1997 Chevy Cavalier 3100 V6

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1997 Chevy Cavalier 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual

i found a lot about that engine but nothing past 94 for a cavalier. Would it work in my 97? The 4 cyl is done.
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Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 AT 1:12 AM

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Chevy stopped offering the 3.1 after 1994, they offered the 2.2 OHV or the 2.4 OHC engine in 1997.

It probably would fit, but the wiring, PCM and all the electrical/suspension/steering required would be a lot of work and require fabrication.
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Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 AT 5:51 AM
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What would I have to do?
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Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 AT 5:36 PM
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While you could get the engine to fit, you would have to fabricate motor mounts, get new CV axles, adapt the throttle control, trans control etc, etc.

But most importantly, integrate the wiring harness for engine management and body control.

Would be a big job and lots of fabrication.
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Thursday, December 10th, 2009 AT 8:33 AM
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So would you recommend just replace the 4cyl with another 4cyl?
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Thursday, December 10th, 2009 AT 10:11 AM
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Yes.

There are many engine combos that have been adapted to fit in many different cars where the engine was not offered.

If you can find a "kit" that contains all the instructions and parts needed, you would basically be on your own.

You might try a google search, look for info on any swaps like you want.
You may find a kit or detailed instructons and parts list that gives you some indication of what you are getting into.

Not trying to discourage you, just be aware that you may find yourself in a position where you have no car that runs properly.

I have (years ago) installed turbo kits on the 2.8L GM V6.
This was a kit, that came complete with detailed instructions, all necessary parts, new PROM chip, new exhaust etc.

The kit was $3500 and would add about 70hp to the 140hp 2.8.
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Thursday, December 10th, 2009 AT 1:18 PM
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Where as another 4cyl would just be a swap? Where can I find specs on the 4cyl? Like horsepower, torque, ect.
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Thursday, December 10th, 2009 AT 3:30 PM
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Yes, you would simply be swapping engines. Contact your local junkyard and see what they have with regard to used engines.

Your owners manual should contain the desired info. About HP/Torque.
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Friday, December 11th, 2009 AT 7:55 AM

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