another 455 Regal is born!

Discussion in 'V-8 Buick Powered Regals' started by RIVI1379, Oct 15, 2007.

  1. RIVI1379

    RIVI1379 Well-Known Member

    Well, as my avatar suggests, I have car in the body shop...since last November, and I sold the 98 Riviera, so...the garage was empty-so I decided to consume the summer, and some of Fall planting a 455 in a g-body. I feel I saved this car from further demise-it had been powered by a chebby prior to me owning it-and when I got it-it had NOTHING but the rather straight body and a cage-the price was right, I spent about 6000.00 on this all said and done
    73 block/heads, many TA components, I will not bore anyone with bearing and cam specs, etc, but I will say I opted to do the heads with Stage 1 valves and should have about a 10:1 compression ratio with the machine work done and piston selection, trans is a th400, all new with all GM parts minus converter and pan, and a Trans Specialties programming kit, new custom length prop-shaft and ebay deal of the century, GM 10 bolt, 7.5 equipped with Richmond 4.10' s and an Auburn carrier-down to a few wires, exhaust and a hood and drive to work....can't wait....

    by the way, everybody's headers THAT close to the lower control arms?...
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2009
  2. RIVI1379

    RIVI1379 Well-Known Member

    oh I did use a g-force crossmember well worth the money
  3. KRL077

    KRL077 Well-Known Member

    Looks great! I just picked up my first 455 Regal ( the swap was already done). For a mostly stock motor sans the cam it goes pretty good. I might have to swap out the stock rear before I shred it. These are fun cars for sure.
  4. RIVI1379

    RIVI1379 Well-Known Member

    fun is right, I think the G-body cars are some of the most comfortable to ride in...with or without a cage:beers2:
  5. brandotheamazin

    brandotheamazin Well-Known Member

    I wish mine looked as clean as yours... heh, my car did only cost me 500 bucks though... had to gank the dead six outta it, and figure out the wiring harnes that had been chopped.... :) SWEET! i just need a rear, and a good cowl hood, then i'll be happy with it for the time being.
  6. RIVI1379

    RIVI1379 Well-Known Member

    THANKS I couldnt pass up such a clean body, don't know how long I'll keep it since I have to pay for the other-but I'd like to keep it for a driver-after all it has that safety cage-will that lower my rates?:Brow:

    RATROASTER BPG#1291, GS-CA#2265

    Very nice! And I must say very tastefully finished! Good Job!:3gears:
  8. v8regalowner

    v8regalowner Silver level contributor

    welcome to the club. very nice car. and yes, headers are very close on these things. i had to grind alot on mine to make them fit. the gforce xmember makes life great too.:beer
  9. RIVI1379

    RIVI1379 Well-Known Member

    THANKS for the compliments, can't wait to get it on the road-anyone spare a cowl hood?
  10. Hector

    Hector '79 Buick Limited

    Very nice looking car and engine bay,I think a seed has been planted:Brow: .
  11. RIVI1379

    RIVI1379 Well-Known Member

    thanks, nothing like an engine bay FULL of 455, and not much else (I do not need much else):cool:
  12. wildcat4

    wildcat4 Well-Known Member

    Good job Corey,
    I know Mike Utterback will love to see the upper radiator hose!
    Now where's the pics of the rims and tires I can see? You have one sweet ride, of course by may you will have moved on to chebby citation or something else, but for now this car rocks!

    My only suggestion would be to get 2 dirty 3" air cleaners and stack them on top of each other, That would be SEWEEET!:laugh:
  13. RIVI1379

    RIVI1379 Well-Known Member

    yes-that hose goes right up my ____, but the molded one would just not cut
    it, too close, and I must apologize-my other 4 aircleaner elements are for race only, I did not want to gloat!!!:grin:
  14. Running

    Running Midwest Buick Mafia

    Nice ride :TU:

    I have your hood :cool: it's holding the spiders at about 15 feet above ground level in my pole barn.
  15. Hector

    Hector '79 Buick Limited

    Any progress?:3gears:
  16. monkeyy337

    monkeyy337 monkeyy337

    Have you got a part number and where you bought that hose? I could also use the same for the lower one if you have it. Thanks in advance.
  17. KRL077

    KRL077 Well-Known Member

    RIV, Its hard to tell from the pics but will you be able to close the stock hood or will you need to go another route? Even with a drop base element I can't clear my stock hood.
  18. RIVI1379

    RIVI1379 Well-Known Member

    I just got a hood done for the car, ran low on fundage getting it done but it would not close with a stock hood, I had an extra hood so I cut a hole it it, got a cowl style scoop from Summit, and epoxyed the hood black and attached the scoop with 8 stanless hex head bolts, looks ok for now, and It's functional-I'll post some pics soon.
  19. KRL077

    KRL077 Well-Known Member

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    Any pics yet? I'm in the same boat you were re: hood clearance. Curious to see how your scoop looks on the car.
  20. RIVI1379

    RIVI1379 Well-Known Member

    I did, then somehow cleared them out of my camera, and it has not been outside much, on the second trans now:Dou: (whole other story) but once it sees daylight again I'll certainly post them...just had twin boys too-maybe a pic of them with it!:beers2:

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