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Within the next 6 months, I plan on starting a twin turbo project. First I was planning on using a SN95x Mustang, but quickly cancelled that idea. What came ino my mind next was a 3rd gen F-Body, preferably a Camaro.

I chose the Camaro, 3rd gen specifically, because I've been driving one for quite some time, and I'm very much in love with it. With the new job I will be getting in june, my income will double, thus giving me the moneys nescessary to pay for the project, and the outrageous insurance payments.

I'm thinking about picking up a 1991 - 1992 Z28 5.7L 350. These cars came stock with 245@4400 HP, and 345@3200 TQ, and they weigh about 3,200lbs. Which is definately a satisfying number to start out with. With a sequential (one small for low revs, one high for high revs) turbo setup, what kind of numbers do you think I'll be puting to the wheels, as well as on the track?

This car will more then likely not be a daily driver.

posted by  CoRPS

TT F-body....Go for it!!!

My friend has a 99 WS6 that is TT and that thing is mean! It will probably run 11s if not high tens with only a few other bolt ons done to it.

posted by  Flame Roller

Well a sequential turbo setup would be a waste of time really with a V8...the only reason they did it for the Supra was because it was I6, the 3000GT VR4 and 300ZXTT were both V6 and had the same size turbo coming off each exhaust manifold. If I were you I'd drop the 350 and see about getting an LS-1 to drop in, put some nice good flowing heads, bore it out, put some extra strong internals in it (forged crank, pistions, rods...extremely tough valvetrain) and then grab yourself two Garrett GT3071R turbos .82a/r (good for a max of 500hp, each) and boost away. You wont be disappointed.

posted by  thunderbird1100

Ahh, see this is where in lies the problem. I'm going to be using the stock 350 for a few reasons. For starters, the cheapest LS1 I can ever find is about 4,000, and that's not including all the labor I'd have to put into getting the bitch in, L98 to LS1 swap isn't the easiest, or cheapest thing out there. Shit, if I wanted to go the LS1 route I'd drop 8-9K on a LS1 4th gen and use that, it'd be less weight anyway.

As for the turbo's, I'm trying to keep it mildly cheap. I'm going to be buying a TT Turbo kit from BBDesigns, he builds TT kits specifically for 3rd gen F-Bodies. The kit would cost me $3,600 - After that I'd have to buy an Intercooler and if I feel like it (and I will) BOV's. So I'm going to geuss upwards of 4,100 for the TT. It's not cheap, but all the parts are new, and I don't have to do a lot of fabbing as I would if I junkyarded everything.

Supposedly, if I go the BBDesigns route, I'd be getting ~650HP. If I add some spray, anywhere from 725-750HP.

Anyway, I need to head to bed, I'll talk a little bit more about this later. Just as a note, I plan on starting the project in July. I'm not going to be boosting it right when I get it, as I'd like to throw in a manual transmission first, then wait a few months to get the feel of the car to start the boost. I'd rather be safe then sorry.

posted by  CoRPS

Thats a complete lie. I suppose thats why the Lingenfelter TT Corvette Z06 was ranked number 1 super car by Car and Driver. Pfft, you haven't the slightest clue what you are talking about. The Supra has a twin turbo setup because its an I6? Did you ever think a TT setup would be a lot more efficient to produce the power they wanted than putting in say...a larger V8 engine. V6's and I6's aren't the only engines that can be fitted with twin turbos.

posted by  DSMer

Key Words to make everyone on here not care : Car and Driver



You cant infer.... I never said 'The Supra is twin turbo because its an I6' (I said they used SEQUENTIAL turbos because it was an I6). I dont even know why you wasted your time posting the sentence after that... As it's common sense and again has nothing to do with my post.



And lastly, no friggin shit. :banghead:

I dont even know why you posted this, as it pertained no useful information and just explained to me you didnt understand what I was saying.

posted by  thunderbird1100

Key Words to make everyone on here not care : Car and Driver
Your opinion of a reputable magazine does'nt matter. Point is the company makes a twinturbo Corvette that does 216+mph, and they have been doing it for years. The Lingenfelther Corvettes are the most powerful Corvettes out there and they are all twin turbo. Yet you consider twin turbos on v8's to be a "waste of time". Yeah right...

You cant infer.... I never said 'The Supra is twin turbo because its an I6' (I said they used SEQUENTIAL turbos because it was an I6). I dont even know why you wasted your time posting the sentence after that... As it's common sense and again has nothing to do with my post.
"the only reason they did it for the Supra was because it was I6" Your words not mine

I dont even know why you posted this, as it pertained no useful information and just explained to me you didnt understand what I was saying
You're spreading biased mis-information. You're also making it seem as if 6 cylinder engines are the only engines that will benefit from a twin turbo setup. I believe correcting your wrongs is just as useful as any information pertaining to the subject at hand.

posted by  DSMer

Don't forget the 1100 HP lingenfelter toronado capable of an estimated 270 mph, and a tested 237. (changed up the rear end)

posted by  Godlaus

i don't know if you noticed, but he said SEQUENTIAL turbos would be a waste of time on a V8, not that twin turbos would be a waste. now, what's your take on sequential turbos on a V8, as i would like to know more about turbos...

posted by  dodger65

Sequential or Biturbo, whatever. Regardless to the configuration of the engine, a sequential turbo, or smaller/larger turbo, setup is created to reduce turbo lag while not greatly sacrificing the added power that two larger turbos would create. If his theory were true then V8 and V6 Audi's wouldn't have Biturbo setups. However they do have Biturbo setups because they are sedans and street drive-ability is kept in mind. Unlike your illogical buddy there, I happen to believe in giving as many un-biased ideas and solutions for projects. Sure, a sequential turbo setup may be a waste of time to him, but he thinks that sequential turbos are used for cars that only have one set of exhaust heads. Now onto more precedent business.

A twin turbo setup on a LT1 would definitely produce a great amount of rear wheel power. Keep in mind that when you increase the power of a car into extreme areas, the street ability of the car greatly diminishes. Properly tuned and installed, you would be able to decrease the turbo lag of a twin turbo setup greatly. However, if daily driving is to be kept in mind a sequential turbo setup on the LT1 wouldn't be as bad of an idea as you think. Not only will it give you a considerable amount of power, it may also be tuned to give you good gas mileage.

If you were going to perform this to a hot rod, track, or show car then a twin turbo setup would be the most efficient for the aforementioned purposed. However, if you wanted a daily driver with comparable power a sequential turbo might be up your alley. Still keep in mind that a properly designed twin turbo setup can be just as efficient for a daily driver than a sequential turbo setup.

It really all depends on what you would like to do with your money. A turbo is a turbo. They all force more air into the engine, and they all will improve the performance of your car. You'd have to do some research with people who have added twin turbo setups and sequential turbo setups to their 350's.

posted by  DSMer

thanks, that was exactly what i was looking for :thumbs:

posted by  dodger65

On a side note however, the third generation F-Bodies didn't come with LT1's. They did, however come with L98's.

Lately, people have been telling me to ust install an LT1 into my car with a 6sp tranny, and install the TT setup like that. In a way, it would be cheaper, however as swap was in progress, I would have no car. I just don't have any idea how long it would take me to take out a V6 3.1L and install a 5.7L LT1

posted by  CoRPS

I know, I was inferring that he should install an LT1. V6-V8 swaps in F-bodies are fairly easy. The engine practiaclly bolts in and you just need some parts that the V8 has.

posted by  DSMer

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