ok so a little update on this (if anyone cares) the 2.2 expired in a horrid and clunky way so rather than doing the easy solution as landfill suggested, we opted for an ancient vauxhall cavalier 2ltr that my other half found cheap on facebook sdo, its out with the old!
and in with the.... older?
To my surprise the engine mounts actually line up perfectly, though the good feeling was short lived as pretty soon the problems where coming thick and fast, firstly the 2ltr has an 8 bolt flywheel wheras the 2.2 only has 6, the 2ltr was too thin to fit the clutch and so after a complete guess, a Vectra V6 flywheel was fitted along with the 2.2 frontera clutch, all of which then mated to the gearbox.
Next in line was the sump, the frontera has a special shaped one to get over the front axle, and though we could bodge it to fit the 2ltr then the oil strainer would foul and be in the complete wrong place, so after some fettling with an angle grinder we managed to get the 2.2 pump to fit the 2ltr, we are hopeful it will work, i assume we will soon find out
Next on the list of issues was the "SFI box" from the 2ltr, it was fouling (in a big way) on the bulkhead and clutch master cylinder, so more expence later and a new type of upgraded "power cap" was installed which actually fits perfectly, the rest of the inlet went on with only minor persuasion
The exhaust is actually a nissan 200ZX turbo manifold chopped and welded to the 2ltr exhaust flange, the rest is then a miss matched bodge of clamps and left over exhaust pieces from various other dead projects, all held together with a full tube of exhaust assembly gunk, it aint pretty, but it works! for now
Alas after alot of work and some dodgy wireing we actually managed to get it started!
we actually did get it first time though nobody thought to grab a video camera, the subsequent 2 tests where done with a slightly different wireing setup that turned out not to work so we went back to the ECU and fuel pump attached directly to the battery and filmed this one, only a breif test sadly as we are still waiting on a new radiator and some piping to get the coolant system working but we have proved that you can get an old vauxhall engine running in a car that was never designed to have that engine installed! and i think i am right in saying that this is the first frontera facelift with a "redtop" engine in it!
Things left to do:
-find a switched live to the engine ECU that doesn't cut when you engage the starter motor
-Tidy up the wiring going to the fuel pump
-Radiator and piping (waiting on bits)
-Air intake (also waiting on bits)
-Radiator fans (still not sure on these yet)
Will keep you all updated