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Old 10-21-2021, 05:59 PM   #791 (permalink)
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What about that Cadillac? Any plan to drop a Camry hybrid drivetrain into it?

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Old 10-21-2021, 08:23 PM   #792 (permalink)
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What about that Cadillac? Any plan to drop a Camry hybrid drivetrain into it?
It belongs to my sister. I doubt she'd look kindly toward that. Besides, it's so heavy I'd need two of those drivetrains just to move it.
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Old 10-26-2021, 02:22 AM   #793 (permalink)
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it's so heavy I'd need two of those drivetrains
Those big American landyachts were really big by then. Some are even longer and wider than a crew-cab F-250.
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Hey Bill - glad to see you've got the time and space to get back at it. I'm going to 'officially' start my chassis-swap project this weekend with the teardown of my 67 Firebird. Still haven't bought my donor car yet, but getting closer to winning an auction. I'll start a build thread...somewhere. With an expected mpg of 22, it's not an eco build, so not sure where it'd go best. Maybe GRM? Anyway, any detailed photos you'd like to post of your rockers would be much appreciated. Have you got all your plans for getting the right ride height sorted?
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Hey Bill - glad to see you've got the time and space to get back at it. I'm going to 'officially' start my chassis-swap project this weekend with the teardown of my 67 Firebird. Still haven't bought my donor car yet, but getting closer to winning an auction. I'll start a build thread...somewhere. With an expected mpg of 22, it's not an eco build, so not sure where it'd go best. Maybe GRM? Anyway, any detailed photos you'd like to post of your rockers would be much appreciated. Have you got all your plans for getting the right ride height sorted?
Keep me posted where you will be reporting on your progress. It should be an interesting build.

I already have a set of RSR lowering springs waiting in the shop. That should bring the body height back down a bit.

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With an expected mpg of 22, it's not an eco build
What chassis and engine are you considering to use?
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What chassis and engine are you considering to use?
I want to use an 06-13 Lexus IS. They share a wheelbase with the 67 Firebird (within 1/2 inch). I found 5 modern cars that have that wheelbase, went out to junkyards and auction houses and took a whole bunch of measurements and the IS is the model that would require the least amount of modifications, plus I love Toyotas. I originally thought I had to have the power of an IS350, but truth be told, I'm just not a power junkie. I drove an IS250 the other day and I found it to be fast enough for my liking. And really, my goal is a reliable fun daily driver with classic looks. So I scan the auctions for either the 250 or 350 and I'll take whatever I win first. The IS250 RWD gets about 24 mpg, and 10% better mpg is not an insignificant difference.
https://fueleconomy.gov/feg/bymodel/2008_Lexus_IS.shtml

I paid a neighborhood high school kid to come over and help with the tear down last weekend. I have the front subframe (supposedly) sold, but the buyer is being flaky, and I'd like it gone to move on to the next stage.
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