Are you doing this as a class project or something? This is going to be an unbelieveable ammount of work and money. The theory sounds cool, but the resources required are astronomical.
It will be a lot of work, but not too much money, A AWD
Volvo XC wagon or Dodge Magnum is $30,000 new, I expect to build this car for about $10-15,000.
And I am building a '92 Taurus Wagon because I think they look the best.
But my question remains, can the SHO
transaxle be used with a 1.6L escort motor?
I did some research on the 4-cylinders, and it looks like in Europe they have turbo 1.6L's in the escorts.
I think I may just go with a 1.9L escort motor, I can buy one for $200 right now with 85K miles.
I can buy a SHO
for $1,200 to get its trans. I can buy another tarus for the front suspension for $200,
and a t-bird rearend is $250.
I've built many modified cars, including two complete drivetrain/suspension swaps, and already have a hybrid Aspire I built.
transaxle will bolt to the following engine and require no fabrication thereafter:
- 3.0L SHO
- 3.2L SHO
- 3.0L Vulcan V6
transaxle will bolt to the following engine and require some fabrication (as outlined):
- 3.8L Essex V6 (a flywheel will need to be fabricated)
In all cases, the SHO
MTX subframe will need to be used to maintain correct axle geometry, and in the case of the non 3.0L SHO
V6 engines, a front and rear mount will either have to be adapted to the other engines from the 3.0L SHO
V6 (easy for the 3.2L SHO
V6, not sure on the non-SHO engines), or fabricated outright.
transaxle will not easily work with any other known engine.
And if you're really gung ho about this project, I know where you can get a lo-mileage SHO
drivetrain (and the car that's wrapped around it) for about $600.
And on the hybrid Aspire, pics or it didn't happen.