47k mile GN

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  1. Steve V

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    Getting pretty close to the end. Ac is charged, front end aligned. Car is at Harry's chillin while I wait for some finishing parts. Usps has apparently lost the trim parts. Car runs great and is baaad fast. It is ready for the 15x10 wheels when I get it back here!
     
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    Wheels are on. New airdams too and a new RF bezel. All painted satin black. Got the missing windshield trim. New hood cable from Highway Stars. Ran into a issue with Kirbans alternator. Flickering volts light and no charge after 2k rpm. Finishing touches. This car is super sweet.
     

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    Few more stance shots.
     

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    I have been asked to put build details all in one post, so here it goes.

    Engine
    std/std
    stock rotating assy assembled/blueprinted by myself
    212/212 comp roller cam
    comp 941 springs
    roller lifters from Dave at Turbobuickperformance, reduced travel
    turbo te60 with garrett housing by Bison of Bison's Performance
    TA Performance front cover blueprinted by myself
    TA Performance timing set
    62mm throttle body
    60lb injectors
    chip by Turbotweak
    Arp head studs
    9441pt head gaskets
    mild ported heads with bowl work
    cometic oil pan gasket, front cover gasket and rear main seal
    pushrods from Full Throttle Speed
    PTE SLIC from Full Throttle Speed

    Transmission
    Turbobuickperformance 3021 2800 stall convertor
    blueprinted/overhauled by myself
    .500 boost valve
    .300 rev boost valve
    billet pump rings
    purple PR spring
    my own shift kit with help from Dave and Bison
    carbon band
    28000 gvw external fin and plate trans cooler after the radiator cooler

    Rear end
    new 3:42 gear set from Yukon Gear
    new Yukon tru trac posi unit.
    new bearings throughout

    Exhaust
    TA drivers side header, stock pass and crossover
    RJC 3in downpipe with cut out
    Ceramic coated
    Hooker Cat Back system..not coated

    340 Walbro pump..Full Throttle
    billet regulator...Kirban
    new sending unit...Highway Stars
    Racetronix Hotwire Kit
    New stainless fuel lines feed/return/vent
    New stainless feed/return lines on the engine
    60lb injectors
    New gas tank from Kirbans

    Suspension
    New MOOG problem solver UCA bushings
    Orginal ball joints, front springs LCA bushing
    New MOOG center link
    New MOOG Idler arm
    New sway bar bushings/pins
    AC Delco Heavy Duty Shocks
    New Moog rear springs
    H&R rear sway bar
    H&R upper/lower control arms 1/4 in longer
    Poly body mount bushings
    Poly trans cross member bushings

    Brake's
    Restored Powermaster with new Accumulator ball
    Braided steel lines front and rear
    All new stainless lines
    New front rotors
    S-10 rear wheel cylinders
    brass proportioning valve

    Alky control progressive methanol injection

    Maf translator and 85 mm truck maf

    Reproduction plug wires from Highway Stars

    Stock ignition with NGKYR5 plugs

    Corvette mini starter

    Extensive powder coating

    POR 15 on the frame and chassis floor pan

    F body radiator
    Stock fan
    160 Stat
    New Heater core

    New alternator, water pump, belt, idler pulley bearing

    New AC compressor
    Condenser
    Accumulator
    HVAC hoses on core support
    134a conversion

    Machine Work by The Head Shop Inc Virginia Beach VA
    Powder Coating by Advance Custom Coating in Newport News

    Thousands of dollars spent with Kirbans, Full Throttle, Highway Stars

    Thanks to David Husek at turbobuickperformance for tech advise
    Thanks to Brian Bissonette at Bisons Performance for helping with the combo
    Thanks to Scott Harris for letting me do this project on his dime!
    Thanks to Harry Savage for trusting me enough to convince Scott to let me play with his car!
     
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    Steve..and to all who have followed this build. The results are difficult to attach adequate words. This is my brothers car, and as with many of us, life directs us in other tangents, and with my Brother's strong Faith in God, has realized that this new direction means that certain things are put on the back burner. Such as with my brother and this 47K GN. I received this car in a custom transport back in October. The transport driver said he delivers Lamborghini's and high dollar cars, and he said this one made his top 10. He was taking pictures left and right (via his associate) while being offloaded. I video taped it coming into town, pulling up to my house, the offload, and then I washed and waxed it before putting it to rest. We had things to do, before introducing it to Steve V.

    I have been the medium in a very exciting journey. I have read, and watched on You-tube with interest all of you that have enjoyed the mystique of the Turbo Buick.. what an awesome medium turbobuick.com forum is....thank you to all that make this possible. Thank you to those of you that have made constructive comments and followed our journey along with us.
    After developing, what I consider a great friendship with Steve V, and now being faced with an opportunity to keep this GN in the family, I am making every effort to shed my assets and carry the torch forward with this car. I recently sold my 69 Vet we built back in 1977...part of the deal for the 69, I have a pristine IROC I have to move now. Never been left out overnight since bought brand new in 1987. I picked up 4 years ago, An Astro roof, digital dash 87 GN...and have been waiting for my turn with Steve...however, the best thing that could have happened, was to be intimately involved in the 47K journey with Steve. So here we are.....

    I have taken it to my first Cruise In, and the response and WOW factor is obvious and real..Steve has knocked this out of the park. To each of you in the Turbo Buick family that contributed to Steve's formula..thank you. I cannot adequately describe how driving an almost new 1987 Grand National, with an unbelievable balance between tame drive-ability and the obvious response and feedback in sound and feel that significantly more potential is just a few pounds of Boost away. The ride is firm but not harsh...you would swear this is not a 6...the harmonics say otherwise. His repeated tests and tweaks with the transmission are a linear hand-off from one gear to the next. The idle when backing off the throttle...and at the light, decries anything but a 6...when the Corvette starter brings it to life, it does not just come to life, it announces it is ready, and you savor it before you are ready to go. I could go on and on. And that is my plan, to take this forward, as a tribute to what Grand Nationals are, and in recognition to the talent and passion that Steve lives thru these. We are already talking a GNX theme in the dash area, and a few other items to insure longivity thru value added enhancements. Steve is keeping me under control.
    I have been tempted to visit the First Kill section of this awesome forum. Yes, on the way home from the Cruise In, someone tracked me down, and paced me..had my wife and one of my 25 year old twin sons with me..so I had to behave (as much as possible). He races along with his brother at a local speedway here..and was his first ride in this GN. Our first hit was at 45mph...and thankfully we had the MT drag radials on...I pulled the LT-1 so soundly...grins abounded in the car. We met at the next light..and friendly exchanges went both ways. His wife was giving us the thumbs up, and he indicated he had heard of these cars...but. When the light went green, I waited and paced him, side by side, and once thru the light he went full throttle. As did I....the GN kept pulling, harder and harder..each shift crisp and launched when it handed off to the next gear....there was NO comparison between the LT-1 and us...it was done, and it was obvious. My son then told me, "I now understand why you wanted one of these cars so badly". It will be with me, for my brother to drive when he comes into town to visit...as his trust in me, and then with Steve to spread his wings and do this build...made an opportunity for me that otherwise may not have happened. More to come....thanks for letting me ramble on here. Steve, you are awesome.
     
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    Resurrecting this for a friend, Harry still enjoying he car...lol..
     
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    Nice work Steve! There are only a few people left who really know what they are doing on these cars. You are one bro (y)
     
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    Thanks Rick. The owner of this car Harry has been taking it to his cruise nights and getting a few kills here and there...LOL....this winter we are building a new motor with TA SI heads so he's def got the bug. 9 sec power on the street coming up.

    Many thanks to the great friendships that I have made as a result of these cars.
     
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    This is better than sex! LOL
    Seeing threads like this, is amazing!
     
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    Steve I really need to make time and come by your place and watch your magic on the Turbo Buicks. You are only like a county over from me so maybe a 30-45 minute drive from my house down 460. I also have a build down at RCG that they are helping me complete for Buick's GS Nationals this year.
     
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    Are you James Churchill on Facebook? Your car must be the area 51 project.
     
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    Yes that will be me sir.
     
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    That's a serious build. Deep pockets Clint told me $35k budget.
     
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    More than that but who's counting other than my excel spreadsheet and a thinning wallet for the build. Lol. My dad use to always tell me that you got to pay to play! But hey man will have to give you a call and come by your place sometime in the near future. I still have your phone number.
     
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    I might need to let you play with my car one of these days. OneUgly6 had nothing but glowing things to say about his experience with you.
     
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    Thanks. He's a good guy.
     
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    Steve is the man, when you take into consideration his consistent communication with you, lack of ego, integrity, attention to detail, pride in workmanship, respect for your property & overall enthusiasm he has towards your project... Well let's just say I live in Massachusetts and am glad I made the decision to have my car trailored 600+ miles to his shop for a frame off restoration and now mechanical..
    Yes he has my car and it may sound like I'm kissing his ass but believe me when I tell you I work too long and hard to kiss anyone's ass, just telling it like it is.
     
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    Thanks for the kind words from you and all who have posted in this thread.I enjoy keeping turbo buicks on the road and breathing new life into them. I have made some great friends because of these cars, lots of people I have and continued to learn from on a daily basis -some I have been able to teach as well.
     

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