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Leaburn Patey

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« on: February 13, 2011, 09:52:35 AM »

Stumbled across this and it is impressive.
Sttuffed a Magnum MPFI in an LHS platform...very cool
That will mess with people's minds when the tires burn rubber from the rear wheels..
Also check his other postings.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yi0An09-skE&feature=related
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2011, 09:54:41 AM »

You till me that this is not freakin' awesome..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roBYZlPQD08&feature=related
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2011, 09:59:46 AM »

Here is another LHS RWD conversion..but with the powertrain and rear axle from a 68 Fury.
This conversion kept the 2bbl carb,and relocated the fuel cell into the trunk..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyN3P07K6bI&feature=related
This guy also has more videos as well.
 
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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2011, 10:01:08 AM »

Soooo...Steve...we have a 2000 300M at our shop with a 3.5 that self destructed..
Whattya say we do one??
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2011, 10:06:49 AM »

Check out the  guy who did the Maggie conversion..he is into a lot of other engineering feats..
http://www.youtube.com/user/cktsantiago
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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2011, 10:35:38 AM »

Well, a RWD Intrepid and all the other era north/south engined Mopars was a possibility set up in the design. I wish they would have done that, or, part of the real plan, which was the reason for the Prowler, was to have the engine in the front and a transaxle/torque tube (which is what the Prowler is), to even out the weight, which is something the owner noted in his comments. Instead of just hearing a truck engine in an Intrepid, I would like to see what he really did to make it happen, that's the real interesting part to see.
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2011, 11:58:27 AM »

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Soooo...Steve...we have a 2000 300M at our shop with a 3.5 that self destructed..
 
As the song goes. . .In the year 2525
 
I have a 7 1/4 rear with springs we can use. . . .
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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2011, 01:01:58 PM »

3.5 is a pretty tough little engine, but they do go bad at times. I would like to see a torque tube, V8 in front, transaxle in the rear, that way you don't have to worry about a driveline hump in the floor, no way there would be enough room to put a driveline under there without it hitting the underside of the floorboard, so transaxle in the rear would fix that, or some other IRS setup from an LY body (charger sedan or 300). Problem I would have here in California would be getting to smog the thing, not a stock setup and wouldn't be allowed. Bummer. Nonetheless, you now know it will clear the hood, which is a good thing.
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2011, 02:46:28 PM »






Impressive, yes, but kinda lipstick on a pig... IMHO.  Unless it's strictly about the engineering exercise.

There's better fwd platforms, it was not that good, when compared to,
say, an Olds Aurora circa mid 90s.  My daughter had a new Intrepid
2002. A real POS in my opinion.


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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2011, 02:59:14 PM »

Well, I remember seeing sedan comparisons when Ma Mopar was all FWD except trucks, and I recall them being compared to the Olds, Crown Vic, Impala, things like that, and the Mopars were more than holding their own against the V8s in the competition, so I figure the V8 would blow them out of the water and still be lighter than anything new. They did have a nice ride and comfort. I had a port visit up in Santa Barbara in 1995, to which I rented a car and five of us guys came down to San Diego since we didn't have duty, so the trip down was a Pontiac Grand Am and it was just MISERABLE. Guys were cramped in the back, car would accelerate when you backed off the gas, steering was not responsive, so I told the guy that was picking up the return vehicle I wanted a Dodge and he got an Intrepid. It was fast, handled well, three adult men were asleep in the back seat during half the trip and all the bags fit in the trunk so they were actually comfortable and it handled fantastic, so all in all, yeah, a V8 and RWD should be sweet overall, I would do it if I could, experiment or otherwise.
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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2011, 03:06:18 PM »

I'm sure an Intrepid was better than a Grand Prick... now that was a REAL POS!!

Don't get me wrong, it's a cool conversion for sure. Sort of like the
SAAB 900 I saw with a 302 Ford RWD conversion though, really neat,
but... why?



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« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2011, 04:06:43 PM »

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Problem I would have here in California would be getting to smog the thing, not a stock setup and wouldn't be allowed.


 
That's the first thing I thought of when I read this thread.  I don't mind clean air, but the "factory correct" language in our law is full of ....
 
Well, you know....
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« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2011, 04:07:05 PM »

The Prowler was derived from the LHS and it was RWD.
The platform had the potential,but Chrysler did not pursue it any further than the Prowler.
 
I think stuffing a 5.7 Hemi and related LX drivetrain is possible in the LHS.
The floor hump will not be huge and  the IRS would retain good handling characteristics.
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« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2011, 04:14:11 PM »

Definitely on both accounts. The LY drivetrain in an LH platform would have been a nice ride, Mopar Action actually had an article mid 2000 I believe of the LHS convertible Hemi 300C that was gorgeous. And yes, the Prowler was a very simple transaxle set up in the rear, a torque tube, and 3.5 in the front. I could see doing this, the only thing is, and I haven't been able to find anything on it, the torque tube design to make my own. The LY platform being IRS would alleviate the driveline hump majority, but might need a couple inches of clearance, but yeah, the design was a running, functional prototype that should have gone into production, it was a very nice looking car, and we ended up with the 300, Magnum station wagon, and charger sedan instead.
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