The restoration of my 1984 Buick T-Type v.turboregal

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  1. herpes

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    I found this car in late 1997. My uncle owned a business where he bought wrecked cars from insurance companies, fixed them, and sold them.

    This car was picked up in 1990 after being stolen, beat on, and abandoned. He was waiting on the title, as it had a lien on it, for nearly 8 years, so it sat.




    step 1: discovery
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    it is hard to tell in this picture, but there is no front passenger wheel. the theives must have hit a curb and broke the wheel, the spindle was cracked and the tie rods buckled.

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    easier to tell its missing a wheel here...

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    there was an ant bed in the trunk... i got bit :wtc:

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    the factory leather buckets were stolen... the floorpan was damaged by a forklift they used to transport the car at whatever salvage yard it was sitting in.

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    they took the turbo dash plaque and shifter handle, but left the rare / $$ steering wheel... go figure...

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    Stocky stock stock... except for animal nests and leaves...

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    oh.. do I spy a K&N filter? :mamoru2:





    step 2: cleanup!


    luckily my grandfather owned an international flatbed... so we towed that bitch home to get to work!
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    interior being gutted... wait.. what the fuck is that shit on the hood?

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    looks like it is ready to take off....

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    you cant tell from this... but there was a mural of a half naked woman / unicorn standing infront of a blue planet with lightning.. i think she had a sword too... :hsugh:

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    interior gutted and the floorpan sledgehammered back into place!

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    so now it's 1999 and we're about to strip the car for painting...

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    getting there... its fucking cold as hell, the DA sander vibrates your hands to death... hands are so cold I cant even feel when it hits my knuckles... this was hell.


    this car had atleast 3 paintjobs in its life... sanding through them all was a bitch.

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    step 3: time to rebuild her...



    first step was to find out what was going on with the title... there would be no point to restore this car and then have the company with the lien see how nice it was and ask for it back. we finally found the company with the lien and showed them the condition of the car. they politely gave us the title free of charge.

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    nextwe had the car primered with hi-build and blocked until it was nice and smooth
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    I decided on a metallic black mixed by honda, it had a nice metallic sparkle to it, really hard to see unless you're in person. 1998 accords had this color option.​
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    step 4: interior!

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    we met a nice lady that did my interior for cheap... i think she did well..






    step 5: finished product
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    that's all folks :wavey:

    edit:

    here are some videos I made
    night360.avi 3.5mb - a slow 360 view of car under the lights at night
    90mph.avi 2.8mb - 0-90mph run behind my house
    flyby1.avi 1.1mb - 85mph flyby on some backroad
    flyby2.avi 1.3mb - coasting up the hill after turning around from video #1

    1984 T-Type open exhaust turbo whine, in car

    1984 T-Type open exhaust turbo whine

    1984 T-Type idle

    playing with the 3k stall converter on low boost
     
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    always wanted to see the story behind your awesome car
     
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    so did you just clean up the engine bay and redo all the seals/hoses/wires?

    i vaguely remember you mentioning you had an engine on a jack, wasn't sure if that was a replacement one or the one you were restoring :o
     
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    :bowdown: Very clean! Good job on the build, it looks like you really took your time! :cool:
     
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    :wtf: no burn outs? :greddy:!


    nice car though! :)
     
  10. herpes

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    oh, well, i left out the engine rebuild, it looks about like this right now...

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    engine mods include a bigger turbo, bigger alternator, newer ignition, LS1 MAF, bigger up/downpipe, reworked heads, electric fan, newer ECM, custom chip, removed AC and heater, tubular lower control arms, lightweight bumpers (alum instead of steel), lighter wheels, lighter brake drums, in car manual boost controller, propane injection, 3" cold air kit, 3,000rpm 10" stall, a trans that will survive 9 second passes all day long w/transbrake.... i think thats about it..
     
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    I need new tires pretty soon, the car has sat for awhile since I blew the trans in it twice in 2 months, but its back together and just needs a nice wash and some little parts to be back to 100%

    when I get some new tires i'll do a burnout or two for OT
     
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    Wow :bowdown: I love it when people restore cars normal people would usually take to the dumpster :bowdown: Great job!
     
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    GN's are hotness
     
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    it's a shame about the hot air engine, but that's a very good restoration. Good to see another one brought back from the brink.
     
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    not too much when you do it all yourself....

    i had an idea at one time.. lemme just sum it up

    car - $0
    transmission - $1500
    converter - $500
    turbo - $200
    exhaust - $200
    trans cooler - $100
    paintjob - $600
    control arms - $130
    cold air - $13
    propane kit - $400
    lightweight shit - ~$100 at junkyards
    wheels - $150
    interior - $600
    new shortblock - $500
    heads - $150
    chip - $75
    injectors - $150
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    $5368


    thats all i can think of :dunno:

    but note, the upgrades were not necessary, the turbo, heads, trans, etc... that was all fine after i went through it all.
     
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    damn son :bowdown:
     
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    Superb dude, it looks better then new :cool:
     
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    I'll give you 6k for it. :o
     
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    that is amazing. Well done!!!
     
  22. herpes

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    did the prep, but didnt spray the primer, block it back down, or lay the paint.. otherwise everything is all me
     
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    Wow!!! I love your car!! Great job on building her back from the dead!
     
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    Good fucking work man :cool:
     
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    dammmnn that's a nice restoration! I love those GN's!
     

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