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Thread: ENGINE SWAPING QUESTION
1976FordCourier


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posted November 14, 2002 03:43 PM

ENGINE SWAPING QUESTION

I have a 1976 ford courier pickup, and as we all know the courier and the mazda repu are alike in many, many ways. it currently has a 1.8liter(110 cubic inch) 4 banger in it. Behind it sets the factory 4 speed manual. I would really love to put a rotary engine in it but will any rotaries fit that transmission? I really want to keep the trany since its a 4 speed and it saves me from having to buy another one. Thanks.

       
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Tom93R1


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posted November 14, 2002 06:27 PM

I can't speak from experience but I am 99% sure the rotary will not bolt up to the Courier tranny. It isn't like a tranny would run you all that much though from a wrecking yard or maybe somebody has one in the back yard. Any mazda rotary tranny will bolt up to any mazda rotary engine. Whether it will even fit in the Courier front end is another thing all together. Anything is possible but I dont think this will be an easy drop in swap.
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nwaco


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posted November 14, 2002 06:55 PM

Sorry, but absolutely, positively, without a doubt....NO. The only trannies that bolt to a rotary came bolted to a rotary.

Sorry.

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1976FordCourier


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posted November 14, 2002 07:09 PM
Edited By: 1976FordCourier on 14 Nov 2002 19:12

thanks. man i was hoping it would since its a mazda tranny and it looked so much like a rotary tranny. O well, now my choices are this 4 banger or a complete rotary swap out. i wish they made more stuff for these ford and mazda pickups. ive searched online lots of times to try to find body parts like a fiberglass hood with out much luck. o ya by the way i saw a repu on ebay today. i belive a 76...it was 150 bucks when i saw it. figured you guys might want to know

       
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nwaco


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posted November 14, 2002 07:20 PM

So Mr Courier,
Where are you located? I could dig you up a frame for a REPU for cheap. You could bolt your body to it, and whoa-la you have what you need. A Rotary pickup format. I just so happen to have available a genuine REPU frame that only needs a body...Let me know

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1976FordCourier


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posted November 14, 2002 07:30 PM

Im in georgia.(so much fun here hehe) im 16 and been in trucks for a few years now. i have several a 41 plymouth pickup a 46 and 49 ford pickup. my 67 ford that i drive now and this little courier i bought for 100 bucks im playing around with now. not a whole lot to do here so i spend my time with my trucks. ive never been a fan or the 4 bangers, hints y i have a 351w in my 67 ford now instead of a 6 clyinder. I just cant stand a small engine lol. if yall have some pictures of your repu id love to see em just post the links.

       
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repuguru


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posted November 14, 2002 08:48 PM

Yeah but when you get a rotary in your truck you'll have a small engine that will run with most big engines.
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85' GSL-SE
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rotormunky


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Orlando, Florida
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posted November 15, 2002 06:03 AM

I've seen a couple T5's mated to 13bs and one T56.

Cearly you CAN do anything you want to do if you have the time and/or money.

You can have adapter plates made to bolt the T5 up. I've seen them and this is how the two FC's I've seen did it (they got the plates from the same guy). I didn't get to talk to the owner of hte six speed.

Its not EASY. The Shifter location changed and tranny mounts had to be altered/fabricated.

I don't even want to THINK about the cutting that was necessary to make the BW T56 work. Have you ever seen the size of those things? Easily 50% larger than your stock FC trans. Nasty nasty nasty.


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1976FordCourier


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posted November 15, 2002 04:33 PM
Edited By: 1976FordCourier on 15 Nov 2002 17:08

o dont get me wrong repuguru. when i say i dont like small engines i mean 4 and 6 clyinders. i love rotary engines. id love to have alot of em. only problem is $$$$. seems alot of rotary stuff costs a bunch.

       
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