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Old 07-18-2014, 10:47 AM   #1
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Okay I'm looking to get a replacement V-6 for my 97 camaro, I've been looking at specs for the new V-6s being made and they all pull a ton more hp. Question is some pull more tq than hp and vise versa, what should I look into, and I would like to rebuild an engine and replace all the moving parts but need to learn more about the parts, I have a chiltons but is there a website that can teach me which ones are better and such?
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The newer v6 and the older ones are not compatible (interchangeable). Yours is the 3.8 series II v6, that's the one that needs to go back in there. If you want to swap in a newer v6, you may as well swap a v8 in it, cause the work will be just as complicated. IF not MORE complicated for a newer v6.
If you really need more power, just build a stout 3.8, it will be a straight drop-in. If that's not enough power, then find a wrecked 97 LT1 car and swap everything from it to yours ..i, e.. k-member, engine, computer, wiring harness...etc....etc
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Alright after doing some research and reading a chiltons(very informative) I've decided on a more narrowed down build, I want to stick with just the engine. I want to keep my car a v6 3.8! What parts do I want to buy(brand) for pistons, rods, crankshaft, camshaft, ect,..? And can i bore it out myself or is that ill advised what should I have taken to a machine shop to get worked on? I want to rebuild a v6 engine 3.8L series II, but I lack the knowledge to know what parts and i want to keep it under $2,000 if possible not a big deal if it is more, and I want to do most the work myself so I can learn more about camaros.
Also for the power goal, I want it to sound great for a v6 and speed!
I'm coming to y'all because you all seem pretty friendly and def know your stuff and I'm new to this, any help is appreciated, please with detail.

Some additional information you probably already figured out is that I'm new to mechanics so I expect to be told I'm being an idiot or messing something up but I'd love to start working toward this goal since my current engine has 204,000 that way I can baby my current until I have a new one to place inside. Don't worry I take criticism really well so lay it on me!

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Do not try to bore out the engine at home. That takes such precision and care, you absolutely can't bore at home unless you have the knowledge and machines at home.


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Thank you, and other advice? I'll take all I can get!

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Machine work will be a must and is the most critical part of any engine build...it won't matter if you use titanium internals, without good machine work, it'll all be junk...

That said, if you are not boosting the engine or adding nitrous (and since you are new to mechanics I would leave those alone), any typical engine kit should work for you...between machine work and kit, you will be at or around $2000...not much room for performance mods...

DO NOT buy an engine kit until you have torn the engine down and either examined it, or taken it to a machine shop and had it examined. They will mic the bores and see what size piston/ring set you will need to buy...

Buy the engine kit with the oil pump included, never rebuild an engine with an old oil pump, no matter how good it looks. RockAuto.com has a master kit (including stock cam) for less than $450...

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Also, to sound good and speed are not power goals. You can speed as is so that doesnt work.
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Alright! And if I pull an engine from a salvage yard does it matter on the mileage? How do I know which one is best to choose?
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Alright! And if I pull an engine from a salvage yard does it matter on the mileage? How do I know which one is best to choose?
You don't, unfortunately...some yards will start and run an engine for you before you buy...but that's not too common...
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You don't, unfortunately...some yards will start and run an engine for you before you buy...but that's not too common...

Ahh I see, I guess good luck to me haha
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And for the last question of the day, does it need to be a 97? Or can it be newer? I've read it's illegal to put an older engine in but what do y'all think?
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And for the last question of the day, does it need to be a 97? Or can it be newer? I've read it's illegal to put an older engine in but what do y'all think?
You'd need to research if they made any major changes from '97 to what ever year you are looking to buy...usually the blocks are the same, but sometimes changes in heads, intakes, or sensors can mess you up...

IIRC, you shouldn't have too many issues in that regard, but the 3.8 is not my forte...someone else may have to clarify...
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You'd need to research if they made any major changes from '97 to what ever year you are looking to buy...usually the blocks are the same, but sometimes changes in heads, intakes, or sensors can mess you up...

IIRC, you shouldn't have too many issues in that regard, but the 3.8 is not my forte...someone else may have to clarify...

Alright thanks for the info!
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