Transverse Honda Engine tilted back 45 degrees in Super Beetle?

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Transverse Honda Engine tilted back 45 degrees in Super Beetle?

Post by carwhisperer » Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:00 pm

I have been building a 1974 1303 super for a couple weeks now. I have installed 944 Brembo brakes on the front and plan to start on the back this weekend. I have been thinking about what kind of drivetrain, mostly thinking Subaru, Audi or rotary. Here is my latest idea. Take a Honda D-series, with it's transaxle, and lay it back at approximately 45 degrees. Rough measurements suggest that it will fit under the engine cover, and that I might even be able to keep the frame horns. Obviously some engines can be ran at that angle (diesel vanagons come to mind), with a custom oil pan, and manny trannies are often flipped completely over. In case you don't know, d series motors are very light with an aluminum block. The best one is 1.6 liters with 130hp stock. I think one of the most difficult things will be coming up with a gearshift linkage that will accommodate the 45 degree tilt. I drew a rough sketch to kind of show what I am thinking.

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Re: Transverse Honda Engine tilted back 45 degrees in Super Beetle?

Post by carwhisperer » Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:06 pm

By the way, I'm no stranger to engine swaps.
Here is a mid engine (turbo GM V6) Rabbit I built.
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My daily driver/parts chaser is an LS1 swapped Isuzu pickup.

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Re: Transverse Honda Engine tilted back 45 degrees in Super Beetle?

Post by bad62bug » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:18 pm

nice

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Re: Transverse Honda Engine tilted back 45 degrees in Super Beetle?

Post by panel » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:42 pm

Who makes the trans conversion or will you run the stk Honda trans ?
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Re: Transverse Honda Engine tilted back 45 degrees in Super Beetle?

Post by carwhisperer » Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:05 pm

The idea is to use the stock Honda trans

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Re: Transverse Honda Engine tilted back 45 degrees in Super Beetle?

Post by panel » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:56 pm

I'm going to need more info on the Rabbit! LOL ha ha.

Also....just curious......will the configuration allow for 5 forward gears? Meaning you wont have to flip the trans or run the motor the other way etc.
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