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Old 06-03-2002, 01:01 PM
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I'm getting a 1980 buick LeSabre with a
3.8 V6.I was wondering if i could easily(?)
stuff in a 454 or 455?

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to put it in short, no. there is always one million little things that doesnt quite fit. but where there is will there is a way.

go with the buick 455. if you decide its worth the hastle on an otherwise uninteresting car, no offence but its hardly a classic. and youll be spending no less than 5000 on the swap
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A big block should fit between the frame rails of your LeSabre without too much hassle however, that’s not where it stops. You'll need a new trans since your stock trans probably won't bolt up and even if it did it wouldn't be able to handle the power and torque of the big block. Second, you'll need a new rear end since the V6 unit isn't heavy duty enough and while you're at it don't forget new cooling and exhaust systems to meet the needs of the big block.

Oh, yea… one final thing. If you're subject to emissions testing you'll probably have to meet the same emissions standards as the V6. No easy task with a big V8.

Yep... about $5000 should cover it.

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A small block chev might be easyer & cheaper. Maybe find a donor car w/ good motor & trans. Trans plant the whole thing motor,tranny,emmissions,etc...Get a set of springs that'll handle the heavy V8. But rigging up brackets,exhuast,etc... will require fabrication.
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Thanks guys for the replies.I was thinking
of a 455 cuz car craft did a buick build
recently and with aluminum heads weighs as
much as a 350 chevy,but with better output.
The emissions aren't much of a problem.
I got the car for free cuz the didn't like
the fact that it wasn't a turbo 3.8,and me
being a rodder,well, don't see many hot
rodded lesabres out there so it'd be
different.
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