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    Can A 4.1 Trans be Used in a Long?...

    My 4.1 (Longitudinal) 1984 Eldo block is shot. Can a 1986, 4.1, DeVille (Transverse) engine be swapped in? If so, how big a conversion would it be?
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    Re: Can A 4.1 Trans be Used in a Long?...

    Quote Originally Posted by FRANKO
    My 4.1 (Longitudinal) 1984 Eldo block is shot. Can a 1986, 4.1, DeVille (Transverse) engine be swapped in? If so, how big a conversion would it be?
    Thanks,

    FRANKO
    No. The mounting on the FWD engine block is entirely different from the RWD setup. You're going to have to get a new or running-used 4.1 liter engine for that setup from a RWD car like yours.

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    Re: Can A 4.1 Trans be Used in a Long?...

    Thanks for the bad news.
    I wonder how Remanufactured Engines.com does their 4.5 for a 4.1? Would it be a 4.1 block built to 4.5 specs(FWD)? Was the 4.5 Tranbsverse only, FWD?

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    Re: Can A 4.1 Trans be Used in a Long?...

    Swap in a 307 Olds, 350 Olds, or any other GM RWD engine with the BOP trans bolt pattern.

    You can swap in a FWD engine with appropriate adapter plates. A 4.9L would be sweet in there....

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    Re: Can A 4.1 Trans be Used in a Long?...

    I am the 2'nd Owner of this car(1988)...bought it from Caddy Dealer, took in on trade...22,000 miles, little old lady, etc. I would like to keep it stock...or at least stock-looking.

    Where do I find more info on converting a Transverse engine to longitudinal? I have located a smokin' deal on a 1986 Trans 4.1...58,000 miles on it, supposedly.

    'Preciate the help,

    FRANKO

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    Re: Can A 4.1 Trans be Used in a Long?...

    I beleive that remanufactured.com uses the standard 4.1 block but runs 4.5 pistons, sleeves, heads. This way it looks and fits like a 4.1 but moves and doesnt fall apart like the better 4.5


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