View Full Version : other 3.8 engines

06-15-2009, 01:26 AM
had question what other gm engine can i use instead of getting the same stock engine. i read somewhere that i can use a series 3 non supercharged , i read that you just change the intake manifold, but i was wondering do i have to get the pcm of that car and wiring harnes, or everythign is the same from the camaro. can i get a list of gm cars that i can use that engine without going all out. i know Meatyshells did the buick swap but dont know what cars carry the same basic engine

06-15-2009, 01:39 AM
WHats wrong with your series II??

06-15-2009, 03:29 AM
i already effed two engines and ive looked around here where i live but no luck, im gonna head to san diego and see what i can find, i wanted to know what other 3.8 engines would fit so i can look for something with low miles.

06-15-2009, 09:06 AM
You can use any gm 3800 series 2 non supercharged (you can acutally use the block of the supercharged one, but you would be down a little on power as they are lower compression. you would have to use your heads on it as well)

as far as cars that have it.
* Buick Le Sabre
* Buick Park Avenue
* Buick Regal LS
* Buick Riviera
* Chevrolet Camaro
* Chevrolet Impala
* Chevrolet Lumina LTZ
* Chevrolet Monte Carlo (LT, SS)
* Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight
* Oldsmobile Intrigue
* Oldsmobile LSS
* Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight
* Pontiac Bonneville
* Pontiac Firebird
* Pontiac Grand Prix

you will need to swap your intakes, oil pan, motor mouns, oil sump, tb, coils, fuel rails and injectors, accerories and brackets. You will use your stock wiring harness and computer.

06-15-2009, 11:18 AM
ok sweeeeet, thanks freak one more question what do you mean by oil sump? and are specifici years i should look out for?

06-15-2009, 11:20 AM
Its the tube that sucks up the oil out of the pan. its the metal tube hanging down when you pull the pan off. as for certain years, it don't matter. all series 2's are the same.you will notice the fwd motors are a good bit cheaper.

06-15-2009, 11:34 AM
o ok you the the oil pick up. yeah i figuered they would be cheaper. should i expect i tad more perforamnace out of any of those engines or there down right the same thing.

06-15-2009, 12:15 PM
there all exactly the same.

06-15-2009, 08:48 PM
i got one you can have if you wanna come to detroit.

06-15-2009, 10:42 PM
hahahahah its a litttle to far to for me hahha

06-16-2009, 08:59 AM
i got one you can have if you wanna come to detroit.

There ya go Forrest.....a small road trip for a new beginning!!!!

06-19-2009, 04:49 PM
Block to block, the Series II and the Series III are the same, the differences are in the non SC'd and SC'd versions, and the SC'd versions usually have a lower compression ratio. The L36 is the stock non-supercharged engines used in alot of cars from 95 up till I believe 2004, while the L67 and L32 (3.8 version) are the supercharged engines.