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Old 07-30-2007, 08:22 AM   #1
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Default Metropolitan engine/trans swap

  • What is the easiest 4-banger/auto trans to swap into a Metro? Thanks.
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:55 AM   #2
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Since the engine compartment is so small, how about a Chevette? The engines were pretty bulletproof.
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:18 AM   #3
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I looked for one, have had no luck. Thanks.
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:58 AM   #4
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I have Metropolitans, all with stock Austin engines, buddy of mine did well with Toyota four and standard trans, he just had to make the floor tunnel a leetle larger..the poor underappreciated Metropolitan, takes guts on the HAMB to admit you have one, much less putting a Japanese engine innit..good luck.....
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Old 07-30-2007, 11:06 AM   #5
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My old man raced one in the 60's with a 327 and a power glide. I'll post some pics if I can find them.
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Old 07-30-2007, 01:47 PM   #6
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My old man raced one in the 60's with a 327 and a power glide. I'll post some pics if I can find them.
Pleeeez...I asked on some Gasser threads about Metros but never saw any pics......
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Old 07-30-2007, 01:53 PM   #7
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What about a late '80's/early '90's Madza RX-7 Rotary engine?

I know nothing about them except the one a high school friend would absolutely fly & was damn-near indestructible.

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Old 07-30-2007, 02:05 PM   #8
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Chevette?

There a compact engine, about 70 horsepower, parts are kinda easy to locate.

I think it was originally an Opel engine (unless its diesel, then its Isuzu).

They made a HO version that had a header like exhaust manifold with two outlets that went down into one. I've got one, but I've never got it running.

The earlier Chevettes had one barell carbs, and a better flowing intake, while the latter ones had 2-bbls but some kind of swirl port intake on them. Dirt trackers will usually convert the 1-bbl intake over to the 2-bbl carb and pick up a few horsepower.

I'm pretty sure S-10 manual transmissions will bolt up to them pretty easy.

They've got a funky looking rear axle with a torque tube looking thing that extends about a foot out of it to meet the driveshaft, not really sure why this thing even exists, but the rear ends are geared pretty low, so their still usable.

In a stock chevette with a automatic transmission, they get about 30 something miles to the gallon. I'd imagine in the lighter metro with an manual transmission and hopped up a bit, it'd get a little better.
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Old 07-30-2007, 03:30 PM   #9
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I have one, well its my wifes car.
stock motor with a 1500 head and I use a 1980's Nissan over drive auto trans. and MG pumpkin ( higher gears )
it will cruze at 70 on the freeway, but its slow off the start.
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Old 07-30-2007, 07:36 PM   #10
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We put a Ford 2.3 Ranger engine in my daughter's 57 Metro. With the AOD behind it. Stock, enough horsepower for AC. Not driven yet, still in progress.
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:15 PM   #11
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Here's a Met with a V6 from a Good Guys show a couple of years ago.
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:19 PM   #12
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Default Re: Metropolitan engine/trans swap

i looked at one last saturday night with the Ford 2.3 , it seamed to be a nice fit and nothing appeared to be cut to get it in..there was a stock one right next to it to compare

of course , anything can be put in if you do enough modifying...but i think you are looking for a simple swap without changing the front sheet metal , suspension and firewall?

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Old 07-30-2007, 09:21 PM   #13
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If you stretch the wheel base and add some filler panels to the hood and front fenders you can run anything your heart desires.
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:21 PM   #14
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One of the instructors at WyoTech in Laramie shoehorned a Caddy 500 in one.... backed by a turbo 400 and a Fab 9" that was something like 18" wide hub to hub. I was told it was a 4 hour chore to remove the rear wheels..
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:26 PM   #15
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If you stretch the wheel base and add some filler panels to the hood and front fenders you can run anything your heart desires.

That metro ran a big block chevy before the Hemi but it wasn't stretched.
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:37 PM   #16
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If you stretch the wheel base and add some filler panels to the hood and front fenders you can run anything your heart desires.
How old are those pics? That car looks very familiar. I think it may have been at the ABATE of Arkansas Bike and Car show a few years ago. Would have been after it was completed. We spent some time looking at it and were impressed with the quality of the work.
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:48 PM   #17
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Took the Metro pictures at the Searcy show in 04. I was also impressed with the workmanship.
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:56 PM   #18
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Took the Metro pictures at the Searcy show in 04. I was also impressed with the workmanship.
It was a few years before that when I saw it. Had a blown 454 in it at that time, if it's the same car. I'm thinking it might have been 2000 2001 at the latest.
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:27 AM   #19
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There have been many engine swaps in a Met. I have a buddy with the Chevette in his. I have seen the guys from Canada that make the T-Bird type roof have a GM 60 degree V-6 in theirs. The Pinto 36 threewindow talked about is Bill Hoyts car He had to put the front suspension in also. The big hurdle is the steering in goes ABOVE the bellhousing. Fat mans has a Must II for the Met.
I think a Toyota or Nissan mini truck engine would be the ticket.
With the stock 4.22 gears an overdrive would be good.
I have a blown MGB engine in my wifes car.
Here is a photo of Rick's car an old gasser from FL.
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:40 AM   #20
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I was surprised how much room is underhood on one of these the last time I looked at one. Maybe it's because the motor is so small. But I think I'd try a small V6 - GM 2.8, 3.4, or Ford 2.8 or 3.8 - before anything else. I know the 2.8 could be had with a carb on it, if you don't feel like swapping in the stuff to run a fuel injection setup.

As for not finding the Chevette 4, look in your S10s 1983-1988 or so. They didn't get injection on those right away and seems to me it's the exact same motor. You could try a Tech 4 or Quad 4, too. Any of those with a T5 and you should easily be able to overdrive the car -
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