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My name is Alex Carr, I am 19 and I own a '77 nova. I've been building it for the past 2 years and finally came to the conclusion that i'm tired of that old SBC 355.

I talked it over with anyone who would listen. After talking to my instructor, and doing some intense research, I decided that the supercharged 3800 is one bad mofo with some serious potential! I believe this will be the closest thing to suit my needs.

I already have way more in the car than I could ever hope to get out of it; So... the most logical thing seems to be... to make it one hell of a daily driver that will always start and run (very reliable), makes around 300 rwh, good gas milage, and all on a budget!

I have faith!

HERE IS WHAT I GOT :

I pulled a supercharged L67 out of a Pontiac yesterday that is front wheel drive. I am very confident that it can be converted to RWD with little mod... NOVA has a borgwarner T5 in it already that should bolt up perfectly to the motor after I acquire the right bell housing. I have the computer, wiring harness, and fuse box. I am currently enrolled into an automotive program, at the start of the spring semester I will begin engine rebuild, so... rebuilding this engine gets me a grade.

The plan thus far:

1. I would like to find motor mounts for this engine that would allow it to bolt right up to the original 350 brackets, this would make my year!

2. DECENT PERFORMANCE PARTS (Best bang for my buck and no clue as to where I can find them! HELP!!). I was thinking: Headers, Roller Rockers, Rings, Rod Bearings, Inner Cooler.
For the Supercharger (smaller pully, rebuild?). Looking for that 300 hp mark!

3. Clutch, Pressure Plate, Fly Wheel, Bell Housing...

4. Gasket Set (High Quality)...

5. RWD Oil Pan...

6. Figure out the wiring harness, Cut it down so it just runs the fuel injection...

7. Mount the Computer, Dyno, and tune the Motor.

8. I will cut a hole in the hood and mount a cuda style shaker intake.
(cold air intake) MORE POWER=MORE PUSSY!!

9. I think I may need to play with the drive shaft length after all this. ; )

Mind you, I only have about $800 to play with. I know the list is long but, I am confident that the dollar can be stretched. And with the right information it can be done with relatively low stress levels. I am openminded to any and all advice, suggestions, information, and opinions. If you know something I don't, PLEASE speak the hell up! Thank You... -Alex-
 

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Sounds like a fun swap! The 3.8L "A" carb engine was common in the X Body up to 1980 (when the X Body was FWD and RWD....one year only). The mounts though on a FWD 3800 are probably different, as there were no transverse FWD engines yet in 1977. But shouldn't be too hard to get in there.

Remember, the 76-80 X-Body shares a lot with the 70-81 F-Body, and a lot with the front half of the 73-77 A/G Body and 77-up B/D Body. So a 12" front brake swap is easy, get parts from a 77-up Fleetwood, they all had 12" front brakes (but 5x5 wheels), so use 1LE Camaro rotors and you have a 12" rotor drilled on a 5x4.75 pattern.

The engine shouldn't move anything around, so the trans in your Nova shouldn't change anything in the driveshaft length. The plane of the transmssion/engine mounting location should be a very stable location in your car, doesn't matter if you have a 454 in there, a 455, or a 231 or a THM350, 400, M22 or M21, that location should be stable and not move around.

Best of all, have fun! An L67 RWD is a potent combo.... You will like it.


My name is Alex Carr, I am 19 and I own a '77 nova. I've been building it for the past 2 years and finally came to the conclusion that i'm tired of that old SBC 355.

I talked it over with anyone who would listen. After talking to my instructor, and doing some intense research, I decided that the supercharged 3800 is one bad mofo with some serious potential! I believe this will be the closest thing to suit my needs.

I already have way more in the car than I could ever hope to get out of it; So... the most logical thing seems to be... to make it one hell of a daily driver that will always start and run (very reliable), makes around 300 rwh, good gas milage, and all on a budget!

I have faith!

HERE IS WHAT I GOT :

I pulled a supercharged L67 out of a Pontiac yesterday that is front wheel drive. I am very confident that it can be converted to RWD with little mod... NOVA has a borgwarner T5 in it already that should bolt up perfectly to the motor after I acquire the right bell housing. I have the computer, wiring harness, and fuse box. I am currently enrolled into an automotive program, at the start of the spring semester I will begin engine rebuild, so... rebuilding this engine gets me a grade.

The plan thus far:

1. I would like to find motor mounts for this engine that would allow it to bolt right up to the original 350 brackets, this would make my year!

2. DECENT PERFORMANCE PARTS (Best bang for my buck and no clue as to where I can find them! HELP!!). I was thinking: Headers, Roller Rockers, Rings, Rod Bearings, Inner Cooler.
For the Supercharger (smaller pully, rebuild?). Looking for that 300 hp mark!

3. Clutch, Pressure Plate, Fly Wheel, Bell Housing...

4. Gasket Set (High Quality)...

5. RWD Oil Pan...

6. Figure out the wiring harness, Cut it down so it just runs the fuel injection...

7. Mount the Computer, Dyno, and tune the Motor.

8. I will cut a hole in the hood and mount a cuda style shaker intake.
(cold air intake) MORE POWER=MORE PUSSY!!

9. I think I may need to play with the drive shaft length after all this. ; )

Mind you, I only have about $800 to play with. I know the list is long but, I am confident that the dollar can be stretched. And with the right information it can be done with relatively low stress levels. I am openminded to any and all advice, suggestions, information, and opinions. If you know something I don't, PLEASE speak the hell up! Thank You... -Alex-
 
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