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Call me crazy, but.... BMW powered Chevette

Postby Doive » 03 Mar 2006, 00:58

Ok. Was sitting here last night minding my own business when this idea hit me. I have 1x knackered BMW. I also have 1x Chevette needing some light restoration, for which the engine needs to come out. So now I'm considering fitting this....

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....to this.

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A few minor problems I've noticed in passing. The Chevette bay is 26 inches long from slam panel to bulkhead - the BMW block alone is 28 inches, never mind the fan or radiator that needs to go in front of it. So I reckon a good 4 to 6 inches needs to come out of the bulkhead. Naturally I'd be fitting a 325i head to give at least 160 brake, plus the torque will be on the nice side of 200 lbft, so I'm guessing the axle may need swapped. I'd have a go at fitting a 5 speed manual from either a 528i, or track down one of the dogleg ZF jobs from an M535i. Ha ha! This is just silly. There is a fairly good chance I'd never go ahead with it, I just reckon it would be very possible. If people can fit Rover V8s, then why not a BMW 6?
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Postby Midnight.R » 03 Mar 2006, 01:14

Its been done in a Capri, If you can make a decent weld and shape metal why not?
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Postby penski » 03 Mar 2006, 09:52

Do it, Doug!

knock the big six as far back as possible though.

Would you be able to use the Bimmer axle? How does it locate? LSD?

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Postby Doive » 03 Mar 2006, 15:13

It locates by four big rubber bushes, pitman arms and trailing arms. At least I wouldn't have to turret the saloon.
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Postby Shellysowner » 03 Mar 2006, 15:43

Yeah do it Doug! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Doive » 03 Mar 2006, 15:54

No problems Rolf.

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Postby grim_b » 03 Mar 2006, 16:06

Yep... Your Crazy! ...

Well someone had too... :lol:
I loved my car, but she has to go.... :(
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Postby Neilyman » 03 Mar 2006, 16:14

Hey Doug!......If you`re in Dundee, does that make you......


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Postby Doive » 03 Mar 2006, 16:26

Nah.... it makes me a..... DOOOUGS!! (Ask Ralph)
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Postby Cooltony » 04 Mar 2006, 09:41

Crazy cars for crazy people!!!
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Postby carltonchevette » 07 Mar 2006, 00:25

did vauxhall not use a bmw diesel block in the omega? kinda blood lines it????
drive it like ya stole it! its all good.
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Postby Doive » 07 Mar 2006, 01:00

I like the way you think.

Hmmm. Holden use a 6.1 V8 in the Monaro, which also happens to be sold as a Vauxhall........
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Postby shedmonster » 21 Jul 2006, 22:24

Funny, I was thinking the same thing about my 1.8 316 and a spare chevette 2 door saloon, easier fit than the six, and could be fun.... Big engines in little cars rule though :D Also jus got a carlton 2.0i manual, gonna do the chevanne cos I'm sick of rebuildng the 3 bearing :cry: want to keep as standard as poss though. any ideas?
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