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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-07-2007, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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3.8 comparison

whats the difference between the 3.8 ford and buick blocks.
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one's ford, and the other is GM...?? haha, i would say one's front wheel only (buick) and the ford is not?

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I meant the buick regal grand national turbo V-6
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The Buick uses Iron heads with an iron block. No head creep siiues as the heads and block heat and cool at the same rate.

Our Fords hav aluminum heads. I wish they did aluminum blocks, too.

Oh the Buick relies on a knock sensor.

The Buick and the Ford can be in a RWD or FWD configuration, but the FWD and RWD blocks are not interchangable.

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the Buick is technically a 231ci engine, while the Ford 3.8 is a 232ci. While they both have the same bore (3.8") and stroke (3.4"). Im not sure whats makes up the difference in 1ci but it's just a rounded number anyway, they both have the same CC's, which is 3793cc. The Ford Essex V6 was modeled after the Buick V6 in the early 80's, sadly, because Ford could not produce a v6 fast enough that met the gas mileage standards of the time, which I believe was called the Cologne V6. So they ripped off nearly every aspect of the Buick V6 in a haste to meet new production dates. I believe the only differences to be the bolt patterns of everything. Oil pan, timing cover, head deck, intake manifold, etc etc. You get the idea. I also think the distributor points straight upward, were ours comes out about 45* angle.

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Thomas, that and people respect the Buick 3.8, while the Ford 3.8 gets crapped on.

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not necessarily. MM&FF recognized Matt's 9 second mustang in last months issue. Had a 3 page spread.

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I think he meant in the general sense. When one thinks of the Ford 3.8, almost every time they will think, "Oh God, the headgaskets!" and not, "Wow there's a 3.8 powered car running in the 9's!"

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