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OLD SCHOOL CHEVY1
08-19-2012, 07:19 PM
i just got my 81 malibu home and he said that it need a new fuel pump so i went and bought the fuel pump according to the vin#.. but the one i pulled out it completely different... its a v6 3.8l 229cid.. any reason why they would be different.. oh yea its a mechanical one..... any help please

nowukno
08-19-2012, 07:31 PM
is the car Carbureted?? what did the car do once the new pump was mounted??

OLD SCHOOL CHEVY1
08-19-2012, 07:32 PM
this is both fuel pumps

OLD SCHOOL CHEVY1
08-19-2012, 07:34 PM
the car is carbureted!!!! it never started..... i never got the new pump on because it didnt look like it would fit...

Georgiamadman
08-19-2012, 07:56 PM
Looks like the new one is a pushrods type. We're the original is direct drive.

nowukno
08-19-2012, 08:54 PM
Is there any way to take your old pump to the parts store and show them what you need??

OLD SCHOOL CHEVY1
08-19-2012, 09:34 PM
yea i can do that i work at orilley's distribution center in atlanta i will check on that tomorrow.. i checked for the push rod in the place where the pump attatches to, but i did not see nor could i feel for one.....

Georgiamadman
08-20-2012, 04:02 AM
With a drive arm that long it won't have one.

Georgiamadman
08-20-2012, 04:30 AM
Yours reminds me a lot of a Buick fuel pump any chance the you have a Buick 3.8 instead of a Chevy 3.8?

nowukno
08-20-2012, 04:46 AM
I was thinking the same thing...

Donkzilla
08-20-2012, 12:55 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong. But the easy way to tell the difference between a Chevy 3.8L and a Buick 3.8 L is distributor location. The Chevy dist. is in the back of the motor and the Buick dist. is in the front. Your original fuel pump looks like a Buick piece where the new one looks like a Chevy piece.

Georgiamadman
08-20-2012, 01:41 PM
Sounds right to me.

OLD SCHOOL CHEVY1
08-20-2012, 10:45 PM
the distributor is in the front and i think i have the right one now... just trying to get it on now.. its a difficult job any suggestions

Georgiamadman
08-21-2012, 08:55 AM
Then it is a Buick motor not a Chevy. You can try rotating the crank in 180 degree intervals the lobe may be on the compression stroke making it more difficult.

OLD SCHOOL CHEVY1
08-21-2012, 08:58 AM
hey do u have a contact number.. i see you are in north atlanta.. im south of atlanta...

Georgiamadman
08-21-2012, 06:18 PM
I'm sent

Georgiamadman
08-21-2012, 06:18 PM
IM. Damn spell check