231 to Buick 350 swap/question

Discussion in 'V-8 Buick Powered Regals' started by KGB, Oct 21, 2017.

  1. KGB

    KGB Member

    Hey folks. Got my parts the other day from TA Performance and finally got my swap started. Its an 86 regal with a N/A 231 v6 (thats leaking oil terribly) and a metric 200. I've got a Buick 350 out of a 69 skylark I'm planning to stuff in. My question right now is, whats the best way to setup a tv cable on a rochester 2 jet? Do I just cut my old bracket from the v6 and swap over? What have you guys done on your setups? Maybe not with the weak metric but any ideas at this point would be greatly appreciated.
    dt.jpg I'll have more pics up later on tonight.
     
  2. MrSony

    MrSony Well-Known Member

    Step 1: Toss the metric. Don't even think about putting a V8 in front of that thing. TH350 (1975+ with the kickdown cable, short tailshaft) is literally a drop in swap. If you swap to a TA intake/holley or qjet (edelbrocks suck) there is room to use them little brackets that hang off the carb base. Stock intakes are too flat to use that setup. Stock bracket won't work as they don't have the extra hole for the kickdown cable.
     
  3. KGB

    KGB Member

    Sure glad I asked before I went any farther. So now I've got a few more questions if you don't mind. I know the TH350 is a direct swap but, B.O.P 350's aren't easy to come by near me. If I can get my hands on a Chevy pattern 350, how much will an adapter plate throw the transmission from the crossmember? Now, I've only got one wrecker in town that keeps anything past 1990. If I'm lucky, they'll have some B.O.P's sitting around. But if not, what cars should I be looking for to snag one? I know they came in tons of vehicles so I'll do some reading later on to find the right models, but if you've got some ideas I'll gladly take em.
     
  4. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    I would find a 2004R trans... Have you confirmed you do if fact have the metric trans???
     
  5. KGB

    KGB Member

    Oh yeah. METRIC right on the pan. I'd asked a few people how it would handle the 350, but most of them said "metric 200?" One said don't beat on it, it'll be fine. But I'd much rather do this right the first time, and not leave the insides of my trans on the street.
     
  6. MrSony

    MrSony Well-Known Member

    Literally any midsize and smaller car with a BOP small block from 1970 to 1985ish would work. If you have a column shift, I'd avoid a 200r4 if you don't mind the shift indicators not lining up. Or if you want to get bucket seats, console, a new column and cluster from a floor shift car as well. Th350 with 235/60/15s and the probably 2.41 gears you have would put you at around 2k rpm at 65mph, maybe lower. I know my setup with 3.42s and those tires would be at 2500, right in the meat of the torque curve for a SBB.
     
  7. KGB

    KGB Member

    Well the Buick gods may have smiled upon me. There's a B.O.P 350 11 hours away, for $150. If he can ship it to me I'll be laughing. Thanks again for all the info. Clearly my ducks weren't all in a row for this one.
     

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