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Old 10-07-2013, 05:05 PM   #1
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Corvette engine swap

Hello everyone I know I might get some hate on this but I'm trying to research an 80's model 350 h/o corvette engine swap into my 1986 gt which you all know is fuel injection. I wanna know if I should change the gt to carb or get an intake with a throttle body for the corvette engine. Also where I can find motor mounts and a k-member thanks
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If you are going to swap a GM engine into it you should at least do an LS motor, so much more potential. Sad to say, but they even make kits for Mustangs to swap in LS motors.
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Why would you swap to such a sad motor?
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Why would you swap to such a sad motor?
The reason I want to swap is because I have an opportunity to buy a worked up motor and trans for $500 it has been siting in the garage since the 80's and the guy paid $500 for it when he was 20 and was going to put it in his Chevelle but sold the car
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Specifically which motor? And what has been done to it? The Corvette's 80s engines didn't make all that much power.
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Specifically which motor? And what has been done to it? The Corvette's 80s engines didn't make all that much power.
All I know so far is that it was built for a drag car and was all hopped up and suppose to be a nasty motor. There's a story that comes along with the motor. But it's a 350 h/O corvette engine. I'm going to take the serial numbers off it this week an check it out to find out the exact year etc. and he said if I'm interested I can pull the heads and pan to see what's done to it. It also comes with a standard transmission. Matching numbers either 4 or 5 speed
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The early 80s cross fire fuel injected corvettes made less than 190rwhp. I wouldn't do it...

Unless all that work was essentially changing everything about the engine. The early 80s corvettes looked amazing but were straight dogs. I could probably beat one off the line on my bicycle.
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Been sitting in the garage since the 80s? You think he rotated it and kept it properly lubricated just sitting there in the garage for 30 years? Guarantee it needs another full teardown and rebuild. You could probably pull a good 5.3L out of a JY for not much more money and run with that.
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Been sitting in the garage since the 80s? You think he rotated it and kept it properly lubricated just sitting there in the garage for 30 years? Guarantee it needs another full teardown and rebuild. You could probably pull a good 5.3L out of a JY for not much more money and run with that.
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Yeah if its been sitting that long, its gonna need another rebuild....... not worth it IMO.
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Look into it and find out what's all been done to it. If it's a stock motor then yeah like everyone else said. Not worth it. If it does have after market parts. Buy it for sure, Shoot buy it anyways but my suggestion is to find another car to put it in. It will be a pain to put it in a mustang. Find a 80's-90's camaro. Plus no matter what you'll have to rebuild it.
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When i switched my 86 gt to carb i spent about 1400 just to make it run
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Look into it and find out what's all been done to it. If it's a stock motor then yeah like everyone else said. Not worth it. If it does have after market parts. Buy it for sure, Shoot buy it anyways but my suggestion is to find another car to put it in. It will be a pain to put it in a mustang. Find a 80's-90's camaro. Plus no matter what you'll have to rebuild it.
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Lol I like. I sell a lot of ford parts and my friend sells chevy parts. He get all kinds of characters buying chevy parts. I would just rather see him put it in a chevy then a 86 mustang GT or any ford at that.
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:52 AM   #15
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I understand it will need a rebuild no mater what I've already set that into mind the only reason I wanna do it is cause of all the upgrades it supposedly has. I haven't come to a full conclusion on putting it into the fox I might put it into my 89 c1500 2wd and make it a sleeper
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