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World's first (second?) V8 2nd generation MR2!

I wish the honor was mine, but it is not.

The honor belongs to Mike_H

Mike says he has DRIVEN THE CAR!

REQUEST: If anyone is in/near Gainsville, FL, and you have a camera that can do video, please contact Mike_H. We all would like to get video of the car driving, and maybe some in-car video as well, so please help out.



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That must be the oil cooler in the stock IC location ?

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thats amazing...what happened with your project?

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thats amazing...what happened with your project?
I don't have anything exciting to report, so I have not bothered to post about it.

My 91na ginea pig is in the garage, and last weekend, I got the motor/trans out. I am currently fabbing a temporary adaptor plate out of soft aluminum. Once the trans and motor are together, i will shove them into the 91na and see if the axle situation can be worked out. This really makes/breaks the project.

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Your right Chris that is an oil cooler not an intercooler. The alternator is run off a jack shaft. I did this for a couple of reasons , First it made for a much more compact install, also at some point I want to but my air conditioner back on and this is the only way I could see to do it. It will be very easy to put the ac compressor next to the alternator and run the lines to it. As far as the plugs on the engine, I bought the engine with the wiring harness in tack. I will get the information you want on the oil cooler and lines and send it to you.
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lacking info!?! what kinda motor? what whp is it making? etc etc etc!
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It is a Audi 4.2L ABZ engine. 300 HP The transmission is a a Audi 5 speed 012. I don't know what rwhp it has because I haven't had it on a dyno yet.
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wow, that looks downright roomy in the engine compartment.

what is the extra hump in the trunk for? i cannot see what was in the way to cause you to make that bump in there.

do your seats still have their full ajustability range? it's a shame that you have lost your t-top storage space but it really is a pretty small sacrifice

can you show more on your jackshaft setup? are you running a secondary serpentine on the back of the motor or is the alternator hooked up directly with something like a lovejoy connector?

Congrats on the build, it looks great.
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It is a serpentine belt front and back. I will try and get a couple of pictures of the set up. The passenger?s seat has full travel but the driver?s seat does not. I am 5?10 and the seat will go back just far enough to where I would normally drive with it anyway. The limiting factor in how far the driver?s seat will go back is the fuel fill hose (neck)... The fuel tank was a pain and obviously space is tight. The hump in the trunk: on the bottom of the trunk there is a hump for the transmission and the hump on the vertical that I believe you are talking about is a combination of a hump to clear a reinforcement brace and the easiest way to shape it to the odd shaped trunk wall
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talk about sleeper, even has the stock NA wheel covers on it!

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Thats sweet. Why is the motor so far in? (the gap between the trunk and the motor)

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because of the transmission sticking out the back of the engine. It has to be in line with the wheels. or there abouts

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because of the transmission sticking out the back of the engine. It has to be in line with the wheels. or there abouts
Yup, this is what people don't seem to get: the Mk2 (and I am sure the Mk1) has a really short wheel base, so when you do a N/S arrangment, the motor will intrude into the cabin. The guy who previously attempted a Chevy small block/porshe trans grossly underestimated how much intrusion there would be. The reason Mike_H used the Audi V8 is the same reason I am using it: It is the shortest reasonably priced V8 you can get.

A Pantera (not a big car) has a wheelbase of 98 inches or so, and it was originally a Ford 351 Cleveland small block, and ZF transaxle in a N/S arrangement.
The Mk2 has a wheelbase of 94.5 inches!!!! I have parked next to a Pantera and the cars are roughly the same size.
Like Mike's car, the Pantera has an acess panel at the firewall to get to the belts and front of the motor, from the cabin area.
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Mike, you sir are my hero of the day
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Wooh!!!
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Holy poopcicles batman!!!
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