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Old 07-04-2006, 07:14 AM   #1
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3.8L in an S10

My friend has an 80's S10 with the 2.8L fuel injected V6 in it and has been thinking of an engine swap. He has decided that he'd like to do a 3.8L swap (from a Camaro) along with the automatic transmission from the Camaro. He also plans to add a supercharger and blower on it.

We were wondering if you could use a supercharger from the Bonneville SSEi or the Grand Prix GTP on the Camaro engine, or if it'd be easier to just use the engine out of the SSEi or the GTP and just use a RWD trans from something else.

Do any of you think this would be a reasonable and easy swap, or would it not be worth it (time, money or power wise)? Any opinion is appreciated, also, feel free to say how easy/hard this swap may actually be. Thanks.
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Old 07-04-2006, 08:04 AM   #2
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My friend has an 80's S10 with the 2.8L fuel injected V6 in it and has been thinking of an engine swap. He has decided that he'd like to do a 3.8L swap (from a Camaro) along with the automatic transmission from the Camaro. He also plans to add a supercharger and blower on it.

We were wondering if you could use a supercharger from the Bonneville SSEi or the Grand Prix GTP on the Camaro engine, or if it'd be easier to just use the engine out of the SSEi or the GTP and just use a RWD trans from something else.

Do any of you think this would be a reasonable and easy swap, or would it not be worth it (time, money or power wise)? Any opinion is appreciated, also, feel free to say how easy/hard this swap may actually be. Thanks.


Honestly, Just get a Chevy 350 with a turbo 350 trans. It'll be easier (they make kits for the 350 swap), a bit more expensive, but you'll get more power. Swapping in a 3.8L supercharged or not, I still don't see it being as good of a combo as the 350. If your friend is going through all this effort, why not just swap in an LS1 with a 6-speed manual??? That's what I'd do...
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Honestly, Just get a Chevy 350 with a turbo 350 trans. It'll be easier (they make kits for the 350 swap), a bit more expensive, but you'll get more power. Swapping in a 3.8L supercharged or not, I still don't see it being as good of a combo as the 350. If your friend is going through all this effort, why not just swap in an LS1 with a 6-speed manual??? That's what I'd do...
You seem to be confused which should come as no surprise to anyone who is a long time member/reader. Dumping in a 350/350 combo would be cheaper than a 3.8/supercharger set-up. When was the last time I said to you think, type, submit?
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Old 07-04-2006, 09:52 PM   #4
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Well he'd like to keep it automatic (not sure why), and has said that he thinks the 3.8 would be cheaper on insurance then having the 350 put into it (plus he thinks the weight difference between the 2 engines would make a big difference in a little truck). I just thought I'd ask what you guys thought (knowing more of this kind of stuff then him or I) and I could let him know some of the responses. Thanks.
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i didnt think it would matter on insurance whats motors in it, cause if thats the case, wouldnt they have to check every vehicle? id go with the 350, its not much heavier than the 3.8 and the old saying goes "theres no replacement for displacement "
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Old 07-05-2006, 04:14 AM   #6
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My friend has an 80's S10 with the 2.8L fuel injected V6 in it and has been thinking of an engine swap. He has decided that he'd like to do a 3.8L swap (from a Camaro) along with the automatic transmission from the Camaro. He also plans to add a supercharger and blower on it.

We were wondering if you could use a supercharger from the Bonneville SSEi or the Grand Prix GTP on the Camaro engine, or if it'd be easier to just use the engine out of the SSEi or the GTP and just use a RWD trans from something else.

Do any of you think this would be a reasonable and easy swap, or would it not be worth it (time, money or power wise)? Any opinion is appreciated, also, feel free to say how easy/hard this swap may actually be. Thanks.

well we'll find out won't we?
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