Intrepid RWD Conversion Questions - Bolt Patterns
Hello to all - I've been lurking around regularly, but haven't posted in quite a while.
I'm seriously considering doing a RWD conversion on my 2001 Intrepid ES 3.2L, but before making a decision I want to gather some more information.
I know that this was discussed a few years back (in thread 41797), and I don't want to dredge up old posts, but the "answers" there were quite inconclusive (that, and the thread got sidetracked).
I'm tentatively looking at using a 727 Torqueflite automatic transmission, or some version of it (i.e. A904/998/999, or perhaps even A500/A518 [for pickup truck], which have overdrive), although there are other possible options. I often deal with electronics and should have no problem with the electrical portions of doing this swap (what little there is with a tranny of this sort).
So everyone knows, I work at a Motorsports/Speed shop, so I know what I'm getting into here; I realize that this will be a sizeable job. I'm planning on removing the gas tank and going fuel cell, I'll need a custom driveshaft, etc.; I'm confident we can work out mounting the rear end and everything associated with that. It's the stuff "up front" that I'm concerned about.
Obviously, I'd be needing a custom flexplate. I'll need to make sure that the transmission will even FIT in the car (i.e. hit firewall). Also, I'm expecting to need a bolt plate as well, to convert from the bolt pattern of the 727 to that of the intrepid, but it's not impossible that one may already be out there. So, my question is:
What engines and/or transmissions share a bolt pattern with the Intrepid 3.2/3.5L engine?
Does it share a bolt pattern with ANY of the HEMIs, new or old [i.e. small/big block], or even some slightly older straight-6 engines (i.e. the 727 came on some I6s as recently as the mid-80s), etc.
I realize that no one is going to have a complete list, but knowing even one or two compatible bolt patterns would be extremely helpful and greatly appreciated!