HAPPY FRIDAY - CHECK OUT THIS AWD CUTLASS

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TURNA

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That car has been around for almost 15 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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81cutlass

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Its a cool car but the owner is kinda stuck up. Won't tell anyone what he used to make it work. Pretty sure someone asked here and he replied that he's not sharing.

Consensus is that we are pretty sure it uses a TBSS style transfer case and either an s10/blazer or TBSS front diff and s10/blazer spindles and CV axles.
 
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i saw that in a GM tech mag years ago,i think it was an awd astro based set up.
 
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Its a cool car but the owner is kinda stuck up. Won't tell anyone what he used to make it work. Pretty sure someone asked here and he replied that he's not sharing.

Consensus is that we are pretty sure it uses a TBSS style transfer case and either an s10/blazer or TBSS front diff and s10/blazer spindles and CV axles.
One of the YouTube videos he says it has TBSS and I believe Rendevous parts to make it work.
 
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81cutlass

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Ideally, if we lived in Australia we would have gotten the AWD manaro AKA GTO and could have just dropped it in as is.

Could you imagine the sweet 1st and 2nd gen F bodies hitting the autocross if we would have gotten these in the US? Adapt the Holden subframe to a F body and bam.

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TURNA

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One of the YouTube videos he says it has TBSS and I believe Rendevous parts to make it work.

He's lying to throw you off

Was the TBSS even around when he built it???

I know this thing is over 10 years olds
 
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81cutlass

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TBSS stuff existed back to 03 on V8 extended wheelbase trailblazers so the oil pan front diff and stuff existed. Only special part is a larger TBSS spec (8.5"?) front diff which the stock 7.25" small trailblazer diff would hold the power and the AWD always on t-case. Astro and syclone AWD t-cases are the same always on style that the tbss had so it might have used an astro t-case.

The rondezvous part is BS unless maybe he used axle parts like fiero people do to swap 3800's in where they buy random axles out of skyhawk/cavalier manuals and take parts and pieces from various cars.

Its an LS car with a blower so it uses a 99+ 4l60e likely, not sure if a pre 99 60e t-case bolts to a 99+ LS style. I think it does.

Like I say, the only part that really matters is if he cut the hole front subframe out of a s10 4wd blazer and reused the front diff, which doesnt make a ton of sense since the blazer is narrower than a G body, but anything is possible. Could have welded in a 4wd blazer front clip and cut in half to make it the width he needed. A LS in a 4wd requires a pretty custom oil pan (see below) to clear the diff.

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TBSS pan, problem here is the diff sits a bit far forward of where it needs to be for a G body, unless he slid the engine back a few inches.
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