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Old 09-01-2013, 08:55 AM
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Austin Princess SBC install questions

Hey, right I'm lookin at building a hot rod out of a Princess. Has anyone else done this and could you give me some advice before I start. Any advice greatly appreciated. Cheers

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If I were starting from scratch without anything except a body,I would seriously consider going with an LS platform Engine.
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Ok, so what about the back axle? The princess are originally a front wheel drive, so would it be possible to convert it over to rear wheel drive an use a 10 bold rear axle?
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I'm not familiar with the Princess frame,so,I can't offer any advise about that aspect of your build.I'm sure someone on this forum probably does have some knowledge of it tho.If it's a ladder type frame I don't see why it wouldn't be possible tho if you have the equipment & skill,or'have it available to you.There are also other rears that may better suited for your app.When starting from scratch,you usually have more options.
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I got a few ideas what I want, I'm just asking the question so I can see what others would advise as never done 1 before. Few people have said just a jag rear end with the sbc, jag suspension all round.
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I would think the front end conversion would be more involved than the rear.The rear should be pretty straight forward provided there is substantial frame to securely mount & line everything up in the fenderwells.
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As in engine mounts etc?
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Converting from FWD.I may be wrong,but,to me the front suspension would require more thought & work.A lot more moving parts,etc that have to be set up for proper steering & alignment.
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I c what you mean, so maybe an engine/box from a front wheel drive like a rover 827 v6? that way can stay as front wheel drive? less alterations required?
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Again,not really familiar with that setup.You may get some better responses tho if you maybe start a thread dealing with the front & rear conversion in the title in the body & frame section.Lots of knowledge about a lil bit of everything here.I'm sure someone with more knowledge of your setup & conversion will be along.The engine mounting is probably goin to be your least concerns.SBC's have been mounted into just about anything that has wheels & a lot of things that don't have wheels.LOL.
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Ok, cheers. Ill sort that now.
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It would be very helpful to know just which version of the car you are working on??

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Yes, please give more info on your Austin Princess, so we know what year you have, and what your intended use is for the car? There's several directions that could be taken, and it depends on whether you want a daily driver, cruiser, or hotrod.
Anything is possible, depending on your skill level, so also tell us if you have the tools and skills to weld, fabricate, and modify suspensions, and chassis. I'd feel confident myself doing a whole new chassis or suspension, but without knowing what your capabilities are, I can't recommend a route for you.
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Its a 79 princess 2000. Ideally looking towards building a rod. I got the welders/skills to carry out any modifications needed, its just thative never built one before and want to get a bit of advice from the guys who know best.
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Its a 79 princess 2000. Ideally looking towards building a rod. I got the welders/skills to carry out any modifications needed, its just thative never built one before and want to get a bit of advice from the guys who know best.
Interesting looking car. The 2200 versions used a transverse inline six, so the engine compartment is plenty wide. Unfortunately, it's not very deep, so you will likely have to make significant firewall mods to fit a longitudinal V8 and trans. The bigger problem is that the car appears to be unibody, so suspension mods and welding in drivetrain mounts might be a problem. You might need to fabricate a custom frame and floor pans.

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