Hi my names david, an recently became an addict. I sold my trans am an bought 2 fieros, one was suppose to be a parts car an the other a daily driver. Now before I go on both cars are gts, an my parts car is complete an running doesnt have a title an has a head leak( looks to me someone filled it full of water an let it freeze up).so after a thousand miles on my daily driver an a cradle swap I found a titled carcus to swap everytbing from my parts car. Well dont you know my wife decides she wants to build it with me for her. here goes my question I plan on doing an engine swap in both cars been debating on which motor to put in hers. Been thinking between the 4.9 cady or the 3800. Either way im gonna do both swaps. Hers is gonna be a 4 speed an mine an automatic
Hard to beat the 3800. I've had 4 cars with that engine still own one with 318,000 mis. and the engine still runs like new. However the MI winters are starting to get the best of the rest of the car. Never had engine troubles with any of them, however one did have a coil pack go bad once.
Yea she can reach Ive been reading different forums on both motors seem pretty close as far as dependability an horsepower stock. Im also wondering if were both cruising around that she cant just run off an leave me.
I think that's a great idea to have her help build up the Fiero with you. I love my 4.9. It's a great bullet proof swap. Obviously the 3800sc is always going to be a fantastic car to have in the garage too. Driving style will probably dictate who gets what. The 4.9 has better front end acceleration, while the 3800sc will have the higher top speed. The 3800sc also has lots more possibilities down the line if you want to keep the build going. 4.9 turbos and superchargers have been done, but much less info and you are probably going to be limited to around 7-8 psi boost safely. The lack of info means you could be trailblazing by yourself at some points. Having said that, I think the 4.9 is also better suited for the automatic of the two. If you want to run it standard then add a custom flywheel to the parts list ($275 shipped from LSC Performance). 3800sc's came with standards so it's an easier place to start.
How mechanically inclined is your wife? ..."willing to learn" is the main criteria. Having her help will make the swap much more fun, and she'll appreciate it more. I'm planning on eventually doing one up for my wife, but other than picking the colour I won't be expecting too much help from her, lol.
Yea shes willing to learn. at times its flustrating usually I go off into my own little world, im kinda militant minded when it comes to working on my cars. Ive had her help me ounce before pull a motor on a monte carlo. Then pull a motor on an el camino an put it in the monte. The newest car kind of inspired the colors for both cars. Its yellow with black trim an the interior is black with yellow trim( not original paint). So im gonna paint it black with yellow trim to match interior. An mines gonna be black with grabber green trim.
The newest car kind of inspired the colors for both cars. Its yellow with black trim an the interior is black with yellow trim( not original paint). So im gonna paint it black with yellow trim to match interior. ....
I liked the Black/Yellow combination as well...I think they look pretty sharp together...
Yea that's what I was wanting to know. But I thought there was something about the steering an igniting to the starter so you can't start it in gear? An I've also read something about a parking brake switch
Picked up my cadillac today runs good, it's a shame I'm gonna tear it apart. Ordered my flywheel so hopefully soon I can get started on putting my car together. I just wanted to say tnx for all the help so far. What else can I reuse on the 1993 cadillac sedan deville?
If she's like any woman i've ever known, i'd do whichever one i could do the quickest. Anything longer than a day or 2 and i would be nagged to death about when it would be done and how slow i was ... ;(
If anything goes wrong or she doesn't like it, blame the parts or GM ..... ("honey, that's why they don't make these cars anymore")
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If I run into problems I'm gonna be like what you do women!!! If you only listened lol ..... we were watching tv the other night an she seen a commercial for i.tt tech an she ass like I'm gonna go there that way I can tell you what to do lol....