87 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL DAILY DRIVER DRAG RACING STREET TIRES email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Update as of July 2011 - - NO Alky/Methanol YET... www.alkycontrol.com Julio
2008 Purchased Stock 87 GN with 88,000 miles.
--- Needed New turbo, Exhaust, Brakes to be driven on the street..
2009 my best was 13.2 at 105 mph
2010 My first 12.496 @ 109.33 mph was recorded
using 245/50/16" KUMHO ECSTA AST STREET TIRES
after I removed the floor mat, my next quarter mile pass
60' 1.806 and quarter mile in 12.396 @ 108.95 mph on STREET TIRES
2011 GS Nationals - I'll have Drag Radials and few more tweaks to break 11's...
1987 Buick Grand National / GNX Clone Project:
link to additional photos: http://www.gsnationals.com/GNHT2010.htm
List of Bolt-On Modifcations:
No Alcohol/Methanol Injection.
1987 Buick Regal Grand National "Hard Top"
Unopened 1987 Buick V6 turbo 3.8 liter Factory Stock Muscle Car.
turbo Tweak: LT1-3" MAF, Translator, TT 93 Street Chip, 60# Fuel Injectors.
GN1-Performance: 3" Front Mount Intercooler, 3" Down Pipe with External Wastegate & External Boost Controller, 3" Stainless Steel Dual Exhaust.
Full Throttle Speed: Scanmaster and Adjustable Fuel Pressure Regulator.
RJC Racing: RJC Air Distribution Plenum Power Plate.
Red Armstrong / Quad Air: XP Plus Fuel Pump with Hotwire/Fuel Pump Feeder Kit.
Kirban Performance: TA-49 turbo (up to 545 HP), GNX 16x8 Honeycomb Rims, GNX Fender Flares, Brace Kit Front & Rear, Ignition Coil Pack & Spark Plug Wires, 160 Thermostat, Reproduction Rear Bumper Fillers, Front Bumper Fillers, Steel Hood Shocks, Polished Aluminum MAF Pipe, Angled Billet Oil Fill Tube & Breather Kit, A-Pillar Boost & Knock Gauges, Engine Tie-Down Strap.
GBodyParts: F Body Aluminum Radiator with Dual Fans, Vacuum Brakes, Stainless Steel Catalytic Converter Hanger.
HRpartsNstuff: Anti-Roll/Rear Sway Bar, Lower & Upper Double Adjustable Control Arms, Dual Air Bags with Spacers and Drive Shaft Safety Loop.
Cotton's Performance: Heated Oxygen "02" Sensor Kit.
Miscellaneous/New/Replaced: Windshield, Rearview Mirror, Shocks, Head Lights, Brembo Brakes, Ceramic Pads, Calipers, Repacked Bearings, 8" K&N Air Filter, NOS Grey Leather Steering Wheel with Billet Ring, NOS Black Headlight Bezels, NGK UR5 Spark Plugs (Gapped Tight 0.030), Windshield Bottle & Radiator Overflow Plus Caps, Original Radiator Cap "Made in England".
GNX Accents/Features: Rear Differential Cover, turbo Shield, Wheels, Front & Rear Emblems, Embroidered Headrests, GNX Dash #487, ASC Stickers (Door Jamb/Emission/Intercooler), Vents, Flares, Owners Manual, Fender Cover and GNX Hardbound Book.
Tom's Turbo Garage: Buick Grand National Street & Strip Upgrades - Part 3
In this episode, we focus on making some good old turbocharged horsepower on my 1987 Buick
Grand National. We also take a trip back to 1987 to look at performance
recipes back then.
This is part of a multi-part series where we're making a host of
modifications to this classic American muscle car to improve its
performance on the street and strip. Thank you for watching and
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Quarter Mile Track: 6.751 @ 205.94 mph
Len Freeman as driver
Oct 20-23, 2010
Buick GS Nationals
Beech Bend Raceway Park
Bowling Green, Kentucky
BUICK - The "Grand National" & "GNX" Story Part 1 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 GNX Top Gear Test Track
The 1987 Buick Grand National-GNX in the hands of the Stig
276 hp (206 kW) and 360 lb·ft (488 N·m) of torque.
1/4 mile time of 13.5 seconds at 102 mph (164 km/h) and a 0-60 mph (97
km/h) time of 4.7 seconds
Buick Grand National Car Show, 1990
Video by John Spina, Caspers Electronics Inc. in Loveland, Colorado, and
hosted by Kirban Performance, Warminster PA. Vintage video footage showing
the Buick Grand National frenzy back in the day...something you will never
see again (at least not in these numbers - the closest you'll ever get to
this many cars is the GS Nationals). The turbocharged and intercooled Buick was the fastest
US production car in 1987; and even today, still one of the quickest
vehicles on the road and at the quarter-mile tracks. This production
vehicle has become a cult-classic and still shows up in numbers at the
annual GSCA event in Bowling Green, KY.