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 again.
BUICK GRAND NATIONAL
GRAND NATIONAL 27K MILES PARKED OUTSIDE IN MAINE FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND THEY
DON'T WANT TO SELL IT......WHAT A WASTE
My 87' buick grandnational lives again,(please read
below)12-31-09,Orlando,FL,USA..Brand new GN1 Stroker motor..This time " I "
did all the work!! vs paying for blown-up motors from KDK Performance an/or
Lamotta Performance,both in FL an supossed speacilist...8^/....If your cars
at either of these shops above in Florida,i feel for you!!!..
Update! July 27th 2010
The ROH drift wheels an Falken autocross tires are on,Aerospace disk brakes
all around,TRZ tubular control a-arms front an upper in the back..Cars Very
close to the GNX conversion an Brand New Paint!!
The Story of this car..
Brought out storage,in year 2000
had 2 differant motor builds both whipe the camshafts,little known to
people back then was the camshaft manufactors fault ,the cams metal was
the car goes to Bowling Green Custums in Alt GA,
He has it 4 years, charges me $14,000 for Yeap,straight from his shop a
Car goes to KDK Performance in FL
gone billit rollor cam
$8000 rebuild,car blows up 1/2 track at 110mph
3 total rebilds all i payed for,Dynoed an to the track same
thing, 1/2 track garnade First Run !!
4th new motor bought an payed for, i pull car out KDK
spend over $30,000 in cash an parts totaling over 3 years
I call Cal Hartline,He recommeds Lamotta performance
The new motor from KDK goes striaght on the Dyno an BOOM!! headgasket
launches as all the times before
I asked if Lamotta can fix it, an add GNX style dash an new Intercooler,6 months later motors done
at Heartbeat racing engines,Even though Lamottoa dropped my motor to him
for whatever reason i had to go pick it up.(that cost the tranny in my
truck!)After Lamotta installs the motor an fires it,I called Jake an he
said i quote "Its fine, ready to go"..I pick it up, Its belowing white
smoke out the exshuast,water temps high, oil pressuers all over the
place!!!,,the dash speedo don't work, (the whole reason i had the GNX dash
kit Installed!!) an the grill ,Lamotta broke the headerpanel flap so my
Grill dangles in place,had to buy whole new pannel,won't mention them
storing my car under a car on lift that leaked fuild
$13,000 in total back to square one
Piston pin was riding up an down the #4 cylinder wall
Car stays in My Garage..
Dave at Heartbeat racing engines rebuilt an sleves the damage piston pin
cylinder an i have him add GN1 stroker kit..The Motors now perfect an i
have over 2000miles on it
Today July 27th 2010 the cars at ProFab in Tampa having Matt inspected
the suspenion along with the brakes,Possiably adding a 6 point roll
Moral to this build,Try your Hardest to Have one All-in-One shop work on
your car,Or you'll get the Third person run around,(example), Oh i'll take
your car an your money,but its the machist fault or part builders fault why
nothing works,pay us, blame them...
First time you here that....Run!!!
Get all work in Writing,You might need it later
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1986 Buick Grand National Barn Find, 18 years in storage
Here's my 1986 Buick GN, that I just purchased from the original owner and
brought her home yesterday. She has 17,588 miles and has been in storage
for the last 18 years. Looking forward to freshening up everything and
getting her on the road this summer. A big thank you to her original owner
for taking such great care of the car and keeping copious documentation.
My 87 Buick Grand National
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.