Wow Patrick I didn't realize how much crap you really went through the other night until I read this post. Glad you made it home in OK shape. The car is definitely testing you already. I can't tell you how many times my car has tested myself. I can't wait for this damn weather to break so we can get our cars out and play!
Oh I know what turbo that is! I used to kinda have one just like it...only yours is cooler
Yeah Don, it was definitely one for the "Patricks Stories of _____" book.
Hey Odell, good to see ya. Thanks for the complement, and Thanks everyone else as well. Yeah, I gotta stay on Dave about his multiple projects at the Fiscus Ranch. I always kid him everytime we talk, asking him what he's done to the car lately. And I say, don't worry, it'll be 2 weeks before Bowling Green before you know it and then we can start trashing. That's another trend that even I was guilty of back in the day. I actually tried my hand at the magazine article deal, I wrote an article in Fastest Street Car magazine that was published in the July 2005 issue entitled "10 Seconds of Silent Thunder." Unfortunately, I never received payment for my article from the Editor of the magazine or the publishing company. I gave up hope on ever getting paid for it after 8 months of trying. One big lesson learned that I can share with anyone whose thinking of pursuing a magazine writing career, "Always get a contract in writing before turning in any article authored by yourself." I didn't have anything in writing other than my name and credit as the author printed in the magazine. But after all the legal fees and hassles if I wanted to pursue any justification, it just wouldn't be worth it. I've chalked it up to a hard learned lesson. I also look at it this way, if my article helped even one Turbo Buick owner with his or her car, then it was worth it.
Here lately, I've been trying to live by the phrase, "Always make sure the juice is worth the squeeze."
I know what ya mean Jason. I really fell in love with the Dark Blue when I was putting Todd Wynnes' old Blue T together back in 2000.
Yep, Steve bought it from Wild Bill back in Sept of last year. Steve barely put 200 miles on her while he had her. Looks like I'll be working on some bolt ons this weekend. Little turbo... Stock location PTE IC... plug wires & seperators... new K&N cone... Lotek twin pillar gauge pod with AM Z-series boost and electric oil pressure, body bushings and braces... Metco valve cover breather & fill tube, install recovered steering wheel (Thanks G-bodyparts), clean & paint the heat shield, change valve cover gaskets, clean & paint valve covers, change oil and filter, O2 sensor, plug wires, and clean clean clean. I just hope the temp warms up so I can give her a good wash and wax. Looks like I'll have a perfectly good condition PTE front mount IC for sale here very soon, any interest out there? I'll put it in the For Sale section probably Sunday evening. The TA-49 has already been spoken for.
It's a Garrett T3/T4 dual ball bearing 6031RE with a TO4E compressor cover and a .63 PTE housing with standard actuator. In old school terms, this is a dual ball bearing TE60 turbo. Man, I gotta say, this PTE water coolant line and factory oil line kit is sweet. Installation looks to be painless. Picked it up from PTE.
Should be plenty for mid to low 11's on alky or 100 octane and should really rip with a 3000 stall. The TA-49 on her now spools up instantly. I can't imagine what the new one will be like.
Cool deal Patrick! Glad to see you back man! You have the exact combo I have in the limited, I have #50's and a Turbo Tweak street 93 chip is the only difference!:smile: That car is beautiful! Im jealous of you being up there in Indiana, thats where the heart of the Buicks are and some of the big guns live. We hung out with Leeo the whole time we were working the hail storm in Indy. We set up at the Nationals at Indy and fixed alot of dents in alot of Buicks. it was awesome. I hope we get to see you at BG!!