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Old December 27th, 2009, 05:54 PM   #1
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A little project I have been tinkering with since August, it's a 3.8 Pontiac supercharged motor with full auto trans, should be about 300hp when done, maybe a hair more. We all know what a Bradley look's like and the shanty is cramped for space so exscuse the lack of overall pics. Still fabbing away at the rear struts so if they look a little weak it's because they are.


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and it's getting a tilt rearend as well
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Old December 27th, 2009, 06:03 PM   #2
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good luck hope it works out it should haul ass i almost posted thinking you said 2.8 oops! once i saw it was 3.8 i corrected myself should be awsome!
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Old December 27th, 2009, 06:03 PM   #3
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well this is destined to be unreliable i love chevy stuff but fiero six cylenders were notoriously unreliable and im pretty sure thats where he got it. cool idea though i do hope it works out for you but my ex wifes fiero was wildly unpredicatbleand ive heard many other complaints fro0m other owners from forums like this if it were me i wouldnt even waste my time unless it was a new motor and new trans with deep pockets for trouble shooting
Far from Fiero, it's from a 98 Bonneville--Most Feiro's had a 2.8 in them, no supercharger and add 13 yrs of technology to it as well
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Old December 27th, 2009, 06:51 PM   #4
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Seems like that motor is gettin really popular to use in all kinds of vehicles. I'm actually in the process of building a competition RockCrawler with a Series II in it right now.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=833930


I'm hoping that when I'm done with this one I'll have a little spare time to start workin on my Vrod. So far all I've done is get the title to it in my name :(
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Old December 27th, 2009, 07:03 PM   #5
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Seems like that motor is gettin really popular to use in all kinds of vehicles. I'm actually in the process of building a competition RockCrawler with a Series II in it right now.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=833930


I'm hoping that when I'm done with this one I'll have a little spare time to start workin on my Vrod. So far all I've done is get the title to it in my name :(
Who do you have doing the wiring harness for ya?--I've been shopping around to find someone
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Old December 27th, 2009, 07:20 PM   #6
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Fuckin amazing.Howz Afterburn doin?
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Old December 27th, 2009, 08:03 PM   #7
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Far from Fiero, it's from a 98 Bonneville--Most Feiro's had a 2.8 in them, no supercharger and add 13 yrs of technology to it as well
if you read the post as corrected a while ago i addressed it already i made a mistake
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Old December 28th, 2009, 03:26 AM   #8
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The 3800 is a great motor, and the SC versions are just sick for cheap, dead bullet proof power. I've had 4 versions of that motor. I had a na 3.8 in a cutlass, a turbo cutlass, then the intercooled version in my GN and a LeSabre T-type efi FWD. I actually had bought a SC version to do a transplant for my t-type. I had quit driving it when I bought my Montero. I came home one day and my wife had sold the car for 1/4 of what it was worth to a friend of hers that needed a car

I got a ride in a super seven at Carlisle this year powered by a stock genII 3800 n/a motor that was a friggin rocket. No screaming rpms, no banging gears, just sit down, hold on and OMFG is this car fast!!!
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Old December 28th, 2009, 05:28 AM   #9
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if you read the post as corrected a while ago i addressed it already i made a mistake
And I posted that before you corrected yours
I just didn't edit my post ( not ganna either)
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Old December 28th, 2009, 05:32 AM   #10
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Fuckin amazing.Howz Afterburn doin?
Not bad, still looks the same--the oldman did get a 1776, dual Kad.s for it and a rebuilt trans as well--I just need to get in there and install it all--He wants a reliable drivetrain in it so he doesn't have to worry about it taking a shit along the road.
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Old December 28th, 2009, 05:38 AM   #11
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No screaming rpms, no banging gears, just sit down, hold on and OMFG is this car fast!!!
That's what I hoping to get, I did get a smaller charger pulley and the exhaust is going to be a whole 2 ft long, and whoever I find to do the harness I want them to work the ECM a little as well
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Old December 28th, 2009, 05:43 AM   #12
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My ex-gf's (now) husband used to have an '86 Fiero GT w/ the 3.8SC swap. It was stupid fast. An old guy in a C5 Z06 tried (I stress *tried*) to race him, but couldn't keep up. When they got to the next light the guy asked him what he had in it and he just said "It's just a 6 cylinder." :)

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Old December 28th, 2009, 06:22 AM   #13
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This is the guy i was talking with at Carlisle. he has all of the engine management stuff and harnesses and may be of some assistance.

http://www.angelfire.com/biz6/stalkerv6/kitcar.html
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Old December 28th, 2009, 10:34 AM   #14
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I HIGHLY recommend giving Jims performance a call. I sent them my stock harness and ECU and they trimmed it down and gave me exactly what I needed for standalone running, and cheap. Oh, and they had it all done ONE DAY after it was delivered to them.

They have also done harnesses and programming for a number of RockCrawlers and Desert Racers I know....that's how I found em.
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Old December 28th, 2009, 11:35 AM   #15
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Awesome project!
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Old December 29th, 2009, 06:24 PM   #16
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fucking ugly bradley.... ha ha ha rock on man
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Old December 30th, 2009, 12:12 PM   #17
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Is this the same little 3.8 block that began life way back when in the front engine/rear wheel drive Buick Regals and such? And before that in a slightly smaller version placed the Jeeps and Chevy Monza/Pontiac Sunbird?

The BOP corporate engine . . . ?
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Is this the same little 3.8 block that began life way back when in the front engine/rear wheel drive Buick Regals and such? And before that in a slightly smaller version placed the Jeeps and Chevy Monza/Pontiac Sunbird?

The BOP corporate engine . . . ?
yup, the one and only. Much better engine than the nasty 2.8, 3.1, etc that chebby used IMHO. I only had had a single problem with any of the ones I or my parents had. Crank position sensor in my lesabre went up.
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Old December 30th, 2009, 02:20 PM   #19
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The 4speed auto trans is problem-matic. I think the 125 3speed auto last longer.
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Old December 30th, 2009, 02:29 PM   #20
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I LOVE those little engines ! ! They are ROCK SOLID and tough as shit ! ! ! Plus, because they have a 90 degree configuration, they really come across as V8s.

Here's the one, originally destined for my 356, but now MAYBE headed for the Fiat 600. I bought the entire conversion kit, pilot bearing, cover plate, everything from KEP, A REALLY sweet bunch of parts and pieces.






In order to tuck everything under the Ghia (356 and 600) deck lids I had to resort of a handful of Rover/TR8 bits and brackets for a tighter tucked-in fit. STill, a pretty neat and powerful package.
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Heres mine in full 80's bling. It was fast, but vibrated a lot.

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Old December 31st, 2009, 09:06 AM   #22
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Is that a chromed plastic distributor cap cover that I see? The one from Summit? I have one in the cellar right now ! ! ! ! !


I thought that those were one of the coolest things ever . . . still do, kinda . . . LOOKS GREAT ! ! ! ! ! Again, that 90 degree angle makes 'em look like little V8s ! ! !
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Yeah, its a plastic top hat. It fit V8 and 6cyl HEI dist. Nobody made a chrome master cyl. for that car, thou.
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Old December 31st, 2009, 12:31 PM   #24
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TC,

That motor would look BADASS!! hanging out the back of my Ghia!!
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Old December 31st, 2009, 12:41 PM   #25
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It happens to be for sale and comes with the complete KEP kit to install it against any air cooled VW transaxle. It also comes with a custom rear engine cradle and mount to support the engine in addition to the frame horns usually used in these conversions. Hell. I'll throw in the roll cage that the rear engine cradle attaches to as well.

'Cept, you probably can't afford it right now, since it kinda costs real money. Everything is pretty much top of the line.
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