S/C 3800 maintenance pics

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ls1mike

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92,000 miles never been apart.

Installed new water pump and valve cover gaskets today. Should finish it up tomorrow.

Needed some love but should run awesome when I am done.






 
just did my water pump om my buick what a PITA to put the power steering pump back up ,,,, be sure to double check your belt lacings , and wnen you put the accessory drive belt on make sure your all the way into the alternator pully , I was off 1 grove and mised it and sliced up a new belt 39 bucks shot in the backside
 
I'm guessing not a lifetime of Mobil 1
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Looks like you caught it just in time Mike.....Good job!

It's funny that the 3800's seem to be the least prone to intake gasket failures compared to the 3100/3400 & Vortec 4.3/5.0/5.7
 
did you also change the blower oil as well while everything was apart? Supposedly jet engine oil can be used in those.
 
Originally Posted By: nthach
did you also change the blower oil as well while everything was apart? Supposedly jet engine oil can be used in those.


GM have a TSB offering that M1 5W30 can be used in it.

Given that the condensed Cat's pee down here was $50/116ml, and you needed 1.6 bottles, I used whatever synthetic that I was using.
 
This looks about how my truck's gaskets looked. Smashed pieces of decomposing squid.

I love jobs like this though. They bring a good sense of accomplishment. This is nice of you to do.

Also, run 0w40!
 
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Originally Posted By: thorromig
Way to go, did not take you long to jump into it!!!
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It is currently residing in Trans Am's garage space.

Gwen as she is known as, is disappointed with me.

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I used to own a 2004 Monte Carlo SS with the supercharged 3800 and I had to have the intake gaskets done when I first bought it used. I enjoyed the car but wanted to have a V8 again so I traded it in on my 2014 Mustang GT.

My 1998 chevy K1500 with the 5.7L that I bought new is on it's fourth set of intake gaskets in only 135,000 miles and the last set was installed years and miles ago.

Wayne
 
Originally Posted By: Nitronoise
just did my water pump om my buick what a PITA to put the power steering pump back up ,,,,


I use a short piece of slightly thinner threaded rod on these just long enough to remove it when its done the job by getting it a bit sideways to remove it, otherwise you cant get it out.

This at least holds the pump up there so you can fiddle the lower bolt in first. It makes a PITA a quick and easy job.
 
I just remove the dang tensioner bracket. Then I can see what I am doing.

Hope to have it finished up this weekend. I am putting a radiator in it as well. Just waiting on two GM specific O-rings. They sit in the lower intake manifold and seal up to the bottom of the supercharger. Those O-rings, radiator and shift kit should be here today.
 
Originally Posted By: spasm3
Should be good for another 100k!!


P.S. Happy Birthday ls1mike!
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I hope so! Should be a problem the radiator was 99 bucks shipped!

And thanks! 43 today.


Happy Birthday to you too!!
 
I really need to get my 2000 Regal GS on the road again. It's a great car, super clean and loaded but needs an engine. I got it free from a coworker who ran low on coolant and overheated the motor. It runs but knocks bad. I have a used engine sitting in my shop waiting to go in but I have not made time for it. It was going to either be my son's 1st car or my daily work beater. I always like them and now that I have one (for 2 years!) I need to enjoy it.
 
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