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    Re: 3800 Supercharged V6 in a Catera

    one question will you be using the stock differential... and off topic if you swap in a manual transmision on an automatic car will you have to change the differential due to different gear set

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    Re: 3800 Supercharged V6 in a Catera

    I'm using the stock diff. The same diff should be fine with a manual. Get the transmission from a 4th generation F body and get the pedal set up and clutch master cylinder off eBay - UK.The firewall already has a place for it.

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    Re: 3800 Supercharged V6 in a Catera

    Interesting pictures. What drives the supercharger? Is there a separate belt not shown? Where does the drive come from?

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    Re: 3800 Supercharged V6 in a Catera

    Quote Originally Posted by sccatera97 View Post
    I'm using the stock diff. The same diff should be fine with a manual. Get the transmission from a 4th generation F body and get the pedal set up and clutch master cylinder off eBay - UK.The firewall already has a place for it.
    thanks for answering my diff question now the thing is the RHD(right hand drive) omegas clutch pedal isnt the same as our lhd ... and they are hard to come by on ebay any ideas where i can find them and will they fit?

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    Re: 3800 Supercharged V6 in a Catera

    The Belt wasn't on the Supercharger when I put the motor in. The crank dampner has a second place for the belt and the coil pack mount also has the idler backet built in.

    The Clutch pedal set up should be the same but youcould always try the Opel Omega also. I also have gotten parts off eBay Australia - the Holden Commodore is very similar to the Catera.

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    Re: 3800 Supercharged V6 in a Catera

    Hey SCcatera97, I have a couple of questions:

    Do you have any pictures of the exhaust manifolds you will be using? Are they similar to the 3800 camaro/firebird exhaust manifolds? (headers would be easy to find)

    Are you going to move the power steering pump or just get a longer hose? And will the stock Catera hood clear the Alternator? (it would look cool to put a power bulge in the hood)

    Also, would the stock oil pan fit in the engine bay? (I know yours will fit, but it looks like it has a lot of room to play with)

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    Re: 3800 Supercharged V6 in a Catera

    The Camaro/Firebird 2000-2002 wil not work, the interfere with the steering. I am going to use custom made P/S lines. The Alternator clears the hood just fine.

    The stock F body oilpan will not work, ypu will need a front sump pan similsr to the stock Catera 3.0 pan. The Steering and cross member is the problem.

    I am in the process of fabricating the motor mounts, I will post pictures as soon as I have them made.

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    Re: 3800 Supercharged V6 in a Catera

    Cool project!!! Good luck getting it finished.

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    Re: 3800 Supercharged V6 in a Catera

    SC-catera, I thought you might want to take a look at these threads:

    http://www.clubgp.com/newforum/tm.as...mode=1&smode=1

    http://www.clubgp.com/newforum/tm.as...mode=1&smode=1


    One of them has some heavy engine mods and the other has some stuff for sale....already in the USA!

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    bump nt

    ntnt

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    Re: 3800 Supercharged V6 in a Catera

    anyone know if this guy ever finished this? got some questions for him

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    Re: 3800 Supercharged V6 in a Catera

    Alex, You still around here?

    I have motor issues and am ready for the swap!

    I will give ya a call in a few days if you don't respond.

    Brent

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    how is the project coming along? any issues that have gotten in the way for the last few months? very interesting project you have going. i see that theres aviable replacement for the cammer motor if it blows a timing belt. keep up the good work.

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    Re: 3800 Supercharged V6 in a Catera

    Did this guy vanish? lol

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    Re: 3800 Supercharged V6 in a Catera

    Could be that his garage isn't heated so no winter progress on the car. I'm hoping there'll be more news coming on all the engine swaps this summer. I'm stuck with the L81 engine but I live vicariously through these shadetree mechanics.

    I think I see a Pontiac G8 in my future but in the meantime my Catera will have to do. I gave in and installed an intake kit in place of the OEM airbox even though I know it does little to improve performance and might even lose some during the hot summer months. Still, the intake howl when I peg the throttle and spin the tach to redline is a rush.

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