2005 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP LS4 DoD 4T65E TAPShift powertrain swap into a Pontiac Fiero
A couple of things I
have noticed about this engine is it shares a lot of the standard architecture
with the LS1 series of engines, except for the bellhousing bolt pattern, starter
mounting location, shorter crank, and more compact assy/belt drive setup. The
transmission is actually going to create some issues because GM didn't cast in
extra support in the area of the left rear mount -- probably because it wasn't
used in the Grand Prix. I already have an idea of how to work around this issue
so I can use my 4-corner mount system that doesn't require a dog-bone. Stock
this powertrain only used 3 lower mounts (two on the pass side and one on the
driver's side), which would require the use of a dog bone on the driver's side
-- where no such provisions exist on the Fiero chassis. One of the goals I have
for this swap is to modify the Fiero chassis as little as possible (if at all).
The front cover / water pump housing used on this engine is quite ingenious. All coolant connections are located in this cover as well as the fill point for the entire cooling system (the grand prix's radiator did not have a fill point on it). Below is a picture of the T-stat housing and all heater hose and radiator hose connections, which are located just behind and below the water pump.
On this engine the
starter is mounted to the transmission which is unique. The transmission case
has a special casting to accomodate this.
Below are some pictures of the auto trans flexplate (flywheel) and back of the block...
This flexplate does
NOT have a counterbalance weight; but it does have the FWD torque converter bolt
pattern (for the larger, 258mm converter like the 3800 SC engines use).
Here are some pics of the transmission, off the engine...
Below is a picture
of the area of the left rear mount area of this trans where GM didn't cast in
extra beef because no mounts were used in this location on this case, in the
cars it was put into... A few of the holes are not even tapped or drilled all
the way either.
I used a lathe to make some metal bushing sleeves I will later use for motor/trans mounts and some aluminum inserts for mock-up when I weld everything together. I plan to use rubber engine cradle bushings from an 84-87 Fiero for the mount bushings; they have an interference fit to these sleeves so they have to be pressed in.
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