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Re: Goodby to my LS buddy

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Re: Goodby to my LS buddy

Unread postby David Martin » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:27 am

John. I am not the one deciding to keep my H-body. That is the original
poster with the bad replacement converted engine. He has now instead
decided to install another 3.5 mopar engine. Mine, in Oregon, as described
in my previous post, is still for sale. Call me at 520 237-two two 6 five
if you are interested. Dave


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Re: Goodby to my LS buddy

Unread postby Blaine Barkley » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:19 pm

I notice there is more than one engine/transmission used in conversions. I realize the deciding factors might be centered around size and front wheel drive. Is there a list of the types of engines and I assume transmissions frequently used in conversions? Mine is a 1989.5 Lesharo and came from California a few years ago. Doesn't need a conversion yet but I wouldn't mind starting to get ready for it by lining up parts. Thank you.

Blaine Barkley

15613 65th St. N.W.

Annandale, MN. 55302

lksylvia@lakedalelink.net.




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Re: Goodby to my LS buddy

Unread postby Anonymous » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:57 pm

I have an 84 diesel that was converted using a 95 Dodge Intrepid 3.3 L. They retained the LS engine cradle and power steering but used the Intrepid steering wheel and dash. The engine has a lot of room in the engine compartment and the instrument cluster can be made to fit the LS dash bezel with some care using a heat gun.

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Re: Goodby to my LS buddy

Unread postby Blaine Barkley » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:17 am

Thank you for the response. Very helpful.




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Re: Goodby to my LS buddy

Unread postby David Martin » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:12 am

Main choices are GM 3800 V6 or Chrysler /Dodge 3.0 or 3.3 or 3.5 or even
3.8 V6. Usually using the matching 4spd automatic with overdrive and lockup
torque converter, both setups are very hardy and also get mileage in
mid-teens. Much more power with ready parts availability. Many other less
common donors have beem used like Pontiac Iron Duke 4 cylinder or VW Golf
4 or VW V6 as used in Winnebago Rialto (but that Tranny is a bit prone to
trouble with weight of the rig). Even have heard of Honda 4 cylinders or
others. But most are the GM or Mopar V6s. Most use custom axles and retain
Renault suspension and brakes, hubs, wheels, etc. My 3.5 Mopar uses all
that from donor and has virtually all Renault parts replaced with Mopar.
That entirely eliminates hard to find French parts and makes finding a
mechanic familiar with the driveline etc. much easier.

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Re: Goodby to my LS buddy

Unread postby Anonymous » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:38 am

David
Never saw any thing but gm and Chrysler at Elkhart get togeather.
Never saw a gm 4 cylinder, have saw Aerostar and caravan van front ends put on.
I have a Rialta, I would like to change drive train, ever saw one of them ?
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Re: Goodby to my LS buddy

Unread postby info@lesharo.com » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:32 pm

The GM 3800 is a good drivetrain and powers a LeSharo nicely but can not be
professionally done because it structurally alters the
frame/subframe/chassis of the LeSharo so the original crash testing is
invalid.

The Chrysler conversion done by Sworks and now AFAB LLC (I bought out
Sworks/Specialized after working there a dozen years) uses the original
LeSharo chassis and therefore retains the legal crashworthiness they had
from the factory. I offer a kit for the 3.3 V6 from 1993-1997 Dodge
Intrepid (same as Eagle Vision, Chrysler Concorde, LHS) to be installed in
the LeSharo or Phasar.
http://thebestparts.com/lesharo-chrysler-conversion-kit-33

I currently have a conversion done by Sworks for sale here:
http://thebestparts.com/vehicles/chrysler-converted-lesharo-coming-soon-sworks


I will have another Chrysler conversion finished this summer and
available for sale.




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Re: Goodby to my LS buddy

Unread postby Anonymous » Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:34 pm

Rialta


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Re: Goodby to my LS buddy

Unread postby Anonymous » Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:05 pm

I've not seen a gm 4 cylinder conversion. Considering what Mercruiser did with the 1960's chevy II engine to pump it up to over 140 hp it is a pretty decent engine. Don't know if there is a transaxle that it will fit..

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