My theory of GN motor using 02 electronics

Quik

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Ive had this theory in my mind for past day or so. I was speaking with a GN owner and he said how the GNs are kinda unintelligent when it comes to the pcm. Now im very familiar with the LS world and I use the HPtuners to dial these monsters in. Now the later model computers for the 3.8s are almost Identical to the LS computers. Now say i took a GN motor and say a 2002 3.8 harness. Granted i havent looked at either in person lately. Now say i took that harness i should be able to make it work on the GN motor? Cause its a walk i nhe park to tune my LS motor with HPtuners. this could be had for cheap, probably 150 bucks for whole harness and pcm. I already have the software.

Now you guys are the GN Gurus, do any of you see this not happeing? I know someoen took the LS harnes and made it work on the LT1s.


George
 

UR50SLO

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Your thinking is right...

I've turbo'd several 98 OBD2 Series2 3.8's in F-bodys. Soon to have a forward face turbo kit avlbl.

You can use the 98 OBD2 system on the older 3.8L If the Cam signal put out by the stock GN sensor is the same phazing as the newer one in the series2
You'd have to use a newer ballancer off a 3.8LSeries2 so it can feed the 98 Computer the right signals there. I know the guy with the yellow Hybrid Malibu has adapted that ballancer to the GN engine for quicker starts.
The OBD2 system with HPTuners is nice and it cross fuels with the 2 primary Narrowband o2's.
Newer coil packs as well. (which we can adapt with our old system too.)
So the answer is yes definatly just need the two
details on cam/crank sensor ..everything else is simple. You'll have to re-scale the MAF you choose as well.. but that's pie. ;)
~Scott
 

Quik

Mr 800rwhp
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thats what i thought, the crank and cam was only thing to worry about. I wouldnt worry about a MAF its a bandaid in tuning. My truck is OLSD which is nice not using the maf
 

murphinator

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you will want to check this thread where it has allready been done to a GN:

http://www.turbobuick.com/forums/general-turbo-buick-tech/257876-series-ii-l67-grand-national.html

this guy took it a step further and also updated to the series 2 3800 engine in his gn , it is still a work in progress

I Realize this can be a bit blasphemous on this site and I will install my flame suit but realize that original blocks are getting rarer every year and you can get a complete 3800 long block anywhere from $300-$800 depending on miles and if its a series 3 L32 with the powdered metal con rods

stock 3800 s3 short blocks have survived 9 sec passes- factory assemblies , they are tough

link to 3800 engine teardown with good explanation of features:

L67 Engine Teardown - Thrasher Engineered Performance 3800 & 3800SC Pontiac Grand Prix GTP & Buick Regal GS
 

GNVenom

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If you're looking for a SC3800 engine, I have one.

It's brand new, 1999, and has fuel injectors and supercharger. Never been run, missing accessories and oil pan. I had a warehouse full of these crate motors, and this is the last one left.

Let me know if you're interested. The price is right....
 

murphinator

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If you're looking for a SC3800 engine, I have one.

It's brand new, 1999, and has fuel injectors and supercharger. Never been run, missing accessories and oil pan. I had a warehouse full of these crate motors, and this is the last one left.

Let me know if you're interested. The price is right....
could you pm me your price and where the engine is located please ?
 

MCH86GN

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you will want to check this thread where it has allready been done to a GN:

http://www.turbobuick.com/forums/general-turbo-buick-tech/257876-series-ii-l67-grand-national.html

this guy took it a step further and also updated to the series 2 3800 engine in his gn , it is still a work in progress

I Realize this can be a bit blasphemous on this site and I will install my flame suit but realize that original blocks are getting rarer every year and you can get a complete 3800 long block anywhere from $300-$800 depending on miles and if its a series 3 L32 with the powdered metal con rods

stock 3800 s3 short blocks have survived 9 sec passes- factory assemblies , they are tough

link to 3800 engine teardown with good explanation of features:

L67 Engine Teardown - Thrasher Engineered Performance 3800 & 3800SC Pontiac Grand Prix GTP & Buick Regal GS
Well here I am 10 years after this op and I'm going to be building a 3800 series 2 for my GN. I wish I would've went this route instead of building a 109 block. I would've daved on crank, main caps and heads.