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Okay, I'm makin a buggy. I'm going to use square tubing to make the frame, and it's going to be very light, hopefully under 1500 lbs.

My plan is to run a 4 cyl. engine with a 2wd trans and a divorced case.

I'm a Chevy guy, but none of Chevy's 4 cylinders really stand out.
I am looking at maybe a 22R.
Any other suggestions?
 

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Believe it or not, the Zuk had crossed my mind. They must be very lightweight, yeh?
But how is the power/weight for the Zuk compared to the Yota?

And how do I get a transfer case bolted up that doesn't have the offset rear output?
Any other trans that will bolt to the Zuk?
 

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Originally posted by Reddwarf:
<STRONG>Believe it or not, the Zuk had crossed my mind. They must be very lightweight, yeh?
But how is the power/weight for the Zuk compared to the Yota?

And how do I get a transfer case bolted up that doesn't have the offset rear output?
Any other trans that will bolt to the Zuk?</STRONG>
Didn't you say you wanted a divorced t-case?
 

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Originally posted by Ben Wellner:
<STRONG>Didn't you say you wanted a divorced t-case?</STRONG>
Duh! <IMG SRC="smilies/redface.gif" border="0"> Sorry.
I knew the Zuk was divorced. Doh!

So how about a Nissan Case. What's the low range in them?

JDS, I have seen a rig in JP that was running the 3.0L. Thanks for the link. <IMG SRC="smilies/cool.gif" border="0">

[ 09-14-2001: Message edited by: Reddwarf ]
 

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Originally posted by Reddwarf:
<STRONG>Believe it or not, the Zuk had crossed my mind. They must be very lightweight, yeh?
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That's what I was thinking.
 

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So, Toyota, Suzuki, or GM 3.0L. Hmmm.

The GM would be very sweet since I could use my SM 465, but I don't know where I'd find a used one.

Guess I'll have to hit the yards and the classifieds. <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">
 

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GM you say! The Buick 215 all alum v8 engine weighs just at 330 lbs totally dressed. A 3.5L V8 is by far a better choice!
 

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go 22RE, then go to www.ottindustries.com for a $199 plate to adapt it to your SM465...

And you are set <IMG SRC="smilies/glasses.gif" border="0">
 

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DRM's idea would probably be a lot cheaper too. Any time you add the word marine to something the price jumps up fast
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How about a jeep 2.5L. I think it uses the same bellhousing pattern as the GM 2.8 V6, so couldn't you find a GM bellhousing that would work w/ an SM465 with no adapters.
 

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Originally posted by Ben Wellner:
<STRONG>How about a jeep 2.5L. I think it uses the same bellhousing pattern as the GM 2.8 V6, so couldn't you find a GM bellhousing that would work w/ an SM465 with no adapters.</STRONG>
They do both share the same 60º bolt pattern. In fact there's a write up of putting a SM420 behind one already.
But I hear those engines are hard to find <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">
 

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Why not a Ford 2300cc pinto motor?

You can even turbocharge one to make something like 300hp <IMG SRC="smilies/eek.gif" border="0">

later <IMG SRC="smilies/jeep1.gif" border="0">
 

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I think what you really need is a Wankel out of one of the old Mazder pickups. <IMG SRC="smilies/clown.gif" border="0">

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Originally posted by Reddwarf:
<STRONG>Okay, I'm makin a buggy. I'm going to use square tubing to make the frame, and it's going to be very light, hopefully under 1500 lbs.

My plan is to run a 4 cyl. engine with a 2wd trans and a divorced case.

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Type IV air-cooled Porche engine? <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> No radiator to take up space, no coolant to add weight. Plenty of performance parts.. but not cheap.

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RX7 rotary engine, w/ RX7 5-speed. Then wait for OTT to come out with their divorce kit for the Toy t-case and put one of those behind it with 4:1 gears.
 

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Originally posted by Ben Wellner:
<STRONG>RX7 rotary engine, w/ RX7 5-speed. Then wait for OTT to come out with their divorce kit for the Toy t-case and put one of those behind it with 4:1 gears.</STRONG>
AA has a divorce kit for the Dana 20, too. Dunno if it'd work with a Tera kit.

Or a divorced NP205 from a Dodge/Ford/IH, but that's getting heavy again.

I was wondering if the 203 doubler would work with a divorced '205..
 

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Originally posted by tsm1mt:
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I was wondering if the 203 doubler would work with a divorced '205..</STRONG>
http://www.offroaddesign.com/catalog/doubler.htm

"NP205 Choices:

At this time (May' 01) the only 205 choice for use with the Doubler™ in GM or Dodge applications is the TH400 version 205. This transfer case uses a 32 spline female input gear for maximum durability and strength. A Doubler™ for the TH350 version 205 should be available by July '01. If you don't have or can't find a TH400 version 205, Offroad Design has the parts to convert your SM465 or TH350 version 205 to a TH400 type. See our "NP205 Tech info" section for more information. It can be accessed from a link on our home page"
 

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We were having a simular discussion the other week and my friend Marty mentioned a marine engine that is half of a 460 Ford with a Chevy Bolt pattern. Should be a tourque monster. I've been considering going with one of those instead of a Buick V6 in my Jeep. My dad mentioned that being a Marine engine it may spin backwards, I'll have to check on that. You could also try the Iron Duke 4 banger or a 2.5L 4 banger from a Jeep. Nobady seems to like the 4 bangers and you can pick them up cheap.
Travis
 
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