If you 2.8L is in SOUND condition and has less than 50k miles on it, and if you decide to build you own turbo kit, then a turbo 2.8L should cost less than an engine swap. The 2.8L turbo was my first engine upgrade and with a junkyard T-3 turbo, an exhaust mounting flange a rebuild kit, some custom exhaust work I was able to make in the area of 190HP running 8 psi of boost. The zero to 60 time was in the mid to high 6 second range. Not great but not bad for an $800 investment. The turbo addition offered much better performance but little upward mobility. I still ended up doing an engine swap later on.
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Same as Dennis here. Whatever you do, be practical with the camshaft selection. The car in the video sounds nice from a perfomance standpoint but you don't want that kind of lope in a daily street driven turbo car, it can make for a sluggish take off. You don't want to turbo a stock 3 speed auto tranny either. I rebuilt two and one went behind a turbo 3.4L with the same result in short time, slipping 2-3 shift.
3800 series II's can be had for very little, and you can even find the supercharged versions for $500. Post on Craigslist. There is some modifications but really it is not that hard. I did it. BTW, I turboed my 2.8, Nitroused it, and then did the same on a 3.4. Of all the 3800 is the jewel. Very realiable and none of the tuning issues. Play with a early 80's engine, especially adding a turbo is just asking for problems.
I built the car in the video. It can be done for a reasonable amount, but in all honesty, if you're goal is power:$$ ratio, a 3800sc swap is the way to go. They're well documented and parts are available from vendors. The only reason I did the turbo was because I have a freshly rebuilt, $1400 2.8 that I just couldn't give away for what people are willing to pay for that motor.
As for the "cam" Joseph mentioned, that's actually a stock cam...that's how a motor runs whe you put the PROM chip in backwards like an idiot I assume the lope was from either completely messed up timing or some type of fuel issue...although it did sound pretty bada** lol. Check out my other vids of it running properly.
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Originally posted by ConvictedRedneck: As for the "cam" Joseph mentioned, that's actually a stock cam...that's how a motor runs whe you put the PROM chip in backwards like an idiot I assume the lope was from either completely messed up timing or some type of fuel issue...although it did sound pretty bada** lol. Check out my other vids of it running properly.
I've done that before and I'm surprised it even ran. I could tell the engine was also probably running lean as well by how fast the turbo spooled on a light blip of the throttle although I thought it was because of a big cam and no tuning at that point.
Seeing as dropping the 5 digits on a 3800 swap or what have you is out of the question for the forseeable future, I wonder tha validity of cleaning up my stock 2.8 and throwing a junkyard pick turbo on it. Engine has in excess of 100k miles, but still runs strong?
Valid for something to give it a little more go in the meantime?