Well after long debating whether to take my 86 2m6 4speed fiero and do the swap to that one or look for one that was already swapped, I have finally made my purchase!
I recently bought a 1988 Formula that has a 3800sc 4t65eHD drivetrain swapped into it off of a forum member, maybe you saw his ad in the mall awhile back, that I plan on driving and doing some work to, to have as a nice summer driver and hopefully take it up to Summit Raceway in Norwalk for Pontiac Nationals.
A little about the car:
The drivetrain was a dropout of Steves25's car and had ran 12.05 back in 2010 with a 3.0 pulley from what I understand and it runs good, just put new plugs in it and still have some maintenance to do to it from sitting. The NIC cam has a pretty wicked sounding idle, and just idling in my driveway people walking past have told me it sounds like a cammed out v8. The look on there faces when I tell them its 3800 is priceless.
L26 short block with Series 2 L67 top swap.
NIC cam, no intercooler
Factory stock 99 Throttle body and Gen 3 M90
Currently 3.4" pulley
Comp Cams Hi-Tech 1.8 rockers for a BBC
Rhoads XL lifters for LS1
Magnaflow Camaro muffler, 3" in X dual 2.5" outs into stainless resonator tips.
Partial trunk cut to accommodate exhaust.
4T65E-HD with lots of hard parts and 7/8th" chain, 3.29 final
Nice Torque Converter built by Enterprise Torque Converters, custom stall
My understanding is that the transmission is somewhere around the 4T65E-HPS3 offered by Triple Edge Performance
From what the seller had told me darkhorizon was the last one to do a tune on it. It has a open loop tune, I haven't had the chance to drive it on the road yet because I would like to put an intake on it and new brakes all the way around. The seller had taken me for a ride in it, and it is very fast, and the transmission shifts very well!
88 Forumula with sunroof
Has Koni coilovers in the back and Koni shocks up front
Front hood vent
Battery relocated to the front, interior is pretty good, Autometer gauges.
Exterior has some paint fade that i'm currently getting some estimates on getting it repainted.
Now i've tried to dig up anything and everything I could find about this drivetrain and have found a lot of good info, but I believe some forum members have also had hands on experience with the drivetrain and would like to know what they think or if you guys have any additional info about it, I always enjoy knowing more!
I'm thrilled with my purchase and plan on keeping it for a very long time, this is the swap i've always wanted and i'm honored to own a 88 formula with the drivetrain that had so much time and effort put into it by Steve25 and all others involved!