Originally Posted by jr's3800
I'll agree with Pagett here... The limitations on the C engines are mechanical.... I have had my 3800 Vin C apart to do the heads.... They are a good design, but were not built for performance... Just built to be good everyday drivers, and interstate cruisers... They do have plenty of low end torque... But like Padgett said, their inhailing ability is limited..
On another note, I have had my heads done, replaced all the lifters, I have NGK TR55 plugs, Taylor wires, and an intake... I had a Delco Type 2 ICM untill it fried... All of these items together seemed to make the most diffrence and was well worth my time and $$$..
They all of the small things first, swap to a Type II ignition system, then go with good wires, and a set of TR55 plugs, at the least invest in a K&N filter... Possibly a high flow Cat Converter... All of these should help you a bit...
I didn't want to hijack his post, so I thought I'd start another.
You guys said the problem w/ the VinC is it'* inability to inhale....
Where are the restrictions? What can be done to make it breathe better.
What is a "type II ignition system", how does that differ from the stock one?
Here'* what I've done thus far..
-K&N air filer
-redone my exhaust from the manifold back.. 2.5inchs... high flow cat w/ a mangaflow fbody exhaust.
-new/rebuilt transmission, with a shift kit
(I'm getting a CAI (probably a fender intake) done in the next few weeks.)
What else can I do to squeeze a little extra power out of her?
Or at least help her run better.