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Old 05-19-2004, 02:29   #1 (permalink)
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Smartlock retrofit into an EA - question?

Hello all. I am giving serious consideration to buying a wrecked EBII or ED Fairmont, with the plan being to transplant the ENTIRE wiring loom into my car (EA Series II, GL) along with the dash, power windows, mirrors, etc...
My question is, given that in doing this I would be also replacing the ECU and installing a BEM, how hard would it be to get smartlock working? Damn near impossible? Or do-able?
Now, as I understand it, smartlock is pretty much a 6-point immobilisation system, and given that the interior would have to come out along with a lot of stuff in the engine bay, I can't see it would be too hard.
Any thoughts? Or is it a complete waste of time and I should just wait and buy an EBII Fairmont?
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Re: Smartlock retrofit into an EA - question?

If you transplat everything from one car to the next except the engine, then I cant see why not.

What are you planning to swap over and what are thinking you will not swap over ?
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Re: Smartlock retrofit into an EA - question?

I kinda figured that... steering column surround would be replaced anyways to get the steering column light, so the antenna (assuming that's where it is) would go in anyway.
If I did buy a wreck, I'd probably transplant just about everything.
Dash, all electrics, obviously, drivetrain probably wouldn't be touched (better the devil you know)
The idea would be to wait and find one that has had a massive rear-end impact, or a fairly bad t-bone, preferably a statutory write-off. Cheaper to buy, and wouldn't have any impact on the electrics.
I don't really know what would be left over, but there'd be lots out of my existing car, but who really wants ea gl stuff?
It'd be a case of me taking time of work, stripping down the wreck to remove everything I want, then seeing whats left and ditching it.
But we're probably talking about 6 months down the track.
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Re: Smartlock retrofit into an EA - question?

It'll work fine. Just make sure to swap ignition barrels or steering columns.

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Re: Smartlock retrofit into an EA - question?

"or a fairly bad t-bone" i would of thought that the electric windows would not work then
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Re: Smartlock retrofit into an EA - question?

Yah, but the wiring would still be intact, which is really the point of the excercise. And I would probably put a new drivers regulator anyway, they aren't really that expensive.
Pretty much the only accident that would rule out the purchase would be a significant hit on the front right hand side, where the battery tray and assosciated fuse wiring is.
The only way to do it properly is to replace all the fuse boxes and relays in one hit.

MongrelEB: Cheers, I thought as much. Steering column surround would be replaced anyways, so no biggy.
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