1982 Chevy Cavalier engine

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I have a 1982 Cavalier and would like to get a motor put in it without replacing the transmission of the car. The original specs for the Cavalier is it has a 4 cylinder 1.8L motor. What kind of motor can I get put in the car? Do I have to stick with finding a Cavalier motor for it or can I used another type of motor? I would like to get a newer motor for the cav that would best match and fit the Cavalier with little or no modification done to the car. My budget is $1000.

posted by  Great1

Probably the easiest and cheapest way to go would be with a 2.8 V6 from a later model Cavalier. Your budget really doesn't leave much to work with. If you're not dead set on using this particular car, you'd no doubt be money ahead to start with a different base vehicle if you're looking for some performance.

posted by  vwhobo

What choice do I have if I raise my budget to $1500-$2000? This was my first car so I want to get it fix.

posted by  Great1

About the same. How much of the work, fabrication and redesign can you accomplish yourself? If you're here asking this question, we can pretty well figure not much. Keep it simple or use another base.

posted by  vwhobo

I'm not going to do any of the work myself.

posted by  Great1

Then you're not going to get a modified car. I know this may come as a surprise, but people who do good custom work/modifications don't work cheap. Sounds like you r best bet would be to make your Cavalier into a planter.

posted by  vwhobo

So will a 2.8 V6 fit in the Cavalier without me changing the transmission and little modification to the car.

posted by  Great1

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