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Old 05-26-2006, 08:38 AM   #11
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Ok, I've decided to keep the trans in the car and just go with the engine swap. My reasoning is this: the engine is a much simpler machine than the transmission, and there are no guarantees that this other trans will hold up for a while. So if my current trans does need replace or rebuild, I would much rather have a trans shop do it and get a warranty. Doing this, it cuts the cost in half too. Its going to the shop next week.
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Yeah, I did a tranny swap to my 93 ssei, and the wiring is different from the 95. You can go ahead and do it, but expect to do a couple of major and expensive mods.
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Update on the swap: it ain't happenin'. I called the shop again to make sure the cost was going to be what he said it would. He asks how much he told me, I told him 400 out the door. He pauses, and says "No, that don't sound right. That'* just for the engine" (which btw included no accesories and no */c). Then I asked what labor would be, then he said "all told, about 650" Which still isn't bad, however I am not willing to take the car to a guy that waffles that dang fast. So it still sits in my parking spot. And after some discussion between my friends and g/f, we came to the conclusion it would be cheaper to just get another crank and put it in, get the engine running and what until the beginning of the year for the trans buildup.
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Is that $650 for the engine and the labor all together, with at least 90 days warranty? I wouldn't walk away from that...personally.
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No warranties...I could drive it for five mins, engine seize up, and be out the money. And the miles on the motor is unknown, so that by itself was enough to put the caution flag out in my mind.At 650.00, yes its still a good deal froma distance. But once you factor in what I stated above, plus the fact that the guy jumped his cost so much, I would much rather take the time (which I have plenty of) and just have the bottom end rebuilt on what I have now. The motor looks great on the inside (i.e. no sludge buildup) and I don't see any reason to completly tear it down when the crank is the only thing that is trashed now. (esp. after sinking money into all the upper end gaskets and parts).
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Are you going to get a complete crank kit this time?
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Yup...found a place in Atlanta that can get me the entire kit for under 200, no core charge either. Hopefully I can get the car in the shop this week and let them start having at it. I've already taken out the TAM, cleaned it up and repainted it. Will do the same with the timing cover. I will order the crank at the end of the week and I think tonight I am going to get the lower conversion kit for it. Waterpump was already replaced before I got it so I don't have to worry about that. I will have my guy look at the timing set and see what he thinks once it'* gotten down that far.
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