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Old 03-04-2019, 09:38 PM   #1
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I have a list of all of the ideas i come up with for cars and car companies (yes i dream big) and one of my ideas is a lw300 sleeper. My idea was to convert it to AWD with a chevy 4.3L v6, a small turbo (max SAE gross 350hp and lbf) and a modern automatic transmission. Do you think given enough money this could be done and still be driven comfortably. the L series wasn't designed to have a driveshaft and a center diff, so the interior in my mind might not be able to be conformable with modification to the floor plan that could fit these things. Do you thing i could pull it off given enough money?

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Old 03-04-2019, 09:50 PM   #2
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Just skin the car and use the blazer frame and floor boards.

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Old 03-04-2019, 11:00 PM   #3
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Just skin the car and use the blazer frame and floor boards.
i could do that but that would mean 4wd. and you can't drive that on the road

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Old 03-05-2019, 12:20 AM   #4
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When you said AWD that is what I thought you meant. Stick it on an s10 frame and go play drift car then. Just use the shell and it would be stiff and light and fun.

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Old 03-09-2019, 05:18 PM   #5
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When you said AWD that is what I thought you meant. Stick it on an s10 frame and go play drift car then. Just use the shell and it would be stiff and light and fun.
The olds bravada used an AWD system and a 4.3l v6 with the balance shafts. i think swapong in the power train be the best way to do it

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Old 03-10-2019, 01:41 PM   #6
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I have a list of all of the ideas i come up with for cars and car companies (yes i dream big) and one of my ideas is a lw300 sleeper. My idea was to convert it to AWD with a chevy 4.3L v6, a small turbo (max SAE gross 350hp and lbf) and a modern automatic transmission. Do you think given enough money this could be done and still be driven comfortably. the L series wasn't designed to have a driveshaft and a center diff, so the interior in my mind might not be able to be conformable with modification to the floor plan that could fit these things. Do you thing i could pull it off given enough money?
Anything can be done....... with money. Any thought exercise is easy. Translating ideas into reality takes some serious thoughts on yanking existing drive train components then shoe horning in your drive train of choice with an experienced person(s) able to make things fit. Adding to the complexity of attempting to replace front wheel drive for all wheel drive, you're creating additional problems attempting to add turbo charging. Anyone without a clue about super or turbo charging simply blows up their pet project without any serious research on the subtle differences between conventional EFI systems and EFI systems with boost. Adding a super or turbo charger is just not that simple. The secrets are not secrets and well known, just not brought out in plain layman's terms for everyone to understand.

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Old 03-12-2019, 02:40 PM   #7
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Just go buy a BMW M5M instead. What your trying to do isn't worth the cost/labor even if it's a pet project. That dream is long gone. The age of the Saturn is more beneficial for a everyday driver not a StreetRacer. The plan isn't crazy it's just plain lack of common sense here.

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As noted by fdryer, "Anything can be done....... with money." Based on your OP you're already are aware of the problems presented by attempting such a conversion relating to the powertrain, chassis, and floor pan (let alone major wiring changes and possible smog law concerns [depending upon which state you reside in]). With all of that in mind this is a pipe dream, a fun pipe dream, but a pipe dream nevertheless. Please don't stop "dreaming big," but consider a better dream.

You're certainly correct in recognizing the "sleeper" aspect of the L-Series cars with the V-6s. Some members here who own those cars have appreciated that and written some posts about surprising BMW owners who think they're going to leave this "unknown" car in the dust only to be left there themselves.

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