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The project is to revive a sailplane launch winch that has a 350cid Olds
engine with an automatic transmission as it's power plant. We believe
the engine is late 60s vintage, but don't have any more info than that
for now. The engine has sat for 10+ years and we have not been able to
get it to turn (seized). It's probably easier for us to find a new
engine or new engine & transmission to replace what we have got.
The winch drum is bolted onto a rear axle which has been modified and
there is a custom built driveshaft that is only about 1.5 to 2 feet long
that connects the rear end to the transmission. To avoid having to
re-design/re-build any of this we will be looking for something that
matches up. One person has made the comment that it may be possible to
get a 454 and hold dimensions, etc. If that's possible, we'd certainly
like to have more power than less.
If you have any suggestions, please let me know.