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turbo buick motor into the S10s

Postby Mossyoaksilverado » Fri Dec 25, 2009 8:13 pm

The thought has crossed my mind of swapping a turbo buick motor into my 91 S10. Lighter than a V8 but could run the #s of one. Sounds like it would be a good swap. Anyone tried it or know of anyone that has? Ive searched but havent been able to find anything about it.
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Re: turbo buick motor into the S10s

Postby excaliber » Fri Dec 25, 2009 8:35 pm

yeah, I believe I have saw pics here of one a while back.
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Re: turbo buick motor into the S10s

Postby Telco » Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:39 pm

The hard part there will be finding one for a decent price, because you have to find a rear wheel drive one to do it. I've seen a vehicle with a front wheel drive engine converted to rear wheel drive, it looked like a huge hassle, not to mention looked like total crap. Find one though, and the required computer system to run it, and you might just wind up with the fastest streetable truck on the site, and get decent mileage to boot.
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Re: turbo buick motor into the S10s

Postby rkmdogs » Sun Dec 27, 2009 8:02 am

Years ago, when there was an engine mix-up and shortage in Detroit, GM built some
El Caminos with the Buick V-6 in them.
They also built some Pontiac Firebirds this way too.
However, both of these variations are considered "collectibles" by some, and may be
rather "pricey."
Both of them of course are RWD.
And then you could just go look for a Buick Regal that is old enough to be a RWD car..... :thumbup:
Also, if you get one of sufficent vintage, you don't have to worry about a computer, --- because they were
pre-computer cars, with carbs!
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Re: turbo buick motor into the S10s

Postby superbee » Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:58 am

I belive he's talking about the later mpfi 3.8 turbo gn's. there were a few other older variants of this even with carb setups in regals etc but thats kind of like a 700r4.... same thing, but the older ones are kinda junk. they made alot of improvements over the years with the 3.8.

There are some good articles on the net about the history of them.

Gn motors are on craigslist and egay from time to time. IF you find one at a decent price hop on it.

Fab up some motor mounts. May have to switch to some steel manifolds if the gn ones werent steel already, and do some fab work to fit the piping, maybe maybe not, and your stock v6 rad should be good.

Grab the harness ecm and acsessories and swap her in.
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Re: turbo buick motor into the S10s

Postby piranha69 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:43 pm

I am swapping a 1984 buick Riviera T-type engine into my 1991 s10 as we speak. This car was equiped with a 3.8 liter efi hot air turbo design. The car is a front wheel drive with a offset transfer case style tranny ""i do not know the correct name or term but i hope you get the point"". The internals and factory mounting holes on the engine appear to be the same as that of a grandnational and Regal T-type engine....The differences that i have found on this engine is the unique turbo location directly behind the intake and the special intake that accomidates the turbo location..After reading up i also found out that there was a very very limited amout of 1984 Riveira T-types ever produced..I'm sure me doing this to the car is a tear in a eye of a die hard buick enthusiast but I'm out for difference. As i get futher into this project i will keep everyone updated as best i can...I am free to answer any questions or tips of knowledge to make this swap easier for me and anyone else.
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Re: turbo buick motor into the S10s

Postby superbee » Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:48 pm

thats great, take as many pictures as you can.
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Re: turbo buick motor into the S10s

Postby Grappler » Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:13 pm

any prgoress or updates on the swap? would be nice to see it come along.
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Re: turbo buick motor into the S10s

Postby gojo83 » Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:08 pm

The simple way to do this is swap the DS to the PS exhaust manifold of a v6 fbody and use a fbody intake and build a crossover and a turbo mount and you can use the fwd 3.8s that are a dime a dozen anymore.
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Re: turbo buick motor into the S10s

Postby xcab93bayous10 » Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:25 pm

why not just locate the 4.3 turbo intercooled? they were already in the Sonoma's single cab Syclones and awd GMC SUVblazers Typhoons/AWD astro-van.
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