Engine swap

Hi. My bro-in-law has a 1989 Honda Accord (flip-up headlights-auto tranny). Are there any engine swaps possible for this vehicle? Something with more
power and manual tranny? If there are any sources, please let me know... Thanks
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Converting an automatic to manual is major job, as you have to add the clutch pedal and gear linkage, the gauge cluster, various wiring. Then there's the question of the engine itself. You could consider any of the VTEC engines from recent Honda Accords or Acura models eg the 2001-2003 RSX. Then of course, you'd need to - replace the crappy 89 brakes with better stuff off later models. (you do want to be able to stop...) - rebuild the suspension with new ball joints and bushes - add better springs and shocks.
You might consider getting a manual trans and engine, rebuild it with a turbo or supercharger.
But really, if you want a manual, its far better (and a whole lot less work and money) to start with a manual vehicle.
Stewart DIBBS
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OK. I wasn't thinking straight on that one! So, would any of the engines you list bolt up to the existing auto tranny or would it be a COMPLETE engine tranny swap?

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Yes. Don't even think of using an automatic in a converted vehicle. Learn to drive manual, and
a) you never have to worry when (not if) the transmission will cost you an arm and leg b) you'll use less gas in a manual than an automatic driven the same way.
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