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Think I just heard the clack of doom. May need to repair/replace my 3.8 in my 84. What would be a good price for an Euro 5.0, and does anybody happen to have one? I've got a good mechanic to install, but want to keep the 3.8/5 mounting, wiring, etc.

Glenn in Tucson
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I too am looking for a 5.0 Euro preferably but I would take an US spec..
 

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if your in tucson, you can come up and check out my euro 500. i'm not saying it's for sale but you can take it for a spin and see how much you like it. i picked up my euro 500 for a good deal, but no matter what you pay, there's always more money to spend on maintanence.
 

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Now, what exactly would be nessesary to make this swap as far as transmition work, differential, hook up direct fitting, retrofitting?
 

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Cirrus2 said:
Now, what exactly would be nessesary to make this swap as far as transmition work, differential, hook up direct fitting, retrofitting?
buy a reman 500 tranny-bigger tourque converter---the 380 to 500 is easy, have done it twice nowas far as the engine-the hook ups are the same
 

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Oh come on, you're scaring me now. What the hell is the clack of doom? I'm on an '83 380!
Timing chain failure - typically causes more damage when it breaks than the car is worth. A new engine is often a simpler and less expensive repair, and is a good excuse to upgrade to a more powerful engine. If you know your car's last timing chain service, just make sure you replace the chain, rails, etc. every 60k, or if you don't know when it was done, DO IT NOW or you are sitting on a "clacking" time bomb.
 

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I would scout wrecking yards. If the car had an accident, you'll at least know it was still running.
With a forklift & chain, you can pull / lift the complete engine w. tranny out the front.
 
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