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Re: Whoa...

At 02:53 PM 9/10/97 -0400, Unka Bart wrote:
>Steve Adams politely enquires:
>> Just out of curiosity.....
>> Anyone know of anyone offering Chev V8 adapter kits for Audi 5-speeds?
>> Steve Adams
>Don't know a thing about ya, Steve, but *DAMN*, I like the way you think...
>yer kindly ol' Unka Bart
I would think twice about such an engine swap.  I love Chevy V8s, but here
are some thoughts.
-- You would be swapping a modern overhead cam engine for a dated pushrod
truck engine.
-- You would add a lot of weight to the front end and mess up your handling.
-- There would be big trouble running the exhaust headers.
-- Chevy V8s (especially hot ones) require huge radiators: no room.
-- Performance gains are limited by the additional engine weight and also
(in lower gears) by the internal inertia of all those heavy engine parts
that you have to accelerate.

One of the cars I sold to buy my Audi was a '83 Z28 with a 400hp small
block.  I would like another V8 someday, but not in my Audi.  I'm convinced
that similar performance potential is already in the car, waiting to be tapped.

Ralph Poplawsky
'91 200TQ