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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:51 pm 
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Well last month when we drove to South Carolina to see the Eclipse the oil pump crapped out and possibly spun the front bearing while doing so. After 2 trips to my mechanic and $2100 dollars later the oil pressure still drops and it sounds like a washing machine after less than 10 miles and 15 min of run time. So 2 questions: does anyone have any idea what could be going on, and does anyone know of a reputable crate motor supplier? The rest of the car is in superb shape and I don't want to get rid of it.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:23 am 
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I haven't seen a 'crate engine' for a 3800, assuming you're talking about a 'new' engine.

Usually the most cost-effective options are to either get a good used one from a salvage yard (with a warranty), or get your engine rebuilt by an engine builder.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:41 pm 
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I see Chevrolet crate 3.8L but I don't know if it would "work". Got the name of an engine rebuilder but don't know if they work on Pontiac engines. The search goes on.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:36 am 
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Basically any engine rebuilder should be able to work on any GM engine, the 3800 being a Buick engine anyway.

I just found this, RPO code is the one for the Buick 3800:
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/nal- ... /chevrolet

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'05 Cadillac STS - V8, AWD, her DD
'89 Buick LeSabre Limited - winter DD
'84 GMC Sierra Classic - Twin turbo 3800
'97 Buick LeSabre - L67 project
'92 Pontiac Bonneville SSE future project

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'87 Buick LeSabre T-type - future victim
'67 Buick LeSabre - future victim


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:20 pm 
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Appreciate the info, I have been told a that Chevy motors will not work and the info in the link doesn't mention 90's Bonneville. I do admit I know next to nothing on issues like this.


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