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Old 08-10-2009, 11:20 PM
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Google thru the Toyota Forums. There is s a ton of info on swaps. Nice thing about Toyota is the eng/trans mostly have the same bolt patterns so a FWD eng will bolt to a RWD trans. They actually spent the time to build them right so they dont need balance shafts for FWD cars like American manufactured cars. I have an 86 RWD Corolla parts car I will use in Morris Minor if I can ever find the time to start that job. Go for it. I always stop to check out a car when the builder is creative enough to build it without a 350/350. I have a pile of 1.9 2.0 2.3 and Zetec stuff for my other Morris's. I'm even considering the 2.3 turbo for the 35 Ford pu. Got good mileage and lots of power in my XR4TI.

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I think I love you guys.

(Nothin queer now...think of it...Viking style.)

The trans I have is from a older Corolla RWD.

It needs a small mod, but it will work.

The clutch from a 1987 Camry seems to be perfect.

I might not even turbo the thing. I really just need a daily beater to replace the Camry I drive now, which has 200+ on it and is rotten bad bad bad.

Why not make a rod as a daily?? Thats what I thought.

I can get a 3:50 rear under it for free and if I use the cowl/firewall from a Caravan, have all the goodies like A/C and delay wipers.

The wilder idea is to chop the caravan and fill the windows, making a service delivery out of it. The tires would be outside the body, like a roadster and if you kept the nose off it, it changes the whole look of the vehicle.

To use the whole thing would bring the weight right up though.
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The tires would be outside the body, like a roadster and if you kept the nose off it, it changes the whole look of the vehicle.
Just a slight word of caution. You may want to check the VA regulations regarding title requirements and allowable modifications before you get too far down the line and have real money tied up in this project. Most state DMV offices have pretty decent web sites that explain the rules and will hopefully point you to a copy of the actual regulations that your legislature has most likely adopted. You just don't want to run into any big surprises down the line, particularly if you are depending on this being your daily driver.
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The wilder idea is to chop the caravan and fill the windows, making a service delivery out of it. The tires would be outside the body, like a roadster and if you kept the nose off it, it changes the whole look of the vehicle.
I agree with Cboy here..You really need to check into this....The things you said here,Will most likely be a red flag..The tire's outside the body.Will not pass here..Not sure about where you are..And no nose on it will be a flag too.It all come's down to the year of the car..Sound's like you have a plan...But make sure before you put the time and money into it..I know here you better not do the things you said..But that's here..We are not trying to shoot down your plan,Just telling you what to check into..Good luck..
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Thanks for the info and the concern!
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