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    Are There any Hot Rodder's here?

    I am just curious if any of you taking part in this forum are hot rodders or custom car owners who have such cars powered by the Northstar? I have seen them used in a few over the years and I think they are great choice.

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    Re: Are There any Hot Rodder's here?

    AJ has a N* Fiero, but other than him, I don't think that there are many more.

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    Re: Are There any Hot Rodder's here?

    My ride is also a Pontiac Fiero, Black 1988 GT T-Top. I'm using a 1996 N* for the engine plant. I'm hoping to be done in the next couple of months.

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    Re: Are There any Hot Rodder's here?

    i know someone also has a Monte Carlo on the board...

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    Re: Are There any Hot Rodder's here?

    Quote Originally Posted by IXSLR8 View Post
    My ride is also a Pontiac Fiero, Black 1988 GT T-Top. I'm using a 1996 N* for the engine plant. I'm hoping to be done in the next couple of months.
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    Re: Are There any Hot Rodder's here?

    ......... All depends on your age and definition of "Hot Rod(der)". Hot Rod has always been more performance oriented, and covers the range from sleeper to an outrageous, obvious performance modification of a stock car.

    .......a custom car would be something built from original and aftermarket parts such that it resembles nothing currently in production or commercially (mass production) obtainable. Custom cars seem to be primarily trailer queens or limited use (car show and home) vehicles.

    Urban vehicles with 24" wheels, loud sound systems and neon lights are neither Hot Rods nor Custom Cars.

    Thomas, An engine choice rests in the desire of the builder: There are one heck of a lot more 1964-1972 OHV V-8's and their descendants from 3 or 4 manufacturers in custom use today than all Northstars combined. .....and those engines and parts are plentiful and cheap, not to mention that the aftermarket is absolutely mind-boggling.

    If you want to cruise in luxury, clean up a late Cadillac, make it sound good, and enjoy the ride. If you want to scream with the eagles, build a blown 327 '34 Chevy 3-window coupe or a reproduction McLaren/Elva/Chevy. (All the commercial mass production fast cars do not qualify for either Hot Rod or Custom status: anybody can buy one.)

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    Re: Are There any Hot Rodder's here?

    Quote Originally Posted by CadillacSTS2003 View Post
    i know someone also has a Monte Carlo on the board...
    Don't forget the grand prix.... http://www.cardomain.com/id/94customgtp

    and the cavalier....
    http://www.j-body.org/forums/read.ph...7&t=336308&p=8

    These motors are being stuck in everything. Wasn't there one in a plane???

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    Re: Are There any Hot Rodder's here?

    Quote Originally Posted by eldorado1 View Post
    Don't forget the grand prix.... http://www.cardomain.com/id/94customgtp

    and the cavalier....
    http://www.j-body.org/forums/read.ph...7&t=336308&p=8

    These motors are being stuck in everything. Wasn't there one in a plane???
    Bbob gave several talks to the EAA and other groups about using a Northstar in a homebuilt. I've seen a couple of reports on the web that were written up by him on the subject.
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    Re: Are There any Hot Rodder's here?

    For those of you that choose a Fiero. May ask what it is about that car that attracted you to do something like this?

    Best Regards,

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    Re: Are There any Hot Rodder's here?

    All the FWD Caddy motors work well in Fieros. Mostly 4.9's and N*'s are popular swaps. Usually Caddy motors and trans.

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    Re: Are There any Hot Rodder's here?

    Quote Originally Posted by submariner409 View Post
    ......... All depends on your age and definition of "Hot Rod(der)". Hot Rod has always been more performance oriented, and covers the range from sleeper to an outrageous, obvious performance modification of a stock car.

    .......a custom car would be something built from original and aftermarket parts such that it resembles nothing currently in production or commercially (mass production) obtainable. Custom cars seem to be primarily trailer queens or limited use (car show and home) vehicles.

    Urban vehicles with 24" wheels, loud sound systems and neon lights are neither Hot Rods nor Custom Cars.

    Thomas, An engine choice rests in the desire of the builder: There are one heck of a lot more 1964-1972 OHV V-8's and their descendants from 3 or 4 manufacturers in custom use today than all Northstars combined. .....and those engines and parts are plentiful and cheap, not to mention that the aftermarket is absolutely mind-boggling.

    If you want to cruise in luxury, clean up a late Cadillac, make it sound good, and enjoy the ride. If you want to scream with the eagles, build a blown 327 '34 Chevy 3-window coupe or a reproduction McLaren/Elva/Chevy. (All the commercial mass production fast cars do not qualify for either Hot Rod or Custom status: anybody can buy one.)
    My definition is the same as yours actually. =) Though I am only 36. I view a Hot Rod or Custom in the traditional manner. =)

    Best Regards,

    Thomas Carey

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    Re: Are There any Hot Rodder's here?

    I like the fiero because its a cheap way to get into exotic performance. I think they look nice too.

    My first one was a 1987 GT Fastback with a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP supercharged motor with mild mods and Haltech Computer. 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds. Fuel mileage I got was 29 mpg on the freeway.

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    Re: Are There any Hot Rodder's here?

    There's also the MR2 with a Northstar and theres a VW Rabbit or Golf in
    Canada with one in it too I believe:

    http://www.v8mr2.com/
    http://www.cwstuning.com/gallery/coupe-degolf

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    Re: Are There any Hot Rodder's here?

    Quote Originally Posted by IXSLR8 View Post
    There's also the MR2 with a Northstar and theres a VW Rabbit or Golf in
    Canada with one in it too I believe:

    http://www.v8mr2.com/
    http://www.cwstuning.com/gallery/coupe-degolf
    An MR2! That must have been one heck of a shoe horn job to get that to fit.

    Best Regards,

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