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transplanting an EA81 into a 1976 DL

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 09:04 PM

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 01:55 AM

Well - the body style you have was also shared by the Gen 1 Brat's, which actually came with the EA81 for the 1981 model year only. So a direct swap would involve the engine cross-member from a 1981 Brat GL. Barring that as they are stupendously difficult to find, you will have to modify the steering linkage from the column to the rack in order to clear the bell-housing IIRC.

The EA81's (except the rare turbo version) were always carbureted, but you do have the option, if you are so inclined, of converting them to Single Point Fuel Injection. My conversion manual is here:


It adds greatly to the driveability and the fuel economy of the engine. It's a bit of a performance boost as well.

The EA81 came in the following vehicles:

1980 2WD GL's (DL's and 4WD's were the EA71)
1981 through 1984 GL's.
1982 through 1984 DL's.
1982 through 1987 Brat's.
1985 through 1989 Hatchback DL's & GL's (but not the STD).




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Posted 31 August 2008 - 09:10 AM

wrong forum

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