[DMCForum] Re: Northstar swap?
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[DMCForum] Re: Northstar swap?

If your ever coming through Ohio again I can give you an even more
spirited drive since I did some fuel work, and installed a free flow
cat. I chenged a few fuel settings, and I thought the car was running
good then, now it is perfect. I think the car is nice and very
adequate when everything is working 100%.

And with 25-27 mpg, I love it even more.

Look me up again next time your around my neck of the woods.


--- In DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "timnagin" <timnagin@xxxx> wrote:
> I am not a purist and it's your car so do whatever you want.  What I
> would be interesting though, is if your car has never been at its full
> potential since you have owned it how do you know you wouldn't like
it if it
> was?
> I broke my own rule that my car would be the first one to ride in
and have
> since been in three cars.  Two of which were running top notch, or
at least
> I think they were.  All impressed me and I was a bit surprised why some
> people say it's slow.
> If I were in your situation I would like to see what the car could
do if set
> up properly.  Throw some parts at it and tweak everything and see what
> happens.  If you still want to do the swap then your old parts will
> be easier to get rid of as you can advertise the new parts included.
> My truck could leave it sitting still, so I do have some reference
point for
> acceleration, but it was still impressive enough.
> Just my nickel's worth of free advice. :)
> Greg
> -----Original Message-----
> From: DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
> Of Ryan Wright
> Sent: Friday, December 23, 2005 11:18 PM
> To: DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [DMCForum] Northstar swap?
> Anyone have details on a Northstar swap?
> I've been contemplating something radical for awhile now. I've got
> some engine & transmission issues. Tranny probably just needs a new
> 2nd gear roll pin, engine probably just needs a few hundred bucks
> worth of work by someone who knows something about it, but then we
> have the butchered exhaust, etc. I'm also afraid there will be more
> parts & labor involved than I want to spend on this drivetrain due to
> half-assed repairs by the previous owner's mechanic.
> I don't like doing anything half-assed and so, instead of patching
> things up, I'd like to completely replace it all. I'm considering just
> handing the thing to DMCH for a Stage 2 engine & complete repairs, but
> for that kind of money I can't help but wonder what I could do on my
> own.
> So what's involved with a Northstar swap? I've got many questions.
> 1. Does the engine fit without hacking the car up?
> 2. What's the preferred transmission to handle this power, and does it
> fit without hacking the car up?
> 3. Any weight issues?
> 4. I see major expenses as: Engine & all accessories, transmission,
> custom bellhousing, custom exhaust. Maybe a custom computer. Am I
> missing anything?
> 5. Assuming it all physically fits, I'm guessing I'll need custom
> mounts as well. Therein lies the part I don't understand: How do I
> physically bolt it into the car?
> Putting the engine & tranny together, electrical work, computer work,
> hoses, cooling, exhaust, etc, I can figure out. What I need advice
> with is:
> 1. The physical mounting and fit;
> 2. Weight issues;
> 3. Clutch & shifting linkage issues (what sort of clutch disc, etc, do I
> need?),
> 4. Other things I may have overlooked (suspension? axles?)
> --
> - Ryan
> http://www.memfrag.com - Store your bookmarks. On every computer.


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