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Anything in the records for when they decided to change the running gear from Turbo to NA?

Here are some of the concerns:

1) NA brakes would imply that you have NA spindles and hubs, not Turbo specific ones.

2) Your brakes are not designed to be able to handle the extra HP of the turbo engine, so you will have increased stopping distances, more brake fade, increased wear, etc.

3) The rear axles are early offset, which means that the suspension was swapped from an early offset car. The brakes are NA, so the entire suspension likely came from an NA. That is how you are able to run early offset Fuchs on the car.

4) 15" wheels will not clear Turbo suspension/brakes. The stock setup for Turbo cars is a 16" wheel for this purpose. Your front spindles are early offset, and likely from an early NA car. Are the control arms aluminum? It seems so since the brake cooling baffles for the turbo brakes are mounted onto them.

5) What diameter is the sway bar? I doubt it is the same size as for the heavier (and thicker) turbo car.

6) What transmission is in the car? Hard to tell this, as the code is stamped onto the top of the housing. If it's an NA transaxle, then it's not as strong as a turbo transaxle, and you may break your ring and pinion.

The car looks nice, however.
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