was having a few beers with a mate (as you do over the holidays..) and was lamenting the fact that although I have front wheel drive renaults- i really miss the RWD thrill. Anyway- long and short of it is I have a r17 body- rough but salvageable- already stripped of motor and box. I also have the running gear from a r18turbo+5spd. I was originally going to just put this motor and box into the car - as it's a straight bolt in job. However- it got me thinking (and I realise this is by no means a simple/straight forward scenario) what it I put that same setup - into a midmounted arrangement. Same motor and box- but mid mounted to try and get as close to 50/50 weight split as possible.
So whilst I am about 50% serious about this at this stage- I was wondering if users here had some thoughts as to the major pluses/minuses to doing this conversion.
Some initial thoughts I had were;
-fuel tank + battery in front to aid weight dist (accident risk?!)
-intercooler and radiator to front for good fresh air.
-remove rear seat and tank and there is plenty of room( roughly 60cm wide, engine bay it comes from is 42cm wide)
- front end brakes and A- arms can stay as they are (probably want to slot them to make them camber adjustable though)
-rear end- get A-arms custom made to suit- both top and bottom- costly + difficult?
-half shafts- if I can use the standard R17 halfshafts with R17 discs should be pretty straight forward.
-exhaust, will have to be custom made- due to the very short overall length.
long, long build time due to the complexity and possible horrendous cost. Still, I like the R17- my other car has a mild fuego GTS motor(1647cc) + 5spd with carbs/exhaust etc etc . This one I have now has cost me nothing, and would make for quite a different machine....
Keen to hear your thoughts- like I said above- am about half way through convincing myself about it, want to hear good/bad what you think the major stumbling blocks to something like this working(and not being a pig to drive with a shocking handling and wt distribution!) would be...