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Old 07-19-2012, 01:17:41 PM   #1
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'80 Camaro V-6 ?

Going to look at a one owner '80 Camaro that came from the factory with a v6 (229), three-speed standard combo. Of course, keeping the v-6 in the car is not an option, lol. Are the engine mounts on the crossmember compatable with a v8, or will I need to get v8 specific mounts or a different crossmember?
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:26:46 PM   #2
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I googled the swap and came up with a NastyZ28 thread explaining the process, lol. I used the forum search option, but V6, v-6 & 229 in the search title gave me nothing, oh well. Looks fairly straightforward, we'll see how clean the car is.
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:31:45 PM   #3
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that happens to me all the time! google just about anything for a 2nd gen camaro and nastyz28 is usually the first thing that pops up!
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:18:09 PM   #4
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It may have a TH200C instead of a TH350 transmission. (Mine did.)

Check the trans. pan to see if the word "METRIC" is stamped on it.... If so, it's a TH200C and it will not last long behind a V8.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:51:27 PM   #5
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The th200c held ok on my 78 olds cutlass V.-8 .A 260 v-8. Yea it had as much power as a v-6
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:08:54 PM   #6
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I have 2 with the 229. Great daily drivers. I see no reason to change them.

Link to the thread you found?
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:01:04 AM   #7
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I have 2 with the 229. Great daily drivers. I see no reason to change them.
I assume he wants more power.
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:58:20 AM   #8
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It may have a TH200C instead of a TH350 transmission. (Mine did.)

Check the trans. pan to see if the word "METRIC" is stamped on it.... If so, it's a TH200C and it will not last long behind a V8.

The Camaro has a three speed standard (manual) trans, which is a plus for me.

The NastyZ28 link is:

http://www.nastyz28.com/forum/showthread.php?t=141517
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:25:11 PM   #9
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I have 2 with the 229. Great daily drivers. I see no reason to change them.

Link to the thread you found?

what kind of MPG do you get on these?
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:52:26 PM   #10
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If i remember right those 229s were chopped off 305s
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Old 07-21-2012, 05:23:11 PM   #11
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what kind of MPG do you get on these?

I got well over 20 mpg.

It's been a year or 2 since I've drove one daily so that's my best guess. I could drive to work and back all week on 1 fill up. I'd fill up on Friday so I had a full tank over the weekend if needed and ready to go next week.

1 week of work was 450 miles. On top of that I would run around here in town a little bit on the weekend. 1 round trip into the auto parts store for instance is 20 miles. I think the tank is like 21 gallons. I would put say 18 gallons or so in.

Let's say worst case I only ran the 450 miles and put 20 gallons in. That's 22.5 mpg. Like I said, I know I did better than that because I'd put a few extra miles on and was usually under 20 gallons.

This is a 1981 plane jane Camaro with 230,000 miles on it. It has no options on it at all unless you count PS. I bought it from a little old lady. It had a tow hitch. They used to tow a boat from OH to FL with it multiple times a year. Her husband died so she went out and bought herself a little convertible sports car and sold the Camaro to me for $2,000. All original and complete except the tow hitch.

The rear springs were shot from the towing I'd guess. They no longer had a bow in them. When I replaced them, most of the leafs were broke in half in the middle under the mount.

I drove this car as a daily driver for a good 10 years and used it to pull a small trailer for my 4-wheeler. I got my moneys worth out of it and drove in style.
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:26:19 AM   #12
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2000SS thanks,

I ask because I know of one that the owner is asking $700.00 for. Runs drives no rust needs paint (in primer now) and interior help. With that kind mileage it might be worth it for a daily driver.
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:13:05 PM   #13
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It may have a TH200C instead of a TH350 transmission. (Mine did.)

Check the trans. pan to see if the word "METRIC" is stamped on it.... If so, it's a TH200C and it will not last long behind a V8.

Twisted_Metal is right. I also have a 1980 camaro that once had V6 229 and now has a V8 and the motor mounts and trans were swapped out. The mounts did not line up so I used the ones from the parts car. Hope you have swivel sockets and patience. You'll need them both. Good luck!
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:18:58 PM   #14
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if it is the 229 (distributor in the back) and not the 231 (distributor in the front) a small block will swap right in using the same frame mounts. if you remove the extention on the radiator shroud, you can even reuse that. this one is a piece of cake swap, especially with the manual tranny, as all the clutch linkage even enterchanges with the sb chevy. Truth me known, a big block will fit the same like a slipper!! grab your wrenches and have some fun.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:51:56 AM   #15
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I owned a TH200..................for one day. It died the first time I drove it and the second day the car went to the tranny shop to get a TH350.
The smogger 160hp 350 engine ate that TH200 really fast.
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