I am aware that the Allante is FWD from the factory and this was a horrible mistake. I forget the link, but it can be googled, where a shop has created a RWD swap for the Ford Focus. A Mustang V8 drops right in the engine bay and the swap can be finished in about one weekend.
I'm just curious is anyone has already tried this with the Allante. Anyone know?
I am aware that it would take a lot of time in designing and fabricating a new rear subframe, engine mounts, room form a RWD tranmission for the Northstar, but I also know that it is doable. Anyone in the Allante community a serious gearhead who is into racing?
Anyone visited www.chrfab.com to see what can be done with a Northstar?
I'm into drifting and I like the Allante but being FWD, it can't drift. My last car was a 92 Nissan Skyline GTS4 that had AWD. Now that I'm back in the US, I want something different and thought I would investigate the Allante.
Using a Corvette rear subframe from a C4 seemed like the way to go. Perhaps a C5 would prove better?
Going FWD while all the other luxury coupes of the day that were in the same price range were RWD was a huge mistake that only GM could make.
I am wondering if the center tunnel is large enough to accomodate a driveshaft without serious modification? Even the Acura Integra (which was designed as FWD) was able to accomodate a driveshaft in one shops AWD custom.
I would rather connect a Corvette 5-speed to the N* engine if its even possible. I know the bellhousing would need to be customized. The AT stick in the Allante is certainly long enough to be a perfect stick shift and having the ability to shift is > than AT IMO.
I have asked about this at another Allante site but I thought I would ask here just in case.
On, and I know its apples to oranges on the surface, but I thought I'd add the link to the Kugel V8 RWD kit for the Focus to see how they do it..