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Old 11-27-2003, 07:06 PM
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Cool Pontiac Fiero Owner swapping in a 350, maybe 383 sbc with a v8 archie kit

Hello, I'm 17. I've been into Pontiac Fiero's for over a year and I'm whats called a "Fiero Fanatic". I'm on my 3rd Fiero Now (1 driver, 1 parts car, and the one I'm restoring right now). Its a 1984 Fiero SE, with the ws6 spring package. It use to have a 2.5 liter "Iron Duke" four banger, that was blown when the previous owner overheated the car, and put ditch water into the cooling system. Anyways I dropped the cradle, pulled the old engine out, and used the 86 gt 2.8 v6 engine that I got from my parts car and swapped that in. It runs and just replaced my entire ignition system on it, but I'd rather have much more power, and I've always wanted to swap in a small block. I don't have much money right now to do much, because I'm paying off my 93 Grand Prix too. But I just got the sbc the other night, its from a 76 pickup, suppoasedly only 40k miles, but had some weird problem that wore out 3 sets of piston rings making low compression on the 3 cylinders. I got it for 104.50 off of ebay. I plan on rebuilding it, somewhere to the effect of 350-400 hp, might stroke it, unsure. What I'd like to do is find a 383 rotating assembly, that doesn't have to be balanced like a 400, because the v8 archie kit www.v8archie.com costs a lot to have it balanced with his conversion. I'd like to build this engine as cheaply as I can, but with good high quality parts, as the conversion kit is quite expensive too. Of course unlike a lot of you guys with the full longitudinal trannies, I only have the weaker transaxle gm trannies. So I can't always haul *** with it, and do clutch drops at 4k rpm's. I'd also need to find a 9 5/8" clutch that can hold that kinda power, because of the transaxle being smaller than a standard sbc bolthousing. I can only use a 153 tooth flywheel thats also included with the kit. I'm also going to be adding power steering to my fiero with a 2000 F-body Power Steering rack. So what do you guys think? if any of you are familiar with pennock's fiero forum www.fiero.nl I'm 1985FieroGT Those are the best and probably one of the only forums dedicated to the fiero only. I mainly registered with this site to broaden myself, and get help with rebuilding my engine, which I know I will be, because its my first car engine rebuild.

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archie's kits

i don't know about the simple gen 1 kits that arechie has but i bought an LT1 kit and he sent me a bunch of junk watch out this guy is a joke
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Original thread over 5 years old. Sure he is onto anther project by now.
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