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Old 06-14-2004, 09:03 AM
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Highway Star (V8/5speed)

O.K. Guys,
I'm sick,siCK,SICK of no Passing Power!

Had a 2.8 Multi-Port 86' Bird,
now I'm running a 2.2 95' Cavalier both 5speeds.

The shifting,(transmissions) has been great,(i will pop my eardrums with spark plugs,& shove a crankshaft up my crack before i'll own another automatic) but the engines power,(both of them) has been SADLY lacking.

I'm not a holeshot hound,with the 5speed i generally get the jump anyway,
(if i want it) It's 35mph to say 70 or more that I am most concerned about.

I'm not the least bit interested in a "In Town Tire Cooker/Cop Caller",
I need a "Highway Star".When I get on it from 3rd gear Up I want it to make telephone poles blur,instantly!

Anybody matched up any V8 SBC's to a 5speed in the past,& achieved this goal?

If so What Engine,& What Tranny?

Almost Forgot,this combo will be going into a 80's G-body.
Either an El Camino,or a Monte Carlo.

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SI

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Just a word of advice. I see you are a new member, so I will offer this.

Multiple postings in multiple forums with the same questions is not the proper method to get your questions answered. This is not a cheesy newsgroup. Most if not all of us work for a living and cannot answer a technical question as soon as it is posted.

Have a little patience and allow a little time.

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the car you are looking for is a ford tarus SHO, i know i have one, its an 89 with 126K and hauls!! their really cheap too!!
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Thanks Blob

But I really am not interested in Ford's.

In fact I'm not interested in any model.or make that new,(to small for me).

I don't have a hardcore attitude against Ford,
I'm simply used to GM.

Ever since I was a kid we had um.
Mostly Pontiac's,Chevy's,& GMC's.

If your happy with your Ford,then I'm happy for you.
Not my cup of tea.

As I said originaly I need a Motor Tranny,(5speed,possibly 6) combo for a G-Body,(early to mid 80's).
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Old 06-14-2004, 12:10 PM
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They might be able to provide some info or a direction.
http://www.5speedtransmissions.com/

Some later model camaros and corvettes had 5 speeds in them I believe. Drop something out of there into your G-body.

Just do a little research and I am sure you'll find it.
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Old 06-14-2004, 01:09 PM
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Thanks Siggy

Thanks Siggy,I checked out the link,& E-Mailed the guy some questions.
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i am also a gm man , but its not really a ford at theart, the motor is all YAMAHA!!!
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Old 06-15-2004, 08:44 AM
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LS1/T56 from a 99-02 F-Body. Best bang for the buck. With cam and exhaust you can have 400HP to the wheels easily and with the T56 you can sip fuel at cruise, or drop to 4th and let the LS1 torque smoke the tires at 55mph.


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Old 06-15-2004, 11:29 AM
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Blob,

Thats cool,I like yamaha,kawi,& honda but prefer Suzuki.

The main thing is I want a "Straight Mechanical" car.
One that I can do all the work,(whenever possible) myself.

The second thing is,I am 6'4" most cars don't fit me...

I actually had a 89' Taurus,(non SHO) sitting in the yard
for several months.

The little thing "REALY" liked to break down.

Again "Not my cup of Tea".

Tim,

What size engine would that be,350,400?

Being that new,can all the fuel injection,computer shtuff etc...
be removed?

I need to be able to work on it myself with nothing more then hand tools.

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It's a 350 (actually 346). All aluminum block and heads, coil pack ignition etc etc. If you want to pull the FI system off, then go another route, you would be defeating the purpose.

I used to be a hardcore carb guy, until I went LT1 in my 240Z. Now I will never go anything but FI. The driveability and fuel consumption and power and smoothness (on and on and on) is fantastic. For my 1940 Chevy I am building a SBC from my 71 truck using MegaSquirt fuel control computer to fire the injectors (retrofitting an LT1 intake to work with a rear mount distributor). It's great to be able to sit on the sofa with the laptop and tune the PCM programming!!!

BTW....with the LS1, a cam change takes less than 1 hour!!!!!
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Tim,

How "Expensive" are the blocks to obtain,
in comparason to a traditional Cast Iron SBC?
(i know where i can get a 350 for $150.00,& a 400 for $250.)

How much harder are they to find as well?
(i live in tthe boonies)
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You can pick up a complete combo from a JY or Ebay for anything from $3k to $5k, incl. computer and wiring.
For example!

Or this

Remember, this engine has next to nothing in common with the older generation SBC engines. Go to Google and type in LS1....you will find tons of info....


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Old 06-15-2004, 08:18 PM
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Tim,

I really appreciate your input,but at those prices there is no way on GOD's green earth I can go that route.

I can only afford to go a few hundred dollars out of pocket at a time,
(and thats streeeeetching it) time after time until it is eventually completed.

Breaking it all out at once is "TOTALLY" unrealistic for me.

Thanks anyway,& if I ever win the Lottery I'll go Aluminum then.

P.S. I was Stress'n over the extra $100.00 for the 400

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Old 06-15-2004, 08:33 PM
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Well...sit down and figure out the cost of ALL the parts you are going to need if starting from scratch, and you will see it is not expensive to go with the abovetrust me)
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Old 06-16-2004, 01:23 AM
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Tim,

I understand where your comming from,& you may be 100% correct
on overall cost,but the fact is I have to do a little at a time,period.

As I said before even a little at a time is stretching it.

Plus even if i did have the BIG bucks to shell out without a thought,
(or tried to save it all up over time,(a looooong time) i would miss out on several things.

The JOY of tearing into my first engine,
the satisfaction of doing it myself,
the knowledge gained through the process.

And last but not least sharing the whole experience with my son.

Again I appreciate your input,but it's simply not realistic for me.

P.S. The CASH don't flow round here,"IT TRICKLES".
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