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Thread: 3.0L engine swap

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangermouse View Post
    an unusual choice for the gear lube, but it could just work
    My lube knowledge is excellent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by opethmike View Post
    My lube knowledge is excellent.


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    Brief update

    It has been determined that a 1/2" spacer beneath the intake manifold flanges will allow me to use my 2.8L manifold on the 3.0L engine. New mounting holes will have to be drilled to accomodate the different placement of 3.0L intake manifold fasteners, but that should not be a problem.
    DeLorean status: test driving new engine

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    Intake manifold adapter plates finished

    2.8L intake manifold on 3.0L engine:
    AdapterPlates1.jpg

    Gaskets will go between the manifold and the adapter plates, and O-rings between the adapter plates and the heads.
    DeLorean status: test driving new engine

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    Lower casing swap

    DeLorean status: test driving new engine

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    By fearing to attempt."
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    Preparation for engine removal involves raising the rear of the car 13 inches off the ground.

    2613Airborne.jpg
    DeLorean status: test driving new engine

    "Our doubts are traitors,
    And make us lose the good we oft might win
    By fearing to attempt."
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    Engine removed

    DeLorean status: test driving new engine

    "Our doubts are traitors,
    And make us lose the good we oft might win
    By fearing to attempt."
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    Awesome
    -Mike
    1981 DeLorean, heads/cams/exhaust, EFI
    1999 Corvette, heads/cam/exhaust, 440 BHP
    2005 Elise, stock
    2016 Chevy Cruze

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    More photos from

    Some damage to the frame's epoxy was discovered.

    FarrarFrameMissingEpoxy.jpg

    Quite what caused the epoxy to fail at that particular point is a mystery to me.

    Upon wire-wheeling the area (and a rot hole near the LH tow hook), damage was found to be more extensive than I thought.

    Bill says the shock towers and the engine cradle itself are fine, but there is damage where they meet, rusting from the inside.

    From 3/16" angle iron, Bill made some plates to reinforce the tow hooks. These were installed with Grade 8 fasteners, and then welded on the edges. (Left side shown.)

    FarrarFrameRepair3.jpg

    FarrarFrameRepair4.jpg

    Once frame repairs are completed, paint will be applied (Rustoleum Smoke Gray).
    DeLorean status: test driving new engine

    "Our doubts are traitors,
    And make us lose the good we oft might win
    By fearing to attempt."
    -Wm. Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

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    Exciting news: 2.8L and 3.0L PRV camshafts can be swapped.

    And #2613's camshafts are in fantastic shape. (Odometer reads ~87,000 miles, BTW.)

    Comparison photo courtesy of Bill Robertson:
    CamshaftCompare.jpg

    As it turns out, it's actually a good thing that I never managed to start the engine after I discovered #2613's coolant "disappearing." Coolant was in fact getting into the engine oil, and if I had managed to run the engine the camshafts could have been damaged.
    DeLorean status: test driving new engine

    "Our doubts are traitors,
    And make us lose the good we oft might win
    By fearing to attempt."
    -Wm. Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

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