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ARE they Different ? 3800sc by Lou6t4gto
Started on: 08-02-2013 01:40 PM
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Been searching through "parts vendors Sites" for Head Gaskets for 1997 Buick 3800SC. I've seen prices from $25 each to $80 each. Question is, Are the SC Gaskets "Different" from the NA Gaskets ? the bocks are the same, the head "pattern" is the same, I have them sitting 1 on top of the other (original GM gaskets) and I see no difference. * Are they Made of a "Different MATERIAL" ??* There are different part #s, some say "Left/Right", some just say "2 Needed". Advanced says 1 thing, Autozone another, Summit something else. Thanks
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In my experience dealing with online vendor's there's seems to be no rhyme or reason for the prices that some charge compared to others. If dimensionally the gaskets look the same one on top of the other then I'd just get a cheap pair.
Their gaskets, cheap or pricey their only purpose is to create a seal. As long as thats acheived you should be good. I couldn't see why the 3800SC would use different gaskets, perhaps the S/C ones are made of a different material because of the higher compression but I'm not 100% sure.
I would only suggest spending more $$$ on higher quality gaskets if your running headers. A buddy of mine has a 385 Stroker in his 88' GTA and the header bolts over time like to loosen a bit, his gaskets seal while also holding his bolts more snuggly because of slightly undersized bolt holes.

Good luck in your search!
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Report this Post08-02-2013 04:15 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Lou6t4gtoClick Here to Email Lou6t4gtoSend a Private Message to Lou6t4gtoEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Not Altered , just bone stock SC. But why would GM have 2 different part #s? can the NA gaskets not withstand the higher comp ?
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Report this Post08-02-2013 04:49 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fieroaddictedClick Here to Email fieroaddictedSend a Private Message to fieroaddictedEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I would just go ahead and get the proper s/c ones from gm and call it good.
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Originally posted by fieroaddicted:

I would just go ahead and get the proper s/c ones from gm and call it good.


^Ditto

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Report this Post08-02-2013 07:41 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Pilot AbileenClick Here to Email Pilot AbileenSend a Private Message to Pilot AbileenEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Fel-Pro Part Number# 9089PT
$24.99each @ O'Reilly Auto
2 will be required no difference in design


Fel-Pro Part Number# 9917PT is left hand
Fel-Pro Part Number# 9918PT is right hand
$17.99each @ O'Reilly Auto
1 each is required as there are small differences

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Report this Post08-02-2013 08:05 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Lou6t4gtoClick Here to Email Lou6t4gtoSend a Private Message to Lou6t4gtoEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
If I can get the left/right at that price, that's great. I don't think the arrow is a "coolan"t passage, I'm pretty sure theres no hole in either the head or block at that location. Could be wrong, it's happened before LOL. Thanks, I'll try O'reilly's.
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Report this Post08-02-2013 08:07 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Pilot AbileenClick Here to Email Pilot AbileenSend a Private Message to Pilot AbileenEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
yeah its not a coolant passage... lol
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Report this Post08-02-2013 08:20 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Lou6t4gtoClick Here to Email Lou6t4gtoSend a Private Message to Lou6t4gtoEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
yep, the Arrow Is just an arrow. doesn't DO anything.
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Report this Post08-03-2013 01:39 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Lou6t4gtoClick Here to Email Lou6t4gtoSend a Private Message to Lou6t4gtoEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Seems I'm going to be a 1st time buyer at O'reilly's. thanks
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I don't know whats up ! these part #s (9917pt & 9918pt) say they won't fit either a 1997 0r 1998 buick 3800SC !
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I ordered the #s for left and right and will compare them to the orig GM gaskets I took off.
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