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Old 12-29-2012, 05:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I had a similar idea for a while, swapping late-90s S10 four cylinder and 5 speed manual into a 1990s Camaro (either body style).

Quickly realized the weight of the Camaro being pushed around by an engine with the displacement of a soda bottle probably wouldn't be very fun.

But the Vortec, that sounds like a good balance of economy and oomph.

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Old 12-29-2012, 09:08 PM   #13 (permalink)
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early 80's gm decided it was a good idea to put the pontiac 151ci(2.5l) in the firebird base model
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:18 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Looks neat,will be watching.

Did you junk the 403?
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:20 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Nice! I had an uncle with a '78, gold with the "firebird" decal on the hood. Some kinda brushed metal dashboard trim. Took me for a ride one Christmas in the early 1980s sometime that I guess I'll never forget. He still has that car.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:10 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Nice! I had an uncle with a '78, gold with the "firebird" decal on the hood. Some kinda brushed metal dashboard trim. Took me for a ride one Christmas in the early 1980s sometime that I guess I'll never forget. He still has that car.
Ha. That was my dream car when I was in HS (I graduated in '79). That decal was called "the screaming chicken"!

Nice project OP. I'll be watching this thread for updates.
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I had a similar idea for a while, swapping late-90s S10 four cylinder and 5 speed manual into a 1990s Camaro (either body style).

Quickly realized the weight of the Camaro being pushed around by an engine with the displacement of a soda bottle probably wouldn't be very fun.
Unless you turbocharge it


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But the Vortec, that sounds like a good balance of economy and oomph.
And is still quite easy to do some tuning due to its similarities to the well-beloved 350cu.in. small-block V8.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:21 AM   #18 (permalink)
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So far, I retrofitted the engine, trans, BMW leather seats, replaced all the rust, and pulled the interior out. I am learning how to sew up the leather on some of the trim

I got it on the road this summer. The 4.3 Vortec has good torque. I sold off the trans and engine as rebuildable cores.

I will figure out how to do video uploads.

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Old 12-30-2012, 12:47 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:04 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Both links worked for me. Body looks quite good, paint too. How much power will the new engine have relative to the OEM one? Pounds per horse power and such.

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