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Old 08-29-2011, 03:38 PM   #1
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Does anyone know of anyone who has swapped a 2.3 svo mustang engine into the miata chassis. the motors are easily available around me and performance parts are cheap.
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Probably not, be the first to do it.
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Yes, it has been done. That's a very tall, heavy, cast iron engine with an 8v head that lacks flow to the point that the tbird/svo/merkur guys went to the trouble to modify a volvo dohc head to fit and improve performance. That engine in it's stock configuration has similar power potential as the 1.8 BP Miata engine in boosted form.
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They're sturdy but heavy as hell and REALLY thrashy.
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Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
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Why not a 22RE?
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Put a Volvo 240 DL engine block, those things are bullet proof.
Cheap, reliable and dime a dozen in junkyards.
Megasquirt with it...



On these things about turbos and engine modding, and if you are on a budget is good to jump in to a platform that is easy to replace by goin to your nearest jy, and does not cost an arm and a leg.

I have thought many times to get a DSM or a SRT4, but no junkyard has them, especially the u pick/ u pull ones. Finding a BP engine block is a breeze, if a Mazda does not have it, its a matter of checking the Escort GTs, Tracers or a Kia.

Duramax is a nice engine, try to find one...
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duramax LLM 6.6
turbo 6.6L v8 with 16.8:1 compression.
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What year did that engine come in the Volvo, are the electronics reliable, are they RWD, and can I get one in a wagon? What chassis codes am I looking for...and then off to Wiki. I'm toying with the idea of a bigger daily driver that offers turbo fun/mpg.
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What year did that engine come in the Volvo, are the electronics reliable, are they RWD, and can I get one in a wagon? What chassis codes am I looking for...and then off to Wiki. I'm toying with the idea of a bigger daily driver that offers turbo fun/mpg.
Ha.

They made them for a long *** time.

I sold a really clean one(with good tires, working A/C and a CD player) for $900 recently:

IMG_20101015_105739.jpg?t=1291870162

They run literally forever, and are stupid easy to turbocharge.

That's why I got rid of mine...didn't want another turbo project at the time.


Now the twin cam head I think didn't start until '89.

Check the turbobricks forum for info galore.
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Yeah, I'm on it. I'm getting the van in the next couple of weeks, but I've been thinking about doing something just like this for a while. I'm getting bored and need a project. Old, wagon, RWD = win. This would probably be an ARTech job too. Ramhorn, 2871, 3", Bilstein shocks, modern leather interior...with cruise control. I want a car that pulls how my turbo car pull on the highway, with the trailer, at 3200rpm in 6th.
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I warn you...it's a slippery slope...

I had 4 parts catalogs and 3 forum subscriptions before I finally stopped myself and realized it's a slow as 25yr old wagon that should just be used to cart kids and groceries.
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I learned it the hardway, one day line up against a 240DL, with my H22 vtec, and got my fair share of humiliation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JNzv...yer_embedded#!

Swiss cheese 4 CYLINDERS!

Exactly the same engine block, let me know when you see a BP on those times...

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Volvo turbo

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Old 08-29-2011, 10:15 PM   #14
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the 1.6 in my car is boosted already. my buddy and i were walking through the junkyard looking for a part for his fox body and we came a crossed 3 merkur's with the same motor as the svo mustangs. just a thought, but if i was going to go through the trouble of a motor swap it would either be a 5L or a 1.8
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Search for a M20. Shoe horn that bitch in and you are golden. Easy 350whp and 400+wtq.

Only an extra 80~ish pounds on the front of the car

On a serious note.....I almost did that swap
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Might as well go FE or YBT.
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Search for a M20. Shoe horn that bitch in and you are golden. Easy 350whp and 400+wtq.

Only an extra 80~ish pounds on the front of the car

On a serious note.....I almost did that swap
**** that. If you want a stout BMW 6 cyl: M30
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**** that. If you want a stout BMW 6 cyl: M30
Stout is relative. The M20 can EASILY give more than you can handle on the street and save you 60lbs off the nose of the car versus the M30.
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well i guess if i wanted stout i would wedge the new ford 5.0 into it. would need to widen the body about 4 inchs to mount that monster.
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2.3's are stout, and the one we measured on the stand was no taller then an LS. It'd give a 5.0 a run for its money.... They are just ugly looking engines.
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