|Notes||I bought my Montage from Gary Paz a couple of years ago. I've removed the body from the VW pan and I plan to build a custom frame for it from scratch that more closely resembles the setup of the McLaren M6B-GT.|
I've acquired a '86 Corvette front suspension on Ebay ($800 including $200 shipping) to replace the VW front suspension. I want my Montage to copy the original longitudinally mounted V8 configuration so I also picked up a 1970 four-bolt-main Chevy 350 V8 ($60) and a 1986 Audi 5000 manual transaxle ($175). I found that the Chevy 350/Audi transaxle combination is a prefered setup for Lamborghini Diablo replicas on their builders' websites. Kennedy Engineering Products makes the proper engine/transaxle adapter.
Kennedy rates the strength of the Audi transaxle on par with the ZF used in the Pantera. Not bad if you don't go overboard with the engine buildup. The price for the used transaxle is much lower than the Porsche 911's model 915 transaxle and I don't have to flip the ring gear and pinion or have the case machined to accomodate the flip. I will have to design a rear suspension, but I can certainly use the Montage "T" design as a guide.
My plans further include replacing the Montage headlight buckets with Plexiglas covered ones that resemble the McLaren. I'd also like to cut a reverse scoop into the front body section for the radiator air exit like the original McLaren. All this will obviously take some time to accomplish, though.
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