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Old 15-11-2010   #1
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converting to rwd

hi boys and girl
want to take the engine out of my marea and convert it to rear wheel drive to fit my concept sports car
but need some andvice on changing the gear box and ones i maybe able to us
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Re: converting to rwd

Hi Ren welcome to the forum,

It will help people answer if you let us know what engine do you want to use exactly? Second do you plan to mount it transversely longitudinally?
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Re: converting to rwd

yeh sorry about that
was plan on turning it 90 degrees she's a 1.8 16v nothing special at the moment is hiding in a marea elx
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Re: converting to rwd

1.8 Marea engine is a strange choice, though i suppose if you can get it working you can then upgrade to an alfa 2.0 twinspark.

What exactly is the car? is it just a dream? will it fit? what sort of set up do you want? rear transaxle?
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Re: converting to rwd

the sports cars is a caterham concept, well in to the build now she's been widened and updated after being oringal built in 89" she is running the orginanal cortina mk3 front and escort rear end ... i'm only trying to use the marea as it a car i've owned and know what the engine is capable of and as i will be sending it to the scrap yard if i don't us it so it more a case of i need a good engine and theirs one sat in a car on my drive
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Re: converting to rwd

Yes it can be done but will need a lot of engineering like a bellhousing making up. Possibly more pfaff than makes sense.

there must be a million duratecs out there with all the back up that they come with.

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Re: converting to rwd

I have not heard about any doing it before. If it helps here are some images of the gear box, looks like the bellhousing bit can be unbolted. I would like to see it happen but im sure a Fiat solution wont be the easiest.





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Re: converting to rwd

Bellhousing does look like it unbolts, but chances of it matching the Ford (I presume type 9) gearbox are slim at best.

Will need machine shop work for some sort of adaptation, then the spigot might need machined as well.

As said, can be done, but without a tame machine shop it will be a load of expense as well as ball ache.

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Hay guy IV got a question of my own has anyone done a rwd conversion on a fiat scudo van I was thinking of you a transit van type differential and axel
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Hay guy IV got a question of my own has anyone done a rwd conversion on a fiat scudo van I was thinking of you a transit van type differential and axel
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You'd need a rather custom gearbox setup, as the Scudo/Eurovan has a transverse mounted engine and I doubt there's enough room to turn it 90 degrees. It's certainly possible, as the Panda 4x4 demonstrates, but I don't know of there being any 4x4 Eurovan variants, despite it being offered on plenty of other vans, either factory or by a converter such as Dangel - Trafic, J5 (Ducato), Transit, Berlingo, C15 etc.
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Wow!

A Fiat powered Se7en that isn't an old school Mirafiori?

Oh-kay you will need a lightweight rear wheel drive gearbox. Mazda RX8's are cheap, robust and plentiful with an adapter plate. Many are already available to fit various engines to the RX8 box...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Toyota-AE...D/302715069862

...get in touch with them and ask for one to be made for you.

The 1.8 16V engine is a good choice. As already pointed out it is based on the Alfa twinspark unit but it also shares lineage with the JTD 16V engine. A 2.0 twinspark block will accept the Fiat head giving you a few extra cubes, with a JTD exhaust manifold (or Fiat Coupe one but JTD's are easier to find and cheaper), proper turbo and a bit of plumbing you'll have an engine that will be more than capable of pushing a kit car around.

Don't worry about the RX8 gearbox either as they can handle 400bhp without any reliability issues.



P.S The five speed from the 192 model is stronger than the six speed from the 231
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Re: converting to rwd

Good info chaps..

But thread is from 2010

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Re: converting to rwd

No,

There is a new question about converting a Scudo van to rear wheel drive.
I can't think of any reason for doing this and it woul also need a single vehicle approval.

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Yes mate I know that lol I only used my van as a example. And to be honest I don't think it be all that had I'll take pictures of the underside of a half cut I have got.so to show why I think so . Plus the wirering is basic a it comes. base model and no ECU as standard as far as I know
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