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Old 05-20-2011, 08:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking for engines to use in the Samurai. This would be during like a total rebuild, so stuff such as where the mounts are and how the transmission bolt up wouldn't matter, I can fix that.

This is what I am looking for-
The most indestructible engine I can find.
Lightweight. (Can be as heavy as stock or even more, and still be lightweight)
Horsepower as much as stock or even close to it is good enough. (Lets say about 50hp min.)
No electronics.
Multifuel. (Gas or diesel)

Is there even such a thing?
There should be, because the military had big multi fuel engines back in the day with (I would think) no electronics, I just want a small version of what was in the M35a, haha.
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ive heard of people using a vw diesel engines not sure of wieght or power
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Sounds like a diesel is the way to go. Search for Samurai Diesel on YouTube and you will find several. Here is a video of one that just doesn't want to die:

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The only multi-fuel engines I am aware of are military, and large, probably weighing near what an Sami weighs. Scaling an M35A engine down for 50 hp would put you at around 3 liters. Even the M35A's is not designed to run on gasoline for long, but in an emergency, with a quart of motor oil mixed in per 15 gallons of gas.

There is a "Cyclone Power" engine under development, but who knows when or if it will ever come into being, and will probably have loads of electronics.

A older, non-electronic turbo-shaft engine would be about as close to what you are looking for as I can think of, but they have there own idiosyncrasies...

A diesel would allow you to run a wide variety of fuels, but they would all be diesel like, and fairly heavy, compared to a stock Sami motor, which is about as light as they come.
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a 95 samurai and looking to convert from manual to auto transmittion, had thought of other suzuki engines i might fit in if it's not possible to replace gearbox with transmittion, however im also open to the idea of a diesel. Do you have any more info on the VW diesel which might work?

Or any other options for converting to automatic transmittion?

Thanks.
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i have seen it on the net somewhere but cant remember
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If your inclined to swap engine and trans you could try a suzuki J motor, 1600 to 2000, with an auto trans from a tracker, sidekick or vitara (1995-2000). It depends how much you want to spend.
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