Hello everyone this is my first post. I have a question about my 83 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham. Would a 350 engine be the easiest, and simplest engine to put in? Really tired of all the problems my ht4100 is causing I just want to end it by putting a new engine.
An Oldsmobile 307 would be the easiest option because it will bolt right up to the existing transmission. As far as I know, you would have to replace the transmission to put in a 350. Nice looking car by the way.
350 Oldsmobile would be a drop in. 350 Chevy would require the driveshaft shortened 2 or 3 inches. You're looking at about 700-1000 to do the olds swap yourself, and about 1000-1500 to do the Chevy swap yourself. If having someone else do it, tack on another grand or so. Buying a cheap running car or truck with the desired engine in it will save you a bit in not having to buy a lot of the misc you'd need (accessories, mounts, etc) over the counter.
I put a Chevy 350 and new built 200r4 in my caddy. Total cost was just under 5000. 1100 was for the headers and stainless exhaust plus installation, 2000 was for the transmission, if I had kept the fuel injection (really should have), it would have saved me 250 in parts. So in reality, bare bones swap ran me 1700 or so, 800 or which was labor.
I guess I should have given you a better welcome, so WELCOME ABORD!
Your in the right place, the only reason I posted the link is because we just had basically the same thread last week and theres a lot of good info. We all seem to argue about keeping the car original.
One thing all the regulars have in common is passion for these cars, and hope you become a regular poster.