Originally Posted by bluebu
Thanks guys! I didn't remember MC's ever having a turbo either so I had to do a little research before I believed that this was a factory car but it turns out that it is. The turbo was apparently only available in 80' & 81' and it IS a Buick motor......right out of the Flint plant, if the sales brochure I found today is to be believed. Nothing like the GN turbos though, I'm sure.
The car is in pretty good shape mechanically. Runs nice but I haven't really gone over it closely yet. The body needs some work and the interior is pretty rough but it might make a decent daily driver with a little TLC. Would get pretty good gas mileage at least....
And yeah, that little V6 did haze the tires better than I expected it to.
I had one until 1999, I sold the car but still have the turbo engine. I never tried to find how many were built, at one time I had two of them, I kept the best one and parted out the other. One of the two had a aluminum hood and deck lid, I kept those for the one I kept.
The engine is a Buick 3.8L same as was used in the early turbo Buicks, they were not the best performers until Buick fuel injected them. I had put alot of money into mine, I sent the carb and turbo to CA. to have them rebuilt, and they worked on the waste gate to increase boost, factory I believe they had 6lbs, after I got mine back it would make 12lbs of boost. Forged pistons, Kenne Bell cam, ported heads and intake and with some help adapted factory headers. Swapped in a 200-4R and a 3.73 posi. I drove it several years that way then eventually swapped the 3.8 for a 355.