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 Post subject: AU to EF XR6 engine conversion
Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:02 pm 
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Hi guys,

I have an EF XR6 sitting in the garage with an almost brand new paint job, however the engine carked it a few years back and I'm looking to get it back on the road.

I'm considering an engine replacement and I've heard the AU conversion isn't too difficult (besides modifying some of the sump). Has anyone done this before?

Most importantly, does anyone know of a shop in Melbourne that specialises in falcons?
Cheers.
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 Post subject: Re: AU to EF XR6 engine conversion
Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:22 pm 
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Things required to fit AU engine to EF/EL (updated 15/02/14)

1) Sump needs to be modified to fit K-Frame, you can cut and weld the K-Frame but that is up to you, will need engineering after being cut. You cannot use an E Series sump as the sump is totally different to AU. There are cases of the E series sump being used but filler plates or large quantities of sealant were used, not recommended. Also you loose the advantage of the cross bolting of the AU sump when using the E series sump, one of the major strength points of using the AU Block.

2) You need to use AU/BF alternator or you will need to modify the block and drill and tap mount points to mount the EF/EL alternator.
If you use an AU I alternator you will need to change the plug for the alternator to one from an AUI as these are different from the Mitsubishi alternators.
Note: The AUII & III and BA alternators have the same plug as EF/EL.

3) Remove the Oil Drive Block where the Dizzy (EL) or cam sensor (EF) goes and remove the gear from the shaft and fit to your Dizzy (EL) or Cam Sensor (EF). This will then mean that the gears are matching and you should have no issue’s, there have been issues with dizzy’s failing when this has not been done. Some modding will be required to use the existing mount point, extra notch in the clamp plate or grind the tab off the Cam sensor.
Note:Do not try and drill hole in existing EF position on AU block, you will drill through the block.

4) You will need to use an EF/EL thermostat housing as these have your temp sensor and AU housings do not. You could use the EB type if you wish as this has an extra fitting for an additional sensor is required at a later date.

5) You will need to use the EF/EL BBM as the upper section is different to the AU. Also use the EF/EL throttle body as some of the plugs are different to the AU.

6) Use the EF/EL wiring loom.

7) You will need to tap the block on an AUII/III Block with an M12 1.5 tap if using the EF/EL Knock sensor. AUI is already tapped with the correct thread for the EF/EL Knock Sensor. If using the AU sensor you will need to modify the plug.

8) a) You will need to cut the EF/EL AC pump mount spacers down to 30mm to suit the AU block as well as shortening the bolts by 10mmm if using the AU alternator to suit the standard serpentine belt.
b) If using the EF/EL alternator with modified mounts you will not need to cut down the mounts and be able to use the standard Serpentine belt.
c) Alternatively you can use the AU alternator , standard AC spacers and a Serpentine belt from an XH (Slightly longer).

9) Use the EF/EL power steering pump. This is a direct bolt up. The AU pump hose connection is different to the EF/EL.

10) You do not need to change the Harmonic balancer for either EL (Dizzy) or EF Coil Pack.

11) If fitting to EF you will need to use your original Coil Pack or an AUI coil pack as these are different to AUII & III. (different plug) You can use an AUII/III coil but the plug with need to be changed as well as different leads.

12) You can use the AU head or fit you EF/EL head, that is up to you.
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 Post subject: Re: AU to EF XR6 engine conversion
Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:17 pm 
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Thanks mate, appreciate the in-depth response.

Does anyone recommend a mechanic in or around Melbourne for something like this?
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 Post subject: Re: AU to EF XR6 engine conversion
Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:16 pm 
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zane_ef wrote:
Thanks mate, appreciate the in-depth response.

Does anyone recommend a mechanic in or around Melbourne for something like this?


Depends where you live.

Northern Motoworks in Somerton have good knowledge when it comes to Falcons...they love their Fords there. I'm sure they can help you with what you need done.

 

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 Post subject: Re: AU to EF XR6 engine conversion
Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:30 pm 
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phongus wrote:
Depends where you live.


Inner east, but happy to travel 30-40 minutes for a decent shop. Cheers for the referral, I will drop them a line and see if they're interested.
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