Dont realy have a budget i just want a turbo 350 and 305 sbc
I suggested an Olds, specifically a 307, because they may be easier to locate than a Buick V8, and maybe you'd want to keep your Olds all Olds. They were used in all Buick, Olds, and Pontiac cars in the 80s, and all use the same bellhousing bolt pattern as your 3.8. Chevy is of course different. If you were lucky to get a 2004R 4-speed automatic in yours (doubt it) then it has a dual pattern in the casting and you can bolt up any of the four brands' engines (plus Cadillac if you really really want to). Building a Buick is expensive because they were fairly rare and parts are much less common, but they make great torque. If you can find a complete running Buick from the 1970s, that's the best approach. The catch is that Buick V8s ended in 1979/80. I have a 455 I have in storage, and haven't done anything with it because I am too invested in small-block Chevy.Actually a Buick 350 is a DIRECT swap. All accessories, mounts etc swap right over. I am an Olds guy, any I find despite orginal Olds 350's being nearly 50 years old they are still good runners. The sbc from the 70's weren't nearly as good or reliable in my experience.
You bought a 305 12 years ago Wow you think somebody would’ve paid you to take it off their hands back then lolI swapped my Malibu to a long time ago. I came upon the 305 cheap so I bought it to get the car ready for the real V8, a new crate motor. It’s now12 years later and I’m still waiting to swap it out. I guess the 305 is better than the six, but how much I don’t know.
It wasn’t too big of a deal. Changed the frame mounts, fan shroud, and a little wiring.
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