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4/17/16 8:54pm - Original Message: 'Optimum engine replacement in a 1979 project car....'
bepah1
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Brentwood, CA - USA

Vette(s):
1979 Corvette project car

Joined: 4/15/2016
Posts: 21
I am replacing an engine in a 1979 project car. No chance of matching numbers.....
In you opinion, what is the optimum replacement engine for a driver resto/mod?
Thanks in advance for your input.
JC 
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4/18/16 12:46am - Reply: 'Re: Optimum engine replacement in a 1979 project car....'
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Overland Park, KS - USA

Vette(s):
1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.

Joined: 7/9/2003
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Might check out Chevy crate engines as they come in lots of different hp and displacements and come w/ a 3 year/36K warranty.

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4/25/16 6:29pm - Reply: 'Re: Optimum engine replacement in a 1979 project car....'
bepah1
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Brentwood, CA - USA

Vette(s):
1979 Corvette project car

Joined: 4/15/2016
Posts: 21
Thanks......looking at the LC9 package......


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4/20/16 8:03am - Reply: 'Re: Optimum engine replacement in a 1979 project car....'
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Flanders, NJ - USA

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1982 Black, ZZ4, Hooker Side Pipes, 3.55 Rear, Rebuilt & upgraded 700R4, All new suspension, brakes, & new Charcoal interior.

Joined: 1/27/2004
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I put a GM Performance ZZ4 crate engine into my '82. Great engine! But you can go with the fuel injected models also. The GM ones are great & have that 3 yr/ 36k mile warranty. Good luck & have fun with it!
Dave


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4/25/16 8:02am - Reply: 'Re: Optimum engine replacement in a 1979 project car....'
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Cranbury, NJ - USA

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Chevy Corvette Z28 2011

Joined: 4/19/2016
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How about some modern LS engines? There are many performance bolt-ons available for them.
Check this article about the engine swap on superchevy: http://www.superchevy.com/how-to/vemp-0203-c3-corvette-engine-swap/

You can check bolt-on performance parts at CARiD site
Depenfing on what performance do you want to get from it, you can add an air intake, custom exhaust or even a supercharger.





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4/26/16 5:23am - Reply: 'Re: Optimum engine replacement in a 1979 project car....'
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WEST SENECA, NY - USA

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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

Joined: 12/3/2001
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LS swap with a overdrive transmission.  

Best engine swap I did with my vette. 400+hp and 25 mpg. 


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4/29/16 11:30am - Reply: 'Re: Optimum engine replacement in a 1979 project car....'
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Metairie, LA - USA

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1979 Black, Oyster interior purchased in March 1980

Joined: 7/7/2013
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It depends on what you are looking for. If you want a modern engine in an older car, the LS is the way to go I did my 79 last year and chose to go the gen1 small block to give it the stock appearance. I just made mine the way I felt they should have been made . I chose to go with a 383. It has plenty of torque and bolts up to everything I had on my old 350. I went with better heads, cam,  intake manifold, and headers. I even purchased a quadrajet from SMI to keep the stock look. It's fun when you can stay with some of the modern muscle cars,and when you go park and look at each others rides, they see a small block with a quadrajet. I stayed close to a z06 and shut down some coyotes and ls camaros. It's fun to hear the excuses on why they couldn't blow away a stock looking 79 corvette with a" quadrajunk". The c3's in my opinion has some of the nicest lines but they don't get a lot of respect. Whatever way you choose to go , make it preform like it deserves
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4/30/16 3:53pm - Reply: 'Re: Optimum engine replacement in a 1979 project car....'
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Brentwood, CA - USA

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1979 Corvette project car

Joined: 4/15/2016
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Thanks! Able to get back to work on it today for the first time on 2 months due to some surgery. Hood is off and lots of stuff to do.
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