Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, Swap 4.9l v8 and 4.6l v8 northstar in Cadillac Engine Discussion; I have a 1994 Cadillac seville with a 4.6l v8 northstar and the engine went (head gasket leak) and was ...
Why why why if your going through the hassle of switching to a different motor would you ever pick a 4.9? Swap a fwd Impala SS running gear, it'd probably be easier. Personally just stick another N* in it and do basic maintenance and you probably wouldn't be in this situation to begin with.
I think that it would be possible but it would be alot of work and you would run into alot of problems. I think that it would be less work to fix the Northstar. If your up to swapping engines out then you should be able to tackle the HG. I just finished my first HG/headbolts project, biggest job I ever did but I finished it and it works! even with a few extra bolts left over lol. That always happens to me.
Dont get me wrong I love the 4.9, it always amazes me how much power it has and it will run to 200,000+ miles with no major problems unlike the Northstar HG. The problem is the 4T60E that it is mated to. You will go through 2 of them for every 4.9 engine.
Well i was going to have a friend do the work and he said its best to get a rebuild or one in good running condition instead of getting a junkyard one. so i saw a 1993 deville with a 4.9 on craigslist for 600 compared to 1000-2500 for a junkyard or rebuilt motor. Anyway didn't think it would work but doesn't hurt to ask.