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This has been a work in progress for the last few weeks.

The car is a 'plain Jane' 2001 Champagne SE with a bad knock on cylinder #6.
It was picked up in downtown Des Moines for $250.

The donor engine is a 3.5HO that once was in a 2001 300m that belonged to my older brother. It was in an accident last winter and was parted out.






The tear-down




Engine bay ready to accept the 3.5L. All conversions done (ps lines, ac lines, trans dipstick, ps reservoir, exhaust pipes)

Once the motor is in and deemed road-worthy I will start adding a few other 'extras' from the 300m. The wheels have already been mounted out of necessity.
 

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I hate the color but it looks like a really clean slate!
Yeup, not my favorite color by far! The roof needs some help. It's faded and chipping away, the rest of the body is clean. If it wasn't so cheap I would have passed on it.
 

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Not a priority right now. I might attempt to paint it myself if I get ambitious.

Btw, nice to see you back, Cean!
Did you watch the dude yet?!
 

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I finally got back to work on it again today and made a lot of progress



Things left to do:

Bolt up exhaust (needed another set of hands)
Install AC compressor (need to find those pesky bolts)
Install rad and fill with coolant
Button up whatever vacuum lines, wires and heater lines still undone
Install air intake duct-work
Put the bumper, hood and the like back on

Once it's running it till be due for a complete brake job.

I could not get the starter shim in with the motor mount already in. I decided to try leaving it out. We will see what happens.
 

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So THIS is where that 3.5 motor went! Lookin' good!!

If you still have that chrome T6 wheel, I may be giving you a call. (Gotta try and find your number now.:poopoo:
 

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Thanks.

Pm sent
 

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Update

It's alive. I'm lacking the throttle cable. I should've read the manual a little closer. I will have to make another trip to the yard. Being that tomorrow is Mother's Day it will likely have to wait until next weekend. The hood and bumper is on. I will get the rest back on after a quick pause for the cause.
 

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Glad to hear about the success! I'm about to close a deal on a 2000 Conc with a strong 3.2L. I may look to the pages you used to do this with another Conc
 

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Glad to hear about the success! I'm about to close a deal on a 2000 Conc with a strong 3.2L. I may look to the pages you used to do this with another Conc
Good luck. Talk to Dan (aka Daytrepper). He has a manual that is well written for this job.
 

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Good luck. Talk to Dan (aka Daytrepper). He has a manual that is well written for this job.
Will do! I had a question for you as a long term member... I ended up using memory to solve the problem of the missing twin six wheel. I had forgotten about the set of painted wheels I had in storage. As it turned out, I like these better than the chromies on this light brown body. Now I have three (Not So Nice) wheels that I'd like to pass on to a buyer. No pics yet but they are rough around the sealing surface and the center as well.

Any ideas if these are worth anything? PM or email if you can. I don't want to hijack this thread.
 

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Done! (for the most part)

Just took it on a good test run all around town and down the interstate.

Time to grab a sixer of Michelob and do some fishin'


 
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