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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    Quote Originally Posted by fleckster View Post
    The newer 31TH for the Neons and vans (I believe '96 and newer) also have an extra pinion gear in the carrier as well for extra strength.
    Yep, too bad Mopar didn't add a 5th to the rear pinion too,
    1989 FWD Turbo Caravan-2.5 TIII, GT35R, auto, a/c, cruise, pwr windows/locks, fully loaded with interior and ran with full exhaust. RETIRED FOR A FEW YEARS! 12.57@104 :O)
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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    Any updates??

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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    No. I started building my exhaust manifold but haven't finish. I started to port my head but I need to cut up a spare to see how much meat I can remove. I still haven't found a factory intake. I haven't been able to make it to the junk yard to get the a/c compressor, p/s pump, alternator, related brackets, and transmission yet. I think this might end up being a winter project when things get slow.

    A.J.

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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    Bummer,
    1989 FWD Turbo Caravan-2.5 TIII, GT35R, auto, a/c, cruise, pwr windows/locks, fully loaded with interior and ran with full exhaust. RETIRED FOR A FEW YEARS! 12.57@104 :O)
    1984 Chev Getaway van, 6.2 Diesel with a remote mounted turbo setup burning WMO-For sale.
    2003 GSW 2.0L TDI, auto, fully loaded, modified, 360K-wife's.
    2004 GSW TDI, 5 speed, fully loaded, modified.

    Aurora ignition wires for sale. Link to info

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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    Quote Originally Posted by turbovanman View Post
    Bummer,
    Bummer for the project but not a bummer because I'm busy and I'll be able to FUND the project.

    On a side note, a customer of mine has a late 90's early 2000 Acura CL-S. He had me swap out his 3.2 for an Odyssey 3.5 (among other mods) and just wrecked his car. He's contemplating buying it back to build another one. I told him that if he decides to swap his mods to another car I'd lower my labor rate if he does it in the winter (my slow time) to keep me busy. He pays less and I get money doing gravy work. SOOOOO that might push MY project back a little more. My SRT-4 swap would have been done by now but my van runs good with the 2.5 that's in it now, so there is no rush.

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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    Yeah, you gotta make money when you can, that's why my van is still not touched, but also tore up my shoulder,
    1989 FWD Turbo Caravan-2.5 TIII, GT35R, auto, a/c, cruise, pwr windows/locks, fully loaded with interior and ran with full exhaust. RETIRED FOR A FEW YEARS! 12.57@104 :O)
    1984 Chev Getaway van, 6.2 Diesel with a remote mounted turbo setup burning WMO-For sale.
    2003 GSW 2.0L TDI, auto, fully loaded, modified, 360K-wife's.
    2004 GSW TDI, 5 speed, fully loaded, modified.

    Aurora ignition wires for sale. Link to info

    Super60 roller cams or custom/billet cams. Link to info

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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    Seeing that I can't find and SRT-4 intake for less than $100 I decided to try an intake off of a '99 Mitsubishi 2.0 DOHC N/A Eclipse engine. When I was planning on doing the DOHC hybrid I was working at an import junk yard. So I accumulated some parts that I though I might use. I think this intake will work with minimal modification. I'm going to have to put the throttle body on the other side. I'll cut the t-body flange off of a T-1 intake and have it welded. I'll make a block off plate for the other side. I'll have to drill a couple of hole and cut the ears off the bottom and have them welded on the top to secure it to the head.







    The black marker is where I'll have to drill.


    You can see why I have to cut the bottom ears off and weld them up top.


    A.J.

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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    Why not just leave the TB on the passenger side? If you are running a front mount intercooler it would probably be easier anyway....

    I looked at that intake manifold but it just won't clear the hood on a car. You have it easy with that monster engine bay.

    -Rich

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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    Quote Originally Posted by rbryant View Post
    Why not just leave the TB on the passenger side? If you are running a front mount intercooler it would probably be easier anyway....

    I looked at that intake manifold but it just won't clear the hood on a car. You have it easy with that monster engine bay.

    -Rich
    I already have enough 90* bends in my intercooler plumbing. I don't want to have two more right before the throttle body. If it's on the other side I have more room to make the bends gradual.

    I'll have BIG news tomorrow. Stand by..............

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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    Currently looking for one for my SL
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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    I found my Holy Grail to complete my SRT-4 build. A '98 mini-van with a N/A 2.4, automatic with a lock-up torque converter. This thing has 95% of what I need to get this done. I found it on Craig's List for $600 and another $100 to tow it to my shop. It has a bad rod bearing. The transmission shifts but I'm going to go through it anyways.













    Lock up solenoid plug.


    The only hang up I'm gonna have is the decision on the intake. If I hold out until the end I might come upon an SRT-4 intake, if not it'll probably be the '99 Mitsubishi. Or use the bottom of the 2.4 N/A intake and build a plenum chamber.

    A.J.

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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    That is awesome! Great find!
    Just FYI a stock SRT 4 intake won't work with an auto tranny t
    it hits the bell housing. I thought I would post this just incase you didn't know and before you spent the money on anything

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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    Quote Originally Posted by 1BADVAN View Post
    That is awesome! Great find!
    Just FYI a stock SRT 4 intake won't work with an auto tranny t
    it hits the bell housing. I thought I would post this just incase you didn't know and before you spent the money on anything
    Thanks but I am aware of that. Nothing a little cutting and welding can't fix.

    A.J.

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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    Thanks but I should have specified I wanted a Neon SRT-4 intake. I don't want to have to pull the intake to check or replace spark plugs.

    A.J.

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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    Hey, i may have got you something, i will see if the guy has one seperate or willing to seperate from one of the 2 srt-4 engines he is selling. I emailed. I will let you know whats up. he has a perfect mani/turbo setup for sale for 100 bucks lol. so i mean how much could he want for the intake mani? lol. He is local to me so i figure if this is a go and a price you want, you can paypal me the amount plus whatever ship is, and i will send it out to you.

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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    ok we been going back and forth over intakes, lol. He keeps saying he dont have the turbo or ex manifold, sold them, and both times i keep saying no, the intake manifold. IDK htf some people own turbo vehicles. This time i clearly stated the intake manifold is the manifold that has the injectors at, between it and the fuel rail. Hence intake part of the motor lol. Not the exhaust portion.

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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    Thanks for the effort. I'm not in a rush to get the intake, the engine isn't even together yet. I will post up here if and when I find one so anybody who is looking will know they can stop.

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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    ok, well just letting you know, he said he does have them and will sell one. He is waiting wednesday or so when he goes back over to the shop his car is at with all his parts. He didnt give a price yet but its probably not going to be much. I dont think he even realized how much ---- is worth for pricing lol. I will get the price before just saying ok to him though of course.

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    Re: '04 SRT-4 engine in an '88 Caravan build

    Quote Originally Posted by A.J. View Post
    Thanks but I should have specified I wanted a Neon SRT-4 intake. I don't want to have to pull the intake to check or replace spark plugs.

    A.J.
    how about a stratus intake?

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