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Old 04-04-2006, 02:27 PM   #11
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I have seen the videos of them. They are awsome. I figure the motor could be mounted in the back for RWD. I was just thinking AWD or 4WD would be cool...don't know on a tranny that will bolt up off hand though...but I wouldn't know what to be looking for anyway.
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Didnt someone on here put a supercharged 3800 in thier trans sport or was it just a regular swap?
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The only AWD vans were the safari/astro with the 4.3L and 4L60E.
There were also AWD Ford Aerostars and Dodge Caravan/Voyager/Town and Country, unless you just meant GM products.
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hmm..Chrysler transmissions are pretty flaky, but you wouldn't have the torque on them like you would in a minivan (due to the weight difference). I wouldn't go with the Aerostar, but only because (in my experience) they're not the most reliable.
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hmm..Chrysler transmissions are pretty flaky, but you wouldn't have the torque on them like you would in a minivan (due to the weight difference). I wouldn't go with the Aerostar, but only because (in my experience) they're not the most reliable.
Dunno, we used an AWD Aerostar as a field van at the paintball field I worked at, thing had like 400000kms on original everything (cept for brakes and tune-uppy things) and it ran strong over potholes and crappy roads all the time. It had been the "paintball van" as of about 300000kms.
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Didnt someone on here put a supercharged 3800 in thier trans sport or was it just a regular swap?
Yes someone did a 3800 series I SC swap into a Transport I think... I'd love to have one of those just fior the **** and giggle factor

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I know some vans came with the 3.8 motor, I have no idea which ones. Were any of them AWD? Just pondering a AWD setup using a series 2 3800...not for a bonneville though...dune buggy or something. Figured mating a transmission would be the tricky part.
None of the 3800 powered Vans came with AWD...

Some of the Pontiac 6000'* were AWD but did not use the 3800...

The later SV6 I believe its called can be had as an AWD... I think it uses the chevy 60* 3500 V6..

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We have one (maybe two) members that have 3800 powered Sand Railers. Pretty nifty looking machines....
I've seen them in video. Repost them if you could.
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yep, the SV6 can be had as an AWD vehicle. As for the Aerostar, I'm probably wrong on the durability of them...I've just a number of bad Ford experiences at work that leave a bad taste in my mouth. 02 Taurus w/ 40K on it and the input shaft snapped. I've had to do a timing cover on an Aerostar before, and THAT sucked. I'm just not a huge fan of Ford anything.
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yep, the SV6 can be had as an AWD vehicle. As for the Aerostar, I'm probably wrong on the durability of them...I've just a number of bad Ford experiences at work that leave a bad taste in my mouth. 02 Taurus w/ 40K on it and the input shaft snapped. I've had to do a timing cover on an Aerostar before, and THAT sucked. I'm just not a huge fan of Ford anything.
okay, so you got it good

find a rear-ended SV6 or side damage at a salvage yard

harvest the running gear

and you're good to go

engine too

turbocharge it then

and you're set
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