Just a short video of my engine partially taken apart.
I had to change the intake gasket.
This was actually my first time tackling a job like this and it was actually really easy.
So if you have a 3800 engine and need the lower gasket replaced do it yourself and don't pay the dealer. I was a total noob at it and pulled it off just fine =)
While it was apart I went ahead and installed an Intercooler.
I figure since its already apart an Intercooler would be easy to put in at this point =)
3800 Series 2 Modding Basics
Mods and Vendors list
Short Stack Intercooler
UD Water Pump Pulley
UD Alternator Pulley
Solid Motor Mounts
3 Inch Downpipe
Shortened Dog Bones
Rear Strut Tower Brace
Aeroforce Scan Gauge
3 gauge Pod
Throttle Body Heat Shield
Throttle Body Spacers
Ebay user "American Superchargers"
Modular Pulley System
All other parts not listed were purchased at various auto parts stores,Ebay
users I dont remember and Walmart.
Buick 3800 Bearings or Lifter or Rod Knocking with Valve Covers Off
Here is a longer video of the 1990 Buick Lesabre with major engine trouble.
Hopefully this can be of use if someone can definatively identify the
issue so that others who have a similar situation know what is going on
with their engine. As for me, I know this engine is trashed. A new one
will be arriving soon for the amount of $150 :)
3800 Lower Intake fix
Just some nuggets of wisdom for fixing a leaking lower intake gasket on a
GM 3.8L Series 2 V6.
3800 Series 2 make your own fenderwell intake for less then $100
Build your own fenderwell intake for way less then $100
Support 3800 vendors. I dont work for any of these guys but without them a
lot of us wouldnt be able to mod. Our cars are not supported by the big
aftermarket companies so heres a quick plug for the 3 vendors left.
1995 Buick Lesabre Intake Manifold Part 2: Intro
Click the above link to find the Intake Manifold for your vehicle. In this
video we'll diagnose and repair problems on a 1995 Buick LeSabre Intake
HELP! Engine Knocking Noise 3800 Series II
Can anyone confirm this noise? Happened after a 2 hour highway trip. Oil
and Filter change the day before, and Lower Intake Manifold Gasket replaced
about a week prior. It did at one point seize the engine, however a couple
of days later it turned over with plugs removed, and fired up fine right
after they were placed back in. Still making this same noise, as it did
before it locked up. 240,000 KM on the car and engine.
3800 Series II Engine Issue
2002 Buick LeSabre Custom
3800 Series II Engine
Oil was changed recently, no anti-freeze in the oil, ruling out gasket
How to change a thermostat on a GM 3800, the fastest way
This is the way I like to change the thermostats on the 3.8 liter engines.
The main difference is how I manage getting the cooling system "drained" to
swap it out. It saves quite a bit of time.
This applies to any GM 3.8 L / 3800 Series I II III (One, Two, or Three) 1,
2, or 3.
L36, L26, L67, L32
Common vehicles with the 3800:
Pontiac: Grand Prix, Bonneville, Firebird
Chevy/Chevrolet: Impala, Monte Carlo, Camaro
Buick: Regal, LeSabre, Park Ave, Century, Riviera, Reatta
3800 V6 Upper Intake Swap Part 2-3
Got sick of leaking coolant so I replaced my VIN K 3800 plastic upper
intake swap with a metal one from a L26 3800 Series III (VIN 2) V6. Crappy
video quality, filmed at night. Will re-do tomorrow if there are
sufficient views to warrant it.