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Old 18th September 2010, 10:45   #121
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Are you in need of 4FG1 engine.I have fitted the same engine,But fully reworked.
Those engine fromthe market will be not that much effective.Some problem life more oil consumption,drop in the power etc.,

Get an Engine and rework completely to feel the power of G1 Imported Isuzu.

Salem and Chennai are the current areas where now the engines are available.Also Mettupalayam is also a best place.

Thanks Mahesh. I will Check it out

I had fixed a new electronic fuel pump (from HM) to the diesel pump and the sluggishness has been reduced to a certain extent. My mechanic informed me that adding a turbo will give even better results. So i request fellow BHP-ians to let me know where i can procure the same.

ps- i want to fit it to the existing engine
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Old 18th September 2010, 11:48   #122
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The ambi used to come in a 2.0 Turbo form. See if you can source the turbo from scrap. It will be a direct fit as the engine was the same.

The 4FG1T that you were looking for is the 2400CC turbo charged diesel right? Are you hell bent on a diesel engine? Because you will never get a performance car with a diesel block. The qualities of the engines are different. Diesels have high torque and loads of pulling power. But petrol doesn't. Petrol engines qualities are better suited for acceleration.

Another choice that you have is sourcing an engine from a first gen Isuzu Trooper. It used engines from the same series as the conti. So the gearbox etc. is the same. It also came in a 2600 CC petrol form with 120 HP (stock).
List of Isuzu engines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If that fails then you simply put in a 1.8 petrol engine, do a port & polish, FFE, CAI, install the MPFI system and get the ECU chipped. Doing all that should get you a little over 100 HP.
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Old 18th September 2010, 15:44   #123
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Need some big *** tyres and nicer wheels.

But why is it that it still looks no more exotic than a contessa :(

I think it is something about the lines,..even tho it has classic potential its still too straight and boxy, especially rear 3 quarters, and the front.

Sad to see such potential wasted away. This could have been a true aspirational buy when we are older.

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Old 18th September 2010, 16:13   #124
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well you could get the turbo amby's engine and the power would be up from the current 55 to 75 bhp but the substantial increase in torque is what will do it for you.

the turbo maybe a direct fit but the engine may run lean after that since youll havto put more fuel with the increased amount of air.
since the turbo amby is euro 3 compliant(or euro 4 now?) it is mostlikely to have an ecu controlled injection system. unlike yours which is purely mechanical.
the injection system mods are necessary for a turbo install so see to it that the person who does the conversion has his basic concepts in place , or else get the turbo ambys engine. all of it and plonk it in. but it maybe nearly impossible to find one , in that case the 2.4 is the easiest choice. the only reason for you to put in the effort to look for the 2.0t amby engine is that the 2.4 may not be endorsed on your r/c so to keep it legal you may want to put in the effort to get the amby engine

id say stay away from the petrol unless you intend to increase power to atleast 100 bhp cuz the gear ratios are more suited for a torquey low rpm engine. and therefore you would be driving in third where everyone is using 5th(in other cars). I need to have my car at 70kmph to engage fifth. otherwise you can put 5th at 55 but if you try to accelerate the engine will vibrate and youll know you are lugging it.this is one of the reasons why the conti had a pathetic average. actually it is the only reason.
hm had two engines but only one gearbox from isuzu and they chose a diesel gearbox. which is stronger per say but not suited for the petrol.
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Old 19th September 2010, 17:51   #125
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Why not try some FRP,..on this one....Get the curves in man,..it will be most certainly drool worthy.

and not to mention,..collector worthy 20 yrs frm now,...ie ME

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Why not try some FRP,..on this one....Get the curves in man,..it will be most certainly drool worthy.
Dude you are talking about a Contessa. It's not a car with curves. The straight lines and 'boxy' looks as you call it are the very features that set it apart from the rubbish looking car that you see on the road these days. (IE - The i10's, Wagon R's and other tall boys.)
So the point being, curves + conti = not a conti (as the very essence of conti is removed).
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Old 21st September 2010, 16:31   #127
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Hi,
I had been looking for a petrol conti (for an engine swap) for the last few days and finally got a single owner 88 model 1.8 GL today. But, after seeing it,I had decided to restore it as stock.

The restoration will be done in 2 stages, the current being limited to make the car roadworthy and legal with a coat of paint and general mechanical /electrical works. I will post the pictures of the car very soon.

And for the diesel conti, the hunt for an engine is going on!!.
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Old 21st September 2010, 16:41   #128
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You went looking for an engine and ended up getting yourself a car.
Amazing!
Since its a single owner car, hope the original parts are all in place. Do post some pics.

EDIT: Did you visit Trissur's Pattalam market for the Diesel engine? Mettupalayam/Ukkadam is also worth a visit.

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Hi,
Some pictures of my New find!!
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Lovely! That is pretty much how my contessa used to look when I had it. Except it was errrm 'fresher'. 2 paint jobs in 14 years. Gets rusty pretty fast!

From what I can tell it has the original Isuzu engine. It was made better than the HM Isuzu block. The car has an aftermarket AC?
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Kudos !! Sajeev , a nice work indeed. I have seen it in flesh once but that to a glance.
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Old 7th January 2011, 13:05   #132
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Kudos !! Sajeev , a nice work indeed. I have seen it in flesh once but that to a glance.
Thanks Foby.I hope we will meet in person very soon.

Guys my new conti Restoration (The Petrol)is in full swing.Thanks to Mahesh (Miyer) for his guidance and support throught out the project.Pictures attached.
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Old 8th January 2011, 23:17   #133
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Sanjeev,
My Belated but Heartfelt Congrats for your Restored Contessa, that too like a cadillac - surely a head turner, with all those intricate fittings and chrome shining !!!
My Warm Best wishes for your petrol contessa restoration, hope to see the car sparkling soon !!!
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That is a really awesome luking car..!! a real head turner..!! Great work sanjeevkanjoor sir.. Modding a contessa into such a beauty has been my dream.
Thanks to this thread i can now start planing on the looks of the car... till the time i have the budget... to do it.

Thanks for sharing all the details.
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Old 21st April 2011, 12:48   #135
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Some more snaps of the modded conti after fixing the new lights!!

Some works on the area surrounding the light bezels are pending.
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