I saw from an advert in the paper today that the new Transit is available in Front Wheel Drive or Rear Wheel Drive.
I have never heard of a vehicle being offered with these alternatives, has there been any others? Is this an example of how the Transit really is just a chassis that you can build whatever you want to onto in the way of engine, drive and bodystyle?
What other vans of this type were RWD? Anything with a solid diesel engine over 2 litres - simple, pre-ECU (ie probably 10+ years old)? I'm thinking mad trike project ...
Vroom, vroom - mmm, doughnuts ...
There are lots of Transit variants, but generally the 3.5 tonners (Lutons, jumbo's etc) are RWD.
The smaller ones are all FWD. There is a bit of a mixture in the middle of the range, depending on customer spec.
As for the claim that one type of drive can be converted to another easily, I'm not so sure.
To convert a FWD to RWD would mean an engine and gearbox change, different mountings, drive shaft removal, rear axle replacement (brakes as well), prop shaft installation, gear linkage change, and a months work changing the fuel and cooling pipework. Maybe Ford can do it in an hour ?
Espada, the Renault 5 had a different wheelbase on each side as well. I think it was something to do with the rear transverse suspension bars being placed one in front of the other. A problem arose when brake testing on a rolling road tester, one wheel sat in the rollers - the other one didn't. You had to allow the rollers to run and slew the car round until both wheels settled in.
Never fails to surprise me how many luxury cars and vans get stuck when it snows bad, though that is often anymore. I remember driving past loads of BMWs, Granadas, Transits, etc. During the last heavy snow fall. I wonder if a FWD transit is cheaper on tyres? I realise that the front tyres will wear faster due to them being driven but is this more than compensated for by the lack of rear tyre wear?
Buy a Citroen and get to know the local GSF staff better...