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    4x4 Nova??

    i have just finished rebuilding a 2.0turbo ready to go into my nova and as the car is FULLY striped down i know it is going to be very very hard to keep the power down

    i was wondering has anyone actually done this? how was it done?

    also would it be worth the effort, i mean big power 4wd cars rear up then the center diff sends all the power to the front wheels and they spin.... just consider this why are the brakes sooo much bigger at the front and why cant you stop for poo with the handbrake.

    the nova is going to be built for 1/4 mile & track days only
    any help would be great

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    I think there are rumours that this has been done..... but I've never seen one.

    Only problem is you have to ask urself... how am I gonna do it??You could use the Vaux 4x4 system but the transfer box is fragile and the floor/bulkhead/rearsuspension are gonna need serious work/replacing

    if you want handling and getting the power down it'd probably be easier to make a midengined RWD car with your engine and box.

    4WD and big power is the only way you get the power down... seen them rear up but not spin the front wheels.... all depends on the 4wd system you use and the centre diff.

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    some seriouse LSD to keep traction?
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    There's someone on Mig that has a nova/corsa with a 2.0 turbo,
    and he claims he has no problems getting the power on the road.

    He drives a white nova-corsa convertible with group A suspension. (rose-joints and the lot i believe)
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    yup but it leaves black lines in 4th at 80 if u boot it.... but it is running phase 3
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    CAN BE DONE

    Need to chop bits out of the floor and insert new sections to allow for new drive train. with an integral rollcage fitted the shell can be made much stronger than original even with an altered floor plan.
    worth while if you are stripping the car anyway for seam welding and full respray.

    Courtenay can do it, quoted 7 G including 2.0t motor and vaux 4x4 train

    there was a corsa in Northern Ireland that was 4x4 but was sold abroad, it used a quaife box subaru transfer box and a celica rear axle (the one in the calibra is too wide and would have the rear track too wide for the car) the std vaux 4x4 drive train is not up to par for this type of application the corsa was used in rally competition not road use.

    If you did this you would seriously have to consider competing in motorsport... It would be a shame not to. (B)

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    lol did i mention i've got a nova saloon and cav 2.0 8v 4x4?

    sod the rear track i'm gonna rivit on some mk2 escort alloy arches on

    should be ready late next year
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    Couldn't one of those "locked" transfer boxes to get the power down evenly? Thought it was better to do in a saloon, cause of the longer wheel base.
    Anyoffers on a 5 stud conversion for the front end on a nova still running a small block engine, any help desperately wanted

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    just use the grp a shafts etc

    it's a saloon so i have somewhere to put the tanks etc
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    PM Fenix. He had a copy of an advert for a company that did this.

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    PM me i was the one who scanned it lmao
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    Originally posted by AgentBlue
    CAN BE DONE


    Courtenay can do it, quoted 7 G including 2.0t motor and vaux 4x4 train

    (B)

    lmao

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    Courtenay charge not much less than that for a normal 2.0 turbo transplant.

    lmao
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    woooooooooooow top answer. Did it take the whole cell to think of it?

    *Fed up with all this "Just stick a LET in" & "Just get a different car" shite*
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    they did quote 7 g's but must have been without engine + box
    OK I will fess up that was my mistake wasn't thinking.
    but lets face it, it is one of thse jobs that are in the price category
    'if you have to ask.. you can't afford it'

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    ps the fuel tank can go where the spare wheel went if you try it in a 3dr.

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    my dads mate has built two metros both with sri 130 engines in the rear which he races in autocross............... he wins every race, and i mean every race............

    rear engined nova turbo would be better that 4wd...........

    my mate squint built a escort rs turbo fast car feature car rear engine rear wheel drive and it was quicker than the green twin engined rs turbo pickup he built.............


    so put the engine in the back and drive the rear wheels and it will beat the millenium falcon.

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    surely you wouldnt have a spare wheel well to accomodate the back diff etc, you would need the space wouldnt you????
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    yea but you would ba able to fit a fuel tank behind the rear axle the whole shape of the floor would need changed.

    there was a rear engines nova in total vaux there a while back at one of the dyno days they couldn't keep the fekker on the rollers it was squirming that much.

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    AgentBlue, Just re-read my post, perhaps I should have put a lmao at the end of it!

    I agree with RWD being better than 4WD in such a short wheel base car. 4x4 is normally left to longer wheel base, and heavier cars too. Rear engined, RWD would be good, but steer, and it's going straight on!

    For every problem theres a solution though. And equally there are many problems to all. It seems only the problems ever get highlighted, and then comes up the price issue.

    It doesn't cost more than the price of a good MIG welder, a nova + a cali 4x4 and some inginuity. Certainly costs more in your time + labour. If anyone gets this done, it will be done by them with their tools and time.

    Good Luck to 'em I say.
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    did someone say rwd?? how about a supercharger too???



    Last edited by ste_sa; 15-11-2002 at 13:59.
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    That looks pretty darn cool ste

    Typically the English lag behind in the land of car modding
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    that was built in 1983
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    Originally posted by ste_sa
    that was built in 1983
    Exactly, and here we are talking about if one was done.

    And yes, I know that grass trackers and the like chuck engines in the back of 'em. It's a shame that hasn't migrated to 'modded' cars yet, thats all.

    The only road legal one I remember in this country is the old Big Boyz Toyz one. Although I'm sure someone somewhere has one...
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    lol, yeah baby!!




    Last edited by Brian_S; 15-11-2002 at 16:03.
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