Just picked up an 88 SE fiero for a couple hundred runs and drives like a dream but the iron duke is just getting on my last nerve just when the car feels like it should be really opening up it kinda hits the wall, I looked around and saw all the LS and SBC swaps done on a fiero but I decided I wanted something a little more original so I found a mid 90s 6cyl Taurus SHO it's a 3.0 or 3.2 porduced by yamaha for ford red lines around 10K and produces over 230 hp stock, easy to turbo or SC and takes 150-200 shots of Nitrous laughing. All in all seems like a pretty strong solution, however the only thing I've found about it on the net are a few abandoned projects I'm wondering if anyone else has heard of this being done or if I'm breaking virgin territory? if anyone has any ideas or suggestions for this swap, or any pitfalls I'll run into, I'd appriciate it.
Posts: 3172 From: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Registered: Oct 2006
Have not seen or heard of one done yet, the biggest obstical you will need to over come will be engine management as that has stopped most EFI swaps cold. In the old days you could put any engine in any car as long it fit between the fenders, with EFI that is not the case and can be very difficult to get running outside the engines designated car let alone tryng to get it tuned correctly. I remeber when the N* swaps dropped off into near none existance because of computer issues of trying to get the thing to run just down the street. Now thanks to some very determined people here and other places this problem is a thing of the past and the N* swap seems to have now come back in popularity. Don't give up and you could have one hell of a ride, but be prepared for a lot of frustation along the way to reaching your goals.
Posts: 12272 From: Flint Michigan Registered: Jan 2006
Ford Product in a GM Product, not the best idea, but it's your car so go for it. I have seen those 3.0 liter Ford SHO's built up before, with turbo's and nitrious, and lets just say all the hype isn't true. I have only seen about 4 of them built up and they didn't last half way down the 1/8 mile dragway before they blew up. They were not in any Fiero's.
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If it's any consolation, someone just sold a ford 5.0 powered fiero on the forum. It5 ran and drove, there was even a video. and it has been done in a fiero, there was a gt40 kit powered by a SHO engine.
Posts: 5618 From: Des Moines, Iowa Registered: Jul 2002
Go for it ...its a sweet high rpm engine and would fit the character of the Fiero..the 3.0 or 3.2 would rock forget the v8 SHO ..the SHO Taurus gets up and moves My advice is to study it and get info from the ford SHO forum as to its strengths and weaknesses and then decide if you want to go that route..I do know there can be probs with the cams from high mileage and lack of care oil wise
erll b4 i got my 87GT i wasn looking into the older SHO and i found theat they are pritty reliable but when you have the manual the oem clutch goes really fast like 40k or so. but that problem is solved with an aftermarket one. now the problem is finding one with decent milage.
Posts: 1779 From: Mansfield, Mass Registered: Mar 2007
i thought this would be cool to because the yamaha motor sounds really cool and a few people i no had them for a while and they took abuse of new drivers pretty well. I would like to see one of these finished because they make good power for a 6 cyl.
Posts: 3979 From: Livermore, ME Registered: Aug 2007
Thanks for the correction. still new to fieros so I really appriciate any info. Still looking for the SHO found an interesting issue with this oarticular swap. Apparantly ford only offered a cable shift style trans from 89 through the first half of 91 and I can't for the life of me figure out how to make a rod shift work since the engine will be 180* out from the current position to the body. Any thoughts or advise would again be Great!
Posts: 6886 From: Massachusetts Registered: May 2006
I had a 91 SHO and it was fast for a big ole 4door. I think your a little confused. My SHO had a cable actuated CLUTCH but the gear selection was the same as the Fiero basically. I bought a SHO with 120K on it and it still hauled a$$ and lasted me a year and a half when I sold it to a friend. Good luck!!
That would be sweet! I have always been a fan of these engines. BTW, the redline is 7k. Some people I know have theirs chipped up to 8k. The engine drops off after 7 though, so unless you have cams thats pointless. Gotta love the secondaries though!