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Twin engine offroader?

Maybe this has been done before, maybe not, maybe it will work, maybe not... But here's what I may try and pull off someday... Buy two junk cars with a front wheel drivetrain, something durable and reliable like two old Toyotas, pull basically the front end, the engines, trannies and axles, then custom-fab a frame to hold one engine/tranny/axle at one end, and one engine/tranny axle at the other, both hooked up to one gas tank in the middle. I'd disable the steering on the rear axle, and steer from the front. I'd need to find a way to make sure both of the trannies shift at the same time, or else it wouldn't work...

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the jeep hurricane has two engines... not sure how they solved the trans issues you brought up but its possible...
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"The Hurricane's power is delivered to its solid split axles through a central transfer case that incorporates a mechanically controlled four-wheel torque-distribution system (see the next section for an illustration). In this system, there is a driveshaft for each wheel instead of one central driveshaft."

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/jeep-hurricane2.htm
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I can think of a couple of times this was done in street vehicles.

One was a Honda Civic CRX built by Car & Driver with two complete 1.8L Accord FWD powertrain units installed, front and rear.

Another was a project car owned by the president of Grants Piston Rings. He had a very stock appearing 66 FWD Olds Toronado with a second complete Toronado engine/transmission in the "trunk".

It just sold on eBay for $30,000.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...m=230120249086





In both cases, the transmissions were automatics and no effort was made to coordinate them.
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sounds gay and pointless
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I need to get out with the camera. Theres a place on Deleware Ave. here in Buffalo. They took 2 dodge Caravans and did this. The think looks stupid, but I've seen it on the road.. It DOES run.
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sounds gay and pointless

I think your name should be "white bread". It's pretty uhh, plain. but anyways



=not gay.


On the other hand, I agree with pointless(to OP, not hurricane) haha.
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i have found my runner up for the "stupidest crap" on RF award. Congratulations.
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i have found my runner up for the "stupidest crap" on RF award. Congratulations.
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sounds gay and pointless
That's what she said?

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i have found my runner up for the "stupidest crap" on RF award. Congratulations.
the twin engine idear?

what's the first?
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It's been done before. Saw something on the local off-road forum about it. There are special transfer cases that allow for multiple engines to run to a single case and then to multiple axles. it was more of a commercial equipment thing but it was used to power a big ol' truck.

But why would you want 2 engines with FWD power trains for off-roading? Bad idea much?
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A guy did it with a first gen Hyundai Tiburon. He put the drivetrain from another Tiburon in the back. It made 650 hp to the wheels with both engine combined. In the 1/4 it ran a 10.5. The trannys were controlled individually. For the burnout he put the front tranny in reverse and the rear in drive and roasted away. The car just rotated on its axis with all kinds of smoke coming from everywhere. Its on the first Ultimate Street Car Challenge. I have the video at home.
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I don't think it's a stupid idea... It's more of a let's see if I can do it than a is it practical thing. And the more I think about it, it wouldn't do very well offroad, but man, imagine how badass a dual 4.0 ranger would be!
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I don't think it's a stupid idea... It's more of a let's see if I can do it than a is it practical thing. And the more I think about it, it wouldn't do very well offroad, but man, imagine how badass a dual 4.0 ranger would be!
That would be cool but it would be pricey. Maybe a transaxle for the rear and and a beefed up transfercase for the front.
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what's the first?
by far it was the airplane seatbelt & no smoking light thing that dub came up with. my friends and i still have a running joke about that one.
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