Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Melbourne for now. Going O/S
E-series engine into XE ghia
Well a little while back i started a rather ambitious project. Fitting an EF engine into an XE. I promised to write about it when i got some time. I'm actually writing this some 4 months after "finishing" it...reason being i moved to Sweden back in March and i've had alot to ...errrr... distract me in the meantime.
The idea to do this swap was born out of the notion that i wanted to go further in development than the maximum potential of the heavily worked crossflow engine i had at the time. Also it was a bonus that the car was already set up and running a Gas Research system and i already had both the turbo and a 5 speed to suit just laying around. Off i went to the wrecker to get an EF-series engine.
without going into HEAVY details. This conversion was not entirely strightforward. I used heaps of EA parts like engine mounts, radiator, pulleys, p/s pump, alternator etc. Extra jobs were done like detailing, battery relocation, re-wiring. Alot of custom bits were made up, knuckles were scraped and the lords name was taken in vain many times.
I didn't need to worry about the EFI side of things as this car runs straight LPG. I did however install a HALTECH IG5 ignition computer.
I never got to fit the Garret TO4 as my buddy's manifold sat the turbo a little high for my liking...we will make another manifold soon and get that turbo fitted. The turbo is Garret TO4E 0.6 compressor and 1.32 split pulse exhaust no idea what trim wheels or anything but thats waiting for when i get back. For now its just got a 3inch sports system fitted. Don't be decieved by the XR6 TURBO badge on the rocker cover. The engine is standard and it will not be rebuilt until all the turbo gear is fitted in place. The idea being to run a weak tune until the pistons and rods are changed to cope with high boost. Much better than driving around a decomp engine without the turbo fitted (as was the case with my crossflow).
It came out sweet but i didn't actually get it running becasue i needed to borrow a laptop to program the computer and to be honest this was all happening in the last 3 days of being in Australia. There are some really minor things that i want to do better when i get back and have more time to work on it.
The car itself still looks average outside but its straight and rust free so i harbour hopes of getting it cleaned up. I just want to keep it a sleeper.
I might be coming home to Melbourne in September, so i thought i might get active on the forums again and just show people what/where i was up to. When i'm back you will see this driving around and i'll be able to report on how it goes (hopefully pretty bloody good!).
(EDITED: i need to delete some other photos on the forum for this one to fit so keep watching this space). Anyways here is the EF engine all fitted into the XE (see pic).... (DAMNIT the file is point.00001 of a bees' wanger to big) anyone who is really interested can request an emailed piccie).
Opinions, suggestions, power predictions?
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