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Old 07-03-2012, 04:09 PM   #1
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Big Miles!!

So today my pony hit 270,000 miles on the original motor. I'd really like to up my gears in the rear and add a couple of mods for more hp but I don't know if I should just buy a rebuild kit for this one (v6) or find a 4.6/5.0 to build from the ground up and go that route. I'm not looking to make it a track car but a decent street car would be nice. I'm just asking for opinions and experiences. All of my suspension is aftermarket and ready for a 5.0 thanks to the previous owner. But I don't know what route to take.
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if u can find all the goodies that are meant to go with a v8, and i got the skills to do the swap(or money to spend on a shop) i say go for the v8 swap.
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V8.....
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1) how long do you plan on keeping the car... realistically?
2) are you in an emissions restrictive area?
3) what is the condition of the body/paint?

These are major things to consider. I personally have a '94 coupe, originally a V6, that I have swapped over to a 5.0l. I found a complete donor '94 GT that had been wrecked to do my swap, which is the only way I would do it. Right now I am dealing with having to find all of the emissions equipment for my car and pray to God it will pass emissions as a V6.. because I didn't take into consideration I have to pass emissions before or even during the swap.

All in all, unless you plan on keeping the car forever, it's not worth it to swap. You can find complete, ready to run single port 3.8l engines for DIRT cheap. Again, just something to consider.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:01 AM   #5
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Re: Big Miles!!

You'll have to change your front springs if you do swap a V8 in, it'll be a lot heavier than your six. Like "needsomemods" said a donor car is the best way to go for the swap, if not you'll be nit picking little things here and there that you're missing. For instance, you must swap over the brake system (at least the front part) to do it, the V8 uses a hydraboost setup with a smaller housing behind the master cylinder, you won't be able to fit a V8 in there without it and the hydraboost setup works off the steering rack, so that'll have to be swapped over too. It's a pretty big hassle without a complete donor.
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Re: Big Miles!!

I've got the same mileage, a little bit more but close. I considered the swap. Now my thoughts are a Stage3 powerpack. It'll give me some new internals and horsepower I want, and can live with prior to putting on a blower. -From what I found, and what I wanted, a good V8 swap would be around nine grand done by a top notch shop.
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I've got the same mileage, a little bit more but close. I considered the swap. Now my thoughts are a Stage3 powerpack. It'll give me some new internals and horsepower I want, and can live with prior to putting on a blower. -From what I found, and what I wanted, a good V8 swap would be around nine grand done by a top notch shop.
Geez u can buy a nice Gt for that.
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Geez u can buy a nice Gt for that.
That's what the shop told me. BUT.... If you have an affection for a particular car and want to experience that much of a crazy transition/improvement in power, transmission, ect.. while still behind the wheel of what was a V6, It might be worth it.
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That's what the shop told me. BUT.... If you have an affection for a particular car and want to experience that much of a crazy transition/improvement in power, transmission, ect.. while still behind the wheel of what was a V6, It might be worth it.
THIS is exactly why I did my swap.
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That's what the shop told me. BUT.... If you have an affection for a particular car and want to experience that much of a crazy transition/improvement in power, transmission, ect.. while still behind the wheel of what was a V6, It might be worth it.
True. I mean I've seen suped up Geo metro's and that just dumb to me but I love my car and we've been thu a lot together. I couldnt just sell her, but I could do major upgrades.
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