Back in the day, where could you go for a cheap supercharger? Maybe grab a grungy 8-71 off a million-mile transit bus? Thanks to GM’s decision in the early 1990s to plop Eaton blowers on all manner of 3800 V6-powered machinery, the going rate on a junkyard supercharger is well below a C-note.
I spotted this blown Park Avenue at a Denver self-service yard last week. The price? 75 bucks. Too bad the engines in my current stable-o-vehicles displace 1.5 and 5.2 liters, respectively, and are thus unsuitable for this unit (though perhaps two of these on a Chrysler 318 might be just the ticket).
And that’s not your only low-buck blower option these days, thanks to Toyota’s decision to add a supercharger to Previa minivans starting in the mid-1990s. The Previa unit has an electrically-operated clutch, which means you can turn it on and off like Mad Max in his Falcon XB. Works great in a 320i!
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