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Old 03-23-2007, 06:17 PM
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FWD engine to RWD tranny??

Most of the cars built these days are FWD. Is it possible to adapt a RWD transmission to a FWD engine to be able to use modern efficient engines on a hot rod or engine swap vehicle. I am thinking about the Saab turbo, Datsun Maxima, etc. Is there a standard bolt pattern like on commercial engines so you can use a "stock" bell housing and your choice of tranny? Diesel engines often specify an SAE-3 bolt pattern, or similar, so you can get the correct bell hoisuing.

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automotive bellhousing patterns are very NON standard in nature. in some cases fwd engines shar bolt patterns with rwd transmissions, but its far from a sure bet

best way to find out is to narrow down your engine choices, then ask google if there have been any rwd swaps using that engine

in my case, im taking a 3.0 yamaha engine from a taurus sho, and adding a t-56 transmission, using a custom bellhousing, a sho fluwheel, an s10 clutch disk, and a sho pressure plate, will most likely require a custom pilot bearing and a modified throw out bearing from something else
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I know the Front wheel drive chevy 60 degree V6's use the small chevy bell housings, so you can use one of them in a rear wheel drive application.
You need to relocate the starter to the correct side and maybe turn the intake manifold around. But it all bolts up!
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