LS turbo questions-heat/ac? general driving?

regalman4925

regalman4925

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I ended up buying a 85 GN hot air non running project car that I am more than likely swapping a 5.3LS that i already have into. I have already been getting crap from the TR guys about doing this so it got me to thinking. Why not turbo the LS? I have looked at a bunch of swaps online and noticed something that won't fit my build, pretty much every one I have looked at has removed all of AC and heat from them, I'm assuming it is easier with clearance. So my biggest question is, can you keep your hvac and AC compressor? second question, can I build a turbo engine that that is daily drivable car with good street manors and could make a 10 hour road trip on the interstate? Those 2 are must have items on my build. I could be wrong but I would think a cammed 5.3 is already going to out perform a hot air 3.8 and maybe even a stock intercooled 3.8, I have never driven either so I don't know. I was thinking it would be nice to say that it is still a turbo regal even though it's a LS.
 
Injectedcutty

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For HVAC goodies you can run a Vintage Air unit that mounts under the dash. There are pulley kits that will allow you to mount the compressor. Also, yes turbo cars can be driven daily, look at all the factory turbo cars out roaming around today.
For now, I'm going 2-60 air as I gutted all my ductwork, controls, etc like a dumbass when I was young. One day it might get heat/ac again, but I like the clean look....
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motorheadmike

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Yes, you can do it all. If you plan for it - financially and time-wise. If you want a quick/cheap solution - nope, just fix the 3.8L.
 
GroceryGetter83

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Check out my build I am doing; those things are happening. It can be done!
 
regalman4925

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For HVAC goodies you can run a Vintage Air unit that mounts under the dash. There are pulley kits that will allow you to mount the compressor. Also, yes turbo cars can be driven daily, look at all the factory turbo cars out roaming around today.
For now, I'm going 2-60 air as I gutted all my ductwork, controls, etc like a dumbass when I was young. One day it might get heat/ac again, but I like the clean look....
I did the same thing and shaved my firewall back in my early 20s, turned around and now think that was the single dumbest thing I ever did to my car. This is a continuation of the same car project, just a different shell. I'm hoping to keep the stock heater box, I am after a factory look
 
regalman4925

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does anyone have a picture of one with a stock heater box and a turbo setup?
 
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regalman4925

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thanks, that is what I was looking for. His does not have a high mount AC compressor but it looks like it could be done. Now the wheels and spinning in my head lol
 
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