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Old 02-26-2005, 11:01 AM
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Hot Rod w/ a Japanese engine and transmission and a passanger car frame

I was thinking: would it be a good idea to take a frame from an old car, say a 1990 oldsmobile or something, put a japanese engine and transmission on it and start making a hot rod from that.

The reason i'm thinking about japanese engine is because there's this salvage yard near me that specializes in them. What i wanna know is would it be better to get one of those for about $500-600 or a 350 chevy smallblock in the same price ramnge?

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Old 02-26-2005, 11:51 AM
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Only problem would be the federal government. any vehicle built after such and such date has to conform to the epa rules for that year model car. therefore, your 1990 olds with the japanese motor would have to have in place everything emissions related. thats the reason i stick to 1972 or older.

it'd be neat to stick a new fourbanger in an old track T type roadster.
in fact, the original model t's were four banger powered, so your idea isn't entirely new.
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We have Japanese cars of all makes over here and I don't wanna say they're bad cars, but for making a hotrod this would just be very unusual. If that's your goal try it, but I think I wouldn't.

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Old 02-26-2005, 12:07 PM
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I guess youre right, Crazy Larry. Maybe a frame from a 1972 or older car?

How much do you think it would cost to get a model T frame or something that resembles it?

Alex
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Old 02-26-2005, 12:15 PM
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well, since your pretty set on the model t thing, i thought i might try and help you out a little. so here goes

pretty kool old car site

a pretty large site for the type of car your looking for.

have fun,
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Old 02-26-2005, 12:29 PM
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Seems like a good site. Thanks!

Alex
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you want to put...a japanese motor...in a classic american car...Im...no...im not even getting started on this one.
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I was only thinking about that because there cheaper than most other motors. I'll probably just save up for a smallblock chevy.

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Old 02-26-2005, 01:46 PM
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you can get SBCs a dime a dozen now a days.
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Seems like a good site. Thanks!

Alex

no prob man
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Twin Turbo V-6 T-Bucket

stick in a RB26DETT they ran 400 hp in the Skylines, and over 600 fairly easy
that would be a real Hot rod, Big intercoolers and 3' down pipes going to supertrapps, or Lake Pipes
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buy a doner car/truck and build from there

the S-10 is being used for some kit cars and the engine can be swapped out ofr a sbc easily...nothing is really cheep though. Anyone on a shoe string budget will have to wait to get anything going. Buy the parts a little at a time and assembel when the parts are there in house.


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Old 02-27-2005, 07:07 AM
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The S10 frame or any of the old Japanese pickups make a good platform. The rear drive Amercan cars from the 90s have a perimeter frame which just wouldn't work. I think a Japanese engine could be fine, as mentioned, in a track T. I have been eyueballing and old Toyota Crown wagon 6 banger it almost looks like a 6 banger offy, has dual exhaust, and points so it would be simple to wire in. Maybe one of those old Corolla Hemi's would look cool too. 4ME engine I think and rear drive. Toyota even made a Hemi V8 but never marketed them in the US I don't think.
If you use a compct pickup frame make sure to set the radiator back between the front wheels and build on back from there. The cars people build trying to leave the engine in the stock location look really stupid because the radiator sticks way out front.
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man, that'd be sacrilege.


airman is right, sbc's are cheap cheap cheap. american steel.

hot rods will be desecrated forever when people start putting jap components in them.

but, to each his own.
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airman? i think if you look back far enough this is what all of us had been telling him this whole time.
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