Haid’s Mirage Build Thread

Haidz

Member
Hey guys,

So recently I purchased a new Mirage, after finally finding one in near-immaculate condition. On Friday I’ll be purchasing an MR Lancer for quite cheap, so I can finally do my MR interior swap, power windows and 1.8 conversion.

As for doing the engine swap, these are the things I know so far;

1. ECU, Immobiliser and key barrel all need to match, as well as key.
2. The engine loom needs to be changed.
3. Throttle cables must be swapped over.
4. Engine, intake and exhaust manifold, obviously.
5. Engine mounts.

Is there anything I’ve missed?
How many engines looms are there, and is it a necessity to change the headlight loom?
 

Jimmib

Member
I did this with a sedan instead of an MR but the A/C from the 1.5l WILL FIT (if you ever so gently bend/clearance the top HP I believe hard pipe so as not to need to degas and regas) BUT we had to swap part of the existing 1.5l charging loom from the fuse box to the alternator as we CBF swapping the connector over (1.5l and 1.8l alternators have a different connection to the fusebox, it was a bit of a hassle working it out, but we had given up at this stage and just wanted it to turn key and work haha
 

donki

Administrator
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I did this with a sedan instead of an MR but the A/C from the 1.5l WILL FIT (if you ever so gently bend/clearance the top HP I believe hard pipe so as not to need to degas and regas) BUT we had to swap part of the existing 1.5l charging loom from the fuse box to the alternator as we CBF swapping the connector over (1.5l and 1.8l alternators have a different connection to the fusebox, it was a bit of a hassle working it out, but we had given up at this stage and just wanted it to turn key and work haha
It depends on teh AC compressor model. There were around 30 or 40 manufacturers of compressors back in the day, so its not really a mix n match and hope for the best.
The fittings will be the hardest part, as the pipes have different diameters, but IIRC even if you mix and match to make it fit, the gold block at the firewall will be the common ground between them all.

Engine+engine loom+PS+AC should all come out as one unit and swap in and out.
 
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