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View Poll Results: Should I make a rat rod out of my turd Honda or fix it up.
Rat Rods are what cool, and besides, everything Nuggets owns looks like a rat rod. 41 38.68%
For the love of God, put some effort into this project and fix it up. 46 43.40%
I'm a closed minded a-hole who will make nasty comments because I'm jealous. 19 17.92%
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Old November 24th, 2009, 12:38 AM   #61
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Here is before axle reduction surgery.



In process.



This is after surgery. This is just a mock up. I will be doing the final assembly when I get my axle shafts back from Moser. Yes the pumpkin is off center. I set the rear axle up so that the pinion will be centered so I don't have a compound angle in the driveshaft.

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Old November 24th, 2009, 06:08 AM   #62
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i thought doing this to a zx3 focus would be nutty.... you take the cake

you Sr, are my hero.
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Old November 24th, 2009, 10:33 AM   #63
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i thought doing this to a zx3 focus would be nutty.... you take the cake

you Sr, are my hero.
There is already a company that makes kits to put a V8 in a Focus and make it RWD.


This build is way over the top compared to the Focus build.
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Old November 24th, 2009, 03:51 PM   #64
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Makes me think of Hot Rod's 500cid Caddy powered Chevette.....
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Old November 24th, 2009, 09:03 PM   #65
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this build is absolutly ass kicking.
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Old November 24th, 2009, 09:06 PM   #66
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Makes me think of Hot Rod's 500cid Caddy powered Chevette.....
I'd like to read that article. I've seen numerous V8 Chevettes at the drag strip over the years. I remember a very nice one that was street legal with a blown sbc. If I remember right, it ran in the 10's.

At one time I was going to build a rear engine, rear drive V8 Yugo using a standard 2wd tranny, boat V-drive, and regular rear end. That project never got off the ground.

There are several things about this project that make it different. The car is somewhat rare, it's very small, and I don't think it's been done before.
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Old November 24th, 2009, 09:14 PM   #67
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I for one give you credit for building different...hats off sir!
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Old November 24th, 2009, 09:48 PM   #68
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Old November 24th, 2009, 09:49 PM   #69
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giant burnout when its done or its junk!
Don't you worry about that sunshine. I plan on beating the snot out of this thing.
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Old November 24th, 2009, 09:51 PM   #70
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Old November 25th, 2009, 05:48 AM   #71
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Here is before axle reduction surgery.



In process.



This is after surgery. This is just a mock up. I will be doing the final assembly when I get my axle shafts back from Moser. Yes the pumpkin is off center. I set the rear axle up so that the pinion will be centered so I don't have a compound angle in the driveshaft.


WTF? Driveshaft? Ain't gonna be no room! You're going to have to make the motormounts pivot (transversely) and make the engine/trans/rearend all one suspension component.

You go Girlfriend.
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Old November 25th, 2009, 06:03 AM   #72
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WTF? Driveshaft? Ain't gonna be no room! You're going to have to make the motormounts pivot (transversely) and make the engine/trans/rearend all one suspension component.

You go Girlfriend.
I actually thought about doing that at one time. I will have enough room for a driveshaft by using a modifed powerglide trans. The total trans length when I'm done with it will be about 17 inches. That will give me about a 11 in driveshaft. Since the rear suspension travel is only goint to be a few inches, I'll be ok with that. I talked to my driveline guy before the build and he said that length would be ok. He's also the one that suggested offsetting the rear diff so the pinion would be centered and the driveshaft would be correctly aligned.


This is my secret weapon for the build. I will be building my own but you get the idea. These trannys are very short.




I'm glad you guys find this build interesting. I personally am enjoying trying to make all this stuff work. I am taking the experience from building the Metro and applying it to this vehicle. This is really only my second "from scratch" car build.

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Old November 25th, 2009, 06:10 AM   #73
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Oh, I thought the pumpkin was offset for oval track races.
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Old November 25th, 2009, 06:14 AM   #74
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Oh, I thought the pumpkin was offset for oval track races.
Turning will not be this car's strong point.
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Old November 25th, 2009, 06:50 AM   #75
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Old November 26th, 2009, 12:08 AM   #76
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Old November 26th, 2009, 02:14 AM   #77
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Old November 26th, 2009, 02:59 AM   #78
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He's also the one that suggested offsetting the rear diff so the pinion would be centered and the driveshaft would be correctly aligned.
Tech-ish Question: Does having the pinion offset really affect anything? Meaning, for a conventional driveshaft as long as the u-joints are within proper operating angles does it matter what direction the driveshaft is pointed?


Cool build, I like
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Old November 26th, 2009, 07:12 AM   #79
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Tech-ish Question: Does having the pinion offset really affect anything? Meaning, for a conventional driveshaft as long as the u-joints are within proper operating angles does it matter what direction the driveshaft is pointed?


Cool build, I like
My driveline guy suggested offsetting the pumpkin like this. I mocked up a set of standard offset steel wheels with 195/65-15 tires on them last night and I feel I'm still alittle close to the body exterior with the outside edge of the wheel. I'm been doing some research and I think I've found a way to run a compound angle. If I can pull off the compound angle thing I am going to shorten the right side tube some more and center the diff.

Keep in mind I'm not a building or fabrication god. I am just a dude with a big welder and a desire to build wierd stuff. I am learning as I go so there will be changes made to this project on the fly.

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Old November 26th, 2009, 07:43 AM   #80
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short wheelbase + 500hp = with a (instead of a ) up its butt.


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