Project HP 69 S/S Skylark

Discussion in 'Race 400/430/455' started by Graham, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. Graham

    Graham Registered User

    Yep Al, The thing's a SLUG... for a street car :laugh:

    I know talk is cheap..:grin:

    Alan sent me (loaned) a beautiful 68/69 Shifter and Handle to complement my project and a Buick DVD as well. Awesome vid by the way. :TU:

    I will be sending AW a token of my appreciation along with the $24.00 shipping if I ever get a day off from work.

    Alan's unbridled zeal and enthusiasm for the Buick community and willingness to help others sets a brilliant example of the quality people that inhabit the realms of this board.

    I bet he's pumped now. :laugh:

    Once again and seriously,

    Thanks Alan! :beer

    Heres a couple new pics,
     

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  2. Graham

    Graham Registered User

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  3. Landshark1969

    Landshark1969 1969 GS convertible

    The shifter looks great has an awsome feel when you are just cruising waiting to slam it into first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :beer
     
  4. 69GS400s

    69GS400s ...my own amusement ride!

    Graham - you're such a Shifty guy :beer

    Much better on the Eyes now ... for us 68/69 weenies :Do No: :TU:

    ....Glad I could help your AWSOME project alittle
     

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  5. Graham

    Graham Registered User

    Finally,.. a little more Traction

    Just recieved 4 CenterLine Warrior Series 07 rims. (2) 15x7, (2) 15x8.5 all with 5" backspacing.

    MT ET Street Radials 275 60 R15 and 235 60 R15. Nice stance. Rears are tight with no rubbing. Had to lightly trim 3/16" on inner rear wheel sheet metal lips.

    I know, it needs paint..

    Took the machine out last night and wasted a new Shelby Mustang 2 times at 2 lights. :grin: :TU:
     

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  6. wiona

    wiona Well-Known Member

    Great look Graham :TU: Great looking project.

    I have been following your build and incorporating some of your setups/ideas in to my own ('68 Skylark 455 swap... Hope you don't mind :rolleyes: ). I was starting to think ahead to my rear tires and it looks like you answered one of my questions.

    I do have one question. That is a Stage 2 poston scoop and if so what does it measure from the top of the carb to the scoop? I have the TA Sp1 Intake, 1" spacer topped with an 850 Mighty Demon and I was wondering what kind of clearance I will have with the scoop.

    Thanks
    Wayne
     
  7. Graham

    Graham Registered User

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  8. Graham

    Graham Registered User

    Thanks Wayne,

    The hood is a VFN Fiberglass custom order unit.

    I'm using an SP1, 2" Moroso Spacer, BG1000 Race Demon and a Gary K Lexan Air Pan. Went out to measure and still have approx 7/16" clearance from the top carb nut to the top of the scoop.

    You will have no problem with your setup regarding scoop clearance. I would think around 1.5" if you used the same style K&N Filter.

    Cheers, :3gears:
     
  9. whamo

    whamo 454 71 skylark custom

    shelby mustang

    I might be wrong but I dont think the new shelby gt500 mustangs other than magazine prototypes have been built yet. Not that a mighty Buick wouldnt be able to dust one anyway. It was probably a clone (stripes). Funny a clone of a car that hasnt been built yet.
     
  10. Graham

    Graham Registered User

    I'm not a Ford guy, but it looked brand new and the decal on the windshield in my rear view mirror said Shelby.

    Whatever it was, I had fun kicking the punks ass! :grin: :TU:
     
  11. wiona

    wiona Well-Known Member


    Thanks Graham.. Keep beating up them Fords :TU:
     
  12. Graham

    Graham Registered User

    I plan to hit the race track in a couple of weeks. Had the car out a couple times on the street and the MT ET's are starting to feather as pictured below.

    My question is, At the track, will these hides clean up (smooth the surface) with the inital quick burnout? How hot should I get these tires before staging? Pros and Cons? :Do No: Thanks in advance.
     

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  13. Graham

    Graham Registered User

    A few pics taken today.
     

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  14. Graham

    Graham Registered User

    Plan on relocating the Master Cutoff to inside the license plate shortly.
     

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  15. gymracer01

    gymracer01 Well-Known Member

    Like YOUR Car!

    Interesting to see your project. I built a 68 and painted it the same color as your car back in 95. Ran it for 6 years and then sold it and built a 67 GS 400 race car. I was working for a Buick dealer when the new body style came out(fall 0f 67) and I thought they were the ugliest thing I had ever seen. 30 years later I'm racing one and lovin it. I ran ET STreets on mine and was able to finish 2nd in the nation in NSCA NMC class in 99 and 2000. Finally ran a best of 10.67 @ 127 with DOT tires and stock suspension and mufflers. I love my 67 but will always have a soft spot for a 68-69, especially blue. Great job. Also like the Warriors(I run them on my 67 and Regal). I also have a set of the M/T Radial on the Regal and like them too.
    Jim N.
     
  16. Graham

    Graham Registered User

    Front Pic.
     

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  17. Graham

    Graham Registered User

    Engine pic. I also installed the Quick Ratio Steering box on the weekend. What a difference concerning handling. :TU:
     

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  18. Graham

    Graham Registered User

    Other side. Yes, I have a tranny cooler on order, to be installed asap.
    Also I have been watching the fuel line for heat problems but amazingly enough its been fine. May still relocate it too.
     

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  19. Graham

    Graham Registered User

    Right on. Thanks Jim and everyone else for replying and your comments.
    Looking forward to some track action and baseline times. A bigger cam, girdle and better rods will be on order for the fall/winter teardown. Will update the thread with quarter mile data later next month.
    Any comments regarding the tire question?
    Chow for now. :grin:
     
  20. gymracer01

    gymracer01 Well-Known Member

    Tires!

    I think a moderate burnout will take care of it. I don't drive my Regal on the street so I never had that problem. I did see a little of it when I ran them on my 67 for a few passes. I don't think you have to kill them in the burnout. Maybe the first pass do a good one to get them in shape and then just haze them the rest of the passes. I think the street driving is what is fuzzing them up.
    Jim N.
     

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