I have a LeSabre with a 3.8 engine. Is there or was
there ever made any sort of manual transmission that
would work with this engine?(obviously NOT OEM)
I hate the gearing ratios on mine - it develops maximum
power at 3800RPM, but that's something silly like 60mph
in *second* gear, and 80+ in third gear. It's way too
undergeared, and I really want a manual on it. How
would I go about making this happen?
Neat. Whatexact vehicles was this available on? Will
it work with the 3.8, or is it a major project? Also,
how would the gearing ratios work - would it require
completely rebuilding that as well? Shifting at 2K rpm
like it does now is ubsurd. It may be rated for 175-180HP,
but I doubt if most people ever see more than 120 or so
before it decides to shift.
Obviously I'd also want to change the flywheel as well,
but that's easy once the new trans is in. It has a
5400RPM redline and revs like a turtle. Gotta fix that.
The only other mod I would like to inquire about
is how difficult is it to install a supercharger on the
older models? The new ones obviously have it on some
models, but what about the older pre 1994 models?
Actually, I'd love to have a big 20lb boost blower and
a custom hood, but this isn't that TV show Overhaulin'
P.S. How come they never do anything GM? I'd love to see
them take an old Regal or LeSabre and mod it out.
I know - lol. I don't drive like that, but based upon
past experiences right before my transmission died
two years ago, (wouldn't shift out of second gear a
week before it died and had to be rebuilt), the gearing
on it is at least 1000rpm too low. I tried last trip
to Fresno, CA, to get it to 3000rpm in third gear,
and it was going about 75mph. Still lower rpms than
they advertize maximum HP at.
It seems stupid to make a car that you can't possibly
drive to maximum HP without damaging it. If I look
at HP graphs of a typical 3.8 engine, it's putting out
about 145hp or so at 3000rpm, which is the highest useable
speed that you can get it to actually run, barring a
Plus, it's old and I have automatics. Would it kill
GM to make a v6 or v8 with stick?
On Wed, 16 Mar 2005 19:41:13 GMT, Joseph Oberlander
GM does.... Look East, No... not that far East...... Middle East.
Might not be easy to import it but I do believe they have what you
feel you want.
Cheaper, faster, better option? Buy a newer SC 3.8 You might be
amazed at how good they are.
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