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Old 05-02-2013, 09:04 AM
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We all know what a "pantera" is, and where the "suspention" is attached (to the "transaxel", yep). For the sake of discussion, Pantera is a generic term referring to the front engine placement as opposed to, say, a 911.

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I still say look into the fiero; lots of guys build a V8 hybrid out of them. I dont know what the track width is however compared to your Vega.
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Doesn't pantera fall under the same category as corvette ... as in "poorly designed low flying airplane" ..

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Doesn't pantera fall under the same category as corvette ... as in "poorly designed low flying airplane" ..

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I still say look into the fiero; lots of guys build a V8 hybrid out of them. I dont know what the track width is however compared to your Vega.
Vega rear 53.6"
Fiero rear 59.3"
A fellow might be able to make up the 2.85" difference per side with some offset wheels like GM did on the Eldorado and Toronado FWD cars.
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But the Fiero rear is simply a transaxle from the little front drive.....Chevy.....crap I can't remember the name, CRAP. Anyway that is all it was, suspension and all! It literally had the same spindles with a little tie rod going over to the frame to adjust the toe. So you could narrow it easy enough.

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Ahhhhh, Chevette, it's the Chevette front transaxle and suspension mounted in the back.

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I think the Chevette was rear wheel drive. You may be thinking of the Citation. I have been told that the IFS of the Chevette is very close to the IFS of the Fiero, so maybe GM used the Citation FWD transaxle in the rear of the Fiero and the Chevette IFS in the front of the Fiero. I don't know for sure.
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You are right sir, I guess the Citation then.

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Doesn't pantera fall under the same category as corvette ... as in "poorly designed low flying airplane" ..

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Yes it does, my pantera scared the crap out of me at anything over 100 MPH. In stock form the front end would lift and the body acted like a wing, the rear would get light also. I solved all those problems by adding an air dam in the front (it also solved the cooling issues panteras had by forcing air throuh the rad). I bought a rear wing from Hall pantera that planted the rear.
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You are right sir, I guess the Citation then.

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I still say look into the fiero; lots of guys build a V8 hybrid out of them. I dont know what the track width is however compared to your Vega.
Are those reverse rotation boat cam V8's??. Mounted behind the trans-axle?
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V8 fieros are mid engine and standard rotation.

essentially remove the diff section of the T-A with the 4cyl (or V6). Then Bolt the Diff section to the back of your SBC (up to the LT1, not sure about LS motors). Dunk in the powerplant, connect the ancillaries and use a small 4 core radiator and go harass the neighborhood. There was one guy in PA that had a silver fiero with an automatic T-A and a nitrous'd SBC that was deep in the 10s at like 128mph; Paul something-or-other. I think he was in 'Super Pro' with it.
This was not a factory stock T-A, but it shows what this combination is capable of
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This is an interesting subject and I cannot stop digging for info. Looks like the transaxle was used in the Fiero in a RWD configuration and in the Citation, Celebrity, Cavalier, Firenza and Buick Skyhawk in a FWD configuration. From '83 to '89, the Skyhawk was available with a 5-speed. I believe this was an Isuzu transaxle. Other models may have been available with a 5-speed as well, but I haven't found that yet.
http://www.gmpartseast.com/buick/com...6me94js27.html
The more you dig into this, the better it gets. Also, don't forget about the Ford Taurus all-alloy V-6, 3-liter FWD 5-speed. Neat package. Strong. Light. All-aluminum motor built by Yamaha, not sure about transaxle.

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Also interestingly, we have heard nothing from the OP since post #1.
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