Looking for advice while putting Jaguar supercharged v8 /trans / etc into a Model T
I have a 1915 Model T in rough shape.
I have a 2000 Jaguar XJR (4.0 supercharged, ~380hp/tq).
I will be outfitting the Model T with the engine, trans, rear suspension, fuel system, etc (I'll hide all of the modern wiring/gauges/etc.). I know the standard SBC or 351w is simpler and more popular but that isn't what I want to build. My last project was a '59 F250 with Crown Vic drivetrain/frame/suspension but I want something more challenging now.
I'm basically going to make my own Model T frame and transfer all of the electronics / suspension / and drive train over to it, leaving the Jaguar as just a metal skeleton.
I'm sure some of you have attempted this in the past. I know the anti-theft system, and various other electronics will be a nightmare to work around. Does anyone have any tips before I dive in?
Are there components that seem disposable but are required for the car to run normally (e.g. radio / gauge cluster)?
If I don't use the front suspension, the ABS will be disconnected. Will this do anything besides turn on the ABS light? Can I just re-plumb the brakes to delete the ABS system entirely?
If I remove the air bags and collision detectors, will the car still run normally?
I think saving the Jag electronics would be a nightmare myself. I would go with a Megasquirt system aftermarket setup and eliminate all the stock computers. As far as brakes just a simple master cylinder setup will be fine. You will not have the ABS so you will need to educate your brake foot like we did in the early days.
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