The motor is a junk yard MPFI 2.8 v6 out of a camaro. I did not pull the heads off to check anything. I switched everything over to carburated. Except for the distributor. I still have to change that yet. I am using a TurboHydromatic 200 automatic tranny out of an s-10. The transmission is 28 and 1/2 inches long, for the people who asked. The car is a 1980 h.o. chevette 4 door.
Problems I have ran into.
Why the 2.8??
Many people ask me "why did you pick the smallest v6 they make" Well it's simple. The 173 cubic inch 60 degree v6 is skinny. Fits so perfactly in the engine compartment. It only adds about another 130 lbs to the Chevette. Other v6's will add a little more. Making it harder to handle. The exhaust does not have to modified or store bought headers will not need to be used. The steering rack and oil fitler does not need to be tampered with. In these next several pages (fully detailing a 2.8 conversion) You will see how well the 2.8 is made for the chevette. So the question that really needs to be asked here is Why not the 2.8??
Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7
Pull out the old 1.6 and set it aside. You
might need it for later on if the swap doesn't work out for you or if you
want to sell it. Take off the Chevette motor mounts with chisel and
mini sledge. You will need to notch out the front of the frame mounts
on the chevette. The reason for notching is so the home made motor
mounts will sit flat on the frame mounts.
Sorry for the blurry pictures. But that is exactly how you have to notch out the frame mounts. Don't notch out to much or it will lessen the strength of the frame mount.
Check out the thread I posted on a GM discussion board. Interesting stuff