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Old 09-04-2018, 10:17 PM   #1
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95 camaro 3.8, best swap.

I have purchased a 95 camaro, 3.8/auto.
For $250 I have a car with 30 miles on the odometer. Yes, 30 miles. This car was a vocational school new car donation for students to work on. Only the body shop used this car, so the entire driveline has never been touched. Now the issue, at the very least the shell has to be crushed.
This VIN can not be registered, titled or tagged. What to do with it? I understand that only a small percentage of 95''s were 3.8. I have worked quite a bit with a3.4/ T5, dropped one in a 58 MGA. Do I look for a 95, followed many threads about 3.4 to 3.8 swap. Or is the easier direction to find a newer model that already has a 3.8.
I don't mind swapping everything, motor/trans, harness and ecu, sub frame and rear. Looking for the closest thing to plug and play. Does it matter what year or model? What is the easiest and best direction? Thanks!
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Good find, but sad that they have to crush the shell. Make sure you unbolt everything off the body to sell or keep as spares before you send the frame to be crushed, particularly the interior.

With so few miles on a 23 yo car, I'd be concerned about the internal seals and overall condition of the engine and trans, as well as the shocks and any suspension bushings. One of the drawbacks to low mileage cars is that the seals and bushings tend to dry rot but without use, they look brand new until they are driven and any force is put against them.

I am fairly certain that any 95 with the 3.8 were just early production 96 models in terms of being OBD2 and same wiring etc. Since you have the complete body, you can pretty readily use the shell of any 4th gen 93-02 and just strip both down entirely depending on how much work you want to do...

Easiest direct swap is to find a 96(95)- 98 with a 3.8/auto and a blown engine or just high mileage. I'd Avoid the 99-02 bodies because they switched to an electronic throttle, and you'd have to retain the upper intake, injectors, and throttle body from the target car along with the ECU...
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Thanks, I am willing to take the chance on the drive train, especially for no more money than I will have in the project. I have spotted a couple different camaros in the $500 to $ 700 range, decent candidates for a swap. Just wanted to make sure not to buy something that was a different animal.
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