Hmmm, thanks for your suggestion sig, it looks too lightweight, at least to me, to be a clutch, but I can't be certain either way. There is an actuating arm coming in from the side which looks like it would hold a parking brake and not much more.
Yes, just the engine reported on so far. I am drowning in documentation, CAD models, quotes etc for the chassis, wheels, suspension and body but to date I'm just blogging on the engine. A friend told me to do the body moulds first and sell panels to fund the project, but the engine came up for sale and so this became step 1 (heart over head as usual with anything Alfa).
Lionel, that would be great but I think we saw the same Colotti unit and they are rare as hen's teeth and priced accordingly. Hewland would be good but price is also high for this kind of project. I'm going to settle for a modern 6 speed transaxle, it won't be straight cut because the price is X10 so maybe an upgrade for the future.
My main thought on my original question is whether I can adapt an audi quattro transaxle to include this feature on the rear end of the original gearbox.
Thanks for your thoughts...
I will have to ask my mechanic more specifically about that. He was the one that suggested that I use the Porsche transaxle unit as supposed to the Coletti unit due to price and scarcity. He also pointed out that the Porsche unit can be modified with inboard brakes as the coletti unit.
Thus far, I know there are two people currently working on Stradale projects. One is Peter Monk in Johannesburg South Africa which I have been in contact with. I have been lucky enough to have a local friend with family in Johannesburg and was able to see Peter's project first hand on my behalf. Peter still a year out of a final product. His specific project is currently being build out of fibre glass with an assortment of different manufactures of car parts. Not what I would particularly would be interested.
Additionally, there is another person in Italy by the name of Christian who claims to have made five of these models thus far. He is currently offering a complete car as the original stradale for about $260,000 plus US. The car is being offered without engine and transaxle. This clearly confirms that the supply for a V8 engine and transaxle has dried out altogether. I find it too pricy without the V8 powered engine with the Coletti transaxle (my take).
I have been exploring making this car in aluminum body with an Alfa Romeo 164LS 24V engine with a Porsche 944/ or 50GT transaxle. In order to make it available below the price of the Italian sample. At this time, Research is ongoing and I will evaluate the possibilities and general public acceptance. Here are some photos from Christian tipo 33 Stradale
Meantime, I will focus in offering Metal fabrication and metal restoration.