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Post subject: What engine should I use?  PostPosted: Jan 23, 2012 - 01:29 AM
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So I just started on a new project. I have an 84 Fiero Indy Im planning to put a Meri body on. Looking as some different engine options. I really like the Chevy 350 or the Cadillac Northstar. Ive had alot of people recommend the supercharged 3800. What do you guys who have built these recommend? Also what kinda 1/4 mile time can I expect out of each of these?
 
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Post subject: RE: What engine should I use?  PostPosted: Jan 23, 2012 - 06:04 PM
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350 = really easy setup

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Post subject: What engine should I use?  PostPosted: Jan 26, 2012 - 04:37 AM
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Can't beat the 350 for the availiblity of parts and price.Best bang for the money

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Post subject:   PostPosted: Jan 26, 2012 - 04:54 PM
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Use an all aluminum LS engine and you will save 100 lbs. You can reverse the intake manifold for better fit and if you use the LS4 front accessories it is shorter.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Jan 27, 2012 - 01:52 AM
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EAMartin: how much space do you save with the LS4 front accessories?
P.S. I was in a local hotrod shop today and they were putting an LS& crate engine in a '32 (I think it was) Hupmobile. Just the Hup body. Everything else was custom, what a machine.

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Post subject:   PostPosted: Feb 19, 2012 - 04:42 AM
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Chevy 350's in Fiero's are very overrated. You can't put the power down and then your gonna have transmission issues unless your willing to swap out for a Porsche G50 otherwise don't hotrod it. They are expensive, difficult to do. Your better off swapping in a 3.4 out of a Camaro and turboing it or getting the 3.8 out of a GTP with the Supercharger. Both are fairly cheap, easier to install and tune and your gonna spank the piss out of any V8 powered Fiero that wants to run. You can't beat that power to weight ratio.
 
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You are not correct, there have been 350 installs that have survied quite well, they have been pointed out to you many times, but you ignore that information.

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Post subject:   PostPosted: Feb 20, 2012 - 03:20 AM
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You will save a good 2 inches with the LS4 parts. The 350 in the Fiero will survive if you don't abuse it. If you are looking for good 1/4 mile times you will need to go with a better transmission. Expect to pay plenty.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Feb 20, 2012 - 01:33 PM
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Thanks' EAMartin, 2" is quite a bit, especially in the Fiero where length is at a premium. Definitely worth doing.
I assume that when you are talking about fragility in the Fiero chassis you mean with the original transverse drive-train.

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Post subject:   PostPosted: Feb 20, 2012 - 10:11 PM
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Yes, the original tranverse transmissions aren't very strong. If you go longitudinal there are a number of options that are stronger.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Feb 21, 2012 - 03:38 AM
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I have a Porsche 915 transaxle but it is, as yet, unmodified. I think that I should examine other options before I send my 915 off to Renegade or California Motorsport.
I have tried to find, without much success, a local shop to do modifications.

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