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Old 07-15-2010, 09:42 PM
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How do i put a chevy 350 into my 72 skylark

I know I know why put a chevy engine in a buick, im defiling the car, im bastardizing the buick spirit.....

im also a college student who needs an engine in his car and chevys are more affordable, more parts are available, and when i graduate i can always switch it back to a buick engine if i want.

for now lets stick to:

what do i need to do to be able to put in a chevy engine in my buick skylarks engine bay?

is it possible to reuse the existing peripherals with a chevy engine in there? (power steering pump, brake master cylinder, alternator, etc.)

can i use the current transmission with a chevy engine? ( i dont know what model it is all i know is the car came with a 350 code j engine and when i go to change out the filters i always have a hassle because the filter and transmission pan correspond to an old trucks)

would i be able to use my buicks exhaust manifold?

is there particular chevy engine that is easier to put into my 72 skylark?

particular engine manufacturer that makes those chevy engine that is trusted and reliable?


i thank you in advance for all the help i know you can give me. please help me out here.

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You will need frame mounts for a 72 Chevelle. Trans is not a direct bolt on. Adapter is available. No Buick accessories or manifold/exh system or linkages will fit Chevrolet engine. Best bet is find a 68-72 Chevelle donor car...
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It is dead easy. Transdapt has the adapter plate. (30$?) It mounts to the chev with some countersunk bolts and the transmission bolts up and you bolt up the torque convertor from the bottom and rotate the flex plate to get all 3 bolts. Don,t forget locktite.
The exhaust and brackets are all different. Go all Chev and the hoses will bolt on to the powersteering box on the Buick. The gas line is on the opposite side. Run a good quality length of hose from the metal gas line to the chev fuel pump. some fuel pumps have two hose attachments find out which one sucks from the tank and put a length of hose with a bolt and a hose clamp to block off the other one or get a pump with one hose attachment. Go with hei. Find a 12 volt keyed source on the Buick and plug it into the hei. Thats it. A tach will hook up next to the 12volt. You can buy a connector for both the 12 volt and the tach. Easy. Find your senders on the Buick and reattach to the chev and you have instruments. A chevelle rad housing will clear the fan
Good luck. If someone *****es about the chev just walk away and let them act out their problems by themselves...
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As mentioned, the best move would be to buy a 68-72 Chevelle donor car, maybe a rotted 4 door that has all under hood items plus the correct trans.

Yes, there are adapters to make your current trans mount to the Chevy, but it is also possible that your car has a dual pattern T350 in it already.

BUT, whats the issue with the car as it sits now? How much of this work can you do yourself? What type of tools do you have regular access to?

If youre gonna have to pay for help, that may very well negate to cheaper cost of the Chevy engine.

If the Buick engine is damaged, have you looked for a used replacement at the local scrap yards?, or on Craigslist?

If cost is the only concern here, I really think a straight Buick swap would be the better route, you already have everything except the motor, no worries about new exhaust, manifolds or headers?, does the trans need an adapter?, where to get all the chevy pulleys and brackets?, where to get a Chevy motor for that fact?

Just as a side thought, the Buick 3.8 6 cylinder would drop in, thats a durable inexpensive engine to maintain.
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Man, i don't like all this talk about a chevelle donor car. I hate seeing old cars go to waste.
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i cant thank yall enough. everytime i come here im never let down hopefully one day i can contribute some knowledge
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As mentioned, the best move would be to buy a 68-72 Chevelle donor car, maybe a rotted 4 door that has all under hood items plus the correct trans.

Yes, there are adapters to make your current trans mount to the Chevy, but it is also possible that your car has a dual pattern T350 in it already.

BUT, whats the issue with the car as it sits now? How much of this work can you do yourself? What type of tools do you have regular access to?

If youre gonna have to pay for help, that may very well negate to cheaper cost of the Chevy engine.

If the Buick engine is damaged, have you looked for a used replacement at the local scrap yards?, or on Craigslist?


If cost is the only concern here, I really think a straight Buick swap would be the better route, you already have everything except the motor, no worries about new exhaust, manifolds or headers?, does the trans need an adapter?, where to get all the chevy pulleys and brackets?, where to get a Chevy motor for that fact?

Just as a side thought, the Buick 3.8 6 cylinder would drop in, thats a durable inexpensive engine to maintain.
the reason im in this situation is because the tip of the spark plugs fell into the cylinder and ruined the engine that came with it. then the second engine i bought for 2000 from advance auto parts. marshall engines were the company that sent it. that engine was a 60 pull and didnt even last me the year. now im in a position where i can have another 40 pull marshall engine put in if they honor the warranty or take it and sell it with all the buick parts i have and take out a student loan to once and for all fix my car.

if the engine is covered i just dont trust marshall engines anymore. i need a reliable car but i cant spend alot of money on it. im keeping this car due to sentimental reasons my grandfather got it for me.
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