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cant find a 2.8l, any swap suggestions?

My girlfriend just bought a 1984 blazer with no motor(leave it to a woman...hahhah) but seriously she got a REALY good deal on it...and now onto the problem, I've been trying to find a carburated 2.8l(which is what was origionaly in it) any other drop-in swaps? Not worried about horse power, she just got rid of her 89 sunbird(4cyl) at least the blazer is 4-wheel drive. Im looking for the cheapest and easiest way to go for her. What is the week point on these motors? maybe the motor thats in it is salvageable hmmmmmm.... Anyone have a 2.8? Im in NB, Canada. Any help greatly appreciated, thxs in advance.





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Re: cant find a 2.8l, any swap suggestions?

A 3.4L out of a late model camaro or firebird is a great swap. It is the same block as the 2.8, but has about 50% more HP. Your local Chevy dealer should have a Chevy Performance Parts notice about this swap. If not, check with Pace Parts. I think their site is www.paceparts.com, but not sure.
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Re: cant find a 2.8l, any swap suggestions?

I have an '85 S15 pickup, and it seems that the 2.8L that's in it is really gutless... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img] I'd prefer something with more power if I was without an engine and had to put something in it... I don't know much about the 3.4L, but when it's time for me to swap I'm either going to jump up the engine size ladder to at least the 4.3L mark... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
With a 4.3L in that blazer, it'll really move nice (at least my friend's 91 S10 with 4.3L did)... The downside to this is you'll need a different tranny too... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] I guess that's just my 2/100 of a dollar... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

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Re: cant find a 2.8l, any swap suggestions?

They made a few modifications to the 2.8, nothing to major though. I don't know the specifics, but I think they changed the rear seal in '87 (??) and a few others. If you are looking though bone yards, you can get any 2.8 out of S-10's. You can get 2.8's, 3.1's. and 3.4's out of Slowmaro's and Firechickens. They are all the same engine family.
Or http://www.paceparts.com to make it clicky.
The 2.8 is a reliable engine, just totally gutless.

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Re: cant find a 2.8l, any swap suggestions?

You can get a good 2.8 or 3.4 for a reasonable price at www.car-part.com. Just do a search on the applicable years; for the Camaro 3.4 is would be from '93-'95. The Camaro 3.4 will give you just about the same level of performance as a stock 4.3, and bolts right up to the existing transmission. You will have to add an after market electric fuel pump if you use the 3.4, and you will need a later model 2.8 S-10 flywheel ('90 or so), to have the correct balance and bolt pattern. Other than that all the 2.8 stuff will bolt to the 3.4.

If you really want to make it rock, Edelbrock makes a 4-bbl intake for the 2.8/3.1/3.4; with a 390 CFM 4-bbl carb, it will run very nicely. There are (2) of these manifolds on Ebay right now. And uncork the other end with a hi-flow catalytic converter and 2-1/2" free-flowing exhaust.

Good Luck with the swap......ed

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Re: cant find a 2.8l, any swap suggestions?

I am swapping out my 2.8L for a 305.
Although I would not recommend it, I will sell you my 2.8L.


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Re: cant find a 2.8l, any swap suggestions?

88blazer is correct if you do go 2.8 try to get 86 or newer .
one piece rearmain and larger main bearings(2.494 vs 2.648)

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Re: cant find a 2.8l, any swap suggestions?

where you at Scrub? maybe interested

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Re: cant find a 2.8l, any swap suggestions?

Im in Colorado Springs
To let you know...it has 150,000 miles and its worn out, thats why Im gonna swap it out.


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Re: cant find a 2.8l, any swap suggestions?

try albert lea auto parts in minnesota...i got a 2.8 for 550 and they paid the shipping to washington state

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