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Old 04-09-2003, 18:52   #1 (permalink)
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Ok guys heres my thought. I have a 1991 series II EA CFI. I know my head gasket is going or maybe its already gone. Ive heard that they are not cheap to fix since my engine has clocked up 290,000km without a recondition I am thinking that it might cost me a few dollars down the track. Now I am interested in maybe just replacing the whole thing with an EB or ED engine. The best way to go would be to buy a wrecked EB or ED and swapping. There is a few reasons why this idea is catchy:

1. I could really use some new interior parts.

2. I am in need of a new engine probably and i am thinking an EB or ED would put out more power. Also I have a cfi and the differences would be great i think.

3. I wouldnt mind a manual gear box but i realisticly have no chance of finding a wrecked EB-ED with a manual in it but I wouldnt mind replacing the auto as well.

It would be a good project to waste some time on while studying

Now for the big questions is it going to be that difficult? Will the engines swap straight over? Hopefully I should have most parts.
What are my chances of finding a wrecked EB-ED with an engine still in good condition? How much roughly $$$ am i looking at for a wrecked EB-ED? Will there be a performance increase or will it just feel smoother? What sort of effort is required in doing all of this (hours)? Basically i am happy to do it all myself but will there be anything that i cannot do myself? The ED interiors are interchangable with the EA's arent they? And the big question would there be any rego problems putting another I6 in an EA

I like my EA and I would prefer not to buy a new car. Also there would be a great deal of saisfaction once I completed it all.


One more thing if i managed to get my hands on an EB-ED XR6 would it be just as easy to transfer parts from this to the EA?
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Old 04-09-2003, 20:53   #2 (permalink)
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i guess it depends on how much u plan to move over, but chances are buying a wrecked EB/ED in good condition shouldn't be too hard.
there are plenty of wrecked cars out there
You'd see a performance difference as your still basically using the same body (weight) and will have a car with about 20 or so extra kw's
look for one in maybe the same kinda colour as urs or something as the doors off a later model would be better to put on yours due to speaker holes and stuff. not sure about smartlock? converting engine/trans etc etc is a lot to do but a good project none the less :D
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Old 04-11-2003, 19:15   #3 (permalink)
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One more question.

What sort of price am i looking at for a wrecked ED with the engine still in decent condition?
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Depends mate.
Where do ya live?
Are you buying it from auction of private?
are you any good at bargaining?
I'd expect to pay about $400 - $800 depending on how badly wrecked it is and what's good on it - I live in Perth.
My understanding is that stuff costs a lot more in the Eastern staes?
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Yeah I live in canberra which is a major factor. I havent planned to buy from private or at auction im fairly open in this reagard. Mainly what i hope to get is a gearbox and engine in fairly decent condition anything on top of that is a bonus
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