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SteveVa    Posted 09-02-2020 at 09:23:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Who makes a good in line 4cyl rear drive motor that would have good power and be easy to find, and also easy to get parts.
    I have several MGB's and would like to swap out the Mowog for something with a 5 speed or an automatic trans available.
    I know Jeep had 4cyl motors in the 80's, but I am thinking something more modern and possibly cheap and easy to find.
    JDM has lots of motors for good prices, but I don't know which are rear drive or front drive.
    Toyota and Honda should have some good 4cyl, but are they rear drive or front drive??
    Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

    Doug Siperly    Posted 09-05-2020 at 15:05:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • 2300 ford, made for lots of years, everything from pintos to turbocharged Thunderbirds,Good aftermarket support as well.

    steveVa    Posted 09-09-2020 at 17:44:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thanks Doug I will check out availability around here.

    Doug Siperly    Posted 09-09-2020 at 18:54:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • these days easiest to find them in older ranger pick ups and mustangs. I never measured them , but are in the ball park with the N motors

    steveVa    Posted 09-10-2020 at 08:30:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Come to think of it I had a silver ranger pickup with a 4cyl and a 5 speed trans in the 80's. Was a great little truck. I could even pull a boat with it. It had a white utility shell on the back and looked like the phone company trucks. I could park it anywhere, even on the sidewalk downtown, and not get a ticket.

    Island Mike    Posted 09-02-2020 at 09:47:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • The 2.2 Saturn motor is really good. It is a front wheel drive, but a normal gearbox may bolt on. Motor is probably used in GM cars now. Other wise for rear wheel drive, the small pick up trucks, like the Isuzu. My 1990 had good running gear. 2.3 liter I think. Nissan made a 4 cylinder diesel. I have one. Mazda and Toyota made small pick ups with 4 cylinder gas motors. Had a sweet Healey in my drive last Saturday.
    Island Mike

    steveVa    Posted 09-02-2020 at 10:12:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Healey like Austin Healey 3000?? That is one of my favorite cars. 66 3000 gun metal blue with white cowels is sweet!

    I will check out the Mazda 4cyl, they seem to swap with Fords somewhat. I had an '84 RX7 with the rotary and it was great. Wish I had never sold that car. Toyota would be good too. I am trying to narrow down year and options so I can search what JDS has.

    Thanks for your help.

    dave#1    Posted 09-02-2020 at 20:59:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You know that I'm going to chime in LOL
    Small 2wd pickup is your best bet, You'll need to find some aftermarket company that makes "Conversion kits" or buy a donor truck that's complete for wiring,computers and such.( Sorry Mike, Saturn only fits Saturn and all are FWD)
    Would be a fun project !
    Keep us posted

    steveVa    Posted 09-03-2020 at 12:48:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Glad you chimed in.
    I do have a 93 Ranger with a V6 and automatic which would have lots of power.
    I was thinking I could find a high revving 4 cyl from something fairly common.
    There were a lot of guys racing 4cyl Toyota motors 20 or more years ago so I was hoping that Toyota still made a 4 cyl. Lotus had a 907 that would rev to 10 grand, or maybe a big motorcycle motor would work.
    You are right about getting all the electronics and wiring connectors to make it work.
    I also need to figure out a fuel system as MG has external fuel pumps while most fuel injection has a pump in the tank.
    Thanks for the input.

    Island Mike    Posted 09-03-2020 at 00:34:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I knew that this was your field.
    One of the Triumph sport cars ran a tractor motor. I have been in one, but it was a long time ago. Even further back, about 68 or 69, I was in an Austin Healey with the six cylinder motor. My Saturn engine was real sweet, and I figured in might not work. The Healey in my drive on Saturday was a four cylinder. All these cars are light weight, so do not need a huge amount of giddy up. 150 hp should be enough.
    We are building my house. Not an instant model like yours. September is siding month. October, insulation and plaster board. I think they call it wall board here.
    Island Mike.

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