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Old 12-31-2015, 10:15 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Any consensus on the most effecient least expensive diesel that is not rated for road use? That can relitively easily be mated to an automotive transmission?

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Any consensus on the most effecient least expensive diesel that is not rated for road use? That can relitively easily be mated to an automotive transmission?
A few people have used Kubota diesels (used to power Refrigeration units on refer trailers) such as this guy with a Wrangler:
http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...llo-28072.html

Perkins diesels are used sometimes as well.
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Yanmar TNV-series engines are also an option. But if you were mind-set on Cummins, there is the B3.3 which was co-developed with Komatsu and is lighter than the B3.9 altough not certified for automobile applications. Electronically-governed QSB3.3 has been used in Toyota Tacoma and J70 mining trucks.
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Makes me wonder how this one would fare aerodynamically-wise

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I would go for an early 80's Caprice and get an L05 350 with 700r4 and 3.08 gear. It's a good combo for the highway. Put a belly pan on it and lotsa room for mods...
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6.2 or 6.5 NA in a caprice/impala ss w/700r4
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The cts is nice, i love mine. But he aero isn't very good. 90% of my driving since 6/1 has been straight highway with very few stops, i keep the fuel log fairly up to date in the garage here.

If you want a 4 door with good aero, though not light, the dodge intrepid can fairly easily be swapped to rwd.

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I'd look for Corvairs, Falcons, Chevy II, and the like for '60s; Coronas and the like for '70s; Tempo, Chevette, and the like for '80s.
Good luck trying to find a 4-door Chevette out of Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru.


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This '51 CitroŽn Traction Avant became a Propulsion ArriŤre



You might know there were import restrictions in Brazil from mid-70's until '90, so it was hard to get replacement parts for old import cars. Sure it would make more sense use a VW Passat B1 (a.k.a. Dasher) transmission with the rotation reversed and the water-cooled VW EA827 engine into a CitroŽn Traction, but a salvaged Beetle used to be cheap enought to justify all the cut-and-weld required. BTW an uncle of mine had a Simca 8 reassembled over a Beetle frame, and many other French cars such as the Renault 4CV (a.k.a. "hot ass") and a handful of British cars from the years of austerity were repowered with Beetle drivetrains in Brazil during the 70's and 80's.

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