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14/12/2003 19:23:23   Dave   I've several engines extracted from 1968-69 Saab 96s. I'm building a custom car and want to use a 4 or 5-speed gearbox to supply power to the rear wheels. Is there a gearbox out there that will bolt up to the V4 engine?  
14/12/2003 19:23:47   Dave   I've several engines extracted from 1968-69 Saab 96s. I'm building a custom car and want to use a 4 or 5-speed gearbox to supply power to the rear wheels. Is there a gearbox out there that will bolt up to the V4 engine?  
14/12/2003 20:11:56   James Ayres   In the line of my work I work with 'getrag' gearboxs, they make ford gearboxes and some for jaguar, I know there are several that will fit the v4 - not sure exactly which ones but when I find out I will get back to you. My query for them is if any 5 speed boxes will give front wheel drive rather than rear wheel drive. Watch this space.  
15/12/2003 10:43:59   Senor Burt   Most Ford boxes should bolt straight up. MK 1 or 2 Escort, Transit van, I think, and definitely V6 Crapi or Granada. It is basically the same engine with 2 more cylinders.  
15/12/2003 14:03:06   steve h   And then you could mate up a 2 litre cosworth turbo engine! or a diesel??, or a V6 RS4X4, or a.....
If you are going that far, why stick with the V4?  
16/12/2003 12:43:37   Richard   You could use any of the above a 4wd would be interesting (ford cosworth drive train). I was thinking of buying a crashed scooby one day and building a wide track 4wd Saab 96 rally car (a la Andy Burton's 4wd 205).  
16/12/2003 15:38:04   Alistair   This is quite an interesting topic, do the Ford FWD boxes have the same fitting, even though they're E-W rather than N-S?

 
16/12/2003 16:51:55   Richard   Basically you can do anything if you try hard enough. Anyone for a 4wd mid engine 96?
I was thinking on the lines of the v6 4x4 system but they handle like poo, so a different suspension could be used.
For a rwd convertion then one of the conversion kits for the fwd Escort to rwd may be usefull as the cars are probably a similar wheel base. You could mount the engine closer to the bulkhead and fabricate a tunnel for the box, this would give a better weight distribution as the V4 lump is too far forward for a rwd layout. How about a Vauxhall 16 valver etc as used by many an escort rally car.  
16/12/2003 21:55:54   ian   richard..richard..are you suggesting a G.M 96...doesnt really bear thinking about...how about a two stroke in the front and a two stroke in the back...does that make it a four stroke!!  
17/12/2003 07:53:15   Richard   A two stroke on the roof kinda like a chain saw! You could have a pull start too!
Ok Ian about mad driving I noticed you made it into 'Motorsport Now' at 45degs on two wheels, on the dirt with what looks like your Firestones on the car.  
17/12/2003 17:20:41   Dave   Back to the subject - PLEASE! I already have a perfectly good Saab (Cologne Ford) V4 engine. I'm building a Lotus 7-clone in the U.S.A. and would like to find a gearbox that will bolt up to the engine. I've been told the Ford "Essex" V4 transmission won't work. All I'm looking for is advice. Cheers  
17/12/2003 17:59:29   Alistair   That transmission should be fine, you might need a taunus flywheel 7 clutch assy though?? There are other more readily available ford transmissions (eg MT75).
But why use the V4 when there's a zillion other engines out there more suitable (and powerful!) (Vauxhall 2 litre 16v, Ford pinto, Ford zetec, Rover k series etc)

Oops, have I just committed heresy????  
18/12/2003 07:59:30   Richard   The one problem with the V4 and trannys to fit, are that they are all too heavy for a light car. I have seen a V6 version in a Dax rush (Lotus 7 4wd) and it all looked too big and heavy. The box on a 2.8 Capri should fit, the v6 mates straight to the V4 box, or the obvious is the German Tarnus 17M which is where the engine came from.
 
19/12/2003 21:33:55   Gerard   A box from an early cologne build capri wil fit, it had a 1500 or 1700 V4 engine en rear transmission  


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