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Engine swap?

Discussion in 'PT Cruiser' started by ClayBelt40's, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. ClayBelt40's

    ClayBelt40's Member

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    Has anyone ever swapped the engine in the PT Cruiser for something more satisfactory?
     
  2. chuzz

    chuzz Active Member

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    I saw a Mopar magazine several years ago where someone had put a 426 hemi in a PT. THAT would definitely be more satisfactory to me!
     
  3. dana44

    dana44 Well-Known Member Ad-Free Member

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    There are a lot of conversions out there, Mother's did one with a 3.8, required some body firewall modifications (sheetmetal moving stuff), and plenty of V8 and RWD setups, too. I always thought there should have been a 3.3/3.8 under the hood of the PT Cruiser, as turbos are not for everyone. There is always the Whipple supercharger option.
     
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  4. ImperialCrown

    ImperialCrown Moderator Level III Supporter

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    Finding a same year Turbo or H.O. GT turbo donor car would likely be the least amount of conversion work.
    I did swap a stick-shift into my automatic Neon and it gave the car some guts and better fuel economy.
     
  5. pt006

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    Dana; I'm still waiting for someone to put a 3.6 Pentastar in a PT. I searched 6 months ago, but nothing then. 300 HP and a 6 speed would be enough for me.
     
  6. dana44

    dana44 Well-Known Member Ad-Free Member

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    I would be afraid the Pentastar would be too large for the PT Cruiser engine bay without modifications to fit, the 3.3/3.8 is a much more compact engine, but I could be wrong. Yes, the PT does need somewhere around 250-300hp, so the 3.6 would be an interesting dimensional check to see how it would do.