Thanks to Monty Jones at Jones Paint and Body, Smithville TN, & Jack Cotton at Cottons Performance Center Yanky land Mass. Both of these men are incrediable at what they do for a living. This car is so nicely done. Its a pleasure to be able to drive around in a such a work of art. Thanks to Monty and Jack for making my dream come true.
Richard Clark - Chasing air molecules
Oct. 2008: Richard Clark in one of his Grand National "research labs".
Richard proceeds to bench-flow mass airflow plumbing and demonstrates some
of the mysterious physical oddities of fluid dynamics. Lots of interesting
things in this video, not to mention the numerous turbocharged 3.8 liter crate engines with no miles
on them. Check out the chassis Dyno, too. Look and enjoy -
especially if you're a Buick turbo
86 Buick Grand National TITAN AUTO SALES
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Cotton's Performance 8.36@167
Brian Cotton making the 1st pass off the trailer with our V6 turbo TType at Cecil County with the Pumpkin. This
is a new record setting pass for our car. You can see me, a concerned
father watching his son make his fastest pass ever.. a proud father, I can
also tell you my wife Lorrie was just as proud and emotional as I was
watching from the other side of the track. A big thank you to Richie R from
a great video shot , thanks so much!!
1987 Buick Grand National First start in ten years
Video was made for personal use but decided to share
Sat in storage for ten years (01-11)
Changed oil, changed plugs and charged the battery. Thats it.
Fogged the cylinders and ran the motor with out plugs to build up oil
pressure before i started it.
Smoke from start up was from the fogging oil, I still cant believe how easy
it started. Even the gas in ten years old! Although, it was before Ethanol
was added to everything and it was treated with a heavy dose of good
stabilizer. It will be drained and new fuel will be added before we run it
BUICK - The "Grand National" & "GNX" Story Part 2 of 3
I don't like too many 80s cars, but this is my favorite BY FAR. It's the
only car I allow to be included with the "brute force" muscle cars of the
60s and early 70s. I enjoyed working on them and driving them when I
started as a tech at a Buick dealer in 1991, in Arlington TX. Too bad
Pontiac and Olds didn't also make their own version of this the same way
Buick made theirs.---Buick made a V6 from wacking 2 cylinders off their
great V8, while letting the turbo and
PERFECT computerized spark/fuel control "get back" the lost power of the 2
cylinders, AND retaining V6 fuel economy!--(these cars could get in the
high 20s low 30s on the hwy). Since this is EXACTLY a Buick V8 with 2
cylinders wacked off, and since it is a 90 degree V (like a V8) unlike many
V6s, the result is a nice even power curve that does not lack low-end. It
does not have near the low-end "turbo
lag" as many turbo POS's today that have
to redline at 8500rpm before they make any power. In fact, in stock form
these engines never need to see over 5000rpm.
1987 Buick Grand National (GNX Clone Project 2008-2018) 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, burnout at end
UPDATED 2012: New Photos: http://www.gsnationals.com/GNHT2010.htm
Auburn, Maine - Video taken Summer 2010
1987 Buick Regal Grand National / GNX CLONE Project - Sept 2010 Update
No Shoes, No Alky, No Burnout Box, Stage, 4 PSI Boost
Street Tires update Oct 21, 2010
1.806 60' --- Best ET 12.389 @ 108.95 mph
--- Best MPH: 109.95 MPH
20#'s Boost, No Knock, 13.2 @ 105
mph on Cooper Cobra 235/60/15" Street Radials May 13, 2009
(and it wasn't even tuned), then over time more changes, as listed below.
Purchased March 2008 with 88,000 miles STOCK - Original.
As of Oct 2010 there is 103,881 miles, driven from Wisconsin to Kentucky;
Wisconsin to NC, SC, Georgia 2008; Wisconsin to Kentucky to Maine to
Wisconsin 2009, Wisconsin to Maine 2010, and Maine to Kentucky Oct 20-23,
2010. Past 2.5 yrs, I've DRIVEN 16,000 miles in a 1987 Buick Regal Grand
National with over 100k miles!!! and "No Brakes & a Bad turbo" when I bought it in 2008...
this is my 2nd 87 Buick Grand National (and modified) --- my 1st GN is an
ORIGINAL T-Top with 38,xxx miles, ATR 2.5" Pitbull Stainless Steel Dual Exhaust, Torque Strap, Front & Rear Brace
Kit Package, RJC Power Plate.
June 2008 - July 2009 Updates & Modifications:
GNX Clone is Modified with bolt on parts, unopened engine - 3" Front Mount
Intercooler, 3" Downpipe with
External Wastegate/Boost Controller,
3" Stainless Steel True Dual Exhaust,
TA 49 turbo, F-Body Alum Radiator with
Dual Fans, RJC Power Plate, Adjustable Fuel Pressure Regulator (43 PSI line
off) with FP gauge, Scanmaster, A-Pillar Boost & Knock Gauges, turboTweak 93 Chip with 60# Injectors, 3" Aluminum
MAF Pipe, 9" K&N Cone Air Filter, XP Plus Fuel Pump, 160 thermostat, torque
strap, Vacuum Brakes with Billet Block. HRpartsNstuff Rear Sway Bar, Lower
& Upper Double Adjustable Control Arms, Air Bags, Front & Rear Brace Kit.
NOS L/R Headlight Bezels, Grey Leather Steering Wheel w/Billet Buick
Tri-Shield/Horn Cap, New Shocks, Rotors, Bearings, Brembo Brakes, 30% Side
& Rear Window Tint .
May 2009 Video Walk Around - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqqndU8sbJs
August 2009 - April 2010 --- Parked - in storage...
May 2010 - Modifications:
Front & Rear Bumper Fillers replaced, Drive Shaft Safety Loop, GNX Accents
4 - 245/50/16" Tires
GNX Kirban Style Reproduction 16x8 Rims
GNX Dash Plaque #487,
GNX Rear Differential Cover,
GNX Front & Rear Emblems,
GNX ASC Stickers, under hood & door jamb, No rpo "T2L" code
GNX turbo Cover,
GNX Flares & GNX Vents in Storage... (not sure I'll cut it up)
GNX 6 Gauge Stewart Warner Gauges and Paint planned for next year.
GNX Rear Suspension 1987 can't compare to HRpartsNstuff Suspension of
New Windshield after I was stopped in New York late at Night 82 mph in 65
mph, after being pulled over and the officer checked my car out front to
back, he saw my cracked windshield and gave me warning to repair crack,
whew... thank you... $199 replaced, no speeding ticket, no insurance
adjustment... must be problem with my cruise, becuz I dislike to follow or
often speed up to catch up to the people in front of me...maybe you do
September 2010 - Modifications:
Updated NGK UR5 Spark Plugs gapped tight at .030, new ignition coil pack,
new spark plug wires, LS1-3" MAF with Translator after shooting this video,
Fuel Feeder/Hot Wire Kit, heated O2 sensor. Stainless Steel Cat. Exhaust Hanger, Translator Base Setting = 5.
OCTOBER 2, 2010 ---- SCANMASTER RESULTS after road trip, taken at idle.
02 = 792 (best tuned .750 - .770 -- leaner is meaner w/out knock, higher
AF = 4 (air/fuel best 4-6)
L8 = 30 (engine load = 30-40)
bat = 13.7 (battery 13.5 or higher)
INT = 128 (integrator 118 - 138, ideally 128)
blm = 126 (block learn lean side 118 - 138, rich side, ideally 128)
mph = 0
CLT = 170 (coolant)
ATS = 124 (air temp)
r = 800 (rpm)
TPS = .44 (throttle position sensor 0.42 - 0.44, WOT = 4.6 - 4.8)
IAC = 21 (idle air control 10- 40 good at idle, best at under 30)
fuel pressure 37-43 with line off car at idle in park. start at 43, stock
34-40 line off
Oil Pressure 10-15 PSI HOT
O2 of .790 or higher prevents excessive retard.
at Race Track Tune for best MPH, ET Varies with traction
NOTE: time slips in the quarter mile will be updated by October 26th, 2010
at the GS Nationals - Bowling Green, Kentucky 2010 --- GS Nationals -
October 20-23, 2010.
HRpartsNstuff, GBodyParts, RJC Racing, Kirban Performance, Cotton
Performance, turboBuick.com, Full
Throttle Speed, GN1 Performance, NOS4GN, Red Armstrong - Quad Air.
Here is link/history for my original 87 Buick Grand National - GARAGE QUEEN
Grand National and GNX History (part 2 of 3)
Buick quietly re-entered the supercar wars in the late eighties with a turbocharged 3.8 liter V6 engine in an all
black Regal. The car was so outrageously fast that its now among the most
collectible cars of all time.
Jack Cotton's Buick GN
Once again track conditions were horrible... this was the only run of the
night during 40 degree weather. Still pulled off good times IMO.
1986 Buick T-Type American Street Car Series
A 1986 Buick T-Type I shot at a American Street Car Series event....this is
not a stock T-Type...very cool..ride along...check it out!!...Makes sure
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The Legend: Turbo Buicks
The Smoking Tire heads out to Fontana, CA for a drag strip meetup with the
guys from turboBuick.com and learns
about the one-time "fastest car in America," the Buick Grand National.