I bought a 1997 Riviera (drivable), for $700, sold the wheels and tires for $300, removed the engine/trans/wiring and "scrapped the Body" for another $350 ! ( But I did, for my own "peace of mind" rebuild Everything.) ALL NEW, No Mystery (Have plenty of free Time). then the Wire harness, (GMTUNERS) Build it yourself Cost about $25 (solder, shrink tube, ends). Mounts, about $200, use 1 or both your existing axles depending on the trans you use,( I rebuilt the 4t65e-HD). The Exhaust (doing it yourself) will run you about $150. (I used a '95 firebird stock muffler) 2 1/2" mandrel bent pipes, clamps/hangers, with stainless rectangular tips.(You're going to have to clip the bottom off your trunk no matter what you use (I cut off about 6", so I still have my trunk) redoing the ECM $150. I kept mine Stock, even WITH Power steering And Air cond. all in all I Could have spent $1000 total on the whole thing (inc Paint and cleaners), but it cost about another $900 in Parts because I Rebuilt the Entire Engine and Trans. (New is Good) LOL Plan on ALOT of time ! I got a spare cradle and built it ALL to just "slip it in". Rebuild your suspension at that time also (Coil overs, because you KNOW you will want Big tires.) You can always re-sell a spare cradle.
Lou, what you are talking about is pretty much my plan. I work at AutoZone and one of my commercial accounts, gets wrecked 3800 + 3800SC cars every week. Now that the motor in my Formula is shot, I will be picking up a wrecked car (Grand Prix/Buick) part it out then scrap the rest.
Thank you for the info!! I have not decided on the trans yet. My original 5 speed is in decent shape, but the auto would probably take the power better....
If I dont go SC, the 5 speed should be ok, right??