Jasper engines vs other remanufacturers

I concur, the Jasper vendor seems like the right choice. @db4690 above mentioned something important to determine first, before you make your final vendor/engine decision; i.e. take whatever amount of effort needed on the phone with the bureaucrats , etc, to make sure what you are intending to do will meet your state’s emissions testing requirements. You want to avoid the situation where your engine is finally installed and running like the well tuned & powerful machine it is, only to discover you can’t register & license your car b/c of some emissions equipment issue.


You do realize that the emission controls aren’t controlled by the long block you purchase, but by the ancillary components attached to that long block?


Here’s three restrictions cited from California air resources board website.

  • Must be the same year or newer than the vehicle.

  • If the vehicle is a California certified vehicle then replacement must also be a California certified engine.

  • All emissions control equipment must remain on the installed engine.

There’s probably more …

No kidding

Such as . . . if you have a Ford Expedition and show up for smog testing with a Chevy engine under the hood, and that wasn’t one of the engine options for that model year vehicle, you’re going to have a hard time, unless you show up with a bar referee label

I’m bringing that up, because YOU were the one who mentioned that OP could shoehorn a Chevy LS engine in that engine bay, in spite of the fact that OP himself said he wanted to drop in a remanufactured engine, which implies he was planning all along to drop in a Ford engine, which would be correct for that model year vehicle

By the way, I was at Costco today, and happened to park next to a Corolla of your vintage. I’d say 1988 or 1989. It didn’t have motorized belts or airbags, that’s why I think pre-1990, but definitely your body style. It was a white base model car, with apparently pristine original paint. I’m not sure if it was mechanically as pristine as the body, though. I don’t think the owner was as electrically savvy as you, as I didn’t see any horn or ignition switch bypasses, in other words I didn’t see any aftermarket dash mounted horn button or push button to start the engine.


You mean like the Corolla below? I happened to notice a new Mercedes the other day with almost the exact same body style. It’s a Classic, no doubt about it. I like how my push button mods make the dash light up like a Christmas Tree during start-up. But not everyone would. It’s a custom classic!!

re the LS engine, mea culpa, just an idea is all. I expect the OP’s objective posting here is simply looking for an assortment ideas, and can easily sort through them to decide for themselves which most suites their objective. It’s not an unheard of thing to pop an LS engine into a Ford, but definitely wouldn’t be a common thing to do, especially for such a recent model. Like I say, I think the OP is just looking for ideas, and isn’t much troubled to have to sort through them, picking the wheat and tossing the chaff.

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That’s interesting, was it one of the two new Mercedes sedans below?

There is some resemblance, these cars are available in white.

Well, the one I saw was the base model . . . the one in the picture looks like it might be a DX

But it WAS white

@Nevada_545 … I saw that newish Mercedes I liked mostly from the side, it looked more like the second one that the first of your photos. It didn’t seem to have that ornament that is tacked onto the hood like on the first one. I don’t think it had that particular tail-light style in the 2nd one tho, a little less angly-ly. A more straight-forward, classic tail light arrangement in other words. It definitely had that little ridge styling along the top of trunk, as is clearly seen in your second photo.

I concur @db4690 , the base model is the more attractive of the Corollas of that era.

@Nevada_545 … I think it must have been this Mercedes 520 I saw, first photo below, I thought had a similar design to a 92 Corolla , base model, 2nd photo, below.

What do you folks think? Overall body design looks pretty similar, eh? I prefer the bumpers on the Corolla tho, those things are tough as nails. I’ve bumped into steel posts at 2-3 mph, not even a mark.

I hope you’re joking . . . ? :confused:

If you’re serious, only YOU would say those cars look “pretty similar” :smile:

lol … I’m not saying the cars look the same. The quad exhausts, the wagon train wheels on the Mercedes, the bizarre rocker panels, the black top, the $1500-to-fix-a-dent bumpers, the certain-to-get-a-nick-in-the-parking-lot door panels, all definitely give the Mercedes a different look from the 92 Corolla. All I’m saying is the body designs are very similar.

Well, they’re both 4 door sedans, but that’s where the similarities end, IMO

Four wheels, too.

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I think you guys are marking down the Corolla b/c the wheel covers fell off … lol …

Oh, one other difference, Mercedes price is $78,200; Corolla, $728 … :wink:

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I think that Mercedes looks a lot more like a Hyundai Sonata.

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I agree with that . . . it looks much more like a current model Hyundai Sonata, versus that older Corolla :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

The Sonata bears some resemblance to the Mercedes, but I like the Mercedes & Corolla tail-light design better.

WTH . . . each time you post a picture, it’s a different Corolla

same generation, but a different car each time

you sure get around, don’t you

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I definitely like the Corolla appearance better than the Sonata @db4690 , rear view anyway. The Corolla of that vintage sports a journeyman design, not some high falutin’ 5th Avenue design like the Sonata. That particular Corolla pictured directly above however has a different tail light configuration than my own. On mine the tail-lights don’t extend into the trunk lid. My Corolla is configured more like Mercedes did it on the 520.

Sorry, but our opinions differ

I think the Sonata looks quite sleek and dynamic

The Corolla . . . not so much

I feel Corollas have tended to look rather nondescript and boring. I find the current model a little more exciting to look at. In any case, I find that older model to be one of the more boring looking models

Mind you, I’m not disparaging Corollas, or Toyotas, for that matter, as I’ve owned several Toyotas over the years.