View Full Version : "Carolina" - 1982 Buick Regal - Dead

08-30-2008, 07:03 PM
Here is my pride and joy, my 1982 Buick Regal, aka Carolina. Dad bought her back late 2004 with 48,xxx miles (or 148,xxx, we can not tell) as a back up car and it was my daily driver my junior year of high school. It is a great cruiser for the potholes in my city and is easy to relax in when driving.

The motor in the car is not very reliable. We are the 3rd owners and the previous owner experienced overheating and carburetor problems. The problems were fixed but the carburetor has come back to haunt us. Original paint, clear coat is gone on the hood, roof, and trunk lid. (
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Buick 231 V6 3.8L 2BBL Carbureted
3 Speed Automatic
Rear wheel drive
3500 Lbs

Work done so far:
New tires
New battery
K&N Air Filter
Rear Bumper Filler
Dual Exhaust Transmission Crossmember
Compression test on motor

Future Plans:
Replace Motor (V6 to a V8 ) and transmission
Aluminum Radiator
Suspension work
Wheel package
Air Conditioning
Fiberglass hood and bumpers
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08-30-2008, 07:05 PM
Needs a paper reading 'NFSCars' and your username.

However, you've taken a lot of pics at different locations and angles, and even ones of the interior. But still, the aforementioned proof requirement wouldn't hurt.

08-30-2008, 11:51 PM
I was wondering when you'd get some pics up, this reminds of the Majestic car in GTA SA, very nice looking. Perhaps you could fuel inject the car when you swap for the V8? That would save you a lot of problems later, as you said the carberator is starting to come back to haunt you....

08-30-2008, 11:54 PM
talk about an old school dashboard, i like it. very comfortable looking interior as well.

08-31-2008, 12:36 AM
that interior looks pretty ballin.


08-31-2008, 03:08 AM
Looks uber cool man. I especially like that 'panorama' (not sure if thats what i should call it lol) interior picture.

not feelin the rims tho, makes it look like a derby car :\

08-31-2008, 06:08 PM
Very nice, I love old rides like this one. Perhaps you should put on your future plans list "Paint it black and get Grand National rims". :)

08-31-2008, 06:39 PM
You should replace the clearcoat when you can. But for an older-then-10-year-old American car, it's relatively prestine.

08-31-2008, 08:55 PM
That would look bad *** with some of these,

08-31-2008, 10:53 PM
Thanks everybody for comments, I really appreciate them

@Civic_undercover: Indeed it is the Majestic in GTASA :p. Plans for replacing the motor at first were to put in an LS1, but being a novice, limited budget, and having no garage connections, that would be over my head. I have considered buying a totaled LT1 Camaro and using it for parts. Doing some research, if I were to buy or rebuild a Buick/Oldmobile V8, the bolt pattern would match up to my current transmission.

@GTR: You don't like my Goodyears? lol I painted them in myself. The car came with spoked hubcaps but it makes the car look like a grannymobile. Ill get around to posting some pics with them on for you.

@Killua: Thanks, I forgot about paint on my to-do list. Im a fan of the GNX but I don't want to be all show, no go. I have looked into GNX rims but im am interested something different. The vynil was replaced by the previous owner and plans for paint are original color, metallic baby blue, or metallic silver without the vynil.

@DodgeBoy: I have looked into those and have considered a staggered look with them. Rims right now are out of the question, the front brakes need to replaced and I need to replace the rear drums with disc. I have been looking at these rims.

Again, thank you everybody.

10-02-2008, 01:51 PM
Just a little update.

Added some photos from a nightime shoot and the car with the stock hubcaps on. You cant really tell in the pictures, but the hubcaps make the sidewall look even bigger. Shes been sitting for a week and is a little dirty.

Mr. Sting Ray has showed me some affordable LT1's and I am going to do some research in that department. Ive learned about and SCCA autocross in my area at the Texas Motor Speedway in the infield and I am going to participate in that, if there isnt inspection.

As far as wheels go, messing around in photoshop, I cropped what dodgeboy has posted onto a pic. I am now considering those or similar, American Racing Torq Thrust II, more than what I posted. Somewhere in the lines of 18", 19". I need a set a rims I can autocross on but I need some sidewall, potholes are bad in the area.

10-18-2008, 02:44 PM
Took the car out today for some driver training for the Formula SAE ( team. Its a racing program that several universities participate in worldwide, and for s**** and giggles, I drove my Buick. Lets just say not so fun on the solomon. The track consisted on 2 skid pads and a solomon in between. Emphasis on training were constant throttle, not lifting the throttle, shuffle steering, and shifting. Since my car is automatic, the instructor had put the car in L1 and move to L2 while driving. Overall impression from the instructor was I do not have the mentality to drive a FSAE car yet and to practice shuffle steering. Overall impression from myself is I was not worried about power or brakes as I thought I would be, there was a lot of body roll and tire squealing, and I am more hyped up to get into SCCA autocross. (
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10-18-2008, 04:05 PM
you got a nice car blocks ;)

if i have the opportunity to buy one in Holland, i will take it most certainly ;)

10-18-2008, 08:58 PM
i love this car cuz it reminds me of my first 82 cutlass...very similar body frames. ;)

10-18-2008, 09:28 PM
great pictures! we should totally get together for some autocross sometime! i probably wouldn't have the time to make it to one, but it'd be great to see our muscle cars together ;)

10-18-2008, 09:41 PM
Thanks Meastro. They are pretty cheap over here, as long as they are non-turbo'ed, like mine. IMO, cheap, RWD, bigger back seat, easy to drop in a V8, its more practical than a 240.

Indeed it is very similar to a Cutlass from the same era, it has the same chassis, dashboard, ect.

Its pretty funny when my friends do not know what kind of car it is. Ive gotten guesses if it is a Cadillac and today someone thought it was a Chrysler.

Muscle car, Im flattered. I dont know if she can make it all the way down there, I dont even take her on the highway. We can probably set something up for next summer... if gas is still around.

MMD V8TwinTurbo
10-19-2008, 11:45 PM
It's a nice Regal & I think the Majestic lowrider which is one of Ballas gang cars from GTA SanAndreas was based on or resembles this car.

10-30-2008, 12:46 PM
Yeah haha. I remember searching for hours in game for one. Putting hydraulics and spokes on it, flames and whatnot. Felt a little underpowered, but I guess that represents reality.

10-31-2008, 07:45 AM
what is the mileage of your car bl0cks?

10-31-2008, 10:42 AM
Around 62,xxx miles. Or 162,xxx miles. We cant tell by the odometer. The 1st owner was an old lady so I assume it was just used as a grocery getter. I have not put that many miles on her myself.

10-31-2008, 10:46 AM
how many miles to the gallon does that one do? (that is what i wanted to ask... :P)

10-31-2008, 11:13 AM
I would say approximately 17-19 MPG. 5 gallons gets me about half a tank (18 gallon tank, IDK how that works :P ), and last me a lot longer than I am what used to with my truck, which gets 14 mpg taking the same route. This is city driving, I never drive her on the highway. 17-19mpg is from just driving carefully. When I feel the need to show off, I will floor it from the stoplight, but thats pretty much it. Coasting is pretty easy, but acceleration is not there. If I get around to taking the cat off and putting some headers on, I should do ok (26 year old cat FTL).

11-14-2008, 01:26 PM
wow mate i can't believe i haven't commented on this car. looks awesome! it kinda resembles the 1980 Oldsmobile my dad used to have a few years back.

take my opinion, turn it into a lowrider :P it'd look awesome srsly!

11-14-2008, 02:14 PM
Thank you. I actually like the front clip from the Olds from the same era better, but I am not a fan of its tail lights.

Its pretty low to be honest, I can not fit my head under the side. My ride height so far is determined by 26 years of gravity :P

01-14-2009, 04:45 AM
Well my friends, I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that my dad got p***** with this car stalling on him and will be taking it off of the insurance in the foreseeable future. The good news is *drum roll* is this will allow me actually work on the car. What that means is I will finally be able to drop a V8 in this sucker. Had this car for a good 4 years now and have not done one performance mod to it yet. In the meantime, I will be driving around an 05 Silverado that needs some attention.

Once the car is off the insurance, I will put the car on blocks/stands and put the tires away for future use. I am aiming for Winter 09 to be done with the engine swap. I would love to say Summer 09, but I will be rebuilding a Chevy 350 over the next semester of school and the Formula SAE program that I am in takes up all of my spare time. I have chosen to swap in a Chevy 350 V8 and 3 speed automatic.

Been having transmission problem lately. I noticed it acting funny around September, but I didn't drive the car enough to realize it was a real problem. Over the break, only driving to and from school, I noticed the transmission slipping really bad. Talked to some friends and Hondaman about transmissions and they gave me some good advice. During school, the car sat on a unpaved section in my back yard for two weeks until I would drive it around. I thought the problem was the car just sitting but it really was that I needed tranny fluid. The engine does have an oil leak which makes it harder to see if I have a leak around that area, but I never noticed any red fluid on the ground. In the end, I was able to score some free tranny fluid from a friend, put it in, and no more slipping.

Took advantage of the empty parking lots at school and took some photos for you guys. Enjoy.

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Rally Master
01-14-2009, 07:32 AM
Car needs some spinnas and shit.

01-14-2009, 08:06 AM
Bling Bling baby!

Mr. Sting Ray
01-14-2009, 10:15 AM
Glad to hear this baby is finally getting some work done to it.

01-14-2009, 10:34 AM
Nah, those black steelies are stylin'!

Does look good though. Good luck with the engine swap. ;)

01-14-2009, 10:45 AM
No spinnas

Mr. Sting Ray
01-14-2009, 12:08 PM
Get some 15" Dayton Wires.

01-14-2009, 01:30 PM
Get some 15" Dayton Wires.

Yeah, that will give ya great performance.....

Please Blocks... Dont make it look like its ready for a drive by.

01-14-2009, 01:52 PM
Did I just sense a bit of sarcasm?

01-14-2009, 02:46 PM
Get some 15" Dayton Wires.

I would love to have some of those but those wont help me at all in autocrossing. A larger engine means I will have to change out springs and I am considering airbags.

01-14-2009, 04:23 PM
I think this type of wheel would look great on it

Optional on the chrome, but the style I like a lot...classic muscle car.

01-14-2009, 04:29 PM
I think this type of wheel would look great on it

Optional on the chrome, but the style I like a lot...classic muscle car.
mmmm.... Cragar SS with Knockoffs!

Mr. Sting Ray
01-14-2009, 05:02 PM
Meh, those are so overdone.

If AutoXing, should get a set of something like this.

By the way, what's up with the low rider hate?

01-15-2009, 05:20 AM
Nice thread hijack....

Well Bl0cks, whatever you do with it, make sure you like 'em. I do anyways!

01-16-2009, 03:13 PM
Ahh... the Chevy 350, one of my favorite sounding engines. Good luck with the Regal, Bl0cks.

03-22-2009, 12:58 PM
Thanks Killua and Meastro :)

Anyways, haven't done this in about a year and a half, but I found the time to paint in the lettering on my tires. I used a Dupli-color paint pen to do it and it can come off with acetone. If you cant read the other side of the tire, it says "VIVA 2." That is the name of the tire honestly, I just hope my tires don't get slashed :P I would do whitewalls but I'll need some hubcaps to make it look good.

Other news... the car won't be taken off the insurance but I still plan on doing the 350 swap. Picked up some "How to build a SBC" books and I want to read them thoroughly before I go any further. Cat will be coming off soon.

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03-22-2009, 05:14 PM
I like the first picture. And the Buick now looks like it came out from NASCAR or something, lol. Pretty sweet I say!

How much time did it take for each wheel?

03-22-2009, 05:28 PM
How much time did it take for each wheel?

I would say about 20-30 minutes per wheel. It was pretty tedious. I had to get any existing grease off the surface and the paint pen is a little slow to work with. It would be faster if I had a paint brush.

03-22-2009, 11:28 PM
I jizzed.


07-02-2009, 12:56 PM
It's about time I started talking about the bad shit about my car. Recently, I put the car up on stands and it is off the insurance. I wasn't able to secure a job for the summer, so money going toward my car, which is also my tuition money, is running really short. I can't afford driving two cars without a job, so I am forced to put the Buick to the side. This ultimately means that I can't do the V8 swap right now, but it is still coming in the future. There isn't a night I don't go to sleep, without that V8 on my mind.

I have been talking to my friend about rear diff gear ratios, and I am looking at getting a 3.55 ring and pinion in the future. Any tips here would be useful. I ordered a Battery Tender and a compression tester and its in the mail as we speak.

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Paint on the trunk lid. You can see here how the finish is similar to primer. (
I am still a little upset about this. Went on vacation for a week, came back and inspected the car and found this. My dad's story is a branch did it. Even if this happened with insurance on the car (which it did without my knowledge), they wouldn't do anything about it.

Not to confuse anyone, this dent is recent. I came back from vacation, and took the car off of the insurance. The next day I was checking the car over and found the dent.

07-02-2009, 02:52 PM
Your Paint is like mine...Only Blue:P A 350 would make this one beastly Sleeper:D

07-02-2009, 08:54 PM
Wow dude, that sucks big time. It's like going to the hospital for a small injury on your hand, coming out, traveling 1000 miles away, and then remembering that this whole time you were bleeding from your leg.

08-27-2009, 08:08 PM
Finally got around to working on the car. Got pre-occupied and stressed with summer school to the point where I couldn't do anything else but study. After 27 years, the car is finally free of a catalytic converter, but I haven't turned the motor over. Started working on it about 2 weeks ago and got the hanger bolts loose. Ran into a problem when I stripped the u-bolt on the downpipe connecting to the cat. Had to take the angle grinder to it to cut off the u-bolt. But the cat still wouldn't come off, even after trying to hammer it off. I then took off the downpipe, and after some mutilation of the cat in the school shop, I finally got it free. Here are the results. ( (

Sucker weighed a good 20 pounds. Now this is just the beginning of work being done to the car. The only reason I took the cat off is because it got in the way of an after market crossmember I purchased. I just need to purchase a polyurethane transmission mount, and I should be good. The crossmember is designed for G-bodies for the transmission that I have in there right now. The transmission I plan on using for the V8 will be the same type so no worries. (

I purchased this about two years ago, but back then I mechanically inclined and couldn't do it by myself. The current crossemember on the car only has one hump on the passenger side for exhaust, and the new one will allow me to run dual exhaust in the future. Plus it will make the chassis more stiffer since it is much beefier.

And heres the game plan:
1. Install New crossmember
2. Do compression test on the motor
3. Get a pipe that goes from the downpipe to the old exhaust
4. Something that will result from the compression test results
5. Change transmission oil

I'll make sure to get a comparison pic of the old and new crossmembers.

08-28-2009, 12:33 PM
I must say I <3 you car. I really like it and it's good to see some work is being done.

The benefits of the new crossmember elude me though. You are replacing it because it gives the opportunity to run dual exhausts? What other benefits does it have?

Good luck though, I wish I had the car you have.

08-28-2009, 02:16 PM
Thanks Meastro. Having a true dual exhaust when I run long headers should be a benefit alone, compared to running a pipe from the driver's side that collects into the passenger's side. The only other benefit I can think of is, it may help chassis stiffness, but I can't prove that.

It may be a cosmetic modification, but the only reason I am installing it, is because I am afraid that there will be a day I may have to sell the car. And if I do sell the car, I don't want it laying around the house. Yes I could sell it in the paper/craigslist, but I'd rather get the money's worth of buying it and seeing what it does for the car.

08-28-2009, 03:31 PM
Good to see some work is being done! Start the engine with those straight pipes and hear how it sounds. :)

I have a little request: Can you show what tools are you going to use when the compression test is made? I'm planning to do that with my dad's car and I have googled to see what things you need, but they don't specify too well about the rubber piece that you put in the spark plug hole.

Once again, I wish you good luck.

08-28-2009, 04:15 PM
Thanks Killua. Yeah no problem. As far as the rubber piece goes, I wont be using that.

I'll be using something like this, where I thread it in place of the spark plug. I don't want to use a rubber one because I read that the reading will be off. Not to mention there will be about 100 psi coming out of the spark plug hole.

08-28-2009, 04:59 PM
Carolina needs some TLC and then she'll show her true beauty. just keep at it. Im having a similar finance issues with my car, being in college. I havent posted it cuz its Korean (a lot of the guys bash Korean a lot, im scared lol.)

08-29-2009, 03:07 AM
oh, working on my car again, huh? awesome :p

08-29-2009, 11:04 AM
Cool to see some progress.

09-01-2009, 02:46 PM
agreed nice to see some progress :D

10-25-2009, 02:48 PM
Oh yeah, cross "install new crossmember" off the list, because it is done. Started it about four weeks ago, but got sidetracked with school, and I just now bolted everything together. Every thing went smoother than what I went through with the downpipe, but lining up the bolts wasn't fun. I'll need to find a new way to mount my speedometer cable, and do something about my handbrake cable. Overall I am very happy. I was able to retain my old exhaust hanger that bolts to the tranny. Up next will be a compression test of the motor. And now for the before and after pics.

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10-25-2009, 04:54 PM
noice! we're comin along.

10-30-2009, 04:24 PM (

I have a mold problem that I need to take care of. Took the seats out so I can get the carpet out. I will be looking into some buckets from a junk yard / craigslist.

In other news, I turned the car over today in preparation of doing a compression test, hopefully sunday. I need to torque down the new crossmember bolts and bolt the rear of the exhaust back up before I can take her around the block.

11-22-2009, 06:54 PM
Tried to do the compression test 2 weeks ago, but couldn't get the car to turn over. Tried it again today, but apparently my starter bought the farm. It doesn't make any sense because the car turned over just fine 3 weeks ago on the first crank. Battery isn't a problem, I have been putting my Battery Tender on it every week and before I try to start the car. Tried the hammer trick but that didn't seem to work. The started is completely caked in oil. It was getting dark so I had to call it day. I am considering doing the compression test by turning the crank with a wrench.

Edit: This has happened to me before, and my dad somehow fixed it.

Update: Yup battery is bad.

12-02-2009, 12:58 AM
Too soon but may i just ask what color are you planning on the detailing part? and what bumper filler ( did you use. Im planning on restoring a classic car myself, this forum rocks, you inspired me.

12-02-2009, 10:18 AM
I don't think I understand your question, but I don't have any plans on getting the car painted. For the bumper fillers, I got them from here, I'va had them for about 3 years now and they are still holding up.

12-19-2009, 01:49 AM
Dad went ahead and got me a new battery (thanks dad), and I wasted no time to get the compression test done. The results from the test aren't too surprising and I wasn't expecting the motor to do well. All the cylinders on the drivers side had a rating of 140psi, so the driver side is good. The passenger side is where things get messy.

First cylinder to the front of the car, cylinder 2, gave 120psi with 6 turns of the motor. It gave 120psi with 8 turns, And finally 130psi with 11 turns.

Next cylinder, cylinder 4, with 6 turns of the motor gave 90psi. Second try gave 120 psi with 8 turns. And finally 135psi with 10 turns.

I thought it was my battery loosing charge, but with cylinder 6, after 6 turns, it gave a reading of 145psi.

Note: Each cylinder on the drivers side gave their reading with only 6 turns.

To better visualize the engine, I drew a picture.

Overall verdict for now is a blown head gasket. I can't say I am surprised because the previous owner had a head gasket replaced. I am not going jump in and get the gasket replaced anytime soon. I am absolutely broke and I might want to replace the intake with an Edelbrock one while I have it off. Which means I need a job first.

SBC V8 seems unlikely right now since I have changed priorities of the car from engine to drivetrain and suspension. Plus I want to see what kind of fuel economy I can get with this car. SBC V8 is still in the future, but I said it would be done around this time and it obviously isn't.

To wrap it up, here are some pics from the process. ( ( (
Tools of the trade (for Killua). 5/8 deep socket, extensions, and ratchet. Masking tape for labeling, and the compression tester. Flathead is used to hold the throttle wide open during the test as you can see in the last pic. The compression tester is screwed into the spark plug socket only by hand tightening it.

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Drivers side, Cylinders 1, 3, 5 ( ( (

Passenger side, Cylinder 2,4 (forgot 6) ( (

That's all from me for now folks.

12-19-2009, 02:48 PM
well good luck to you and nice write up!

12-19-2009, 05:30 PM
Thanks for the pictures and explanation, Bl0cks. But I think I'll do the test by the end of the next year, hehe, there's a possibily that the car's engine is getting rebuilt so I'll still be saving up for the parts and some tools.

Aside from that, I hope things come nicely for the car. I'll keep repeating it: good luck!

12-19-2009, 08:40 PM
Thanks you guys. I was surprised on how simple it was, only took about 2 and a half hours to do. The hardest part was carefully removing the spark plugs.

Talked today to one of my friends about it and he suggested that I go ahead and take the head off to check if the block is cracked, with his help of course. I have nothing much to lose since the tags are expired and its going to sit for idk how long. The plus side is it will help me when I rebuild a motor :)

12-25-2009, 02:46 PM
Looks like we got a white Christmas... in Texas. Happy Holidays everyone.

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12-26-2009, 01:19 AM
haha merry christmas! your cars really enjoying the weather!

01-29-2010, 10:43 PM
What do you do when you are broke and want to work on your car? You paint. Decided to spruce up some deteriorating interior trim.
These are the two pieces in question. Plastic B-pillar covers that have been horribly broken down by UV rays. Passenger's side isn't so bad structure wise, but the drivers side has holes in it from getting in and out of the backseat. When new, these parts were navy blue. (
Passengers side. Decided to start with this one since I figured it would be easier. Just scratching the part, bits of the plastic would come off. Can't really describe how it feels, but it is similar to toast if that makes any sense, and it looks like a roach has chewed on it. (
Took some 180 grit sand paper, and wet sanded the whole thing. As you can see, there is still some good material left underneath. ( (
Comparison pics. First pic, drivers side on left, passenger side on right. Second pic, passenger side on left, drivers side on right.

Primed the piece up, sanded down, and primed again. I then used some Undercoat spray paint to give it some texture and be able to take some hits. The undercoat will also hide some imperfections that I didn't get to, and they are slightly visible in the second pic. Finished off with "Regal Blue" spray paint, and I didn't buy it because of the name. It was the only dark blue paint I could find. I don't care if it doesn't match the other trim, I'm just happy I was able to salvage these. For a brand new pair, it would set me back at least $125, and thats money I don't have.

For the driver's side, to take care of the holes, I am looking into fiberglass to reinforce it some.

01-30-2010, 01:32 PM
Good work on the passenger's side, and nice idea with the undercoating to give it some texture. A little fiberglass + undercoating and paint should get the other side looking just as good.

01-30-2010, 02:35 PM
Good stuff, atleast you saved those pieces. Next step would be vacuuming the interior? :P

Look out for rust, you could save some other parts that are vulnerable.

01-30-2010, 07:44 PM
Nice work on painting those pillars. Good luck on restoring the interior.

02-11-2010, 11:57 PM
Can't believe I didn't update this. Finished this project almost two weeks ago. (
Drivers side. Sanded her down with 180 grit and took a small file to the holes to smooth them out. ( (
Pic of the fiberglass used to fill the gaps. Fiberglass used is pre-impregnated with resin, and all I had to do was cut to size, and use a heatgun for it to stick. Sanded down until it was near flush, then a coat of primer, and then paint. ( ( (
Final product. Definitely doesn't color match the other trim pieces, but I am happy with it.

Oh look we got some more snow... (
The yellow stripe you see is some vinyl tape I got from school that I've been messing with.

02-12-2010, 08:29 AM
****ing snow.

02-23-2010, 10:44 PM
If you get a nice 2x4 and a hammer you could probably fix the dent in the roof yourself :P, if you haven't already that is

we've got a 73 Type LT Z28 in the backyard that had been wrecked in the front passengers side so I'm in the process of swapping sub frames with our 79 RS and moving all the Z28 to the "new" subframe and while fixing the crushed body parts the 2x4 and sledgehammer are probably the best for that roof unless its got metal in the way of getting to the dent directly, and since your working on the interior you could probably carefully remove the headliner and freshen up some of the stuff under there :P

You wouldn't happen to know the dimensions on the tail lights would you? I've been thinking about putting some from a GNX on my 6000 if it wasn't too much work and if they don't fit I know the celebrity ones do and they would be pretty plug and play for a little variety now and then :)

What V8 are you thinking of dropping in there?

02-23-2010, 11:09 PM
I don't have the exact dimensions, but by the looks of it, Regal taillights would be 2/3rds the height of yours, but go into the side about the same. It's crazy enough it could work, but I can't really tell if they would stick out. As for the motor, I was planning on a carbureted small block chevy, but for the past month I have been looking at totaled GTO's.

03-14-2010, 01:10 AM
Look who decided to come out and play. Inspected and registered, kinda forgot about the smile this thing puts on my face. (

03-14-2010, 03:44 PM
hows the car doing blocks? :D

03-14-2010, 04:40 PM
It needs some real black wheels. ;)

05-27-2010, 07:14 PM
Well my stock muffler decided explode, so I replaced it with a Cherry Bomb glass pack. What happened is about a month ago, I started the car, revved it, the car back fired and I heard a pop. Didn't think twice about it and just put the car in drive and went my way home. The car was noticeably louder and I thought something happened to the patch job done where the catalytic converter once was. The patch job looked "alright" and I shrugged and left it alone since I was busy with finals.

This Monday dad asks me to move the car so he can get out and I move it to where I can work and look over the exhaust system. I had a good laugh when I saw the muffler and I guess I had it coming. Prior to removing the cat, I remember looking at the muffler and seeing a dime-sized hole where the big hole is now.

I will try to get a video up of how it sounds. I was trying to shoot some video before the incident, they came out crappy, but it should make some great before and after footage.

I am happy with the end result, as long as I don't get a ticket from it. It is a little loud, but that was expected. Luckily, angled inlets were available which allowed me to go from the downpipe, through the new crossmember. I am aware of the glass pack wearing out over time, especially being so close to the engine, but this isn't something permanent.

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Other pics: ( ( ( (

05-28-2010, 01:41 AM
wow, thats quite a big failure there!!!

05-28-2010, 08:02 AM

I see it.

Waiting 2 hear how the cherry bomb sounds.

Sir Tristan
05-28-2010, 09:22 AM
The interior is nice in that blue & wood. Grey or cream seats would SO fit on it. A beige or brighter blue carpet would make it nicer still. Kinda like one of Porsche Panamera's 2-tone trims <3

But anyway, this thread shows me one of the beauties of America. You can be 16, buy and old car like this, work on it with your dad, learn about cars from it... and look at uncool 'cool-kids' with new cars from daddies.

In UK insane thieving insurance makes this impossible. I will, for example, have to settle for a Citroen C2 1.1i AND a policy that doesnt let me drive from 11pm to 5am and checks that with a GPS device hooked into my ride!

06-15-2010, 02:36 PM
Oops still haven't made a video. Picked up some rims today, here are some teasers. These are 1978 Pontiac Trans Am "Snowflake" aluminum rims, 15x7 with 5x4.75 bolt pattern. (
Car as it stands today.

06-15-2010, 02:39 PM

I see wat u did dere.

Carolina's gettin new shoes :)

3ni_2nr likes this.

Sir Tristan
06-15-2010, 02:47 PM
Wheels will look great.
The NASCAR image will disappear though.

But s'all good, much more elegant, how a Buick should be.

06-15-2010, 04:24 PM
I like this.

Rally Master
06-15-2010, 05:20 PM
Wut a ghetto vehicle. U black?

06-15-2010, 05:30 PM
The rims need some refurb, but they look good.

06-15-2010, 05:35 PM
Yup, those will look sweet once mounted.

06-16-2010, 01:04 AM
Looks classy as **** bro. It's a little too light though, if you coat it just a little bit it'd look dope.

Wut a ghetto vehicle. U black?

As a person who for nearly two years, had nothing better to do than kicking it with black people, I can tell you for sure, that you, my friend, are completely clueless to what ghetto is, how black people speak, and how they present their car.

You, my friend, have failed.

06-16-2010, 04:08 AM
i love this, man. the snowflakes fit it perfectly.
will you later paint them in car color when you decided one?

06-16-2010, 08:49 AM
I have plenty of factory options as far as color choices go. Here some examples: els.jpg els.jpg it_edition+original_snowflake_wheels.jpg

It is going to be a pain in the butt trying to paint these. I think I will surprise you guys.

06-16-2010, 09:14 AM
You're gonna have to paint the insides all at the same time, that's all I know.

Either put a paper on it and cut out the wholes with a blade, or paint the whole thing and clean the parts you want unpainted with a solution or a buffer. That's how I'd go about doing it.

06-16-2010, 09:17 AM
id paint it all and sand the frontal side clean since its ment to be brushed metal anyways.

06-16-2010, 09:40 AM

Use masking tape + razor blade for excess. A lot easier.

06-16-2010, 12:51 PM
nice, i do like the fat tyre look it has goin on now tho

07-13-2010, 12:31 AM
I'll just leave these here.


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07-13-2010, 03:43 PM
Keep it stock.
Every one of these has been turned into a bix nood mobile, sadly.

07-14-2010, 08:18 AM
Keep it stock.
Every one of these has been turned into a bix nood mobile, sadly.



Sir Tristan
07-14-2010, 08:27 AM
The blue/silver Firebird wheels would look VERY classy.

And I mean, very. Like, Concours d'Elegance classy. I'd dye the interior wood blue/grey with some art ink or somethin', that'd be awesome.

09-23-2010, 11:56 PM
Just sold the rims on craigslist. They are just too heavy and I'd rather have some Cragar steel rims. Was trying to trade for a 350 small block, but all the offers were very flaky. Ended up getting cash. I plan on investing the money into a motor. Going to stick around the car auctions and see if I can pick up a donor car with a rebuildable V8.

Here are the rest of the pics of the rims. ( ( ( (

In other news, car is running great. I ended up putting the old exhaust tubing back on, and moved the glasspack to the rear of the car. Improved driveability and doesn't make my ears bleed anymore. Trying to get the car out to local car meets.

09-24-2010, 05:20 PM
Snowflakes are sexy as hell.

Mr. Sting Ray
09-26-2010, 04:15 PM
Dammnit, i wish like hell you were up in Stafford, VA. My buddy's got an L05 350 motor sitting in his garage. And he only wants $400 for it, installation included if FourLokos were bought.

09-26-2010, 11:38 PM
Yeah thats the type of deal I have been lurking craigslist for, just hasn't happened yet.

09-27-2010, 02:09 AM
Your car makes me wanna play the first Driver sooo bad :D

09-29-2010, 03:26 PM
Well in an odd turn of events, the head gasket blew, confirmed by my friend. At the same time, I am in the process of picking up a motor off of craigslist. Video of the car:


Sir Tristan
09-30-2010, 09:22 AM
Car Porn.

What happened to the Firebird wheels, did you sell them? that would be such a pity.

09-30-2010, 09:45 AM
*cough*cough*cough*..what a smoke..

Nice engine sound :)

BTW, whose Corolla is that?

09-30-2010, 02:19 PM
Yeah Sir Tristan I ended up selling them, I can't afford the tires.

F.R., that would be my moms Corolla.

09-30-2010, 04:13 PM
Vroom, vroom.

10-01-2010, 10:15 PM
Hmm... (

Did a lot of driving today, and picked up a 1994 Camaro LT1 motor. Complete longblock with aluminum heads, ecu, even picked up a TH350 tranny. My friend and I are going to tear it apart, inspect everything, and basically refresh the motor. This motor is good for 300hp, and 340 torque.
My friend's AE86 and Carolina week before the head gasket blew.

Mr. Sting Ray
10-02-2010, 09:01 AM
Throw in some 3:73 gears, and it'll pull like a sonofa***** with that LT1. Hope you have the ECM for that motor too.

10-02-2010, 01:17 PM
Throw in some 3:73 gears, and it'll pull like a sonofa***** with that LT1. Hope you have the ECM for that motor too.

Yeah the ECM came with the motor, I just need a to pick up a wiring diagram with the help of my friend. And yes new rear gears are the next move after the motor gets cleaned up and put back together.

10-02-2010, 06:19 PM
This looks promising. Good luck the new engine!

Mr. Sting Ray
10-03-2010, 09:29 AM
I recommend sir, dropping the ride height too. Can easily be done. Angle grinder a coil off the springs. Better if you can get our hands on a plasma cutter. Might I recommend for some rims.

10-03-2010, 11:40 AM
I am looking forward to this build!

12-08-2010, 05:46 AM
Over my Thanksgiving break from school, I went ahead and tore apart the LT1. Everything looks good, no cracks or spun bearings, and the cylinder walls look good. Just need to get the motor off to the machine shop to get honed and hot tanked. I landed a job so I will be able to throw money at the car now.

The car itself has been sitting since then. I haven't touched the V6 or anything. (

12-08-2010, 02:09 PM
This is good News!

12-08-2010, 03:54 PM
Good news. I will be following this!

12-09-2010, 03:51 PM
omg antec box! wut was in it?


Good news indeed.

01-10-2011, 04:26 PM

01-10-2011, 05:53 PM
I decided to invest in a camera, so the block hasn't been to the machine shop yet. I have money coming in this week, so the block most likely will be at the shop by next week. Already gotten a quote, just need to finalize what I need done.

This is what im having the shop do:
hot tank to block
both decks machined down
cylinders honed
install new cam bearings
install new freeze plugs

01-10-2011, 11:50 PM
You could have quite a sleeper there! I like it; keep the steelies. As for the engine, don't rush the assembly and make sure to check all bearing clearances in the short block.

01-13-2011, 12:31 PM
Sweet ride man! I never knew that you own a Regal until I visited this thread.

01-24-2011, 11:56 AM
Thanks guys! Here are some updates and a new pic. Picked up a new camera, so better pics will come your way. Dropped off the block, crank for polishing, cam, and pistons at the machine shop on Saturday (1-22-2011). I do not know when I will get the everything back. (

Everything that went to the shop: (

Loading it into my truck: (

01-24-2011, 01:21 PM
I just saw a GNX on ebay for $16K, 100K miles, Texas condition. If I only had the money... :( Good luck on the car btw.

01-24-2011, 01:53 PM
omg, shes back :D

02-20-2011, 01:33 PM
Update on the motor. I've been talking to the machine shop for the past two days, they checked everything out, and are going to start work on it. I should get the block back in two weeks. The owner told me that the block and crank showed normal signs of wear, but the crank is under tolerance 0.001 inch on the mains so it cannot be polished, it needs to be ground down 0.010 inch.

Final list of machine work:
Hot tank
New freeze plugs installed
New cam bearings installed
Both block decks surfaced
Cylinders honed
Crank ground down and balanced

02-20-2011, 02:21 PM
Nice update. Good to hear its coming together.

02-24-2011, 01:51 PM
Sounds like the same sorta stuff I had done on my block. Make sure the machine shop gets the work done...I had some issues with the machine shop I went to and they had my stuff for a year without making any progress.

02-24-2011, 02:13 PM
Yeah I experienced something like that, if you look at my dates. My stuff was there for 4 weeks while they were taking measurements, and they are just now getting back to me to begin work. I should get everything back in two weeks, just in time for my spring break from school.

03-12-2011, 06:14 PM
Got a call Friday from the machine shop that everything was done and ready to be picked up. Picked it up today and dropped my heads off to get machined and hot tanked. I will upload photos of the crank and pistons later.

I plan on bolting the short block together in the coming week.
Shiny new surface basking in the sun.
In this photo you can see the hone job, and the machined deck surface.
Heads before I sent them out.

03-21-2011, 12:36 AM
I'm surprised a week has past and there's no comments about the block...

i'm gonna wait till that thing drops in. ;O

03-21-2011, 01:32 PM
sweet ride bro...i have always like buicks especially this particular one....can't wait to see the final product...

03-26-2011, 06:40 PM
Today was Christmas for me. Finally got my LT4 cam kit in. Came with cam, rockers, valve springs, and necessary hardware. Also got a set of head bolts and main cap bolts. I also got back heads back from the machine shop last Saturday. Just need to pick up a socket from the store, assembly lube, and plastigauge, and I'll be ready to put this thing together. Waiting to hear back from my friend on a gasket order.
Here is everything so far.
Photo of the 1.6 rockers.
Photo showing the machined down surface of the head.

03-26-2011, 08:36 PM
Holy shit it's ****ing finally coming.

06-19-2011, 01:06 AM
A little update since then. I ended up losing my job by the end of March, so the project has been on hold since then. The only work done on the motor so far is the crank is installed and plastigauged, but not finalized. I need to order the windage tray bolts before the crank is installed for final assembly. My only drawback at the moment is money. Recently got another job, so I will be good to order parts again by next week. I am shooting to have the short block complete (pistons, crank, cam installed) within the next four weeks.

In the mean time, my neighbor and I got bored, and we took the passenger's side head off of the 231 V6. I haven't gotten around to taking off the driver's side head. What we found was oil in the intake #4 port (or the middle port), and the head gasket in good shape, meaning no holes or burn marks. I will not be putting the V6 back together, for the sake of money. Below are some quick shots of the V6 and a comparison of the V6 head to the LT1 V8 head. jpg jpg

08-04-2011, 11:10 PM
Motor is slowly coming together. Crank is torqued down and now I can install pistons. Prepped the pistons today for new rings and install. Pistons came back a little dinged up from the machine shop and had to remove some burrs. jpg

08-19-2011, 06:37 PM

08-19-2011, 08:17 PM
ooooh. it's almost there.

08-19-2011, 09:14 PM

08-19-2011, 11:04 PM
:) jpg

08-19-2011, 11:44 PM
:) jpg



08-20-2011, 01:59 AM
nice car dude

08-20-2011, 03:41 AM
:X that looks a tidy job that!


08-20-2011, 09:37 AM
2 pistons 1 cup.

[GTR quote here]

08-20-2011, 01:38 PM
The car is nice but I never understood why people gave people's names to cars.

08-20-2011, 04:36 PM
When you're old enough to own one, you'd understand.