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    Lightbulb 4x4? help!!!!!!

    Thinking of a 4x4 conversion for my coupe, does anyone know of a donor that will fit ei; would a calibra do the job
    You cant get faster than a FASTRA

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    both cav and calibra 4x4 used the same running gear dont hold me to that though i could be wrong

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    Calibra floor pan will be pretty much similar in dimmension to the Astra, will probably need some chopping in a few areas, but if you can fit it to a MK3 Astra then Im sure a MK4 will be fine.

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    if you are going to do it, do it properly and go for a Mitsubishi drive train or similar not a age old vaux design, that was never really that good in the first place.
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    defo floor pan from the calibra

    go cossie engine
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    all down to how much time and money you have
    give some one 15k and i will fit a evo drive system or audi set up
    but me i would just bung a LSD in your gear box
    its not worth spending that kind of money on a astra if you ask me
    have you seen how much work pete has done to get RWD ?

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    to be fair most of the hard work Pete has done was fitting a V8 'under the bonnet'. Legend that he is, it just shows what can be achieved with some very hard work, long hours and bucket loads of patience.

    if you're serious about 4wd, then as Mat says use the running gear/chassis from an Evo/Scooby/Audi.
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    would never even consider scooby, even though its a general motors company i would feel like i have done somthing very wrong, anyways reason why i chose a calibra 4x4 is that you can pick one up for around 900 quid where as an evo would be considerably more.
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    The Cavalier/Calibra 4x4 system is not as bad as people make it out to be, and in its day was a pretty advance system. The box is slightly smaller than is optimum for cooling purposes, but The biggest problem with the system was more down to ignorance of maintenance than anything else. Very few people bothered to change the accumulator on the system which resulted in a lot/majority of tranfer box failures. A properly maintained system should last the pace i.e. my Cavalier Turbo had 154k on it, bulb changed when required and on origional transfer box, the Calibra Turbo was on 148k again looked after correctly and the txb is still fine.
    You could also look at fitting a 50:50 lock box, this will take out the accumulator side of things and would make plumbing in a lot simpler as well.

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    Wasn't the 4x4 system the same one designed by Harry Ferguson (of the grey Fergie/Massey Ferguson fame)?

    If it is, then it can trace it's roots back to David Brown who were originally a gearbox manufacturer, which tracing forwards brings us neatly to Aston Martin (the DB in Aston's model numbers stands for David Brown).

    With a little tentative linking, the Cav/Cally are actually an Aston Martin.
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