Drag racing is cool, but corners are just as cool. Having a car that can stop and turn is as important as having one that hauls ass. Pro-touring is all the rage now and I’ve officially hopped on the bandwagon, with both feet. I’m not a race car driver, and I will never claim to be, but the feeling of taking a corner and the car just sticking is intoxicating. Making an older car with simple suspension perform like a sports car is not an easy job, yet I’m about to give it a college try.
1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme:
This car actually has a lot of history with my family. My grandfather originally bought the car brand new in Arizona. They were on their way to San Francisco in a 65 Ford station wagon with an aftermarket Sears air conditioner installed on it, which caused the vehicle to overheat constantly. Coasting into an Oldsmobile dealership he purchased the car cash, and they left that day. It actually was the showroom model, so they had to drive it out of the showroom. Fast forward to 1998, my grandfather fell ill, and sadly passed away in 2000. Oddly enough, right around then is about the time when cars started to catch my interest. Being the only car guy in the family at the time, I was actually given the car, and unfortunately it’s been sitting since then.
So with roughly 31,000 miles on the car, the project begins. It is going to be a pro-touring/survivor build. I have already purchased a full Hotchkis TVS Stage 2 kit for the suspension. It will also be receiving a disc brake upgrade, due to the fact it is currently four drums. With it being a 1972, it makes about as much horsepower as a Toyota Prius. It has a 350 cubic inch Rocket small block Oldsmobile with a four barrel carburetor. I will be adding a hydraulic roller camshaft, aluminum intake manifold, Edelbrock 650 carburetor, Hooker longtube headers, 2300 stall convertor, and a full stainless exhaust with many other things. This car should be a ton of fun, it wont win many drag races, but it will put up a fight at the auto cross track.
1987 Buick Grand National
Anyone that really knows me, knows about my love and passion for turbo Buicks. I had a 1986 Grand National, but I foolishly gave it up to build a project Typhoon (pictured below). The Typhoon was fun, and the truck got a lot of attention, but it didn’t fill the void in my heart left by the big black Buick. So when I had the chance to trade the Typhoon for a neglected 1987 Grand National, I took it. This car has spent its whole life, to the tune of 73,000 miles, in Michigan. That has taken a toll on the cars body and paint. It does have some rust, nothing that horrible, replacement doors, quarter panel patches, and a paint job will bring the car back to its former glory. She may by ugly, but the beautiful Buick runs like brand new.
This Grand National is much different than my 86. The 86 didn’t have a single power option, almost as if it were ordered to be as light as possible, and it was a hard top. My 1987 has nearly every option available on it, except automatic headlights and a digital dashboard. It also has T-Tops, which are always an added bonus.
This car will follow nearly the same formula as the Oldsmobile, except a much higher emphasis on horsepower. The goal is to run low eleven second quarter mile times, then run a full autocross course as quick as all the strictly pro-touring cars. The most amazing thing about turbo Buicks are the fact that they can be very, very fast, and still obtain 20 plus miles per gallon. If you ever have the opportunity to ride in a turbo Buick, I highly recommend it, you will not be disappointed.
This was a small introduction blog to kind of introduce myself to you. Fact is, I’m a car enthusiast, I love everything with four wheels and an engine. Import or domestic, I like it all. I look forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge with you all in the future.
Remember, don’t crush ’em. Restore ’em
The Buick Guy