What swaps have people used in their cars?

Any topics pertaining to engine transplants (non-BMC powerplants). If you've dropped a big-block in your bugeye, this is the forum for you.

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Postby matt59sprite » Tue Oct 31, 2006 9:59 pm

I've got a '59 bugeye with a Chevy 283 V8. Bought this a few months ago. The previous owner had a heart attack & stroke halfway through the project. I was thinking about putting a 291 Desoto Hemi in it, but I didnt want all of his custom engineering to go to waste and have to redo it.[color=darkred][/color]
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Postby JMac » Sat Nov 04, 2006 6:59 pm

We have a fellow in our area who used an rx7 engine, trans, and rear,its very fast and handles well. He has a few ftd,s. I have a photo of a spridget with a capri v6 engine trans and rear, it fits nice and was very hard to tell it was in there. I saw him at summit point a few years ago. I,ve also heard of doing a toyota truck rear swap, from looking at some it looks like it might work, after being norrowed of course.
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Postby mrsprite » Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:25 am

I have a Bugeye with an '82 Datsun A15 engine & 5-sp. trans. I have been thinking of a more modern engine with more power though.....I'll have to research the Toyota 4age engine. It sounds like what I'm looking for!
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Postby bugeye1600 » Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:52 pm

I am currently doing a Bugeye with a 70s Ford 1600cc Escort engine, Celica 5 speed and (Harry Potter) Anglia rear end.

The previous owner ran the cast iron Escort box, which required cutting and recessing the LH subframe rail, cutting and folding back the LH inner footwell (to clear the starter) and removing the centre section of the gearbox crossmember. He then bolted the rear box mount to the floor sheetmetal. Noice!

P.S. It's a RHD car.

I previously had a Mk3 with a Nissan A14 and 5 speed. Not a recommended conversion.

Recently, I spoke to a guy who used to own a Bugeye with a 289 V8 in it. He said it was like a dying blowfly. Just spun around on the spot and made a lot of noise.
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Postby Jimmy » Sat Dec 30, 2006 3:21 am

That 1600 sounds cool, I think there was a car similar to that in a recent issue of "MG Enthusiast", the article was called "Mexican Midget", I believe. It was a square body using either the 1500 or 1600 from a Mexican Ford. It looked like it made a nice, faster, more drivable car, while taking virtually nothing away from the character. That Magazine might interest you if you haven't already come across it. Good luck with the project!
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Postby bugeye1600 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 3:25 am

Thanks Jimmy, I'll look into it.
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Postby Anonymous » Tue May 08, 2007 11:24 am

I dropped a Datsun A12 motor and 4 speed in a Morris Minor 20 odd years ago and it was very easy to do and was a major improvement. I have an 81 A15 and five speed that will go in to my Minor Woody or the Bugeye don’t know witch yet.
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Postby Anonymous » Sun May 13, 2007 6:07 am

I've got a '59 Bugeye with a Toyota 4AGE 16v (100kW). Toyota g'box, Holden Torana XU1 LSD (Aussie 70's muscle car). Bugeye bonnet has been replaced with a fibreglass Sprinzel Sebring replica from Archer's Garage. Beautiful little car - whole lotta fun. I didn't do it myself - it would never have been finished had I tried! Have a few upgrades on the list...front suspension & brakes upgrade, panhard bar for rear & disc brake conversion (still on rear drums).
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about that miata conversion

Postby amess » Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:57 pm

Some time ago on this log you mentioned a miata swap. I'm considering the same for my 79 Midget.
Do you know how it was done and more details - similar to your Toyota swap info (which is great)
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Re: What swaps have people used in their cars?

Postby Brust » Sat Jun 28, 2008 8:13 pm

Holy mackerel! In response to the last post requesting information on the Miata swap, please do yourself a favor and visit: http://www.the-mite.com

Trevor has obviously done it right, although you could definitely get by with far fewer modifications and have a very fun car.
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Re: What swaps have people used in their cars?

Postby begorj » Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:01 pm

59 mk1 3.1 5 speed 4 wheel disc 4 link rear with coil overs nitrated rear axels 3.90 rear and hope they hold up
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Re: What swaps have people used in their cars?

Postby daytonadogie » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:28 pm

3.1 what?
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Re: What swaps have people used in their cars?

Postby trevor » Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:15 am

3.1 is a chevy v6.... maybe?
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Re: What swaps have people used in their cars?

Postby begorj » Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:01 am

chevy v6 out of a 95 olds cuttlass the tranny is a 94 s10 2.2 the rear brakes are honda prelude front brake mg midget 4 link with coil overs custom tilton master cylinders
front tub upper and lower control arms with gas shocks
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Re: What swaps have people used in their cars?

Postby Aubrey_Boy » Thu May 06, 2010 3:36 pm

Vauxhall C20XE - Redtop 2.0L 16V (Work in progress)

Mild tune 170 - 180 bhp

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