Long story short, I'd like to turbocharge my 3800 Series 2 back to sea level while living at 6,400 feet and occasionally driving to 11,000 . Lots of detail on this can be found at:
Want my 45.1HP back . . .
It appears the Buick forum doesn't attract much forced-induction advice for some reason.
So, all I want is to get back to 205HP. This will keep me from having to harden everything else in my car, will be an interesting project, and will get me back from 159.9HP to 205.
That would be a 28% improvement. According to ford.com , people pay $13,175.00 to step past 288HP 3.5l Tauruses in favor of the 26% more powerful 365HP SHO .
I bet I can do it for much less than that.
Can I set up a turbocharger such that it would not supply any boost at sea level, and supply just enough boost for me to be "at sea level" when I'm higher than sea level? I believe this is possible, simply the same as normal turbocharging with the pressure dialed way down. Right?
So, suggestions for a model of turbo for this?
Then, lots of measuring and head scratching with pipes and such.