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Okay now that my 850 has been dispositioned as scrap by my insurance company I've decided to install the T5 motor into my 240. Just wondering if anyone has info about what all will be needed to do this. I have an auto in my 240 now but want to install a manual while doing this install. So if there is anyone who would like to share their input with me...please do. I have never done this before but have done many chevy, ford, and dodge V8 installs on NASCAR vehicles in the past. I'm just now starting to look into the necessary parts and evils for this motor and trans swap.<P>Thanks in advance<P>Prospero
 

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Hey Matt, somewhat unrelated, you may want to consider another car as your basis. If you ever plan to resell, a car that is a more marketable color will be worth more in the future. If you could find a 242 or a Bertone, it might be worth more down the road. I know (a place I drive past all the time in Bladensburg) where there is a 242 Bertone (never seems to move and is prob for sale), and there is a staffer from Vortex with that european model 242 in New Hampshire.<P>And no I'm now a brown car hater <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif">. <P>I will watch this thread with huge amounts of interest.
 

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I agree with George that a different shell might be better for this, like a wagon or 2 door coupe, but it probably won't make much difference in the long run. Brown is the color of sleepers, right? <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>The first hurdle is the transmission. You need something that will bolt up to the white block, and something that can work with rear wheel drive. That rules out the 850 manual trans and the 960 (white block 6cyl, but no manual trans in NA). So, you should probably start looking at importing an M90 from a European 960 2.5L (the euro 960 3.0L never had a manual). The 940 in Europe used an M90 too, but it bolted to a red block 4cyl, so you couldn't use it with a 5cyl w/o changing the bell housing (if it is possible to do so). The M90 also used a hydraulic clutch, but the 240 used a cable clutch. I don't know if the M90 can be used with a cable clutch, but parts can be used from a 260 that had a manual trans and hydraulic clutch to convert.<P>Check out this thread from the t-bricks board from someone who might import some M90's:<BR> <A HREF="http://pub55.ezboard.com/fturbobricksfrm2.showMessage?topicID=257.topic" TARGET=_blank>http://pub55.ezboard.com/fturbobricksfrm2.showMessage?topicID=257.topic</A> <P>This page from Anthony Hyde's website has some great transmission info:<BR> <A HREF="http://wwwrsphysse.anu.edu.au/~amh110/supra_in_volvo.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://wwwrsphysse.anu.edu.au/~amh110/supra_in_volvo.htm</A> <P>This one compares gear ratios for various transmissions:<P><A HREF="http://wwwrsphysse.anu.edu.au/~amh110/Technical_pages/gearbox_ratios_compared.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://wwwrsphysse.anu.edu.au/~amh110/Technical_pages/gearbox_ratios_compared.htm</A><P>If I think of anything else, I'll add it later.<P>
 

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Michael's already mentioned everything I know on the subject - but let me just add that you will be <I>the man</I> if you can pull this off! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/cool.gif"><P>
 

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George,<BR>The brown car is going to be re-painted before all is done. I figure that the purpose of the brown car was to be cheap and low-key. The project idea is simply brain storming for the moment. I will price it out to see if it is going to work. I figure that I have the most costly parts already though. I will likely use the brown car since it is already on the road and through MD inspection. I will go through emissions next month and will be good for 2 years. Since the labor will be free and the parts cost minimal, the whole thing is just for the fun of it. I am going to try working the deal for less than $2K investment. If it becomes too much then I'll toss the idea. But for now the brown car will be the test-bed. I figure that before all is done there will be little left of the OEM stuff to start with. Just motor, body, and 2 seats.<P>BTW...Michael, thanks for the input. It's very helpful!<P>Prospero
 
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