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When I had my 59 Nash in 1969 there was not an Anglia , Volvo , VW or Vauxhall that was safe from the tire burning power of the Metro. I always dreamed of swapping in a 4 spd. from a Healy Sprite...
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just want a i4

kewl that you can fit a hemi in one, it's just impractical. that's why i want to copy the ranger idea, three times the hp in a STOCK package any ford dealer can diagnose.
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Is there an easier swap
Briggs and Stratton???

BTW = Is there a seat adjustment in one of those?
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Yes there is a seat adjustment. Usually rusted and frozen but it's there and can be reconditioned to do OK but lots of rust!!
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Mazda rotary in Metro

Hi guys,
I have installed a Mazda rotary out of the the 3rd gen RX-7 into my Rambler American wagon. I would highly recommend this engine. You can pick up a nicely rebuilt rotary for around 1600-2000 without Fi or Turbo. There are intakes for the Holley 4 bbl as well as the Weber IDA. The Weber does look more impressive on the engine in my opinion. I am running fuel injection and a turbo but if you stay with the carb set up you can cut alot of costs and do not need a new ECU. Your car is short so the trans is up in the air..I ran a 5 speed manual out of the early 80's RX-7. We had to modify the trans tunnel. I am sure you'd need a shortened rear end at least 8".
I can tell you that the rotary is very light..two guys can easily pick it up and move around. They are only around 80 cu.in. They are essentially a small beer keg in size. They use a single crossmember mount or 2 mounts that come off the rear corners which are easy to fabricate into your frame. They rev to 8000+ RPM and if you build them right they will last for along time. Power is smooth. Not as much torque as a v-8 but tons of power mid band. Plus I bet you wouldnt have to cut your car up much if any in the engine bay.
The rotary in my Rambler fits so nicely..more power than a 4 banger and way more unique and fun!
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:27 AM
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If you are carefull and have a good sharp thin chisel you can cut off the top. earlu corvette or thunderbird style. find some sports car convertible or T top latches
AND- strangely enough, the factory ragtop versions had NO additional bracing - the car had actually been designed to be ragtop from the get-go, and the hardtop version required no body changes below the beltline. So, if you can cut off the top sans damaging things. it can then be a lift-off. My thot was a Toyota engine/trans from an early (70's?) Corolla 1200 or 1500 RWD - if there are any left around as they rusted SOOO bad!

Mets were actually Austins - an A-40, with the 4-speed box reduced to 3 sp by removal of the Austin low gear - and rebodied with a Pininfarina-designed look to match the bigger Nashes of the day (also Pininfarina designed) The makers plate on the firewall says they were built by Austin for Nash-Kelvinator - guess they are just a big refrigerator on wheels!

Biggest problem - all the mechanicals suck big time, and the wiring is Lucas - the Prince of Darkness! Add to that the VERY narrow track width required by the enclosed front wheels and you have a tippy beast with a large turning circle.

My wife thot they were "cute" and we wound up with 2 of 'em - a very early '54 (first year) and a '59 (last year of actual production - altho the unsold ones were then called a '60, a '61 etc) The '59 production year (59-on in terms of titles) was the only one to have a trunk that opens from the outside! We have since sold both.
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Nash Metropolitan engine swap

I expect few current owners are trying to swap engines, but if one or two are, I suggest consideration of the Volkswagen VR6 engine. This is a very narrow angle V6 that is not much longer than a four cylinder engine, and not nearly as wide as most V6 engines. The narrow width is important in the Nash Metropolitan's narrow engine bay.

The VW V6 comes in two cylinder angles. The older version had a narrower angle than the newest. A Google search will reveal a vast amount of technical information.

Some things to consider: Any Metro engine swap entails beefing up other power train parts. All narrow angle VW v6 engines have a cast iron block, and finding a suitable transmission will be a problem.

I drove my Metro from Washington State to Illinois and recall it as a very pleasurable drive. It was winter and we removed the engine fan, which made for a much quieter interior sound at high speed.
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An early 70s Datsun four is essentially an improved Austin A-40 (or maybe a later version). It has been used often to upgrade the Met because of similar size and looks. Datsun B-210 engine is most often mentioned, some 510s also (car designations, not the engine model designation).

The Met is not "tippy", even though it looks like it might be. The original engine can be improved also. See http://www.wps.com/AMC/Nates-Metro/index.html. If really interested in improving the original, drop me an e-mail or PM. I have an article on what "Nate" did to his. Main improvement (IIRC) is some head work by some place in CA. Here's an interesting site: http://www.metpitstop.com/evesmet1.html. This thread on the HAMB covers just about everything! Not much detail, but many ideas and some hints: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/a.../t-198337.html
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hopefully he decided what engine to put in the metro a couple of yrs ago
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DUH! Didn't look at the date of the older posts. Searched for "Rambler" and noticed the most recent post date, didn't look at the rest. I hate it when an old thread gets drug up and I don't look back for the dates past the last message or two!! Gotta remember to look...
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