Should i mess with a 79 Turbo Coupe with 58,000 miles ?

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by Topcat, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. wkillgs

    wkillgs Gold Level Contributor

    I modded out a '79 turbo Regal back in the late 1980's. It was a very fun car. With some intake/exhaust mods and water injection, I could run 15 lbs of boost on the street. Some race gas and more boost and it would run 14.10's at the track. It impressed the guys at Cars Illustrated enough that they featured it in their mag.
    If I ever get around to rebuilding it, I'd like to do a blow-thru carb setup with intercooler, and some modern electronics for boost control and timing.
    1979's had the 4bbl standard, and it's the first year with the improved cylinder heads. Engine control is largely with vacuum operated stuff, so that needs to be checked out.
    Hot Rod magazine did a series of build-up articles called 'Sunday Driver' between 1980-83 or so.
  2. steve covington

    steve covington Well-Known Member

    Actually, the cranks are used in the 81-84 4.1 Buick and "Cadillac" modified versions of the 4.1 (NOT the 4100 Cadillac engines, different animal)
    You can take a 'standard' Buick 3.8 block from 87/86/ some late 85's (Just make sure the block casting number ends in '109') and drill and tap a hole for the turbo oil drain into the cast in boss behind the alternator. getting all of the brackets and accessories required will be MUCH more of an issue. There are reproduction engine wiring harnesses available too. Still, we are talking 30 plus year old technology... (I have FOUR Turbo Regals and a "mutt" the 89 Firebird)
  3. Topcat

    Topcat Got TORQUE? are some pictures......value ?
    Did they have a posi rear end and what ratio ?

    Peace WildBill

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  4. Topcat

    Topcat Got TORQUE?

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  5. Mopar

    Mopar Well-Known Member

    What does it look like underneath? Looks good in the pics.
  6. steve covington

    steve covington Well-Known Member

    With regards to the rear end: it would only be a 7.5 inch rear... The 'good' 8.5 inch rears were only under the 84-87 Turbo Regals with 3.42 ratio; and the 84-86 Hurst-Olds and POTENTIALLY under the 442's of the same years. (I'd have to look at my resource book to get ALL of the potential ratios on the 79 turbo cars.One GOOD point on the 79 is that it SHOULD have the TH-350 trans; Again my book is in the shop file cabinet...)
  7. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    It looks good from here, as far as one of them can look good. Actually not bad in red. I'd rock it.
  8. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    X2. Look like it would clean up good.

    As long as you can get it for the right price and your careful about what you put into it
  9. gsjohnny1

    gsjohnny1 Well-Known Member

  10. 1970 STAGE 1

    1970 STAGE 1 Well-Known Member

    The ugliest Buick , sorry, it is .. $ 800
  11. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    I like the white interior! If the underside’s not crusty, it looks like a good find. It needs to be saved! Any questions you have about equipment and such should be answered by Starc; maybe he’ll chime in.
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  12. Electra man

    Electra man Older and Slower

    The interior looks good, the trunk is nasty. That body is a you like it or you don't style. The downsized 78's came out when I was a senior in HS. I didn't like them then and still don't. I was also disappointed by the Colonnades when they came out in 73 but not nearly as much.
  13. Smokey15

    Smokey15 So old that I use AARP bolts.

    How is the frame near the rear bumper? They are notorious for losing the bumper due to frame rot.
  14. cjp69

    cjp69 Platinum Level Contributor

    Bill, I think he wants too much money for it.
  15. Topcat

    Topcat Got TORQUE?

    Chris...actually he don't......this car could be in your garage tomorrow....well,maybe not are too far away....but....

    Peace WildBill
  16. Topcat

    Topcat Got TORQUE?

    Really....this car has a lot going for it.....the rear bumper mounts are fine.....i have watched this car for years...original owner that bought it from the local Buick dealer new. Wish it would have come my way years ago...for it's sake....
    Anyway,it will have a new home soon and be receiving much needed TLC......

    Peace WildBill
  17. Topcat

    Topcat Got TORQUE?

    Oh...and the trunk is fine...that's just ratty cardboard under a tarp next to the original never out of trunk spare :)

    I love happy endings.

    Peace WildBill
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  18. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    Yeah the red/white interior is COOL!
    IIRC the axle ratio was 3.08 on the early TR's
    Starting in '81 or '82 they used 3.23 I thinko_O
  19. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    WB, are you buying it?
  20. BYoung

    BYoung Stage me

    I vote shag carpeting for the headliner replacement. Tint the windows, fold down the rear seats, and you can live in it down by the river.
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