Overhauling my 455 Buick engine
Due to a cracked cylinder head, i decided to overhaul the complete engine.
Couldnt help myself for adding some 'performance' parts while i was at it.
Music: OST "Black Dynamite" motion picture, song: Jimmy's dead (instrumental)
9 Second Buick GSX Stage2 GS Stage1 9.51 @ 140
We originally built this car with Frank Urbinati back in 1996.It debuted at
the GS Nationals where it won the GS Pro Street class races. It was also
the 1st GS Pro Street class car to break into the 9's at the time.Thanks to
Frank this project came to life. Fast forward to 2010 and the car has been
taken over by Bob Ortolani,the car still looks great and Bob decided to
bring it up another level. We were happy to have the car come back to our
shop and to have the opportunity to work with Bob and put together the new
powerplant. The video shows the results of our 1st day out to tune the
engine. The 1st two passes were shakedowns to check fuel/oil pressures and
get a feel for the new combo. By the 3rd run we had posted a 9.62 @ 138
hitting the 7100rpm rev limiter chip! The 4th run was a 9.52 @ 140. On the
5th run it went 9.51 @ 140.65! After a good cool down and a timing
adjustment we were ready to try for a 9.40 run, launching right off idle
the car gave us a nice big unexpected wheelie! The wheelie sure lookes cool
but we know we can go quicker with a little more suspension work to
straighten out the launch and try to keep the front down. We're sure it'll
go into the 9.40's yet and maybe even 30's after everything is worked out.
71 Buick Skylark GS GSX 455 Stage 1 Burnout.MP4
4-17-13 NOW FOR SALE!! IS RECEIVING PAINT THIS WEEK. WHITE/BLACK STRIPES
May be traded this weekend for a big truck to haul my other toys unless
someone comes up with $18,000 or ?$$ Outskirts of Fountain Hills, AZ just
seeing what kind of smoke show the Buick was capable of. Motor was
completely built by TA Performance in Scottsdale, AZ. Car runs on premium
pump gas or aviation 110. Motor is a 73' Buick 455 bored .030 over to a 462
with forged pistons 9.84:1 compression, TA Hemi-Killer Camshaft, TA HD
rocker assembly, TA Double Row Timing Chain, TA Timing Cover, TA Water
Pump, Aluminum Radiator, TA Aluminum Stage 1 Heads, TA Valve Covers, Hooker
Full Length Headers, Magnaflow 3" stainless crossover Exhaust, 12 bolt posi, 4 Wheel Disc Brakes, 9"
Brake Booster, TA Hi-Perf. Starter,
TA Billet Aluminum Flywheel, TA Street/Strip Mechanical Fuel Pump, Borg
Warner T-10 4-Speed Transmission with 904 Cast Iron Case(split the old
aluminum case with 1st gear explosion), Driveshaft Loop, Hurst Shifter,
Centerforce dual friction clutch, Edelbrock 850cfm Carb, Edelbrock
performer intake, MSD Distributor, Accel Coil, tires were BF Goodrich
radial T/A. Motor was featured on the rear cover of TA Performance 2010
1971 Buick Riviera 455ci engine rebuild start up
For more information on this engine build please go to:
This Buick 455 came to us with a distinct knock from the bottom end, it had
been rebuilt 2 or 3 times by others but was still knocking and suffering
with low oil pressure.
Normally we do not remove and fit engines but this time we made an
exception, we removed the engine, stripped it and cleaned all parts,
decided which new parts we needed and when they arrived we set about
getting this engine as perfect as possible.
After a lot of hard work we got her finished and installed back into the
1971 Buick Riviera.
70 Buick GS Stage 1 vs Radical 69 Camaro SS
Stock 1970 Buick 455 Stage 1 engine with pump gas vs 454 with gears and
converter in a 69 Camaro SS. Listen to the
difference in cams etc towards the end. The owner of both even said he was
pissed till he realized they were both his cars so why be mad the buick was
1971 GS 455, Stage 1 with F1C Procharger
Rich's 71 GS after replacing the D1 procharger with a bigger F1C. Some fine
tuning to be done yet, and then off to the track.
The car was mid 11s on 17" drag radials before.
1970 Buick GSX Engine Rebuild - RKM Performance Center
This 455cid V8 came into the shop under the hood of a 1970 Buick GSX. When
new, the motor was capable of propelling the GSX to 13-second quarter mile
passes in stock trim. Unfortunately, this one was way past its prime. To
get this 455 back in shape, a full rebuld was called for. Technician Jon
Sipple gives us a quick overview of the process.
1980 Buick Skylark Dealer Demo
This is form a 1979 promotional LaserDisc that I found it is for 1980 model
At the beginning of this disc you will hear some audio tones, these where
used to program the PR-7800 LaserDisc player, and you will also see single
frames of what is on the entire disc as well as still pictures of each
model of Buick available that year
This WAS the first interactive video experience, the on board CPU in the
PR-7800 allowed you to program the viewing and interact with the disc using
the remote control. The PR-7800 was intorduced 3 years before the IBM PC-XT
In 1978 GM contracted with Pioneer and MCA/DiscoVision to put the Pioneer
PR-7800 LaserDisc player into its dealerships, the discs where to be used
for demonstrations as in this disc or for training purposes.
Now in the early days of laserDisc manufacture there was a very high
failure rate, sometimes as high as 85% during the mastering/pressing
process, so that left a lot of sides of discs that where unusable. Well
these where used to fill the blank side of a disc, the "dead" side was then
coated with a special plastic that was clear to the human eye, but it would
not reflect the laser beam, thus the side would not play. Well the coating
can be removed with rubbing alcohol, which is what I did.
These reject discs will ONLY play on the older style of laserDisc player
that uses a laser tube