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    Anyone here ever drop a Civic 1200 into a N600?

    Wondering how practical this idea might be.

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    Due to the packaging constraints of the N600 engine bay, swapping anything but the stock engine into it is a very difficult proposition requiring tons of fab work. :x

    As such, it hasn't really been explored much and little is known about swapping anything into an N600.

    But I'd love to see it done. :tu: :mrgreen:

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    One of the back burner projects at our shop is swapping a '92 Civic engine and 5spd into the rear of an N600, though... :P

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    I've seen a datsun 1500 (or maybe it was a 1600?) dropped into the front of an N600. It had been converted to RWD. I figured it would be easier to drop in an old 70s 1200 as it's already a FWD longitudinally mounted engine.

    Space constraints are most concerning. And where to put the shifter. The N600 has its shifter hanging from the dash, so I guess I'd have to cut a hole in the floor? (assuming that there's even enough space.)

    My friend has an old N600 sitting around and I saw a 1200 engine for sale real cheap, this may happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robertblake
    My friend has an old N600 sitting around and I saw a 1200 engine for sale real cheap, this may happen.
    I hope so. :mrgreen:

    Seen a lot of wacky and wild N600 engine swaps started. So far, none of them finished. :|

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    Any ideas on shoving a transmission down the little Honda's throat?

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    If you mean RWD, it will probably need a floor swap from a different car. Or at the very least a donor trans tunnel will have to be welded in. There's no way to fit a RWD trans without it.

    A friend built a Mini Cooper with the floor and strut towers from a B210, and using a B210 engine/trans/diff. Worked fairly well, but took a lot of cutting and welding.

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    My plan is to keep it FWD. I'm just wondering if there's enough room behind the engine or between the seats, seeing how the original shifter was be on the dash (I assume because there wasn't enough room?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robertblake
    My plan is to keep it FWD. I'm just wondering if
    there's enough room behind the engine or between the seats
    Room for what?

    seeing how the original shifter was be on the dash (I assume because there wasn't enough room?).
    No idea why they did it that way. Probably so it was more of a direct input to the transmission, rather than a complicated linkage like later cars.

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    Room for the transmission and shifter.

    I'm used to working on huge American cars from the 60s, where everything is oversized, so I'm trying to adjust my thought proportions.

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