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Old 08-14-2005, 06:24 AM   #16
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just so ya know, trans ams are pretty much the same car from 85-90, so that kinda widens your search pattern a little bit. if you really have your heart set on a 305, (it takes all kinds, folks) i would suggest looking in the local "trading" papers, b/c people pull 305's all the time to drop 350's in and i've seen a lot of low mile/rebuilt 305's going dirt cheap in my area...
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Old 08-14-2005, 07:45 AM   #17
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well to be honest...ive had experience with the 88 trans am in the past...my father owned a 79,84, and 88 at different times in his life..and i figure that its already a tight squeeze under the hood that if i put a 350 engine in the car as well as headers than im gonna have such a small amount of room to work when i have to maintence the car...im aware that the gta trans ams have the 350 corvette engine in them so maybe im wrong... i dont have my heart set on the 305 though, if the 350 is the better move than ill go with that
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Old 08-14-2005, 04:23 PM   #18
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well to be honest...ive had experience with the 88 trans am in the past...my father owned a 79,84, and 88 at different times in his life..and i figure that its already a tight squeeze under the hood that if i put a 350 engine in the car as well as headers than im gonna have such a small amount of room to work when i have to maintence the car...im aware that the gta trans ams have the 350 corvette engine in them so maybe im wrong... i dont have my heart set on the 305 though, if the 350 is the better move than ill go with that

you know that the 350 is dimensionally the same as a 305, right? so a 350 won't be any tighter a squeeze than a 305...
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Old 08-15-2005, 04:34 PM   #19
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you know that the 350 is dimensionally the same as a 305, right? so a 350 won't be any tighter a squeeze than a 305...

A lot of people think that an engine gets physically larger as the displacement goes up. That's why they think a 302 or 350 can/'t fit where a 4 cyl or V6 was...

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...p=y&cardist=50

Here's an '88 GTA in reasonable shape in New Brunswick, NJ, for $1650 or best offer. Gret choice as a project, just swap in a newer 350 or LT1 when you have the funds...






And here's an '87 in Philly for the same price...



http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...p=y&cardist=25
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Old 08-15-2005, 07:05 PM   #20
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whats it gonna cost me to change the car from automatic to manual..
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Old 08-15-2005, 07:21 PM   #21
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http://autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?ca...=y&cardist=773

http://autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?ca...=2128#vdpt op

what do you think about those two cars, only having one picture up makes me think that theres either considerable interior damage or hidden rust

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http://autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?ca...y&cardist=1087

my mother lives in florida...so if i find a good car in florida it will be real easy for me to go down there to look at it and than bring it here...will buying a car in florida aid me in this project
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I'd remember the cost of getting a car from Arizona and Georgia (trailering a car from Georgia to NJ would be rather costly, as would one from AZ (or figure about $1500 to have it shipped for you)). But if you check the local lots, you should be able to find one near you fo the same kind of price.

There's a lot involved in changing to a manual, and the cost of a suitable high power handing manual transmission could be high. A serious shift kit and stall converter for teh automatic will handle lots of power and be a lot of fun, itself.
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Old 08-15-2005, 10:00 PM   #23
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at this point i have my heart set on manual transmission, im not gonna go through the trouble of swapping transmissions...ill wait till i find a manual car that fits my needs, i have the option of buying one here or in florida so i should find one with in the next few months...it'd be nice to get a new performance transmission but im not gonna have the money for that till next year
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Old 08-15-2005, 10:04 PM   #24
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what is everyones thoughts on tires and wheels...after the first stage of work im doing, im going to spend money to get 16in light weight wheels and good year Eagle gt-hr tires, i also wanna put new springs in the suspension...i figure after that ill have considerablly better control over the vehicle
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