2004 Turbo Regal intro - Dave

TireFryer

The New Kid
Joined
Dec 21, 2001
Thanks, it's actually ZZP's larger (Stattama) stainless kit for W-body cars... T4 w/ 3" v-band downpipe, with their log manifolds. I wrapped and hi-temp coated the crossover/downpipe (couple pics in one of the videos), and just wrapped new manifolds to replace the cracked ones.
So the whole turbo kit fits the w body cars? That’s a sweet car and going to be a crazy sleeper!!
 

dezldave961

2004 Turbo Regal
Joined
Mar 20, 2020
Ya, the T4 kit requires swapping to the smaller diameter Monte/Impala brake booster for the TIGHT clearance (was originally prototyped on an '03 Impala that I helped do engine work on in it's early version, and they eventually ran 10.0's before it got sold).

If you're looking for more power than is almost useful in these cars, this kit is the guaranteed creation of that problem.
 

dezldave961

2004 Turbo Regal
Joined
Mar 20, 2020
As I just mentioned over on the 3800 forum, everything is pretty much installed & basically ready to go, but the tune is going to be in need of improvement. DHP PowrTuner is too outdated to consistently run on Win10 (not that it was ever a reliable system, just convenient for universal 3800 tuning without credits). Looks like HPTuners is in my near future before I can start driving the Regal to work.

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swinginbeef

New Member
Joined
Nov 8, 2005
you're really making me miss my old FWD Regal. Most comfortable car I've ever owned. Back in the old days when ZZP was the only game in town and if you wanted a tune, you had to order an "off the shelf" flash or fly one of the two programmers from DHP out to do it for you. Fun times. I sold the car right as people were starting to do turbo conversions, everything was W/A intercoolers under the supercharger and smaller pullies back then. I'm having a blast watching this thread. Cheers!
 

TireFryer

The New Kid
Joined
Dec 21, 2001
My dad used to race the Pontiac GXP Or the GTP I don’t remember the model. We went low 11’s with pulleys and fuel system... makes me want to get into them lol
 

dezldave961

2004 Turbo Regal
Joined
Mar 20, 2020
Ya, the fun days when GTP's & GS's were the new hot thing for mid-level everyday performance cars in the early 2000's was a blast (got my '98 GTP back in 2002, and immediately started working with local ClubGP groups as they grew). There is a formula to getting them to specific benchmarks, and plenty of people popped engines trying to jump the line without the right parts.

Between Michigan, Minnesota, Upstate NY and elsewhere, I've probably worked on about 75-100 different setups, and everyone loves when they get that extra "boost" from some properly dialed-in upgrades... either a basic intake/exhaust/pulley/tune setup, or a full-blown cam/heads/transmission/turbo/etc. build that makes it the quickest daily driven sedan in the next 5 neighborhoods. Some people try stretching the term "daily driver" to include their garage or trailer queens, but until you've beaten a guy on a motorcycle with your 3800 GTP, with 3 grown men in the car and another 3800 in the trunk, it's hard to compare how much many of those cars actually get "driven" daily. :ROFLMAO: (He tried saying his faster bike was back at the house, and I simply said I had an engine in the trunk... his attitude towards a rematch changed as he saw how sagged the rearend was.)

Fun fact: that trunk engine wound up in the world's fastest 3800 Impala, which retired after going 10.0's with the same kit I just installed. It was drag prepped and driven by the king of 3800 FWD racing, Matt M from ZZP, though, so I don't know how close to that I'll wind up.
 

dezldave961

2004 Turbo Regal
Joined
Mar 20, 2020
Installing my new ZZP coilovers, and some street clips at start and end:


Hoping to hit a TnT soon, but there's a mountain rally cruise this weekend I hope to enjoy.
 

dezldave961

2004 Turbo Regal
Joined
Mar 20, 2020
Started the morning headed to a Cars & Coffee, wound up at a local car show & won the 2000's class (2000-2009). That was random! Gotta show up to win, I guess.

Guy with the GN was very nice. I may have gotten recruited to help him on any future mechanical work it needs.

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(Do all that work to make it go fast, and it gets its 1st trophy sitting still.)
 

dezldave961

2004 Turbo Regal
Joined
Mar 20, 2020
Made a quick video of the car show. Gonna have some track prep and race in-car edited together soon.


Let me know what footage is more interesting, so I'm not just making stuff for crickets. :LOL:
 
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