Originally Posted by techinspector1
Also interestingly, we have heard nothing from the OP since post #1.
Sometimes people throw out a plan to see how it floats, or to get some attention...and move on. Seeing as how a standard V8 Vega rates a 2/10 on the fabrication-challenge scale, and the idea discussed would be like a 5/10, it's unlikely anything would ever come of it from that end (feel welcome to prove me wrong...
In the meanwhile it's fun to imagine and these plans could apply to a wide range of bizarre conceptions.
Another potential layout is the V-drive such as used in wheelie cars. The engine could be placed longitudinally with a normal transmission, low, backwards just in front of the rear axle instead of above as in the above application, with a shaft running forward to a boat v-drive or fabricated box without the included angle, mounted diagonally (as seen from behind) so that the second driveshaft runs alongside the engine to a diff with the center offset (axles would have to be different diameters to not torque-steer). The live-axle is of-course flipped for correct rotation at the ground. Advantages are low-cost and strength, and potential for eye-appealing mods such as huge induction and boat headers. Disadvantage is that the engine would sit a little high for a sports car, and you're ridin' with a transmission at your hip. I once did a bit of work on such a setup only the engine was normal-faced above and ahead of the axle with what I called the "transfer box" at the rear (an aluminum case containg a pair of 7" gears from a truck trans). Was to be for a street-wheelstander El Camino but when life got in the way it all wound up in the corner.