So, with my '92 Sentra E 2 door closing in on 300k miles, the original engine and clutch are very tired. The dreaded timing chain slap is very loud, the engine leaks and burns oil and is very down on power, the car is slow as crap. The 4 speed manual trans has no problems other then it grinds a little going into reverse. The body of the car is still in great shape, no rust or anything like that with the car being in the south east since new. A/C even still works great.
So, I was browsing Craigslist and came across a listing for a wrecked '93 Sentra XE 4 door for $550. Said it had a new motor, clutch and rebuilt trans. Went to look at it, and low and behold it has a 30k mile engine in it, brand new clutch, and 5 speed manual that has been totally rebuilt! The woman bought the car new back in '93, had put over 200k on it, and then in September of '07 had the new engine and all that installed, she had a pile of receipts totaling over $2300. Then wrecked the car just 4 months later, and it has sat in her garage since then. The car is hit pretty hard in the right front, but still drivable. I drove it around the block, and it runs GREAT compared to mine, it runs just unbelievably smooth and quite, and has way more power then mine does. It still has the factory plug wires on it with the Japanese markings on them. The trans works great in all gears, clutch is awesome also. Has factory cruise control that works great, so now I have everything to swap cruise into my '92. Another plus, the interior is in far better shape then mine, very nice seats and carpet in the car. Also has a nice Pioneer AM/FM/CD head unit and Sony speakers. Needless to say, I snatched the car up quick at a price of just $500!
What, if any, issues will I run into swapping the '93 engine into my '92? Also, going from the 4 speed to the 5 speed, any issues there? I'm hoping everything will just be a straight across swap. I've completed many engine swaps before, but mostly in older Mustangs and stuff like that. This will be my first working with a Japanese car. What about the interior? I assume the front seats from the 4 door '93 will swap into my 2 door '92, but what about the rear? What about the carpet? Obviously the door panels won't.