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Old 03-18-2004, 16:30   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys ive currently got the stock straight 6 in my series 1 EF and im looking to put AU V8 in. Does any one know how much the actual motor will cost me in good condition with low Kms. What other work will be involved to prep the car for this?

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I'd try ringing a few wreckers and seeing how much this would be.. You'd probably need to replace the tailshaft, gearbox etc aswell.
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Is that picture of your car mate cause it looks exactly the same as mine except ive got the Ghia fog lights aswell!
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harder then you thing mate, best bet would be to get an AU V8 from auction, there are just too many parts that would need swapping and the various trips back to the wrecker would cost a fortune.
If you're verrrrry keen on getting a V8, i'd put an EF/EL V8 in and mod it, certainly a lot easier in terms of compatability.
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yeah mate, thats my car
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Yeh what effalcon said, if you get an AU V8 than you have to get a EF-EL v8 wiring loom and puter so it is alot of cross matching.
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Re: Straight 6 to V8

Would be tricksy. Probably need to convert back from Coil pack ignition to dizzy (AU's used coil packs afaik). Also need different injectors or computer mods to cope. Other electrical compnents (sensors etc, might also be incompatible from the AU to the EF ecu's)
As cogo said, would need reasonable loom changes as well.
It might be easier (not sure on price), to investigate an aftermarket computer for running the motor, and leave the original ecu for smartlock compatibility and so forth.

I'm also unsure about the transmission compatibility (I *think* V8's used 97le, and 6's 95 or 93le) - not sure how different they are. If manual, you would need to change boxes (different input shaft lengths). This *might* entail other changes, perhaps driveshaft (probably not I would guess).

All in all, I'd seriously consider just buying a V8 (not what you want to hear :) ). You could also realistically push the I6 to similar or higher power levels for the same money as the V8 conversion. (e.g. turbo / s/c).

A big job, with lots of investigation to do (don't take my word as gospel on anything except the need for LOTS of investigation before you make and decisions or spend money). Good luck
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Yeh get a complete v8, rollover or something. Probably a few K but will be cheaper than buying all the parts
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