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Old 26th July 2007, 21:25   #16
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Good to see people going the padmini way rather than getting just another small car. But let me warn you, Padmini remains trouble free, only at the hands of a knowledgable owner and most garages try to do a con job on the owners.

Why do you need the engine swap? Just to get a feel of what you are looking for.

There is BEHRAM.DHABAR (t-bhpian) an ex-PAL person and knows every nut on the Padmini. Contact him.

And yes, our 1100d is very reliable and has never let us down. It talks.

But OEM parts are getting difficult to come by with every passing day . The fake parts dont last. For AC applications dont look at anything other than an S1.

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Old 27th July 2007, 01:09   #17
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Esteem engine can just propel the wafer-light esteem.
The padmini will do good with the conti engine and the 1.8s inherent torque.
If the esteem is wafer light, so is the padmini. a conti engine on a padmini would make it crumble.
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Old 27th July 2007, 01:11   #18
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You could put in a V6. It's something I've thought long and hard about. A nice V6 with 150 hp and 20 kgm , in a RWD under 1 tonne. Should be a hoot.
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Old 27th July 2007, 01:43   #19
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Tvpm had few fiats with diahatsu diesel engines. It produced 65 bhp and had 3 cylinders. And there was a man who had great knowledge on doing these things, sorry to say that he is no more.

You will have to go as far as coimbatore to get it done properly . And in coimbatore you can source toyota 1.5 td diesel engine( similar to what manikjeet has for his zen) also.

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Old 27th July 2007, 03:21   #20
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If the esteem is wafer light, so is the padmini. a conti engine on a padmini would make it crumble.
There are a few Padmini's already running with conti engine. Its a different matter that , those require expertise to make.
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Old 27th July 2007, 03:32   #21
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Esteem engine wont fit. Gypsy King engine has possibilities.
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Old 27th July 2007, 03:58   #22
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Both have the same block.
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Old 27th July 2007, 06:05   #23
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Both have the same block.
Ananth, I recall we had this discussion a long time ago. You mentioned that the block has bosses where holes could be drilled for N-S mounting. But..I am wondering about the oil pan. The engine is at a certain angle for E-W and N-S mounting and the oil pan may not have the same pickup characteristics. another thing to think about is the drive for the fan which you would have for E-W. Take for example the 3.8 in Minivan...had to be rengineeried quite a bit for the new Wrangler. Anyways..I'm getting off topic.
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Old 27th July 2007, 07:15   #24
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You're right I do recall that we talked about that. But I found out subsequently that the holes are in fact there on both blocks, meaning that they are pre-drilled from the factory. So the blocks are the same, but you may be right about the oil pan.
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Old 27th July 2007, 08:50   #25
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Some Premier Padmini cars were released with the NISSAN A12 engine and the NISSAN F4W56A transmission (the 118NE powerplant) by PAL in 1997. There are a couple of taxis running merrily in Mumbai. The main change is that the centre pillar of the steering rod has been moved back by 15 mm by redesigning the cross member and the firewall. This is necessary to prevent fouling of the pillar with the top of the NISSAN bell housing. In almost all the conversions done in the field, the garage adopts the easy way of cutting the top mounting lugs on the bell housing which afects the structural rigidity of the powerplant and must not be attempted.

I am trying to lay my hands on one of those taxies, convert the registration and then restore.

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Old 27th July 2007, 09:05   #26
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Hey you can put in a contessa engine [quit cheap to get ] or an king engine but you'll have to modify the mounts for both. it's quit easy to do that.
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O.T - you guys keep bringing up the issue of having to go ahead with extensive work in order to install the esteem engine on a RWD car as it would require mating plates etc etc.

why not rob some part off the maruti versa??

it has a de-tuned G13B motor. its a RWD (if i'm not wrong. clearly remember seeing a rear differential housing). or am i missing something here?
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why not rob some part off the maruti versa??
Can u find one for us,dude??
These things are very rare to come by!
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versa's engine is also laid over on its side almost....its not vertical with respect to the gearbox. so thats out.
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how about a silvia engine or a vtec if vtec with what gear box can it be fit .with a gypsy gear box???.

ot can a versa gear box and drive train be connected to a esteem.

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