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Eastgerman Italian aka Trebi V6TB

Here it is... me and my dad's new project. Only this time, the car will only be for dragrace!

Car in question is a:
Trabant 601 1.1 and only 612kg in stock form
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Plan is to fit inside the V6TB engine from my 145. Car has to stay FWD and it has to be as light as possible...
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But why this car? Because it is unique and the fact it was free Also because it weights next to nothing, and because is has polyester roof, doors, front and rear fenders.
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Plan is also to make front and back hood from polyester, and replace all the windows except front windscreen, with plexiglass, so that the weight will be even smaller. Because if I want to be competitive, and not spend 5k on the engine, I need to have as little weight as possible...
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In the interior there will only be one bucket seat, 4-point harness, and a fire extinguisher. And in the trunk a custom 20l fuel tank.
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In the front there will be dragslicks on 13" wheels. And at the back the thinnest 15" wheels I'll be able to find. Something like this very fast VW from our country is using...
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About the engine... a full service was made a while back, when I still drove the 145. Everything was replaced back then, even the bearings. So basically I don't need to do anything special with the engine, just a quick service and bolt on all the parts I have left from my 145 project...

Of course, how to get this big engine in such a tiny engine bay?
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With cutting of course!
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It's logical, that in this engine bay, you cannot get anything bigger than a 1.8GTi engine from a VW. That is why, as they say... "drastic times call for drastic measures"
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Already test fitting an Italian to an Eastgerman
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Floor ready
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Test fitting fenders and the bonnet
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First steps of welding the front end
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And already fixed underneath, at the shock absorbers, at the side, and bolted to the chassis
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Stock wheelbase of Trabant is 2020mm, now it is exactly 2000mm. Wheel base is spot on on both sides, and the height is the same. As they say... "measure twice, weld once", and that's exactly what we did...
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The floor looks like this... 1,5mm thick steel, with steel tubes still to come on the inside for more strength
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Here is where the tunnel for the shifter will be
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The engine went in, just for test purpose.
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Trebi is so light at the back, that when we lifted the engine inside, it almost tilted forward on the ramp...
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We also had to lift the bonnet, because it was touching the upper shock absorber mount. This isn't the finished look, because when the polyester bonnet will be finished, we'll use bonnet catches for more safety. But it will probably stay lifted at the windscreen, so it doesn't catch on the upper shock absorber mounts, and also so the engine heat can escape more freely...
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Here is the interior, or what's left of it
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We are preparing the steering wheel supports. Getting this steering wheel in place was a big challenge, because the steering column from a 145 is way to long for this car, and also Trabant has some incredibly thin structure. Welding on it was very difficult.
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Upper steering column, which had to be cut for about 200mm...
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That's it for now. Project was due to completion soon, but it got sidetracked because I first need to finish my daily driver 164, and then it will be Trabant's turn. Until next time...
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Trabi was already lively with 1.1 54bhp - can't even imagine how it will feel with v6 - pure engine on wheels
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