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Old 03-22-2006, 07:25 PM   #11
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that jag is hot! Chrome vette wheels look really good with it.

not to mention a LT1 props to you.
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Thanks for the props, guys. It makes all the work worth it when someone says something nice about it. I think it'* fun to make a hotrod out of things that were never intended to be hotrods, like a station wagon, a hearse, an econobox, or even a Jaguar sedan. I've yet to do the hearse, though.
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[All in all I think tha Buick 3.8-3800 and the Chevrolet line of V8'* are among the best engines ever built
I have to agree here. I've dished out a lot of abuse on both, and haven't been let down. Any failure I've had have been caused by me in some form or fashion.
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[All in all I think tha Buick 3.8-3800 and the Chevrolet line of V8'* are among the best engines ever built
I have to agree here. I've dished out a lot of abuse on both, and haven't been let down. Any failure I've had have been caused by me in some form or fashion.
Very true... I have seldom ever seen a 3800 blow up... Its very rare unless the upper intake on the series II lets go then it can create all kinds of headaches... And a chevy V8 can take the abuse.... I have seen them run like H*** even at 200-300K... I think my friends brothers Caddy LT1 is over 300k... He'* nuts about those oil chabges.... We have replaced the starter a couple of times as well as the O rings for the Oil cooler filter adapter... Other than that its been a great Motor

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Scratch that his motor has to be the TBI 350... It was a 92 or 93 Fleetwood iirc

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We looked at a Jag JUST like that here in town one day. LT1, same color, same wheels.
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Either way, the bottom end of an LT1 is pretty much the same as any other post '87 model SBC. I've seen 100k mile plus LT1s come apart, and you could still see the factory crosshatching in the cylinders! Both the 3800 and the LT1s have small annoyances (of course the UIM/LIM issues on the 3800, and the goofy Optispark distributor on the LT1). But, if you know what to look for, and know the proper fixes, fundamentally, they're really strong.
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Very true, and thats what we found with the LT1'* we tore down.. Had some issues with the optispark as well..

On topic tho...

I have seen a couple of the LE Bonnevilles dressed up in Police trim on Cops... As well as the sorta undercover guys that were in a 98( must have been a 92 with the tuned Port Injection 3800 )... That made me want a 3800... I was in love with the way that 3800 was singing when they chased down the guys in the Acura Legend... I have seen that episode a few times... Love it..

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We looked at a Jag JUST like that here in town one day. LT1, same color, same wheels.
Not discounting that possibility, but there are TONS of them that are '87 and earlier Jags with Chevrolet power. Mine is an '89, and there are just a handful of them out there with Chevrolets. There are some extra hoops to jump through on the '88 and newer style to put a SBC in it. For instance, they have to be converted from hydraulic brake booster to a regular vacuum system. The only "kit" out there for the Chevrolet swap is from www.jaguarspecialties.com. On the older, the Jags That Run book/kit has been around for 20 years, and there'* John'* cars in Dallas that has done the older ones for a long time, too.

That said, maybe the swap in the newer ones is catching on. I started mine a little over a year ago, and the kit had just come out for my style Jag, known as the XJ40 body. Myself and one other guy were doing the first two using the kit at that time.
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so is that a Jaguchev or a Chevrojag? lol
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so is that a Jaguchev or a Chevrojag? lol
Actually, it'* a Jagrolet.
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