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Discussion in 'PT Cruiser' started by ClayBelt40's, Mar 27, 2017.
Has anyone ever swapped the engine in the PT Cruiser for something more satisfactory?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.