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#1 canucklehead

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 05:17 PM

I currently have a 1970 P1800 with 83k miles. It is fully restored and I like driving this car spring/summer/fall. I am going to leave this one alone since the engine is solid, the FI reliable and generally it is a great driver (for what it is). I have the itch to buy a good P1800 rolling chassis and do some sort of swap. I am thinking perhaps a turbo 4 out of a 740. Does anyone have any interesting/possible engine swaps into a P1800?

Edited by canucklehead, 20 December 2006 - 05:19 PM.


#2 AlexD

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 05:59 PM

I currently have a 1970 P1800 with 83k miles. It is fully restored and I like driving this car spring/summer/fall. I am going to leave this one alone since the engine is solid, the FI reliable and generally it is a great driver (for what it is). I have the itch to buy a good P1800 rolling chassis and do some sort of swap. I am thinking perhaps a turbo 4 out of a 740. Does anyone have any interesting/possible engine swaps into a P1800?


Personally I think it'd be fun to see if you could squeeze a V8 in there :)

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 06:53 PM

Personally I think it'd be fun to see if you could squeeze a V8 in there :)


Maybe but I came across an old article where Robert Cumberford tried this in the 60's. A small block Ford required lots of butchering to the P1800 chasis to fit. Auto only etc.. A forced induction 4 may be easier. I think.

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 08:11 PM

Didn't one of the SEMA cars have a 940 turbo engine in it? That might be a good start?

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 09:57 PM

Didn't one of the SEMA cars have a 940 turbo engine in it? That might be a good start?


I should just buy that one. Cheaper in the long run.

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 01:02 AM

You could try to get your hands on a Volvo 2.5L I5 engine, how fitting would that be?

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 02:03 AM

My bad... It's an Amazon not P1800... :( However, that should be able to give you some idea on engine choice.

http://www.swedespee...rticle_937.html

Any picture of the P1800? It's not a P1800ES right? I like the coupe more than the wagon. :)

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 08:10 PM

My bad... It's an Amazon not P1800... :( However, that should be able to give you some idea on engine choice.

http://www.swedespee...rticle_937.html

Any picture of the P1800? It's not a P1800ES right? I like the coupe more than the wagon. :)



Yes it is the coupe, picture is not of mine but it looks close minus the extra driving lights.. I really like that Amazon. What engine is in the bay? It looks like an inline 6cyl.

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 09:30 PM

Yes it is the coupe, picture is not of mine but it looks close minus the extra driving lights.. I really like that Amazon. What engine is in the bay? It looks like an inline 6cyl.

Poor SS article, I can't find the engine information. I remember seeing a P1800 looks like a Batmobile from SEMA somewhere on the Internet but I don't seem able to find it. :o

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 11:36 PM

I like the look of that Volvo I6 that was modified. It fits the car.