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Old 06-19-2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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Ok, so I work for a chassis shop on the Central Coast of Ca., Newman Car Creations. We specialize in building Tri 5 Chevy, 53-82 Vette, and 55-59 Chevy truck chassis fitted with C4 Corvette suspension. Our shop 55 Chevy can hold its own against the modern Vette and does well within the Pro Touring realm.

Well, we just sold the 55 and now looking for something a little different. We found a 1951 Henry J that needs just about everything but a solid car nonetheless. We were thinking of doing a complete WRX/STi drivetrain swap to this car. We were curious to see if this would be something the Subaru community would be into? Or if it would be something others may want to do? Open to any and all comments.

I'm a big Subaru fan, having owned an 07 WRX and loving every moment I had it.
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:27 PM   #2
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Depends on which Subaru community.

The hellaflush folks and other brand fanboys may poke fun, but there are a lot of us here who love a good swap
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:56 PM   #3
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And there's an entire section dedicated to this sort of thing too.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=87

Start a build thread. I'll subscribe.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:03 PM   #4
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EG33 with a parallel twin turbo coupled with an Eaton welded to the top of the intake manifold all attached to a 6 speed non DCCD with front diff removed and centre diff welded.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:16 PM   #5
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That sounds awesome! Probably won't be quite as fast as the 55, but it would definitely turn some heads. Good luck!
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:17 PM   #6
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^^ yeah basically what I was thinking lol.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:19 PM   #7
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Sounds interesting. It would be a very unique hot rod. Not to many hot rod guys into 4cyl engines.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:38 PM   #8
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I would subscribe to that. Curious to see what could be done.
Not sure the Hot Rod guys would be fond of it, but I think it would be a kick ass challenge!
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:42 PM   #9
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+1 for bridging the gap between Domestic and Import
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:20 PM   #10
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It's not so odd, the original was offered as a 4-cyl, and the current WRX outweighs it by 1,000 lbs. Should be plenty fast. Would love to see this, especially a rally version.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:33 PM   #11
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I think it would be worth taking a look at for some ideas.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:42 PM   #12
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I seem to recall a rat rod that was powered by an EJ207 or an EJ257 a couple years ago. Was pretty cool, always into seeing stuff like that. As mentioned, if you do it, make sure to strart a thread in the conversions forum.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:56 PM   #13
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Something like that would be pretty awesome in a Corvair.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:14 PM   #14
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Buschur built an old ford T Bucket with a evo motor
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:15 PM   #15
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:23 PM   #16
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Sounds interesting. It would be a very unique hot rod. Not to many hot rod guys into 4cyl engines.
Tell me about it, I catch a lot of crap for the 2.3T in my 68 Mustang.





http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/vi...-68-coupe.html

OP, I too love a good engine swap, sounds cool.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:28 PM   #17
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Tell me about it, I catch a lot of crap for the 2.3T in my 68 Mustang.
I'll bet you get quite a few confused looks when people expect to hear a V8 and instead hear a healthy 4 banger.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:34 PM   #18
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I'll bet you get quite a few confused looks when people expect to hear a V8 and instead hear a healthy 4 banger.
It sounds like a tractor.


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Old 06-19-2013, 06:02 PM   #19
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That looks like a '32 Model A highboy (no fenders), not a "T bucket" (chopped up model T).

But that's a pretty sweet car, so I forgive you.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:52 PM   #20
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Tell me about it, I catch a lot of crap for the 2.3T in my 68 Mustang.



http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/vi...-68-coupe.html

OP, I too love a good engine swap, sounds cool.
That is SO COOL!!!
I always wanted to put a 2.3 turbo in my 65.
Wish I still had it.

OP, I'd love to see that swap!
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:01 PM   #21
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do it. i'd dig it for sure. not sure if the brz trans bolts to the ej blocks, but if it does, easy awd
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:30 AM   #22
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Thanks everyone for your input. I wasn't sure how most would take to this.
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:52 AM   #23
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I love these kind of projects but the ej is pretty wide an evo swap would fit easier.
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do it. i'd dig it for sure. not sure if the brz trans bolts to the ej blocks, but if it does, easy awd
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:05 PM   #25
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do it. i'd dig it for sure. not sure if the brz trans bolts to the ej blocks, but if it does, easy rwd
Fixed that for ya.
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