I have a 92 with a 1.6+m/t and a 96 with 1.8+a/t. Both are stock and unmodified. I would run the 92 but the chassis is super rusty and frame rails look like they have been used as lift points.
I have a couple of thoughts on how to get this working without having to buy a new car, but I'm not sure if the rules would allow it.
1. Use the 96 chassis with same engine, swap transmission for m/t from the 92. I hear the engines in cars with auto trans are underpowered and not as free revving as their manual-mated counterparts. This makes a bad combination when considering the 96 is heavier and requires a restrictor plate. I really don't want to strip down the engine to make it essentially "manual-spec" and don't think that kind of change would be allowed.
2. Swap engine and trans from 92 to 96 chassis. I'm not sure if this is allowed and seems undesirable considering the combination of low power/higher vehicle weight. I'm sure this would necessitate the change of ECU+harness+fuseboxes, which I am fine with.
Is a powertrain backdate like this even close to fitting within regs?
Please keep in mind, I'm new to this and am hoping to get started in racing, having no real life wheel to wheel experience before. No contacts, no experience, so excuse me if I sound like what I am, a newbie. Thanks for the help ahead of time.