I found a 1980's IROC Z28 that someone dropped a modern Chevy 350 Ram Jet engine into, and new tranny. It's $4000 and I am really tempted. As a car retard who doesn't do a lot of work on his own car, would /o/ recommend staying away from engine-swapped cars? I love the IROC Camaros but they always have that piddly 305 around here....
Looking forward to hearing what you have to say.
Man I've got the perfect sticker for that
That's a pretty good deal for a car with a Ram Jet crate engine. It's certainly possible a simple small block Chevy swap could be goofed up, but it probably okay. I did once buy a 350 Chevy off Craigslist though and before I test fired it on the engine stand I decided to flip it over and pull of the oil pan just to see what I saw. To my surprise the con rods were installed backwards!
I am not sure; I would certainly hope so. I would ask before going to see it.
It looks like it might be? I haven't talked to the guy yet because I expected /o/ to be like "Engine swap is shit; king of the trailer park" etc etc
What do you guys think?
My second shitbox 240 had a 1j swap. As long as the wiring is done right it will be no problem. Wiring is the biggest issue on motor swaps.
I got the car for 2800 with the 1j in it because it was running hot and the shell was pretty beat. I fixed the over heating issue by reversing the polarity on the wires for the e-fan. The guy wired them up backwards so they were sucking air rather than blowing. Car ran fantastic after that. Depending on the quality of the swap you might have to resolve a few errors like I did.
heres a little burnout I did after I got the thing running right.
Look at all those friends :(
If I had just one of those I would be happy...
Any ways, I - and everyone in my family - is horrible at wiring/electric... might not be worth the effort :(
Older american cars have even simpler wiring than older japanese cars. Check the car out in person and see if anything is up with it. If it appears to be running solid and a good swap then it probably is.
maybe not really related to the thread, but I've thought about buying a turd gen 305 autotragic and swapping in a 1JZ or RB25DET, because those engines cost less than american V8s around here, and because the amount of butthurt it could generate would be hilarious.
Theoretically it could be a 305 or many other small block Chevy engines with a Ram Jet intake. You never know. But probably it's an actual Ram Jet.
Your typical street 305 isn't going to make that much less than your typical street 350. The 350 really gets it's advantage from the aftermarket cylinder head world. But the best street cylinder heads for a small Chevy on a budget are Vortec style from the 90s or aftermarket. The smaller valve versions based on the stock style fit both the small bore 305 and large bore 350 and even the 2.00" intake valve version will work on some 305 setups since Vortec heads are limited to lower cam lift by design and really they don't need high lift since they're strength is port velocity and great low RPM power. As do intakes, cams, headers, carbs, and so on. Doing a basic street build like this you might have a 350 with 350-375 hp and a 305 with 325-350 hp depending on how mild the cam is.
Check receipts, if he did the swap right and actually cared he'll have receipts for everything. Not just the motor itself but new belts, wiring, hoses, fluids, etc... If it's a used engine make sure there is documentation of what the mileage was before it was swapped.
If it was done at a shop, find out what shop and see how reputable they are. Sometimes you can even call them and ask their opinion, if it's a hoopty sometimes they will openly admit the customer wanted it done on a cheap budget.
See if the transmission is hooked up in somes of proper way, sometimes you can see some shady stuff/ghetto rigging when it comes to swaps when they use the stock transmission.