Well guys, my dear sweet little B3000 is now shot... I was towing a trailer going down the highway 100 miles from home, and the rear main seal blew out, tranny fluid everywhere, oy vey. Anyways, got home safely and found a hell of a good deal on a new truck (pics coming soon), and I got to keep the old Mazda.
So... Here's what I'm thinking. I've been wanting to build a dune buggy for a loooooong time. The Mazda has been paid off for 4 years, and now I can't drive it more than 5 miles, and it's worth maybe $1000, and it will cost around $1500 to fix, so not worth it. (Besides, the new truck has all of 14 miles on it
) I'm wanting to build a super-light, rear engined buggy using the 3.0 from the Mazda, along with the steering, tires, ect. What I'm thinking though, is will the 3.0 in my Mazda hook up to the front wheel drive tranny from a 3.0v6 ford taurus, or the like? If so... I can mount transaxle and engine in the rear, and work out some kind of shift linkage to move it up by the driver.
What do you think?
EDIT: Take note, there is NOTHING wrong with the engine itself, just the tranny... It's only got 67,000miles on it and runs incredibly well!