The good old Buick V6 engine
was built from 1961 through 2008 (including a decade of production by Kaiser-Jeep) and went into way too many General Motors
vehicles to list here. In 1991, the supercharged version of the 3800
was introduced, with a Roots-style Eaton blower on top, and now you can find these engines in just about every junkyard in North America. The 3800 shares a bellhousing pattern with the also-made-by-the-zillions GM 60° V6 engine
, which means that it will install (with varying levels of sledgehammer clearancing and/or axle mix-and-matching) into plenty of GM
vehicles that never received the 3800 from the factory. That means one thing: engine swaps!
An excellent example of this is the 1992 Chevrolet Lumina
APV "Dustbuster" minivan
, which is a fully caged high-performance road-racing machine that features a supercharged 3800 and 5-speed manual transmission under its long, vacuum-cleaner-snout-like hood. The RaceVan, in Springfield Monorail
livery, will compete this weekend at the Michigan 24 Hours of LeMons race
with Autobloggers Mike Austin, David Gluckman, and Alex Kierstein at the wheel.
My personal choice for supercharged 3800 power, though, has to be the Cadillac Cimarron
, preferably the not-so-sought-after Cimarron d'Oro Edition. Some bashing and welding and cutting and pasting and this lightweight Cavalier
sibling could have well over double its original horsepower. So, what's your blown 3800 engine-swap choice?