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    Longitudinal V8 cradle for sale

    Worth a look, it is about 7" longer than mine for a 355 kit but maybe some lambo kit guys would use this.


    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=42609
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    Re:Longitudinal V8 cradle for sale

    Not half bad I want one! :P

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    Re:Longitudinal V8 cradle for sale

    The guy who is selling it is named Aaron. He is very helpful and knowledgable. I bought my front slalom wide track suspension from him. I'm sure he will be willing to help you out. The stock fiero cradle is 24" from the front mount to the axle centerline. This cradle is 34 1/4" so it is over 10" longer than a stock fiero. Maybe it would work for a Lambo or a custom one of a kind build.
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    Re:Longitudinal V8 cradle for sale

    Superstang460: Did you get a last name on Aaron? It looks like Shelby Custom Exotic's work. Great builders! I delt with the Dad of the business, and talked with the son I don't remember if it was Aaron or not. Same cradle and location just wondering if they're still building
    customs. Last I heard they were getting out of the kit car business
    after they finished JC Hamllin's car. The $175,000 Diablo Roadster.
    They do amazing work!

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    Re:Longitudinal V8 cradle for sale

    His name was Aaron Tarzan. He is building track cars now rather than kits. He sounds like a fairly young guy.

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    Re:Longitudinal V8 cradle for sale

    Has anyone used a Chrysler 300 M front wheel drive train in a Fiero kit. It seems like it would be a natural fit with the engine in a longitudinal V6 orientation.

    It looks like the auto transaxle could be used with paddle shifters for a clean set up.

    To get the engine / transaxle package in the car, one could modify the Fiero cradle and suspension with new cross members (using the Fiero cradle) or use the entire Chrysler 300 M cradle and suspension. The only thing that looks like it might not work is the height of the engine in relationship to the rear deck lid.

    Has anyone measured the road surface to top of engine distance to see if this could fit properly?

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    Re:Longitudinal V8 cradle for sale

    I never took measurements but you may want to ask John Watson about that. He told me he is using the entire motor, tranny, brakes, and cradle in one of his cars. He sounds like he has it all figured out.

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    Re:Longitudinal V8 cradle for sale

    John and I have been talking about this for a few years now. I wanted to do it before I installed my 3800 5-speed in FunnyWheels III, but they were too new and to expensive at the time. Now you can get an entire car to transplant into a Fiero for a few grand. FunnyWheels III is almost on the road again, when Bondo Bob gets it completed that is. That phase is taking longer than I thought. I would like to do a Chrysler conversion with one of these V6 power plants in the future. I set my car up to handle it. I think I will use the suspension I have installed on the car today so I donít get into the bump steer stuff again that happens when you tie the tie rods to the frame.

    If you make it to the cook out, we can discuss it in detail there.

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    I will be at the cookout. I will be bringing my 355 engine pieces too. Maybe if I get some molds done I could make you a replica "engine cover" like the lambo guys have right from my oem Ferrari engine pieces. See "355 engine cover" thread that I started for pictures. That would look awesome to have the real engine pieces over that chrysler longitudinal engine(talk about an accurate kitcar ;D). Hope I can help. We'll talk at the cook out for sure.
    I hope I can fit all of the pieces in my cobra convert.

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    Re:Longitudinal V8 cradle for sale

    Bob:

    I think your right the 355 engine cover would be pretty cool on that set up. Count me in for an engine cover and air cleaners.

    Looking forward to meeting you in person,

    Dave

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