here for scrutiny. i am considering buying a cheap base spec 306 and fitting one of these engines.
i like the idea over an S16/GTi6 for a few reasons. lower KLM drive line, lighter, from what ive read superior design bottom end/more easily serviceable.
the prices seem quite reasonable for both the donor car and engines. i also can get help with wiring an aftermarket ecu, and mapping of the variable cam control. as far as fitting the engine, i am not uninitiated, have owned many project cars (none french yet though).
from the reading ive done so far, the (non vvt version) engine was available in the xsara, which is mechanically similar, was hoping someone could confirm the architecture of the engine bay is the same (from what i can tell all but the front mount cant be used)
failing that, can anyone advise if the bell housing pattern is changed from XU to EW series engines? and if im likely to run into any other dramas mating the EW to a 306 trans', starter/flywheel compatibility etc.
OR if im way off the mark, suggest a logical/efficient way of mounting the engine. also any comments on difficulties with connecting ancillaries, plumbing, exhaust.
my only other concern with buying a base model car is i have noted some mention there lower spec cars are different re rear torsion bars and maybe front uprights? are parts like these accessible and reasonably priced? some ball park figures would be great.
thanks for your time! looking forward to replies.