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Old 06-22-2009, 03:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The only thing I can think of is getting an older Dodge Dakota w/ a 2.5 in it. You can then swap in a 2.0 from a newer Neon, but you'll have to use the starter and all from the newer engine. (The starter ends up on the other side.)

If you have access to export Neon engines, you could also swap in a 1.8, which is the same block as the 2.0.

The next choice is a Ford Ranger, which comes equipped with a 2.3 4 cylinder. The engine from a Ford Escort (1.9 or 1.6, either one) will fit directly against that transmission. You use the flywheel and pressure plate/clutch disc from the Escort engine.

I don't know if the diesel engine is the same bellhousing from a Escort as the regular gas engine or not, so I can't say if you can use that one.
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