Re: Looking for crosley pickup
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Some engines I would investigate for potential swap material:
It would be ill-advised to even think about using the Crosley transmission/rear end, so you can figure on a significant packet of money to narrow a rear end. I think the narrowest available is the Spridget, which has a track of 45", about 5" more that a Crosley (but same wheel bolt pattern). Don't commit to a modern engine without making sure you won't have an emissions compliance problem with your friendly state government. (An acquaintance has a beautifully home-made Lotus Seven which took many years to build. But the engine, which was certifiable when he bought it, can no longer be used in what the state considers to be a "new" car.)
Many modern engines are set up for front wheel drive, so you probably need to budget for fabricating or buying an appropriate adapter to some available conventional transmission.
From: Jeremy Rutherford <jruthe2@...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:26 PM
Subject: Re: [Crosley-Gang] Looking for crosley pickup
I was planning on repowering for power, reliability, ease of maintenance, and familiarity. Some of this was based on my assumption that engine and trans parts would be hard to come by and I figured I could get a donor chevy 4 and trans cheap. I am learning a lot already. I did not realize they had produced a later motor capable of those numbers. Are they fairly easy to come by? I am in no hurry to jump into the project, I have a 50 chevy I want to finish before I would even start anyway. I just wanted to reach out and collect as much info as I could. I did not realize there was such a strong community out there for crosleys, so I thought it would take me a lot longer to get info, but you guys have been great. I am starting to think I might hold back a little and plan on attending the nationals to see some ideas in person.
thans again for all the info