So enough with the cemetery jokes, OK? Make me nervous.
Back to the original subject.
So if I'm now making somewhere between 25 and 35 HP ( Seat of the pants says closer to 25 than 35 ) and it cost me about $600 plus some sweat equity, why is the first response on the forum for suggestions for more HP to "drop in a 3.4"?
Simply that the 3.4 can then be improved even further? But then you have the cost of the transplant PLUS the aforementioned $600 for the same improvements I did to the 2.8. And an observation -
Isn't it sad that most of these mods could have been standard if only GM had an actual commitment to their cars. I mean, really, they couldn't have come up a way to manufacture those exhaust manifolds that didn't include blocking about 30% of the flow path?
What I'm trying to say is that back in 1988 instead of a 140HP V6 they could have produced a 165HP V6 by some well placed attention to detail.
Again, just a personal observation after digging around in the engine.
I believe that you need to define your objective. What is it that you wish to achieve? Pouring money and mods into a tired 25 yr old 2.8L engine will have some effect but if you've spent $600 and are possibly on your way to $1000 you will find yourself in an area of diminishing returns. Even with your mods, you are still looking at a 16 or 17 second 1/4 mile car. That's slow by todays standards. If you really want improved performance in your Fiero, you will need an engine swap. Not trying to be hard on you or rude; just telling you like it is.
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I don' think you're being hard on me. I asked for some opinions and that's what I want.
But here's the thing.
This particular Fiero was a well kept summer weekend car with 45K miles on it. It's not tired. In fact, it doesn't look or feel like it's got even that many miles on it.
I'm very satisfied with the kick in the pants improvements my $600 gave me and that's really all I plan to do. Well, maybe a paint job in the future once I get on Medicare and don't have this monthly health insurance nut.
So why spend $2000 ( ??? ) for 20 HP when I can spend $600 for the same or maybe a little more?
In addition, not that this is a high priority, the car remains stock. About the only thing you can see if you really look for it is the enlarged throat on the underside of the upper intake manifold. Oh and the drop-in replacement Streefire Coil.
Just food for thought for any other owners who don't want to go the full transplant route.
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The reason for the 3.4 swap is threefold..... More displacement Better oiling Stock appearance The oiling path in the 2.8 is OK for 140 horse, push it to 180, beat on it, it will spin bearings. The larger displacement of the 3.4 responds better to mild can upgrades, and if you want to get crazy with compression and can, the oiling system will allow the engine to live long and prosper. To address the GM could have made more HP observation, back in the day the manufacturers were balancing economy, emissions and longevity. Plus the 'unwriiten rule' of pounds per horsepower that limited performance potential.....
Ok, good answer on the benefits of the swap, thanks.
I'm still not convinced about the GM lack of effort though. Back in the day, 80's to 90's, I always wondered why foreign car makers seemed in general to have higher HP/ Liter numbers than US car makers.
After taking a look at those manifolds though, it becomes obvious. The accountants who didn't know a manifold from a manikin were in charge.
The accountants who didn't know a manifold from a manikin were in charge.
They still are....
It's always fun to bash the bean-counters. When I was in the business I hated them too. The front office did not care how efficient the hardware was. They wanted to know that Fieros were a certain level of performance and cost that would not interfere with all their other plans. Remember, there were a lot more 2.8s in pickup trucks than in a Fiero. I think GM made it way into the late 90s before they even worried about overseas competition. Cadillac just hired a guy from Nissan,,, That was a hard pill to swallow.
Originally posted by RayOtton: So why spend $2000 ( ??? ) for 20 HP when I can spend $600 for the same or maybe a little more?
If you're spending $2000 to swap in the Camaro 3.4, I hope that's for a freshly rebuilt engine. With careful shopping for an engine, you can do the swap for less than the $600 you spent. And as mentioned it has other benefits over sticking with the 2.8.
For $2000 you can do a 3800 swap and have a ~240 HP engine. And a much better transmission (if you are sticking with an automatic and swap in the 4t65e that the 3800 comes mated to).
My 2 cents - and I think a few touched on this, most times - when someone is looking to do a swap, it's because the 2.8 (or Duke) has died or is close to dying. The 2.8 is not worth rebuilding - better to pick up a 3.4 and mod it - it will live a lot longer and the costs are about the same. Find the right 3.4 and all you have to do is cam it and do the rest of the mods that you did. With a low mile 2.8, it's worth going the route you took.
I have an 86 v6 auto and its pretty peppy but mine was bored .60 over 10:1 pistons a bigger cam ported exhaust and it was fully balanced. Needless to say i have a 3800sc and a 5spd just waiting to go in.
Also i have the recipt from the engine build back in 95' from the previous owner he spent 2k in 95, and that was the third time the engine was rebuilt and the trans has been rebuilt twice. The car has 106k on it.
Modding the 2.8 just isnt worth it. Go the 3.4 route. LKQ had a 3.4 for 700 last i looked
It's easy to make the comment "drop a 3.4 in it" but the devil is in the details.
You need to understand, replacing an engine is not something I'm ever going do again. I'm not about to put the thing in myself due to a lack of time, energy and equipment. So the cost to have someone else do it is quite a bit more than adding some go fast parts to the exterior of the engine.