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I'm looking at an 1800ES this Thursday. I had one previously and loved it. This one is quite tired looking, but supposedly in good shape (73K miles). Some surface rust, straight body (no bondo), faded interior (couldn't see the condition of the seats) and has an automatic. I know that will have to go for sure. Since I owned one prior I'm pretty confident in how to inspect it, but would gladly still listen to the advice of others. I'd also like to hear on alternatives to replace the automatic. Obviously an M41 would be perfect. How hard are these to find and at what cost? Can you mount an M46 to the bell housing of an M41? I know the M46 is for a "slanted engine mount", but when put on a M41 bell housing will it straighten out? Any other issues trying to do this? I think I read some of these have electronic speedometer outputs, what years? Can you still retrofit a mechanical output and will it work with the P1800 speedo? Can you make the P1800 speedo electronic? Use the guts to a matching tranny and house in the mechanical body with P1800 face? I also saw a conversion to use a Toyota transmission, and a Ford T5. Costs and opinions anyone? Any other possibilities?<p>Last but not least if the car is as described (I hope to give more details after I see it), what might be a fair price?<p>Jerry<br>
 

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Re: P1800ES tranny swap and possible purchase (jjwoomer)

Your area has some ready-to-drive ES's on the market with 4-speed/OD, AC and everything working.<p>To get your "target" car in such a conditon may take more $$$, time and effort when compared to buying the needs-nothing-major car and tooling down the road on a fine Sunday afternoon.<p>Reminds me of the ******* definition of "marriage" - find a woman you hate and give her your house (and boats and cars...).<p>The conversions you have mentioned have all been done including www documentation of the M46 installation.<p>George Dill
 

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Re: P1800ES tranny swap and possible purchase (gdill2)

<A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=117848" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=117848</A><p>George Dill
 

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Re: P1800ES tranny swap and possible purchase (gdill2)

George,<p>Thanks for the prompt reply. Can you point me in the right direction to find some of the other P1800ES cars for sale in my area? I found the one I was looking at and one way up north (Seattle area?). I don't mind working on them, I had one previously and put on 370K miles until the front suspension had a very strange failure that resulted in a nasty crash. <p>I haven't started looking for transmissions as I haven't seen this car yet, so not sure if I'm going for it yet, but wanted to know how difficult it would be to replace it with something other than an M41. The M41 I previously had always had a tendency to leak out the vent hole on top indicating it was over filled even though it wasn't. Never could figure that one out, but that was before I had found the forums. I'll bet someone knew the reason! If you can list in order the best replacements (and their limitations) it would be appreciated if you have the time. <p>Sincerely,<br>Jerry
 

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Fly to Houston and drive this home...<p><A HREF="http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/1104591309.html" TARGET="_blank">http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/1104591309.html</A><p>George Dill<p>Temple, TX
 

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Re: P1800ES tranny swap and possible purchase (gdill2)

Sounds really nice, but I'm more interested in a daily driver that looks good rather than original. I have a tendency to keep them as close to original as I can, but do like to do updates. Saw a pretty nice on in N.Carolinal if I'm remembering right, but I'm thinking closer to home and a lower price. I can do most fabications, and can find creative solutions when necessary (engineer by trade). Stuffed a Toyota 18RG with Supra tranny and Ford 8" into a 59 Bugeye. 150 HP 4 wheel disk brake, modified link rear suspension with wind up windows and a removable hardtop.<p>Jerry
 
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