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i don't know if most are aware, but the gasoline engine is not a Mercedes engine, it is a Mitsubishi engine.

the question often comes up about rebuilding or replacing the engine. my thought is that possibly the 3cyl engine used in the Mitsubishi cars could be used in a Smart. low mileage Smart engines are rare....

anyone have thoughts or knowledge on this?

Bill
 

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It's possible that one could find a Japanese kei car with the 3b21 engine, assuming there are some, and it might be a drop in replacement.
There's a long history of swapping different motors into cars going back to the earliest days; no reason one couldn't do so in the Smart if you found one that fits or are willing to do what it takes to make it fit. There are a couple of choices in the 1.0-1.5 liter range that could likely be made to fit.

If Bad Obsession Motorsports can put an AWD Toyota Celica drivetrain into an old Austin Mini without changing the outer dimensions of the Mini(*), then it's just a matter of of know-how, determination, money, and a little madness....plus a few brackets.

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this is a fascinating series, thank you VERY much for the link. God only knows what this build is going to cost, and what is it that these two builders REALLY do for a living... do you know?

as far as stuffing engines into a Smart, i've seen pics/videos of everything from a big block chevy to a 4 cylinder kawasaki motorcyle engine (apparently the kawasaki transplant is/was available as a kit AND the final product chews up and spits out mustangs for breakfast/lunch/dinner). BUT i was looking for something easier and more mundane.... i still have another Smart (my first) that appears to have a 'bad' engine but is too good to throw away, so i've been giving some thought to replacing the engine.

thank you

Bill
 
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