While I love the thought of the LT1, I will note two reasons why I
would NOT swap the dead 3.4L (I know what is involved in teh swap, but
that's another post's material...) for one in my 95 Camaro:
1. Changing the spark plugs is a bitch with any 4th Gen v8 F-car.
Four are okay, the other four call for getting under the car or getting
thru the trap door on the LS1 cars--under the dash! Though the 3.8L in
the 96-later cars might be no better with the 90* angle of that
2. The Optispark being under the water pump. My 8 spark plug Ranger
(no, not a 302, but the 2.3L I4) with coil packs spoiled me, so the
3.4L it is--although my project will be a newer 3.4L from a late 90s GM
FWDer...it can be done...
As for the 2nd thought, I agree there, the flip-up headlamps on the
Pontiac clones don't excite me, maintenance wise. Then again, the
headlights on the 93-97 Camaros are crummy as well. Oh well...
So, yeah, the v8 F-cars are great, but the times that I laugh at how
hard they are to work on and how expensive they *can* be to maintain
are over. A 3rd Gen should be easier in those regards for a v8 model.