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.
Cobra vs Grand National
'96 Cobra, bolt ons, Exhaust and gears
'87 Grand National stock turbo at 19psi
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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.
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
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.
Grand National passes Corvette as it wrecks
John N. testing his tricked out Stage 2 Grand National at Thunder Valley
Raceway park. His opponent in a Corvette stays in it too long and narrowly
misses hitting the GN as it passes by! The GN's build up had recently been
completed and this was intended to be a soft pass with only 20# of Boost. The camera person was there to film
the car's reaction to the launch for tuning purposes. They were so focused
on the GN that they did not notice what was happening to the Corvette until
it was over.
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.
Buick - 1985 Buick Grand National
Here's another great video from the History Channel's archive on the 1985
Buick Regal turbocharged Grand National.
Per the History Channel's exact video description:
attention-grabbing celebration of speed, the 1985 Grand National represents
Buick's return to muscle-car roots. Now, two teams of veteran mechanics try
to extract everything they can from the Grand National's made-for-speed
equipment (including turbo engines, fuel
injectors, and racing transmissions) to transform the car into a big, mean
The premise is simple: FULL THROTTLE selects two teams who are each given
the same model of classic car in a similar state of disrepair. They're
supplied with a garage, tools, and parts, and after 20 hours of repair
time, they battle it out in an old-fashioned drag-race on a certified
track. The winner keeps both cars. The loser keeps nothing.
They're fast, they're flashy, they reignited America's love of muscle
cars-and finally, the 1985 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL returns with a vengeance on