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Old 08-13-2005, 01:34 AM   #1
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is this idea for a trans am a possibility...

my name is rob, im 18 years old living in new jersey...i have been planning to buy a trans am for a long time but havent started putting things into action until recently. I wanna get either an 84 or an 88 pontiac trans am...i wanna rebuild a 305 block and put an after market fuel injection head on it...than i wanna work out the entire air flow system (intake,pikes,headers,etc) so that no matter what work i do in the future i know my air flow is covered. im willing to spend up to $2,000 on all aspects air flow, will i be able to cover everything?. Im looking to get the car in manual but im having a hard time finding one, most the cars for sale are automatic. With all of my plans in mind, im wondering if i would come across a trans am of either year or similar body...that has no engine or transmission in it, would i save money here not replacing existing parts?... do you think this is possible or an unreasonable idea.

anyone with an imput at all about the project is welcome to comment, any knowledge would be appreciated. thanks
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Old 08-13-2005, 03:42 AM   #2
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Why bother rebuilding the 305? You could drop an LT1 or even an LS1 in it.
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Old 08-13-2005, 04:33 AM   #3
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Why bother rebuilding the 305? You could drop an LT1 or even an LS1 in it.

My exact thoughts......so yes buy one with out a drivetrain and put in whatever you want!
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Old 08-13-2005, 07:33 AM   #4
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i forgot to mention that i wanted to keep the budget within $6,000...this is the first stage in a series of modifications i want to do...im sure the corvette engine will go well over the budget. i intend to get the 305 block from a junk yard and rebuild it myself (except for things i gotta have it sent out for)...can the engine get from the junk yard into the car for $4000 assuming i use the other 2 on the airflow?
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Old 08-13-2005, 07:41 AM   #5
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i forgot to mention that i wanted to keep the budget within $6,000...this is the first stage in a series of modifications i want to do...im sure the corvette engine will go well over the budget. i intend to get the 305 block from a junk yard and rebuild it myself (except for things i gotta have it sent out for)...can the engine get from the junk yard into the car for $4000 assuming i use the other 2 on the airflow?
Are you counting the cost of the car as a different budget or is it included in the $6,000? It might be about the same to buy a 350 from a junkyard and have it rebuilt, parts are pretty cheap/popular (just any 350). Depending what all you do to the engine, you should be able to do it under $4,000 and finish the rest (airflow parts) with the remaining $2,000.
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Old 08-13-2005, 08:17 AM   #6
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how much do you think the car will run me, would it be likely to find a trans am with no engine and transmission...if so what will that cost
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Old 08-13-2005, 08:35 AM   #7
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how much do you think the car will run me, would it be likely to find a trans am with no engine and transmission...if so what will that cost
Well with no engine or transmission i say around $500, maybe less. I think it'd be pretty likely to find, just not too sure about your area. I think it is a reasonable idea that you have.
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well to be honest, $500 is alot cheaper than i ever expected...is anyone aware of a mid 80's trans am with these specifics, or even a good site or location to be looking?
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well to be honest, $500 is alot cheaper than i ever expected...is anyone aware of a mid 80's trans am with these specifics, or even a good site or location to be looking?
Well i know its a different area but theres been a few around here for around that. To be safe though i'd probably say more around $1,000 though, if you want a pretty good looking body (and maybe interior). I just had a quick look on ebay, theres a few there but i dunno if you'd wanna buy from there.
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i wanna pick up the 88...do an engine rebuild and while i have the engine out put in a new cam shaft, lifters, and springs..anyone recommend a brand of part or should i go straight through pontiac, whats a reasonable price for these products. also anyone with information on the air flow aspect of the project, i want to get new intake/exhaust man., cat convertors, muffler, pipes, and headers...anything else? im totally new to the purchasing of car parts so sites and prices for anything would be really appreciated...thanks again
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Generally speaking how much cheaper is it to buy just a body and rebuild an engine and put it in yourself? Just wondering
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Generally speaking how much cheaper is it to buy just a body and rebuild an engine and put it in yourself? Just wondering

This is not generally the cheaper route...only if you plan to do something wild with the engine.
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what do you recommend?
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how much do you think the car will run me, would it be likely to find a trans am with no engine and transmission...if so what will that cost
Yes it actually would be likely. Or atleast one with a blown engine and a good transmission. Just a shell with no engine or tranny I would say wouldnt be more than $1200 and one with a blown engine and a good tranny would probably be just a smidge higher (probably in the area of $1400-1600.)
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The Ellis Juan is available from crateenginedepot for 6,090. Try ebay for cheaper
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