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Old 04-21-2003, 21:53   #1 (permalink)
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AU VCT into EB FAirmont Ghia

I know this question has probably has been posed before, and if someone could direct me to the appropriate thread that would be great, but is an AU VCT engine exceptionally difficult to put into an EB? Engine, loom and computer for $3000 sounds like a good deal, given its only done 30,000 kms. The EB in question is in great condition but the engine appears to be finished.
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Old 04-21-2003, 22:05   #2 (permalink)
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Well, quite apart from the wiring issues there is the problem of physically locating the engine in the engine bay.

EA-EL have different engine mounts to AU-BA.

AU-BA have an integral cast alloy sump that fouls on a EA-EL K-Member (you cannot swap sumps as the mains cross-bolts go through the sump).

I have looked at swapping in the full AU subassembly (suspension, alloy cross members, steering and engine) which I reckon is doable but a lot of work. I have never seen this done.

Another alternative is shown here;
http://www.trueblueford.com/LeesEA.html
where a Kiwi has managed to get an AU engine into an EA up and running (so it can't be too hard).

I reckon you would be better off starting out with a front-cut rather than with the pieces already stripped out of a car.

There may be Smartlock issues to consider as well.
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Old 04-21-2003, 22:51   #3 (permalink)
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thanks, well that answers that question. So i guess an eb xr6 engine would be the logical conclusion as to whats the easiest decent 6 to put in.
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