Probably a little more extreme than you were thinking, but what about a chain drive conversion?
Don't know if it would be possible/feasible to have some sort of chain drive conversion done with the engine mounted transversely (stock arrangement). This one uses a jackshaft with some sort of 90 degree gear set:
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cedric screwed with this post 10-28-2012 at 08:33 PM