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#1 DaShiner

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 10:43 PM

I miss my old car badly! it was a 1.6VTI honda civic 170bhp saloon, the best car I've ever had, ultra reliable and !Removed! quick too which got me onto the thought of maybe getting a similar engine and dropping it into my escort van (r reg 55d)
how much stuff would I have to change to sort it out?

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#2 vinnyvangough

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 11:24 PM

Virtually the whole front end mate. Hell of a lot of work.
I thought about this a while ago but never looked into it too much.
I know a man who put a vtec into a 309 and that was a whole load of work.

Would be cool to do it. If you know a bit about mechanics and are quite handy at fabrication i should think it would be an awesome plan.

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 12:31 PM

Virtually the whole front end mate. Hell of a lot of work.
I thought about this a while ago but never looked into it too much.
I know a man who put a vtec into a 309 and that was a whole load of work.

Would be cool to do it. If you know a bit about mechanics and are quite handy at fabrication i should think it would be an awesome plan.

Hmm lol, only problem is, I'm no mechanic, I'd have to find somewhere to do it and store the motor while I'm not using it. It would take what 2 - 3 days to do it wouldnt you say? I have a mate who's pretty good at these sort of things so maybe I could get him to help, at least help with the harder bits. Would defo be a good project then wouldnt it, I doubt there are too many vtec ford escort vans about eh ;)

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 12:41 PM

I would say it would take alot longer than 2-3 days

You would need to replace the engine, gearbox, clutch, fuel system and make sure that everything was integrated into the new engine i.e. brakes etc

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 01:00 PM

Good couple of weeks at it. So much work involved. As Rikos said its engine and gearbox, all engine and gearbox mounts, exhaust. Fuel tank, fuel lines, fuel pump. Brakes, brake lines discs pads calipers. Radiator and all associated pipework, but i would imagine one of the more awkward parts would be all the electrical side of things. All the ECU and wiring loom.

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 01:05 PM

So basically its a vtec with a ford shell :lol:

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 01:08 PM

Yea.

I wouldnt even attempt it unless you are good with fabrication, welding, electronics etc and have a place to do it with storage for a couple of months if you get stuck.
Its a big job to do not just a couple days.

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 01:26 PM

Blimey, a lot more work than I considered :( I'll have a chat with my mate and see what he reckons to me employing his services for about a month then lol, he'll love it I'm sure :D

Cheers guys ;)

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 01:44 PM

No problem mate, just trying to ensure you are fully aware of the time and how big a job something like is really is.
It was all the work that out me off to stat with. Dont get me wrong i got enough mates with the combined knowledge to have this done in under a week, but the reality of getting them all there at the same time for a certain amount of time would be damn near impossible.
Thats the prob relying on others as it only takes for them to do something else and you are days behind.


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