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350 Chevy Buggy Project

Hello everyone, I am new to constructing vehicles from the ground up, but I do have some experience with motors. I am planning on going big and buying a refurbished 350 chevy for a buggy project. I wanted to complete the motor and radiator first and then proceed to create a simple transmission for it. Firstly, I came across a coupler that mounts onto the flexplate/flywheel bolts and can drive a 10 spline shaft directly. Is it possible to fabricate/obtain a gearbox that can handle the power and controll just engage/disengage for the motor? If it is, are there any transaxles that can also withstand torque from a stock 350? I also would like to ask if a frame from a go kart can be beefed up alot with steel colums and supports, and heavy duty wheel bearings to support a small block motor? It's almost like a v8 barstool, and i have seen a few of those. Any information would help.
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Just use a clutch to disengage the drive. A set of bearings will be needed to keep the splined shaft aligned in the clutch disc.
A Borg Warner (velvetdrive) is forward, reverse, neutral marine transmission that can easily handle stock SBC.
I would look for used or rebuilt as these have been around a long time.
Corvette has be using a transaxle for many years. Need to some research on that.
Putting that engine in go-kart is funny but you never use more than 5% of the power.
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thats all the power you need with that weight
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A shorty Powerglide might work the best and be the cheapest and easiest to use. A shorty is used in bracket racer dragsters, it is a kit that replaces the tail shaft and tailhousing with a short 2" or so pieces.

No, a go-kart frame won't do it, too thin wall tubing, wheelbearings/spindles/axle are all not up to handling that much weight(550lbs). You need to be looking at a minimum of 1-1/4 to 2" diameter .095" wall thickness mild steel tube(or .065" wall chromoly) for the frame.

Olds Toronado and Buick Riviera used a TH-350 based transaxle in the late70's/early 80's.
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