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2wd to 4wd, wagon to hatch......
Posted 02 December 2003 - 01:11 AM
I have an '84 2wd 5sp hatch that i was planning on selling. I recently came across a pretty decent '84 gl turbo auto. i have access to a 5sp d/r. how big of a deal would it be to stuff the EA81T and 5sp d/r into the hatch? I know about the EFI electronics issues, driveline length, etc., but what about the tunnel width? is a 2wd tunnel too narrow/short? and what about flywheel/clutch stuff? i see a lot-o-posts about EA82 into a EA81 car, but i'd be going the other way.
I have an auto repair shop in central cali, so tools and such are no problem, and i know that with enuff oxy and acetylene you can stuff anything into anything, but any info up front would be super helpful and save a mess-o-time.
Posted 02 December 2003 - 01:17 AM
Posted 02 December 2003 - 01:32 AM
I've done that swap ('84 5 speed 2WD to 4 speed D/R), and without a lift I don't see how you could get the 5 speed in there without actually cutting the tunnel, and welding in some new metal.
People on the board love to go on about how easy this is when none of them have actually done it. I have done it, and I can tell you I will NEVER do it again. John (Mudrat79) has also done it, and agrees with me - he'll never do it again either. We discussed it at length. He was pretty amazed that I got my car together at all considering all the problems there were. If you want to buy a lift later it won't fit right, etc..... Much simpler to just find a 4WD car and start with that....
Your talking about Mass work, and probably many hours to get it all in there. What with the turbo motor swap and all. It can be done tho. The EA81T is intensly different than a regular EA81. The whole engine bay is laid out differently - the battery is on the other side. The wiring harness is vastly different due to all kinds of electronics that the carbed EA81 doesn't have. Not to mention the EA81T's are hard to get parts for, and are only making 95 HP. You can easily exceed that with a built EA81 and a weber....
Posted 02 December 2003 - 01:38 AM
Posted 02 December 2003 - 01:38 AM
Posted 02 December 2003 - 01:42 AM
Just want him to have the CORRECT information.
Posted 02 December 2003 - 01:50 AM
of course, it would be lifted, if that makes any difference. You say the lift won't fit right? Why?
i know the EA81T isn't as cool a starting place as something else, but it would be a cheap way to go, and i love the idea of no HP loss at altitude w/turbo. if it works out, i can get the whole wagon for doing rr wheel bearings on a grand vitara, which is a lot cheaper than building up an EA81. hehe
Posted 02 December 2003 - 01:57 AM
I'm just saying that you shouldn't expect it to just bolt everything together - there's going to be sticky problems that will require solving. You'll have to trade gas tanks, and complete exhaust systems. When you trade the tanks - make sure you swap the sending units too - keep the sending units with their respective gauges, or you could get unpredictable readings....
Posted 02 December 2003 - 08:56 AM
if you have to, run a 4 speed, with bigger tires you wont get into fifth often, anyway.
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