but if you don't have the skills (most DON'T) you are in for much heartache and still no good end result.

Thinking solid axle RWD is topped by IRS is silly, IRS will break more parts and faster, even with the best of parts if you are making good HP. We used to race V-8 Corvettes and can attest to that. IRS works well but at higher power levels the solid axle stays together better. You want handling or just to finish the race?

Reason most don't do these swaps is because somewhere in there they get intelligent and figure out how stupid it is for the normal rank and file. Seen plenty of kids talk about it but count on one hand the ones who could pull it off. Seen plenty of cars where somebody attempted it and the goofy resolution of most construction issues rendered car suitable only for the junkyard. This is one place where not being realistic with oneself will screw the living crap out of you.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:04 PM   #12
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I'm somewhat interested in trying out a 944 drive train sometime (probably not the engine) because it's a rear transaxle with a torque tube.
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:11 AM   #13
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At one point we got a Pantera in the shop owned by a couple of American Airlines pilots. It had a Ford Boss 351C and rear drive 5 speed transaxle and IRS. Brother that thing would flat scoot! Never could get used to sitting aimed somewhat sideways and looking at everybody else' rocker panels though. The transaxle was weak too, we fixed it a couple times, those pilots' idea of fun was ripping at 200 mph down the 8000 ft. runways at work...................damn hard to find transaxle parts too. Later on those same guys came back and wanted a GM 350 SB put in I think a Pininfarina? A pukey little Italian sports car, what a stupid idea. They had the money though and we did it.
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