Originally Posted by Epicpwn
well find you said you were going to take measurements on your bonnie i would like to know what you found?
ya i know how much room is in a v6 contour they have the same unibody as a 4 banger. my idea for the car was to maybe drive every so offen in the summer got to car shows and take it to the track. My contour has no motor in it ive taken measurements and it looks like it will fit. last year i crashed my contour luckly there wasnt any frame damage i just need to put a core support in it plus body panels its realy not that bad. so i have a contour siting in my barn that i can do anything with pretty much. i know how fun thoughs cars can be even if it * a 4 banger thats why i like them so much and wana try a swap. like i said on contour forums i start my job tomorow and you plan stuff out before you start it
Your contour can be a very capable track car with the SVT sway bars or the thicker ones BAT has. A set of coilovers, or BATs Euro-handling kit will lower it and make it flatter in corners. The SVT contour was designed as a track car, not a quarter mile car. Add front and rear strut tower bars, a big brake kit, and they do VERY well on the track.
Sorry, I responded to you while I was at school waiting for classes to begin. The engine measures approx 24" above the subframe, 33 inches deep (that is where you are going to have the problem in the contour engine bay, you could fabricate headers and save an inch or two, but dont get to excited. The engine is 31" wide from the center of the motor mount to the edge of the exhaust crossover. Once again you can save yourself a couple inches if you fab up exhaust and headers, and run them underneath the car, but using the 3800, you wouldnt have the room to run exhaust underneath.
Sure the engine looks like it might fit when you glance at it, but, once you add all those novelties like exhaust, heads, an intake manifold, motor mounts, there is no chance it will fit without serious modification to the engine bay and a custom subframe, and then you would still be lucky to get it in there. Even after that, you still have all the pain in the butt of swapping wire harnesses and ECUs, the mystique instrument cluster wont work, so you would need to buy gauges and figure out how to wire them in. Then, the only good reason to put a 3800 and a 4t60/4t65 in your car would be to build a quarter mile car, and if you were going through all that trouble, why not just fab up motor mounts, a tunnel and a rear subframe so you can do a RWD conversion?
But in the end, you will just have a 98 mystique. Wait till you can afford an SVT if you want a fast contour.
And, I know this sounds strange to a young guy like you with lots of dreams, but there is a reason why everyone on the contour forums are telling you that it is a DUMB idea. Believe it or not, a lot of us have the mechanical ability to do something like this, much more I assume than you do given your age and the kind of questions you ask.
Originally Posted by Mike1995
If your thinking of dropping a Series II into a completley different platform, be warned. You are looking at extensive frame modifications, custom metal fabrication, electronics, wiring, etc.
And since when does a 4L60-E mate up to a 3800? If thats the case, I'm taking my 4.3 and dropping it into my car.
sorry typo. But just out of curiosity, what is the bellhousing pattern for the 4.3? There is a 4wd blazer with a blown engine and a lot of body damage, so I was thinking of pulling the transmission for my diesel conversion on my explorer.