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    Default So I haven't sold it... what to look for to just get a running engine in

    Last year I posted about selling my non-running 97 SS, it's in a million pieces scattered through two garages in I'm not sure how many storage bins. I tore the motor down after finding water in the oil pan (even though it had been running fine before it was parked) and just haven't found the time or money to get it overhauled. Well I still have it and just can't bring myself to part with it yet, so I'm kicking around the idea of just getting a cheap high mileage LT1 from somewhere (craigslist/facebook marketplace) and just throw it in to get it on the road again.

    Hopefully driving it will light a fire to really start rebuilding the original motor into something nice, and fixing up the rest of the car.

    So I see a lot of years out there, for both F-body and B-body applications. Wondering if I get a non-97 year how tough it would be to swap in. Mind you, I still have all the parts and every bolt and screw, so I could theoretically swap some parts off the 'wrong year' motor if need be. It appears that 96 or 97 would be easiest, as they are both OBDII and with the vented opti. But I'm seeing quite a few 95's/94's out there and don't know if it would be worth the trouble. How much of the wiring would be applicable? How much would need to be "frankensteined"?

    And finally... anyone have a motor?
    1997 Camaro SS ~ 220k of stockness... undergoing transformation.

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    93 - use your 97 intake manifold, throttle body, fuel rails, injectors, knock sensor, EVAP vacuum switch. 97 engine harness connector connector will not match 93 unvented Opti. Get a new short Opti harness, or use your 97 Opti, timing cover, crank sensor, timing set, Opti vent harness, cam/dowel. No crank (CKP) sensor on the 93-95 engines, but while there is one on the 96/97, it isn’t needed to run the engine, just to detect misfires. If you use your 97 timing cover, to keep the CKP use reluctor gear and crank hub from 97. Can be deleted from PCM program to avoid codes/SES. 93 oil pressure sensor is above oil filter. Use your 97 sensor on top/back of block.

    94 - no problem with intake, TB, rails or injectors. Use 97 knock sensor, use 97 EVAP switch as above. All comments above regarding the Opti and CKP sensor still apply. 94 oil pressure sensor can be above filter (early) or top/back of block (late).

    95 - same as 94, except no problem with Opti - setup matches your 97.

    96 - same as 97
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    Quote Originally Posted by Injuneer View Post
    93 - use your 97 intake manifold, throttle body, fuel rails, injectors, knock sensor, EVAP vacuum switch. 97 engine harness connector connector will not match 93 unvented Opti. Get a new short Opti harness, or use your 97 Opti, timing cover, crank sensor, timing set, Opti vent harness, cam/dowel. No crank (CKP) sensor on the 93-95 engines, but while there is one on the 96/97, it isn’t needed to run the engine, just to detect misfires. If you use your 97 timing cover, to keep the CKP use reluctor gear and crank hub from 97. Can be deleted from PCM program to avoid codes/SES. 93 oil pressure sensor is above oil filter. Use your 97 sensor on top/back of block.

    94 - no problem with intake, TB, rails or injectors. Use 97 knock sensor, use 97 EVAP switch as above. All comments above regarding the Opti and CKP sensor still apply. 94 oil pressure sensor can be above filter (early) or top/back of block (late).

    95 - same as 94, except no problem with Opti - setup matches your 97.

    96 - same as 97
    Awesome, thanks for the detailed info. Hopefully I can find something I can use for a couple hundred bucks just to get my giggles in.
    1997 Camaro SS ~ 220k of stockness... undergoing transformation.

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