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Rules clarification on engine / transmission swap

 
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jgrogers91



Joined: 13 Mar 2010
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:03 pm    Post subject: Rules clarification on engine / transmission swap Reply with quote

I have a question related to rules clarification.

Is it legal to swap engines and transmissions from the same make and model but different model years?

For example, could I take my 1998 SOHC auto Neon and put in a 1996 SOHC engine and manual trans? The only reason for going to a different model year engine is because the engine needs to be rebuilt and my spare happens to be from a 1996. As far as I know, they are identical so I don't see any problems with it.

I would appreciate any input.
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Marq Eaton #12



Joined: 07 May 2008
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it should not matter because from 96 to 99 the engines are the same. u can't really tell that its a different motor. most people have different motor years then there cars year. as long as its the same kind of motor you are fine.

i have a 97 motor in a 98 neon and havent had any probles with tecking
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jgrogers91



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, that is what I assumed. The block should have the build date and VIN stamped into the casting. I just didnt know how strict tech was.

What about an auto to manual conversion or vice versa?
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bigboiii22



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont think there is any way that someone can tell if a car was an automatic or a manual except for the pedals and the stick shift. So as far as switching them over you should be good. We converted Lex's neon to a stick and gained about 3 tenths instantly. Also since we have no dash on any of our cars with no vin numbers showing I dont know how they would know what year your car was so as far as engine year you should be good. Hope to see you guys at spartan this year
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jgrogers91



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What kind of top speeds are people reaching at the end of the straights in pony stock?
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