Originally Posted by HndaTch627
why would you even waste your time? you will then need to convert to a shortered 12both rear end completely wasting the whole idea of a AWD car with independant rear suspension.
and if you think for a a second a r180 will hold that power you are sadly mistaken.
it can be done but why waste the time?
As I pointed out in my original post, the R180 would have to be dealt with. I'm thinking that an R200 or other Nissan diff would be the way to go. Another option would be to mount the entire rear suspension (subframe and all) from the donor car. A C4 Corvette rear end might also allow wider rear tires. Maybe use a GTO rear diff???
But why waste the time? I don't think that I will...I don't know. All the time I've wasted so far is just investigating the swap. It might turn out to be a good idea. Here's why;
If the 'roadmap' for the swap can be figured out, then it might be fairly cheap to have a small V8 car that looks like a Ver.6 STi, but is really a high mileage Impreza L and a wrecked donor car. Of course it won't be AWD and *might* not be good at exactly what you want it to be good at, but it will surely be good at something.
As far as fitting a SBC in the car...it has been done to nearly every other car made in the last century. It is only a matter of finding out if this swap is on the HARD or EASY end of the spectrum. It sounds like it is just on the expensive side of EASY, or the cheap side of MEDIUM.
You should try putting a V8 in an MR2.