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Old 11-25-2007, 08:51 PM   #110 (permalink)
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05-23-2006, 12:25 Pm

Dropped the torch off at Ivan's this AM, and we decided to spend an hour getting the red car ready for its ICE-ectomy.

We're pulling its drivetrain to get the transaxle mounts, axles & shift linkage. Despite using the exact same housing, the 4-cyl transaxle is offset further to one side of the engine compartment compared to the 3-cyl version, and we're going to need that extra couple of inches to shoehorn the electric motor under the blue car's bonnet. The electric motor is longer (not to mention much heavier) than the 3 pot.

We should have that drivetrain out in a couple of days if we put in an hour a day at it. I'll get some pics - the red car is looking pretty sad, all hacked up, stripped & dismantled, wearing the rusty 12 in. rims the blue car had when we bought it.

We also talked about swapping the master cylinder and front brakes between the cars since the red car has larger rotors, beefier calipers, and generally seems easier to stop without vacuum assist compared to the blue car.
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