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Old 11-08-2003, 02:21 PM   #1
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Ok guys, I have learned a ton about my car just in the last couple days here. But, as a more comprehensive approach, what all can you tell me:

I've figured out through clever deduction that it is considered and H Body by GM

What generation is mine?

What series engine?

What does the L36 or whatever all that stuff is mean?

What are 0-60, 0-100, and 1/4 mile times? either from the factory, or your specs if you have a non upgraded, non supercharged.

What are some cheap, simple upgrades, or preventive maintenance measures i could partake in?

Any other fun facts?

Thanks guys!

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What generation is mine?
What series engine?
What does the L36 or whatever all that stuff is mean?
What are 0-60, 0-100, and 1/4 mile times? either from the factory, or your specs if you have a non upgraded, non supercharged.

Any other fun facts?

Thanks guys!

jeff
Generation? I'd have to count. These have been in production since 1957! Considering most of our membership here, I suppose you could loosely call it 2nd of 3 generations.

You have the Series 1 L27. Predecessor to the Series 2 L36. L is just the drivetrain disignation for these motors. Mine is an L67 (supercharged).

Your car stock (SSE is close enough, you might be SLIGHTLY faster):
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1992 Ponitac Bonneville SSE 9.5 17.0
More fun facts? Hell, just go out and drive!
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Ok guys, I have learned a ton about my car just in the last couple days here. But, as a more comprehensive approach, what all can you tell me:

I've figured out through clever deduction that it is considered and H Body by GM

What generation is mine?

What series engine?

What does the L36 or whatever all that stuff is mean?

What are 0-60, 0-100, and 1/4 mile times? either from the factory, or your specs if you have a non upgraded, non supercharged.

What are some cheap, simple upgrades, or preventive maintenance measures i could partake in?

Any other fun facts?

Thanks guys!

jeff
I can answer a few of those. 1. your car is a 92 SE, therefore it has the Series I L27 Engine, L27 I believe is the engine model number, or something like that. As far as mods get a 180 degree thermostat to cool the engine, very improtant, Other good ideas, Trans cooler, Better air intake, exhaust, that sort of stuff. I'm the dumb one on here so I am sure others will be able to tell you more. --- Yup, and I see as I was tying, Will answered your questions, Oh well, I am slow.
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The 92 was the first year of that body style. you have the grill with two bars, and the SE was the Base model. 92 was also the first year for the name 3800 on the engine, and it has higher output then earlier models. Your engine does not have an EGR valve most likely, which may cause burned valves. Your exhaust doesn't have a resonator either, so an aftermarket muffler will be louder then a 94+.

Definetly get the car running cooler, that will help your Valves last, Newer honeycomb grills, spoilers are sometimes desired by 92 SE owners if they don't have them. Tail light tint is a very nice thing as you can see below
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actually, pontiac made a few in 1954 called the bonneville special. it sorta looked like a 54 vette. check out the new issue of High Performance Pontiac magazine, they have a few pics in there.
i have an issue of Nov 1991 where they review the 92 SSEi, they have all the specs in there, ill dig it out and post tomorrow for you.. may have to scan it and send it also
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92 was also the first year for the name 3800 on the engine, and it has higher output then earlier models.
I beg to differ a bit... 88 was the first year for 3800 on the engine, and the diffrence between the 3800 LN3 and 3800 L27 is 5 hp and 5 ft lbs... But the L27 is called the Tunned Port Injection 3800... Jason can tell you all about these great L27 3800'*.... He has one of the best ones..
In 93 they gained rocker rollers as well, which is suppsedly a direct swap. Your best bet is to work on breathability of the engine, and then a new Chip would help a lot. After that, cams/valvetrain, maybe nitrous, or a Centrifugal supercharger.

Before you ask, no you can't get a supercharger off of a SSEi and bolt it up... :(
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the roller rockers that were used in the 93-95 are not a direct swap. the 92 used 3/8" bolts to hold the rockers down and the 93-95 used 5/15" bolts to hold them down.
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^ The man on series I performance, another Man on series I performance, Dr Jay! I wish i had their grown up income...
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here are 2 pages i scanned, one is from the OEM sales brochure and the other is from road and track magaine,nov 1991( i have both in mint condition )
i hope this helps you,

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sorry they are so big, but i thought it would explain alot
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