Topic: Mid-engined Madness
If you are looking for the ultimate powerplant for your mid-engined monstrosity, look no further. Last Fall, we yanked the entire drivetrain (3.0L V6 and 5sp manual transmission) from a rusted-out 1992 Alfa Romeo 164S…. with plans to build something really stupid (again) for Lemons. This is the same set-up we used for the Splatos, which if you recall, won OVERALL at Road America years ago. We were looking at other platforms (besides Fiat X1/9) for this go-around, and the VW GTi Mk4 seemed to make the short list for a German-Italian Axis of Evil mash-up. Alas, we got super busy doing other things, including “real” race car fabrication and several huge restoration jobs, so it doesn’t look like we’ll ever get to this in our remaining lifetimes.
Here's a link to a gallery of pics of the engine/trans, as well as the donor car we harvested it from. (https://photos.app.goo.gl/aSSmxyzEh2PCzVuTA) It is COMPLETE from hub-to-hub and everything in between, including the wiring harness, black box and springs/struts. I’m even going to throw a rare rust-free subframe (w/engine cradle and suspension mounts) and spare cast aluminum oil pan into the package. $350 for the whole deal, and I can help you load. Condition unknown, but mileage was 120K and seller told me it ran and shifted great, but became unsafe to drive when the unibody framework disintegrated from rust. We had planned to refresh the engine (I mean, it is almost 30 years old!), but never got around to it. If you need help with that, I know a guy.
For those of you not familiar with the 164S engine, here’s a quick video I shot when we were building the Splatos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfrbfFVAP3g) and some video shot by another team chasing the Splatos at Gingerman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRIibiGa9LE). The glorious aria emanating from the tailpipe has been known to make women swoon and grown men weep. Seriously, nothing will give you a chubbie like an Alfa V6 at full song.
Located in Batavia, IL 60510 (about an hour west of Chicago). Shoot me an e-mail (DBesic at aol dot com) because I don’t always check the Forums.
1971 Opel GT "Breadvan"
2012 - April Gingerman (Ercole Spada Award) and October AutoBahn (19th in Class B, 52nd OA )
2013 - April Gingerman (8th in Class B, 25th OA) and June AutoBahn (WINNER Class B, 9th OA)