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    New engine time, some questions...

    Ok well i have a 1991 Mighty Max that its smoking bad, i just replaced the head and valve seals and its still smoking, i dont feel like rebuilding the engine and cant find a used one around me, my question is, what car / truck can i pull a engine from that will fit my truck, i have a 8valve head and would most likley need to switch it with whatever block i get but what car i can i get a motor from?

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    You have a few options but some will require using the short block only. Later model Mitsubishi vans came with 4G64's so they should be a straight swap (may need some changes to the external coolant gallery running around the back of the head), I think some Galants came with 4G64's as well but you'll need to use your manifolds as they're FWD. I'm not up to speed on DSM stuff but they're might be some options in that lot as well.

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    so get a short block from a galant and run my 8v head correct?

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    You will (should..?) be able to use the entire engine from a 2.4 Galant but as I mentioned earlier you will need to bolt up your manifolds. The Express/Star Wagon engine will be easier to find and will be a bolt up affair excluding the external water gallery (the heater hose outlets point in different directions to the truck layout.
    *I should have said long block in my post - my bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by geezer101 View Post
    You will (should..?) be able to use the entire engine from a 2.4 Galant but as I mentioned earlier you will need to bolt up your manifolds. The Express/Star Wagon engine will be easier to find and will be a bolt up affair excluding the external water gallery (the heater hose outlets point in different directions to the truck layout.
    *I should have said long block in my post - my bad
    ya those 2 vehicles you mentioned i dont think ever came to america. at least not that ive ever seen

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    No Express/Star Wagons? Delicas? I would've thought there'd be heaps of these vans in the States.

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    we have crappy vehicles because we are having our parts made in other countrys like china and mexico. not a racist or anything like that its just the quality of parts that come from these areas are crap. low wages and non existent workers rights. its all about profit margins. half the vehicle is built somewhere else and then we assembly a couple of parts and off it goes.

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    back on topic. here is a link that list narrow and wide blocks. yours is a wide block so pick a wide block 4g64, g64b (2.4) or even a 4g63, g63b (2.0) from 1992 on down and put your head on it. the 2.0 should work fine but use it if you cannot find a 2.4 short block. i know somebody who took a 2.0 and carbed motor and put the 2.4 efi setup on it an ran it in his truck. he got a bit better gas millage but hardly any power loss.

    http://projectzerog.com/mitsubishi_engines.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by finalfighter View Post
    back on topic. here is a link that list narrow and wide blocks. yours is a wide block so pick a wide block 4g64, g64b (2.4) or even a 4g63, g63b (2.0) from 1992 on down and put your head on it. the 2.0 should work fine but use it if you cannot find a 2.4 short block. i know somebody who took a 2.0 and carbed motor and put the 2.4 efi setup on it an ran it in his truck. he got a bit better gas millage but hardly any power loss.

    http://projectzerog.com/mitsubishi_engines.shtml
    Thank you very much, i will look through the list right now

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    also are all the engine on that list wide block?

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    it is a list of both wide and narrow blocks. the column on the right that says "Bell Housing Bolt Pattern" identifys if its wide or narrow. there is a ton of info in that list so it can be overwhelming. just go threw it slowly and ask if you need more help.

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