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Old 06-27-2007, 01:53 PM   #1
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Hey guys me and my friend was just wondering what other engine is the same size as the 3800 in a Se that would fit the car..He'* looking at getting a SE and putting in a different engine then the 3800 but doesn't want to have to do cosmetic work to the frame.
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well thats just the problem... The C and H bodies like he has only used the 3800...

In really early years of the FWD some of the olds and Buick H bodies could be had with a 3.0 V6...

What ever he uses will have to be fabbed up in some manner or another if its not a 3800

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really, what if he puts in a regal engine? or no still he will have to have body work done
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Sorry your post confused me a bit...

What year is his car? That would help..

He can use a 3800, but that depends on what 3800 he has.. But yes you can use a 3800 from a W or C body in the H body but you need to swap the parts over to the new motor..

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He has a 2001 SE..

So what engine you think would work?
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Any 3800 series II Vin k, form a w Body like the GP, or any H body that has the Vin K.... Its a wide spread GM engine used in the Premium Mid size to Full Size GM platforms

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I'm going to sound stupid but oh well....But can you tell me what W body and H body mean...cause I don't know what it is lol and I would like to know just incase my friend doesn't and I can tell him what cars.
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honestly he'starting out with one hell of a platform a engine swap is totally ludacris in his case for the amount of money he '* going to throw in for a motor and installation, fab work. he could buy a turbo kit and run high 13'* low 14'*. The usual dosent apply to GM FWD cars the 3800 is a great motor its just hindered by factory crap. W-H bodies are this w body cars are impala'* Grand prix, Intrigue, etc... the h-bodies are bonnievilles, Park ave, 98'* etc... tell your friend to research the performance sites im pretty sure that will change his mind
check these
www.cartuning.ca
www.zzperformance.com
www.intense-racing.com
www.3800performance.com
www.thrashercharged.com
www.wbodystore.com
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Yea, like he sees how my 01 Se gives me more problems then any car...its always in shop and **** and he doesn't want that
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well on another note **** happens it could be anytime anywhere and if a problem hasnt been fixed correctly more problems arise alot of people will say the opposite of these cars alot will agree with you. Now say if were to swap in a.....3.4 DOHC or whatever engine ,dont you think he oculd still run into just as many problems with another engine? yep you bet and probably more headaches than you would ever have to deal with a 3800 that was designed for the car. then if something breaks ,parts are way more exspensive to deal with. and what problems did you have with your car?
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