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Old 10-20-2006, 01:14 PM   #1
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My name is Robert and I live in north Michigan I have a chance to get a 3800 ln3 vin code C engine for next to nothing I would like to put it in a 75 Celica however it is a rwd car. I need to find out if there is a rwd tranny that will bolt to this series engine. Any Info would be great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Welcome to the forums from Grand Blanc! Where are you located in Northern MI?
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IS there a rwd tranny that will bolt or that can be modified to bolt to the ln3 3800 Vin C engine
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the camaro had the Series 2 (vin K) 3800, which i believe might have the same bolt pattern at the LN3. They would be in the V6 camaros, 96+ I believe. The older V6 tranny'* may work, but unsure of the bolt patterns on them. I believe they were 3.1 or 3.4 L.

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the camaro had the Series 2 (vin K) 3800, which i believe might have the same bolt pattern at the LN3. They would be in the V6 camaros, 96+ I believe. The older V6 tranny'* may work, but unsure of the bolt patterns on them. I believe they were 3.1 or 3.4 L.

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Welcome to the club! That'* going to be one interesting swap...but it will present some challenges. Here'* what I can think of:

1) Those engines were NEVER in a RWD configuration, so finding exhaust manifolds are impossible, unless you custom weld a set. Though if you used the FWD manifolds, it opens up a turbo possibility...wouldn't THAT be fun?!?!

2) The throttle body is going to be pointing towards the windshield. That'* gonna hinder getting a cold-air intake setup in that engine bay. Even if you supercharge the motor, the throttle body will still be pointing in the wrong direction The only solution I can think of here is to use the lower intake manifold from an L27 and have a whole new upper welded up.

This will be an interesting project for ya...and this forum will help ya get it done or at least get the answers you are looking for!
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Keep the comments coming!! I am well inclined in the welding aspect so the throttle is is no problem. I retro fit a 66 catalina rochester 2bbl to the 20r (4 banger) In the celica now. I just need to know if I can find a tranny that will bolt or if I would have to fab a bell housing. And how hard would it be to get a wiring harness without the computer?

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Keep the comments coming!! I am well inclined in the welding aspect so the throttle is is no problem. I retro fit a 66 catalina rochester 2bbl to the 20r (4 banger) In the celica now. I just need to know if I can find a tranny that will bolt or if I would have to fab a bell housing. And how hard would it be to get a wiring harness without the computer?

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Best bet if you are going to go "dumb" (and I mean this no fuel injection, no computer or "brains" and going carb for fuel delivery...and not "dumb" as in a bad idea) is to go with a standalone ignition system...those 3800'* do not have any way to plumb in a conventional distributer. I myself am thinking along the lines of the MegaSquirt system...this is a DIY injection and ignition computer, but can be configured for just ignition if I am not mistaken. You would still need *most* of the stock engine harness...only thing that you wont be using would be the injectors I think.
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that Is exactly what I planed to do That is the megasquirt Idea I would not want to carb the engine. The trans is my biggest fear and rather it can be done or not.

Im not just a dumb kid with no knowledge of this stuff. I took my first celica converted it to manual trany and put a custom carb on it. I read a lot about engines on the net and have a wide knowledge base. LT1 seems awsome but $$$$ . I can get this 3800 if I trade a manual ford 4X4 trans a 410 gun or a 20 guage shot gun so I started doing research and it seems like a deal.

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