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Old 02-05-2018, 12:15 AM   #1
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Im about to replace my stock 3800 series 2 motor and transmission in my 97' Camaro RS convertible with a supercharged 3800 series 2 and a turbo 350 transmission. I know its not going to be an easy swap with the throttle body being at the back of the engine instead of the front. Im wondering if I need to change the driveshaft also and anything else that maybe different.
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Im about to replace my stock 3800 series 2 motor and transmission in my 97' Camaro RS convertible with a supercharged 3800 series 2 and a turbo 350 transmission. I know its not going to be an easy swap with the throttle body being at the back of the engine instead of the front. Im wondering if I need to change the driveshaft also and anything else that maybe different.
Basically....... The supercharged 3.8 will not fit under a 4th gen's cowl. The only thing compatible between the 3.8's is the short blocks. This subject has been discussed on here many times.

The supercharged 3.8 came in front wheel drive vehicles. The engine sits sideways in the engine bay, allowing the room for the supercharger and it's rear mounted pulley/belt drive. The 4th gen f-body's are a rear wheel drive vehicle, with straight front to rear engine orientation.
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You would get more horsepower and it would be a much more simple swap if you put in a junkyard LS motor. Same performance in a simpler swap.
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