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Old 03-18-2007, 12:26 AM   #1
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I am currently using a 1996 Bonneville 3.8 liter in my new ride- i took a front wheel drive engine and put it amidships


It took a lot of figuring and scratching my head- but it fits- now to make her go.

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but why? why not a n* or a l67? it will be way to slow to compare to a real one
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I was able to buy the whole wrecked bonnie for 600
a porsche trans axle would cost 2000
a Pantera Trans axle would cost 3500
then i would have to make an engine plate adapter and clutch adapter-then build a 350 chevy or a 427 and why not just go with a relaible engine that i can get parts for it anywhere and go from there? i don't have to go fast, i want to go reliable and cheap. The whole car should run me 5000 when finished and weigh 1725
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Well since you're not supercharged, read this if you haven't already:
http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...e=article&k=38
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I have 1 1/4 inches of clearance between my rear window and the top of my engine- would a supercharger be taller than the stock 3.8 fi? AND I couldn't find a supercharged engine when i started this project- i did own a Olds 3.8, a Grand am 3.? and was told the most reliable fwd engine was a 3.8 so, I did a stupid thing?
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Don't quote me on it, but I don't think so. But your transmission would be a BIG issue if you swapped in an L67. Bottom line, you'd need to do a full drivetrain swap if you want reliability as you've stated.

Edit - a well tuned L36 in a car that LIGHT will be pretty quick

Edit 2 - No, you didn't do a stupid thing at all. Fix the gasket issues, upper intake, and replace the coolant with anything but Dexcool and that engine will run forever.
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My suspension was built around the 3.8 liter custom in my workshop. I think I am OK with what I have- i can always build another later on with a Caddynorthstar 8 cylinder when I get rich and famous.
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My main reason for joining this group is that i am a dummy when it comes to upgardes of these engines and have no idea where to go for tech info, dress up kits, wiring advice and any other of a number of tech reasons. Go to the source my dad always said-
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This club will be one of, if not the best, sources for this drivetrain (I might be a tad biased, but you found a GREAT resource). If you're looking to go a little faster after you get it tuned up, read this: http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...e=article&k=91. Also check out www.intense-racing.com and www.zzperformance.com for more ideas.
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