|05-04-2013 09:24 AM|
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.
|05-03-2013 04:15 PM|
1989 Ford Shogun - Custom Built - Jay Leno's Garage
FWIW, compared to modern longitudinal 5-speeds like a T-5, the SHO shifted about as precisely as an old SM420. It was still a blast once the butterflies in the intake opened above 4k.
|05-03-2013 04:09 PM|
|techinspector1||Also interestingly, we have heard nothing from the OP since post #1.|
|05-03-2013 03:36 PM|
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.
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.
|05-03-2013 01:07 PM|
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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|05-02-2013 07:59 PM|
You are right sir, I guess the Citation then.
|05-02-2013 07:50 PM|
|techinspector1||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.|
|05-02-2013 07:43 PM|
Ahhhhh, Chevette, it's the Chevette front transaxle and suspension mounted in the back.
|05-02-2013 07:41 PM|
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.
|05-02-2013 07:37 PM|
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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|05-02-2013 09:16 AM|
Doesn't pantera fall under the same category as corvette ... as in "poorly designed low flying airplane" ..
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