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    Default 1979 "Transmarrow" Mid-engine LQ9 build

    Well my name is Dalton, I have spent a lot of time on this site, in particular the suspension thread. I figured its about time I show some people what I have been working on.

    Things on this build just kind of fell into place, I was looking for a new project to start that could give me a sort of rolling business card for the fabrication business I am starting. I thought it would be neat to do a kit car (Like a Factory Five 818) but that is out of the current budget. Well through some vehicle trading, an 2002 Subaru Wrx landed into my possession. I immediately started doing some research on what components are used for their kit cars. and what it would take to build a tube frame from scratch but mimic the overall idea of what Factory Five has done with their 818. As I was looking into all of this I got a call from a friend who owns a body shop, he said he was given a Trans Am that had a pretty rust free body except for the floors. He said I could have the car minus the front subframe assembly. So, I made up my mind that I was going to do an FFR818 with a Trans Am body.



    Initially this was going to use the Flat 4 turbo charged engine, but having done a few LS swaps I began looking into what companies if any made adapters for a WRX engine. After contacting several manufacturers and I found a company in Australia that makes the bellhousing adapter and flywheel. It takes about 2 months to get the part so in the time I picked up a mock up block and made a temporary adapter out of plywood. Enough of me rambling, here is a progression over several months.

    Just a few things as far as the end goal on this car. We all have to have goals....

    Car will have 4-4.5" ride height, and with chopping the roof 3.5" in the back and laying down the A pillar at that ride height the roof will be 44' from the ground.

    I am aiming for around an 84" track width, wheelbase of 118"

    18 or 19" wheels 305-315 wide square setup

    Car is running front and rear spindles from an 02 WRX with some modifications. Push rod suspension.

    Subaru WRX 5 speed transaxle, with rear output deleted.

    Gen 3 LQ9 6.0 with L92 heads, plan is to run the bald eagle cam from Texas Speed. As of right now I am thinking of using either the Holley hi ram, or Edelbrock crossram intake. Hoping to see around 550hp at the crank

    I hope all said and done I am somewhere between 2200-2500 pounds minus driver.



    I will try and regularly update you guys to what I am doing. Rear suspension should be done in the next 2-3 weeks minus having coilovers.










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    That's an aggressive project, good luck....

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    Wow. Cool project. I am interested to see how this progresses.

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    Awesomeness!

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    Very cool! That paint looks original, and if that is the case it was a 10th anniversary Trans Am (TATA).


    New Project: 1968 Camaro LS6, T56, Z51 brakes, 12 bolt

    1976 T/A LS1, 6 Speed, C5 front brakes, and etc. SOLD

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    suscribing !!
    69 mustang in the built
    70 cuda 440 in restoration

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    I was told the car was in decent shape when it was parked, some kids vandalized it and broke all the windows then chickens made their home in it. It came with the fender vents and the shaker hood scoop so I would say you’re correct. I have not done to much checking into it.

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    This thing is going to be bananas! Can't wait to see how this turns out. You and I have similar hopes for our projects, but yours is definitely way more aggressive.
    '95 F-150 track ready street beast
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    How will you pull the engine when this is complete?

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    The other cool projects here just got a little less interesting.
    New top profile is looking awesome, don't remember seeing a 2nd gen f-body chop top before. Not too many on google search.
    Gotta do some 180 headers with this for sound.
    I'd do the crossram intake.
    Definitely interested to see progress on this one.

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    Nice project!
    '69 Charger, Viper TT, AME full frame with IRS -- under construction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJohn View Post
    How will you pull the engine when this is complete?
    It is going to have a removable deck lid, and I am also doing removable rear louvers I will post a picture of the type of louvers I’m doing. With the way I did the tube work I will be able to service everything except replacing pistons and crank. Cam swaps will be able to be done in the vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sbeck09 View Post
    This thing is going to be bananas! Can't wait to see how this turns out. You and I have similar hopes for our projects, but yours is definitely way more aggressive.
    I’ll have to check your build out tonight when I have some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlcustomz View Post
    The other cool projects here just got a little less interesting.
    New top profile is looking awesome, don't remember seeing a 2nd gen f-body chop top before.
    Gotta do some 180 headers with this for sound.
    Definitely interested to see progress on this one.
    If I didn’t do 180 degree headers I feel like I would be committing some horrible crime. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ddkeeler View Post
    If I didnít do 180 degree headers I feel like I would be committing some horrible crime. Lol.
    Yup. It's required for a rear engine V8...

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    I do have a question for you guys. This engine will use a WRX clutch that works with the flywheel from the Subaru gears swap kit. I am trying to get some insight as to what I should look for in a clutch that is strong enough to hold around 550 crank hp and have an on/off type engagement vs having a large degree of slip.

    I have never uprgraded from a stock clutch on any of my vehicles. So I am kind of lost in all the different varieties.

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    Nice project!
    Wayne
    Car FINALLY home !!!!!! lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ddkeeler View Post
    I do have a question for you guys. This engine will use a WRX clutch that works with the flywheel from the Subaru gears swap kit. I am trying to get some insight as to what I should look for in a clutch that is strong enough to hold around 550 crank hp and have an on/off type engagement vs having a large degree of slip.

    I have never uprgraded from a stock clutch on any of my vehicles. So I am kind of lost in all the different varieties.
    Outside of a pure track only car, I've avoided on/off type clutches like the plague. They are VERY tricky to drive smoothly. I just had to commit to a twin disc clutch today for my engine with about the same power level since my standard stage 1 clutch just won't last long. But I'll have an easy pedal with smooth engagement for street or track this way. The on/off clutches are typically very small in diameter attached to special lightweight flywheels to allow motorcycle-like throttle response. They don't last long with slipping either.

    What's the end goal for this car as far as where it will be used?
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    It will do autocross and some time attack duty. Might commute to car shows with it. Very little city driving.

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    This is next level! I love it.

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    I'm loving this build. Very interested in how it progresses. I'm wanting to do something similar with a Mustang II and a Ford 3.7 Cyclone V6 engine from a Mazda 6, putting it behind the seats and changing the quarter windows to GT40 MK1 style engine intake openings/scoops. I'm currently keeping my eyes open for a deal on a decent car to start with. Subscribing.
    Roger

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