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 Post subject: Re: Mak's next buggy.
PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:29 pm 
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Looks like you have a nice amount of travel. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Mak's next buggy.
PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:39 am 
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It does...it's fantastic. Probably the best $500 I could have spent on it. I need to get out and measure the actual travel, but that's about an 18" rise and the other three are still flat-footed, so to speak.

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 Post subject: Re: Mak's next buggy.
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:26 pm 
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So...someone tell me all the reasons why a 3.8 V6 with a 4-speed auto from an '03 Grand Prix is a bad idea? I can get the whole car crazy cheap and my love for that engine is standing at odds with all the obvious reasons I can think of as to why it's a bad idea.

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 Post subject: Re: Mak's next buggy.
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:57 pm 
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I say, crazy cheap is good enough for me. go for it!

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 Post subject: Re: Mak's next buggy.
PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:53 am 
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Right...which is the biggest temptation...my concern really is the axles. The track on the '03 Grand Prix is 8" wider than the GK34, but the axles are only like 12" long...if that...they're little stubby things. You can see the spread on the transmission here. Had I been content with the 4~ish inches of travel of my stock suspension I'd probably be okay with, but I have no idea how to make that transmission work with my suspension travel without making the track 75" wide.

But 200hp/tq is rather appealing...

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 Post subject: Re: Mak's next buggy.
PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:02 am 
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I'm looking around at buggies built with the 3.8 and they all some to be mounted longitudinally...apparently the FWD transmission is not popular with the buggies.

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 Post subject: Re: Mak's next buggy.
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:56 pm 
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That was going to be my next question, what are your options with setting up the tranny on the 3.8 to what you want and also is the FWD tranny a good idea? The last question is "I don't know the answer, but why would it not be?"

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 Post subject: Re: Mak's next buggy.
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:53 pm 
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The FWD tranny would have been good for a 72" track...or wider. Wide, long travel buggy. I did a little looking around and keeping it a 62~65" track width, which is about as narrow as I could stand to go, would only give you about 6" of travel.

In the end, though, the engine and transmission weight 900lbs. I had to abandon it over the weight, regardless of the other technical issues.

I have found a '91, good running 5-speed G10 Metro, though...that's the way I'm going.

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 Post subject: Re: Mak's next buggy.
PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:40 pm 
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Good idea. 6" travel not that much.

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 Post subject: Re: Mak's next buggy.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:24 am 
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Picked this up yesterday.

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If you pour gas down the throttle it fires right up. If you've ever wondered "will a Geo Metro fit on an 8x10 trailer" well I can tell you it does. Kind of. If you can roll it up square then it's good. Two flat tires meant I couldn't get it up there all nice and straight so the rails buggered up the body and the door, but oh well.

Need to replace the headgasket on a Nissan Frontier and then it's on to this thing!

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 Post subject: Re: Mak's next buggy.
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how many miles on the engine?

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 Post subject: Re: Mak's next buggy.
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84,000? 184,000? 284,000? very hard to say lol

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 Post subject: Re: Mak's next buggy.
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There's also some yellow paint marker scribbles on the block so it might not be original.

I plan to throw it in as is. I got a lead on a block in Amarillo that I'd like to pick up to rebuild.

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 Post subject: Re: Mak's next buggy.
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Let's go with 84k lol

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