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    Nissan Sentra Kia FE3 swap frankencar

    Wasn't sure where to put this, dosn't really fit in any of the project logs so I put it here lol.

    To start, the 89 Sentra. Bought it for $200 from a dealer in 2011 just before it was to be scrapped. Just needed a clutch cable. Was a Katrina car with flood damage, and I flooded her again when I had it buy driving through a washed out road. Sold it in 2012. Since then, it has switched hands a few times and has became almost a legend in the local car scene. Was even used for awhile as a pit car at the drag strip to inspect the track eta. It ended up in the hands of a good friend of mine last year where she gave up the ghost and lost compression. I yet again saved the car from scrap last month and brought her back home.

    Now for the 2001 Kia Sportage. When I had my ZX2 few years ago, I really wanted to swap a FE3 in her. Almost succeded, but life happened and I had to part her out. It killed me. Now I have a great 97 Escort sedan and only plan a few boltons at most, this one isnt leaving me. But, when my aunt wanted to sell her 5spd FE3 Kia for a crazy $800, I couldnt pass it up to optain the engine that made me loose my car lol.

    So, along with my 99 F150 thats in the middle of getting a enigne swap, I now have 3 project cars. Thats just one too many. So I hade the bright idea of putting the FE3 in the Sentra. Alittle searching shows someone put one in a Nissan pulsar of the same platform as my Sentra, so while I may be crazy I'm not alone lol.

    So far my main issue is trans options. The Kia engine has a 8 bolt flywheel and seems it will only accept a G series trans from a F2. Now I plan on boost and around 300whp, 250 at least, and will be mostly a tow-to-track drag toy. Seems the only way to use the stronger F2T H trans is to eather swap cranks (time and $$) or have a custom fw made ($$$$$). Will be alot of work just to replace the trans every pass. Also had the idea to convert the sentra to RWD, but, while I have a good understanding on whats invloved and how to do it, I don't trust my welding skills or harbor frieght buzz box for something so invloved.

    Enough of my life story, onto pics!

    Keeping the rusty look and spraying with matte clear.


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    Do you have any idea of rear end you are gonna be using if you convert it to rwd? I'm thinking of a datsun pickup truck rear end or a 240sx rear end.

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    The subject matter probably go into the the general automotive section several sections below this one.

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    Thought about using a mazda b2200 pickup rwd trans?
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