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Old 01-08-2009, 01:11 AM   #1
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So I decided to take the plunge after building a nitrous'd 2.5 16v hybrid. I'm using M/T et drag 28x10.50 slicks, ladder bars and an explorer 8.8 rear diff (for now??????) here are a few pics.
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Old 01-08-2009, 01:18 AM   #2
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looks like thats going to be killer,i definitely want to see more updates
 
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Right on man that's supreme! Take some more pics especially of the underside. What trans will you use? How are you going to mount the rear end? Man, power slides and wheelies in a Daytona like the way it should have been in the first place. I noticed it's a T-top car too, do you plan on adding reinforcements to the body? What about the front suspension, k-frame and rack & pinion?
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:14 AM   #4
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Take some more pics especially of the underside. What trans will you use? How are you going to mount the rear end? What about the front suspension, k-frame and rack & pinion?
+'s on the picts what tranny?

I would like to do a RWD Rampage in the future
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Old 01-10-2009, 09:41 AM   #5
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:11 AM   #6
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Right on man that's supreme! Take some more pics especially of the underside. What trans will you use? How are you going to mount the rear end? Man, power slides and wheelies in a Daytona like the way it should have been in the first place. I noticed it's a T-top car too, do you plan on adding reinforcements to the body? What about the front suspension, k-frame and rack & pinion?
For now I'm gonna use the r154 yota tranny with the dakota bell housing. If I cannot achieve my et goals with this trans due to breakage I'll change later.

The rear end is gonna use a coil over/ladder bar suspension. I'm undecided if I'll us a diagonal link, panhard bar or a trac-locator to center the diff at this point in time.

The car is getting an 8 point bar welded in so I think chassis ridgidity will be fine.

Front suspension and steering have'nt been adressed been to focused on the rear end right now. But I will say I've got buddy's with tubing benders so if I cannot modify the stock stuff to work I'll get it figured one way or another. I would like to ditch the stock spindle, hub, strut and front brakes and use a Strange type front strut (aluminum) and coilover assenbly. The stock spring, strut, spindle, hub and top bearing weighs 38lbs, and that does not include the rotor and caliper!!

more pics!! Got the last of the floor and most of the wheel wells cut out tonight. I'm tired and need to go to bed.
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Nice work, there's no turning back now.
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:13 AM   #8
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Old 01-14-2009, 07:10 PM   #9
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That's too cool. I am going to be doing the same thing in a month or so. Keep snapin pics.....loving it!!
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:53 PM   #10
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LOL, usually when I cut a car up to that extent it's becuase the rest of the car is junk! I wish you the best of luck with your project and hope it goes back together at least half as easy as it came apart!
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:45 PM   #11
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Sell the 4 banger and go v8, exline makes all the parts you need.

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Old 01-14-2009, 10:34 PM   #12
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While I like V8's and I've seen Exline's Daytona in person(it is friggin awsome!), I personally think for the effort of doing the V8 that the I4 can have the same performance, better economy, and keep some of that "sleeper" edge, not to mention keeping some of the car's balance.

Don't get me wrong, RWD V8 Daytona's will always get my attention, but for all prctical purposes I can't justify it....
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:05 PM   #13
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Awesome!!
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:55 AM   #14
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Nice daytona.
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Old 01-15-2009, 03:17 PM   #15
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While I like V8's and I've seen Exline's Daytona in person(it is friggin awsome!), I personally think for the effort of doing the V8 that the I4 can have the same performance, better economy, and keep some of that "sleeper" edge, not to mention keeping some of the car's balance.

Don't get me wrong, RWD V8 Daytona's will always get my attention, but for all prctical purposes I can't justify it....
No doubt you can build a rwd 4cyl daytona to have great performance, but there's no comparing the driving experience between a 450hp small block vs a 450hp 16v 4cyl. The pure sex rumble of a v8 with piles of torq on tap, you just can't beat that. Good luck either way.
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