Chevrolet Camaro 1967-2002 - 327 in 98.
04-03-2012, 09:29 AM
not really sure what place to post this, but dose anyone know if it would be possible to switch to an old 327 engine in the 4th gen camaros? I know in terms of time and money, its not the most practical thing to do, but I would absolutly love to have one in the 98 I have. If anyone has done it before that be awsome.
04-03-2012, 12:16 PM
One interesting way of doing it without reverting back to prehistoric technology would be to swap in a 5.3 truck engine. It's technically 325 (LS1 is 346), but is close enough to wear the 327 moniker. Automobile manufacturers have been vague with their cubes and litres since the beginning of time. The 5.0 Mustangs were 4.9s and many of the old muscle cars were a few cubes off.
With the 5.3 engine you could retain all accessories, induction, exhaust, mounting, electronics, ect ect from any old LS1 Camaro, but get the cubes you desire for ideas sake. I always thought it would be cool to build a 302 cube Z28 with 4.8 and LS6 parts.
04-04-2012, 10:19 AM
it can be done....but why? the 327 was a great engine in its time, and the 365/375hp models with the duntov cam were good performers, but like noted above, the 5.3 would be way cooler, more efficient, less likely to leak fluids, and net you the same horsepower with a good cam and headers.
04-04-2012, 11:18 AM
I'm not sure how you'd work out the issues with distributor fitment and access, other than reverting to the Opti-spark solution that GM used for the '93-'97 cars. But are you just looking to duplicate the 327ci displacement, or do you actually want a Gen I 327ci engine with a standard distributor, carb, lack of electronics, etc? If you went with a 3rd gen Camaro rather than a 4th, you could certainly drop in a 327 in it's original-style configuration. 3rd gen engine bays are already setup to receive the Gen I SBCs, and they have space for a standard distributor and carb arrangement without doing anything custom to the engine bay.
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