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    Default FWD to AWD help

    First off before I start this post, I don't care about the cost and time it'll take to accomplish this project. It's my fun little project that I want to do. I want to convert my 2000 GTP to AWD or RWD. Would it be easier to buy a chassis of a AWD or RWD car and put the shell of my GTP onto it and make custom mounts?

    If I wanted to make it to a manual could I hook up a manual transmission to the stock GTP engine or would I have to swap out both of them?

    I'm just getting into working on cars and I thought this would be fun to do so I can learn things about it, I've done some searching and most of the answers are, it's a waste of time and money. But I don't care, I plan on keeping it for a long time.

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    Default Re: FWD to AWD help

    how this, good luck... one guys done it, it was silly great. your not him if your asking how to do it. and 50 others dreamed about it. so you will likely fall into the #51 spot.

    enjoy and drool over it.


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    Hopefully you enjoy fab work because this will involve a crap ton of it. The GTP is basically a unibody so there would be a bunch of cutting to convert to RWD. So if I were you I would body swap it onto a donor AWD or RWD chassis/floorpan.

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    I feel like the simplest way to go about it is to buy a 4th gen Camaro that has V6 and manual trans. Pull them both into the shop and don't come out until you've made a Camaro with an L67 that looks like a GP. The build in that link is cool, and also performance oriented. You trying to go fast with this?

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    You posted 2 months ago that you are "just starting to become a mechanic." That alone tells me you don't have the fab skills to pull this off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stealthee View Post
    You posted 2 months ago that you are "just starting to become a mechanic." That alone tells me you don't have the fab skills to pull this off.
    Most experienced mechanics don't have the skills for a job like this.

    Just drive it like you stole it and start saving for a WRX.
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    You pretty much have to re-engineer the whole car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buickman104 View Post
    You pretty much have to re-engineer the whole car.
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    Just flush your money down the toilet now and save yourself the time. Or give it to us...


    Either way, it ain't happening. No amount of you tough talking on the Internet will make us believe it either.

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    Default Re: FWD to AWD help

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan97Rut View Post
    First off before I start this post, I don't care about the cost and time it'll take to accomplish this project. It's my fun little project that I want to do. I want to convert my 2000 GTP to AWD or RWD. Would it be easier to buy a chassis of a AWD or RWD car and put the shell of my GTP onto it and make custom mounts?
    good, we have just over 20 years in our 4wd cutlass

    probably easier to toss your engine into an aztek or transplanting a awd 4t65e drivetrain into it

    swapping the awesome 3800 into something rwd would be the best since your able to use a conventional trans and a lot of off the shelf parts

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan97Rut View Post
    If I wanted to make it to a manual could I hook up a manual transmission to the stock GTP engine or would I have to swap out both of them?
    its some std 5spd F body 3800 parts/60* v6 bellhousing, you could drop a full boogie 6 spd even

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan97Rut View Post
    I'm just getting into working on cars and I thought this would be fun to do so I can learn things about it, I've done some searching and most of the answers are, it's a waste of time and money. But I don't care, I plan on keeping it for a long time.
    we're on our 3rd chassis/iteration, lots of stuff we've had to learn first hand with the packaging/suspension

    one of the all time greatest projects ive ever seen, that car is proof of what splitting the pan/firewall at the pinch welds and putting a shell on is sweet happiness.
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    1994 Oldsmobile 442 (462ci-4wd-2 engines) L67/4t80e^2,
    00 Turbo Regal 608 fwhp 575ftlbs at 5500rpm, 98 WhippledRiv, 97 GTP

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