the engine is in VERY good shape... and I do agree with the old "dinasour" oil versus synthetic for leaks...
the stock stats of the engine is 150hp and 210 ftlbs.. stock CR is supposed to be 8.5:1
using a typical entry level nitrous kit would prolly have a higher chance of demolishing/hurting my engine and trans then the setup I have in mind.. which is basically a NX or NOS 50hp single nozzle wet kit (basically the same thing as suggested just without the "idiot proof" box that Zex comes with) ... the controller as I said above take the large hit to the system out and uses a more gradual nitrous upramp to the preset "shot" (aka start @ 10-15hp and ramp up with rpm to the 50hp shot) this controller also includes it'* own revlimiter so that if the engine overrevs it shuts off the nitrous and fuel... theres also a fuel pressure shut off.. and a timing retard that'* active only when the nitrous is flowing
the system works within the original nitrous system ... it has to be armed.. and the nitrous only flows @ WOT... this just allows the nitrous to start less agrressively for traction and ramp up so you an get the benifet without harming your engine and trans with the abrupt shock (even a 50 shot is a pretty good shock to the system when it hits instantly)
with the mods planned.. I should be in the 225-240 hp range on juice
to be realistic .. about the time I'm ready to install the nitrous I'll prolly have another junkyard engins and trans rebuilt in the garage waiting for the old stocker to blow
edit: BTW ... even with the cost of all the mods to the motor itself ... it'll still be about $800-1000 cheaper then a stock L67 and trans to swap in them bastards are EXPENSIVE here ... the cheapest one I've found that still ran was 3K (cnd) even the "cheaper" ones I've found across the US on ebay and such but the time I converted to cnd and added shipping and duty and taxes it was well beyond 3K ...