I have a 1999 2.0 TD, mechanical injection. I've been stripping it down as I planned to break it, but the love is just too strong and I spent a lot of time and money rebuilding it into a one-off custom car.
Long story short, the gearbox went, as did the power steering pump. Since I've stripped off the gear box, and most of the engine components, I'm very tempted to do an engine swap. The reason being, there's only so much power you can get out of the mechanical injected engine, and the electronic injected engine from the 45 is more tune-able, such as remapping and chip tuning.
Firstly, I know the major differences. Engine loom and ECU will obviously need replacing, but how much do I need to change in order for it to work?
I already have an inter-cooler setup with inlet manifold but I'll probably go FMIC anyway. What about exhaust manifold, alternator, fuel lines, cooling pipes, driveshafts? Is the fuel pump different? I was planning on upgrading the fuel pump anyway but are the stock ones different due to the different power outputs of both engines?
Is it really as simple as Engine, Loom and ECU or is there a lot more to swapping the non-inter-cooled L-series engine with the inter-cooled model?