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Somebeach (Forum Supporter)
Somebeach (Forum Supporter) Reader
9/18/20 1:35 p.m.

Hypothetically if a person was going to start with a wagon for a engine swap, and wanted to start with a light weight chassis what would you choose? 
 

According to Wikipedia my corolla wagon weighs about 2028lbs. That just seems really light for a wagon. What other wagons are lightweights? 

EvanB (Forum Supporter)
EvanB (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/18/20 1:38 p.m.

Any year restriction? My 67 Opel Kadett lists curb weight of 1724lbs. 

fanfoy
fanfoy SuperDork
9/18/20 1:53 p.m.

FWD? RWD? AWD? Doesn't matter because you own a welder?

Any year or size restrictions?

Basically, anything before the 70's is going to be much lighter. Rust holes help for that as well

Datsun 510's are pretty light at 2127lbs

classicJackets (FS)
classicJackets (FS) Dork
9/18/20 1:55 p.m.

My (former) 1983 Civic wagon suggested a curb weight of 1650-1720lbs. 

iansane (Forum Supporter)
iansane (Forum Supporter) Reader
9/18/20 1:59 p.m.

e30 wagon? Not sub 2k like others suggested but definitely sub3k.

Placemotorsports
Placemotorsports Reader
9/18/20 2:01 p.m.

VW Fox wagon?  Just saw one posted the other day

ProDarwin
ProDarwin UltimaDork
9/18/20 2:05 p.m.

93-95 Saturn SW1/2.  The heaviest one (auto/AC/ABS/leather/power everything) comes in just below 2500 IIRC.  Lighter ones are 22xx I imagine (SOHC, Manual, no ac/abs/power, all cloth, no rear swaybar, smaller tires, etc.)

You could get a sub 2500lb manual wagon from Saturn up to '02

Saron81
Saron81 HalfDork
9/18/20 2:05 p.m.

Mini clubman count?

ProDarwin
ProDarwin UltimaDork
9/18/20 2:08 p.m.

Base Impreza wagon in the mid 90s was fairly light (27xx).  If you aren't keeping the AWD I'm sure there some weight to be saved there.

Tom1200
Tom1200 Dork
9/18/20 2:09 p.m.

Datsun 1200 wagons are 1600lbs but super rare.

93EXCivic
93EXCivic MegaDork
9/18/20 2:13 p.m.

I bet there are some JDM Kei cars that are wagons and are extremely lightweight. The Suzuki Wagon R lists 1587-1808 as weight.

OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle SuperDork
9/18/20 2:16 p.m.
Saron81 said:

Mini clubman count?

LIGHT weight was the request

m4ff3w
m4ff3w UberDork
9/18/20 2:26 p.m.

Suzuki Esteem should be around 2300lbs and I think they look pretty good.

L5wolvesf
L5wolvesf Reader
9/18/20 2:27 p.m.

In reply to Somebeach (Forum Supporter) :

My 81 Corolla wagon feels pretty light compared to others. What do you want to fit in it.

Somebeach (Forum Supporter)
Somebeach (Forum Supporter) Reader
9/18/20 2:28 p.m.

In reply to EvanB (Forum Supporter) :

No year restriction.  After seeing your kadett wagon in your build thread, a kadett wagon is going on my random search list to own one day. 

Cactus
Cactus HalfDork
9/18/20 2:34 p.m.
OHSCrifle said:
Saron81 said:

Mini clubman count?

LIGHT weight was the request

I think you'll struggle to find many lighter than a Mini Clubman.

 

 

 

Duke
Duke MegaDork
9/18/20 3:31 p.m.
OHSCrifle said:
Saron81 said:

Mini clubman count?

LIGHT weight was the request

He said Mini, not MINI. wink

buzzboy
buzzboy Dork
9/18/20 3:31 p.m.

In reply to Cactus :

But you posted a Countryman, not a Clubman. MINI really mixed up the naming convention .

vdubinsd
vdubinsd Reader
9/18/20 4:04 p.m.

In reply to Placemotorsports 

My Fox wagon weighed 2075 with GTI snowflakes and probably around 100 lbs of speaker box in the hatch. Still regret selling.....19 years later

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
9/18/20 4:30 p.m.
Somebeach (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to EvanB (Forum Supporter) :

No year restriction.  After seeing your kadett wagon in your build thread, a kadett wagon is going on my random search list to own one day. 

You might (might) be able to swap an engine in the back, maybe.  Like physically place one there for storage or something.  Underhood is really tiny!

 

You might be able to find an RX-3 wagon, those were under 2000lb.  And since you can fit a rotary, there's no need for an engine swap.  But bring a lot of money, they are really hard to find.  They were only sold for one year and had the more problematic twin distributor engine and they rusted like Mazdas.

OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle SuperDork
9/18/20 4:37 p.m.
Cactus said:
OHSCrifle said:
Saron81 said:

Mini clubman count?

LIGHT weight was the request

I think you'll struggle to find many lighter than a Mini Clubman.

 

 

 

I am humbled. 

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
9/18/20 5:14 p.m.
NOHOME
NOHOME MegaDork
9/18/20 5:47 p.m.

What finished weight are you looking for?

84FSP
84FSP UltraDork
9/18/20 6:11 p.m.
vdubinsd said:

In reply to Placemotorsports 

My Fox wagon weighed 2075 with GTI snowflakes and probably around 100 lbs of speaker box in the hatch. Still regret selling.....19 years later

There is a fox wagon on fb marketplace

NOT A TA
NOT A TA SuperDork
9/18/20 6:18 p.m.

Vega and Pinto wagons were pretty light.

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