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Old 11-11-2011, 01:51 PM   #1
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Been here once or twice over the last couple years- thought I'd drop back in to get some advice.

I need to get me a new ride sometime in the next few months. I have my '95 Bonnie, and I love her, but, she just ain't gonna make it. Still runs and drives great, only got 100k on the drivetrain, and just needs a few things to make her perfect (Oil pressure sensor, and an alternator are all that I know of), but the frame is gone. I've done so much welding in the last year to try to keep her together that I think there'* more weld than steel left under there.

So here'* my issue- I've got a drivetrain in fantastic condition- the upper intake was just replaced last year after it hydrolocked, it'* only got 100k on it, and she runs like a champ. It'* a '95, with a series II 3800. Now, I wouldn't mind finding myself an SSEi with that beautiful supercharged 3800, but since I have a perfect n/a engine, what cars can I chop this thing into? How much different is my Series II to, say, an early 00'* Series II? I seem to remember that mine might be some goofy OBD 1.5- can I drop this thing into an OBD 2 car? I've found a couple (much) newer bodies with engine or transmission problems in my area, but I don't know if this is feasible or not.

Additionally, what other models can I look at? I know they used the 3800 in Buick'* and I think some Old'* and I dunno what else.
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i would seem alot easier to sell your car and use the extra money to buy a car that has a decent engine already.
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i would seem alot easier to sell your car and use the extra money to buy a car that has a decent engine already.
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you'd be wasting much more money if you throw it into something else not including the headaches that might come up throughout the swap
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If you still want to go forward with this, I believe your drivetrain is an OBD-II S2 engine with a 4T60E-HD transmission. That combo should fit easily into a 1995 or 1996 frame, though as with any different-year swapping, you may have slightly different connectors and/or mounts that will have to be dealt with.

It may be easier to sell the drivetrain, part out the car, and start from square one again.
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Well gorsh, thought I'd get more support for this, hahaha!

Anyway- in reply to Zeta, I'm not real positive about the engine, hence this thread, but I'm pretty sure the tranny is a 4T60E, not HD. Car isn't supercharged. I thought the engine would be an L36, but I remember reading somewhere, sometime, that there was a funky 'in-between' engine with OBD 1.5, and I remember thinking that may have been mine.

At any rate, if non-ya think a swap is worth it, maybe I'll just part it out. I've done swaps before (got the lift, stand, and a heated garage too!), but it'* been years since we've done that. So much less fun...

Thanks for the opinions!
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