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I've been looking into getting a V8 for my 92 Camaro RS, however, my knowledge about cars is limited roughly to putting gas in them. I've searched around on here and found information about it, but none of it makes much sense to me. I guess I'm not really asking for anything that hasn't been asked before, but yea. I know a 350 would be nice. I'm not looking for more than 300 hp seeing how I don't want to die, and I'm on a pretty tight budget. Anything you guys could tell me would be mucho appreciated. I know nothing.

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Old 10-28-2003, 08:42 AM
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Yo yo yo my man.

Explain nothing?

Do you know what a sparkplug is? If you add fuel can you put the cap back on by yourself...or do you need assistance? Do you have a little bottle of each kind of fluid your vehicle needs in your trunk but yea do you like have a big bottle in the garage? Do you get upset if you get your hands dirty? If your doing brain surgery the next day having grease under your fingernails can be a big pain in the you know what...if you get my drift my man.

Really all you need to get started in hotrodding is a pail of hammers and some bandaids. Try fillin your car with premium fuel...oh your hotrodding!

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Alright, assuming that you don't know much more than how to pump gas you're going to be in for a real and rude awakening.

Working on cars can be complicated, but it isn't impossible.

If you're willing to have your car torn down for a length of time while you try to figure out how to change the engine out, then find a buddy who does know something about cars and enjoy. But don't expect a quick turnaround, and DO expect to learn a hell of a lot more than how to pump gas.

If you don't know jack about cars, and don't want your car torn down for a long time then be prepared to spend a small fortune paying someone else to do the work for you.

If this second scenario is more you then spend some time asking around and talking to people and try to find someone to do the work for you that is reasonably priced. But more important find someone that you can trust. Otherwise you could get taken to the cleaners and end up paying for a lot of hi-tech sounding stuff that really won't help your performance, but will help your mechanic build a new addition to his house.

The final option - assuming your engine isn't totally junked out and worn down - is to look into making small modifications to your car to help performance a little here and there.

Just so people don't accuse me of trying to convince you to turn your car into a ricer - just remember stickers, neon, and wings are not performance parts.

Going the minor mod route will let you spend money slowly while you keep your car up and running, and it will give you a chance to get your knuckles dirty while deciding if you're really up to the task of doing a major overhaul. This option will not turn your car into the road burning hot-rod of your dreams, but if you do the work yourself you'll still be proud of yourself and the improvements. Then you can decide what route to follow.
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Thanks for the assistance, my dad is going to help me work on it. Yeah I think my hands were dirty once, but I cried and used my tears to clean them off. I lost the cap a few years back, but I cried and it came back too. Thanks for the advice on that. I felt like a noob while writing it and you hit the nail right on the head. I figure my dad and I will be able to put it all together and stuff, hey I might learn something on the way.
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Well now that we've determined that you're willing to get your hands greasy again... sort of...

Your next choices are:

How fast do you want to go and do you plan on driving this thing all the time, or is it just a playtoy.

If you want to go monstrously fast, get a 350 block and start adding on pieces. There are tons of threads on this site to tell you how to achieve nearly every horsepower under the sun with a 350. Be prepared to pay big $$$$ and never drive it legally.

If you're looking for something moderate, you might consider a 350 with some addons like a good intake, better exhaust setup, etc... Once again. Tons of info at this site. Lots of people ask about what setup is best for a 350. Spend less $$$$ and still get to drive it but expect low gas mileage.

If you're looking to stay reasonable but still want some kick, maybe a 305 built up with some good heads, intake and an exhaust system will do it for you. You'll probably get better gas mileage if you go this route. You'll keep the low end torque just lose out on the high end usually. (I say usually because phenomenal things can be done with a 305.)

I just put a 350 in an old 77 El Camino. I personally didn't feel like taking the time to rebuild the engine myself so I found a rebuild shop that would build to my specs. I had them build me a 350 that should hit around 300-320hp give or take, and I paid around $1,300 and didn't have to give them a core. It was what most guys here would call a 'crate' motor. You might find a better deal - I'm sure if you shopped around more than I did you could.

You said in your earlier post that your car had the 3.1 - that's a V-6 isn't it? If so, you're going to face a lot of other issues such as transmission size, motor mount locations, radiator size, etc...

Once again, not insurmountable problems they just require the two magic things of hot-rods: time and money.

I'd search through the board here for topics on 305 vs 350, v6 to v8, Camaro, and even 92 Camaro... take notes and make a list of things that people say have to be done to swap the motor out.

Price out your stuff before you begin, and be sure to add a sizeable amount to that figure before you begin. For example, my new motor was around $1,300. But by the time I added a new intake, headers, exhaust system, waterpump, carb rebuild kit, transmission rebuild, valve covers, air cleaner, cap, rotor, distributor, engine hoist rental, etc... the cost was over $2,500.

The nice thing is that if you rebuild the engine yourself, you can buy a few pieces at a time as you can afford it and not shell all the money out in one large painful sum. You can even build up your new engine on the stand while driving your car around with the old one it it, until it's time to swap.

Let me know how it goes.

Check this thread out.

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Will let you know how it goes. This will indeed take awhile, my cash flow is pretty limited, but I'm optimistic. Thanks for the advice and thread link.
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your newer camaro has electronics that are way over your, and my, heads, you can probably go to the chevy dealer, talk to all the mechanics that work there and see if any of them do side jobs. you will be able to find one who will put an ls-1 into your car for less than $800. get an ls-1 at a wrecker. i dont know what the going rate is, but get one and have him put it in at his house. i think that will be your best bet.
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Thanks, but I'm not sure on the electronics part. My dad's a whiz with anything electronic, I'm sure he'd be able to figure it out. Good advice though, and I will consider the possibilites.
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