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Four Cylinder Engine with RWD Manual Trans Options

3394 Views 45 Replies 15 Participants Last post by  Ray Bell
I am working acquiring on a project that will get a four cylinder engine and RWD transmission. Anyone building a four cylinder hot rod or anyone have any recommendations for an four cylinder engine that has RWD transmission options. Unlike my other projects, hoping to make this one a budget build, so nothing exotic please (at least not for recommendations - I always love to see what other people are working on).

HP target is around 200 (project vehicle will weigh around 1500 lbs so big power is not required). Working with Fuel injection and ECU is preferred for power and efficiency.
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GM Ecotec as found in Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky, available with both AT and MT, with optional turbocharger.

The more popular engines (Ford 2300, Toyota 4AGE) are getting tough to find these days.
Thanks, I will check out that option.
You have options, A ford 2300 is a really good, reliable powerplant. However, I would use a GM 153 chevy. There are a lot of these engines out there. They were used in early chevy II 's. great reliable engine. They were also used for many years in U.S. Mail trucks and FORKLIFTS, yes Forklifts as well as boats. Mercruiser had the displacement increased to 181 inches and I beleive they are still being built and used today as well as for industrial applications. Very good torque for a small engine and it is super strong. many components (lifters/rockers, valves etc) from a 230 and 250 chevy six will fit these engines. They also have a GM HEI ignition on many applications. The trans bolt pattern is the same as a SBC/BBC, so you can use a powerglide, T350/t400 and other Gm transmissions. Just my opinion. Dare to be different.
I am looking for a manual transmission, as this will mostly be a track car, with some street use.
Been there, done that.
All steel '27 Model T roadster
'88 Turbo Coupe 2.3 turbocharged 4cyl. 300+ hp.
Computer controlled and fuel injected.
T5 five speed and 8" Ford rearend.
$4800 invested start to finish. A blast to drive and runs like a raped ape!
Oh yeah.......30mpg!

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That's great. 88 Turbo Coupe might be kinda hard to find in my area. All of the older cars seem to have been crushed and hauled away (anything more than 10 or 12 years old is gone from most junk yards). When did you build this vehicle?
There are ways to convert the 4G63 to RWD; it was used in the D50 pick up.
:: Project Zero G :: - Transmissions

Not sure what your budget is, but BluePrint Engines just released a 4cyl LS derivative.
Yes, I saw the half of a LS - definitely outside my budget. Looked nice though.
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