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    Default My Black Beauty 87' Buick Grand National

    So I have always wanted a G-Body car of some sort for as long as I can remember, this probably was do to the fact that my Uncle had and still does have a 1985 Monte Carlo SS That I was lucky enough to get a ride in every once and a while when I went to visit. The draw of that boxy and yet sexy car with its sharp body lines just drew me in and the throaty gurgle of the V-8 that lie beneath! Sheer ecstasy in my eyes.

    Here is a photo of his car a few years back, since then a very pricey restoration has taken place and it looks better than ever.



    With all that being said, as I grew up I always told him I would own a Monte Carlo SS one day just like him. He was pleased with my great taste in cars at the age of about 8 or so, but he said "Why not get a Grand National" well to that of course I asked what in the world that was and as my interest grew I became more and more enthralled with the idea. Well as I got older and more internet savvy, I began to research and read about the GN and slowly discovered the appeal of this "Legendary" car. well as you can imagine, like any 15 year old kid, this car was far out of my budget and thus I got... Wait for it.... a 1995 Buick Regal!!!! *Angels Singing* Thats right, the Grandma car to end all Grandma cars! Oh, and it was baby blue in color



    So I drove the piss out of this beautiful machine all through high school and sold it in the summer of 2008 with a cracked block for $800 with that sold and a first class ticket to Air Force Military training, broader horizons were coming to light, but the dream of one day owning a GN began to fade as prices were at an all time high. After basic training, I was sent to Tucson Arizona and I needed a car, my best option you ask? Mom and Dads 2002 Saturn Vue, it was a big step up from the regal. So I purchased the Vue from them in the spring of 2009 and I was one happy camper



    This vehicle served me quite well carting around me and my friends around and causing the usual trouble. all the way up to the week I got it all paid off!! Spring 2011 I was on temporary duty in Albuquerque New Mexico and had to go to Georgia for two weeks from there, so I left the Vue there and let my friend borrow it while I was gone. Day three of being gone I get a call... Yep!! He crashed it. Long story short, the insurance company ended up totaling it



    So now the search was on for a "Practical" and "Reliable" car. I searched for weeks, here and there, big and small. But nothing was satisfying me, so I threw a shot in the dark and typed it in "Buick Grand National" low and behold one in my price range and not far from home!! So as you guessed it from the title, I threw all reason of "Practical" and "Reliable" out the window and jumped on it! It was a 1987 Buick Grand National completely stock 3rd owner with 67K on the clock. Here is how she looked the day I picked her up.



    So now with my dream car in hand, what to do? Well time to take care of all the neglected crap the previous owners decided to ignore or not address properly. Right off the bat I had a nasty tick coming from the motor that was associated to a wiped cam lobe due to the previous owner not using Zinc additive on the flat tappet cam, so new Comp Cams mild grind cam, Lifters, Springs, and Valves. With that done, time to address the look of this time machine from the 80's. As you can imagine she sat like a monster truck and I wanted it just slightly lower and able to take a corner, that was all good and well till my good buddy with a nice built up 2001 Acura Integra got in my head about how low... So I purchased some goodies!! QA1 Coil-overs, UB Machine Upper Tubular Control Arms and Sphon Coil-Overs Tubular Lower Control Arms With Delrin Bushings, Moog Ball Joints.











    With the suspension in, it was time to address the small and noisy turbo. As I am not trying to build an un drivable street car, I went with a modest TA-49 Turbo that measures at 58mm from a board member on Turbobuick.com.

    Out with the old!



    In With The New!!



    With all the new bits and pieces installed and ready to go, it was time to drop her and see how she sat! of course my friend with the Teg was there and wanted to go as low as possible, I obliged him and was in shock at how good she looked!! I loved it low!!

    Black Beauty and her friend!





    I was in love with how she sat, but was not pleased with the stocker wheels, so I took the poor man approach and picked up a few cans of Plasti-Dip and went to work, the end result changed the entire look of the car, it looked so much more sinister at this point. I have to give credit to NewGen Photography for this photo.



    With the new look, she became my Daily Driver and has done so since just recently, during this time I was always going to car shows and luck would have it one night at a Freddy's Steak Burger cruise in, a gentleman came up to me and asked such a loaded sketchy question "Hey man, I have something you need, do you want it?" What in the hell?! So I bit and asked what he had and he told me he had a 3" down pipe of an old customers car, and he told me to meet him at his house in a half hour. Sketchy as hell, but again I went for it haha! once I arrived at his house he came out of the garage with the down pipe he spoke of. As I inspected the pipe, I came to realize this was a $600+ part, I was afraid to ask how much, and when I did, I was shocked. HE SAID IT WAS FO' FREEE!




    After this, there was some more routine maintenance and a scan tool installed and after all that it brings us to where we are now. Another one of my good friends is building a LS Chevy S-10 and happened to have some wheels and tires his dad had originally bought for his very own GN but never put them on and gave them to his son for his S-10, well recently he acquired some Corvette wheels and wanted to sell his Edelbrock 454's and the S-10 is a G-body so they share the same bolt pattern, I decided to test fit and the wheels were an inch bigger in diameter and had some serious upgraded meat on them. All four corners from the factory came with 215/60/16's and the Edelbrock's had some Goodyears with 245/60/17' in the front and 255/60/17's in the rear, so unfortunately the front was going to have to come up. But damn they look good and i decided to raise her up a bit and go for it and I sure am glad I did. here is how it sits right now.



    So thanks for reading this all and stick around for some updates, up next will be a Blazer spindle/hub swap for bigger brakes and flat bearing covers so I can fit the center caps on the front wheels, and rear lowering springs. Also I am currently collecting parts for an E-85 conversion, so that will be fun!!
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    Came here to see one of dream cars built+low... Left disappointed because of no pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deebo View Post
    Came here to see one of dream cars built+low... Left disappointed because of no pictures.
    Im a bit confused because there are 14 pictures of the Buick and others embedded throughout the entire post...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azrial89 View Post
    Im a bit confused because there are 14 pictures of the Buick and others embedded throughout the entire post...
    None viewable... Something's up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deebo View Post
    None viewable... Something's up!
    Interesting, im trying to figure it out now, be sure to check back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azrial89 View Post
    Interesting, im trying to figure it out now, be sure to check back!
    Fixed!! Pictures are now able to be viewed

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    Looks real good right now

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    Oeehh a GN! Me likey! Best looking Murrican Muscle ever made imo

    This needs some wide meaty wheels though. I'm so in for more. Sub'd!
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    Looks Amazing. sub'd
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    Looks killer man, doesn't even need to be dumped on the ground, nice job so far

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    Sweet GN. Love em.

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    If you want a nice drop for the rear, A-Body pig tail springs will work, a 2 inch drop spring on an A Body is a 4 inch drop on a G body or something like that! I was gonna do that with Elco.

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    Thanks Guys! I appreciate all the kind words! I have some more photos that I took during the last 2 years or so.

























    The Last one is with my Friends E-85 Monster drag racer.
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    Wow I never thought I would see one of these on here... AWESOME

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    looks good! rear needs to come down though
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    Photos are gone. I'd love to see this thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubbderDucky View Post
    Photos are gone. I'd love to see this thing.
    Man I sure am having a tough time with these pictures haha! I will hopefully get it all straightened out, are you unable to see any photos or just a couple?

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    I've always loved GNs. I've had two G body Cutlasses over my time. One of my favs for sure!

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    Cool car. Definitely need to bring the back half of the car down some, the rake looks a bit over the top.
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    Dude, what happended to your pics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by loekaaz View Post
    Dude, what happended to your pics?
    Haha! I moved them one last time and I think now finally they are not going anywhere. hopefully this will be the last of the lost photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azrial89 View Post
    Huh, those 3 blade props on that Herc look kinda goofy. On a car related note, looks awesome so far.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rice4life View Post
    Looks real good right now
    Thanks! Im a big fan of the look with the new wheels.

    Quote Originally Posted by loekaaz View Post
    Oeehh a GN! Me likey! Best looking Murrican Muscle ever made imo

    This needs some wide meaty wheels though. I'm so in for more. Sub'd!
    They sure did a good job with the design, also the description of Darth Vader's car imo is spot on! If I go more big on the wheels, im going to either need to roll the fenders which is all good and well, but much bigger than that its frame notching no matter which way I back space. I just need some cheater slicks

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    Looks Amazing. sub'd
    Thanks man, your the one that lives near base right?

    Quote Originally Posted by 99sil-teg View Post
    Looks killer man, doesn't even need to be dumped on the ground, nice job so far
    I appreciate it, yeah im not trying to go super low due to the fact of where the stock mount intercooler sits and the fact of the absolute trash roads here in Tucson haha.

    Quote Originally Posted by edirty6eddie View Post
    If you want a nice drop for the rear, A-Body pig tail springs will work, a 2 inch drop spring on an A Body is a 4 inch drop on a G body or something like that! I was gonna do that with Elco.
    I originally had plans to drop the rear 4" as well with some coil-overs, but since I put the bigger wheels on I had to raise the front from the 4" to a 2" drop from stock, so now im going to save the money from the coil-overs and put it into the E-85.

    Quote Originally Posted by BMW BRAH View Post
    Wow I never thought I would see one of these on here... AWESOME
    Some of the "purists" on the Turbo Buick sites are not a huge fan of what im trying to do, but I really want to make it my own and its my damn car haha. But at the same time the Turbo Buick followers are on the younger side (30's-50's) if you can call that younger, but I think so since any other muscle car following is ancient, so that helps my cause a bit.

    Quote Originally Posted by benz88 View Post
    looks good! rear needs to come down though
    Yep, hopefully in the next few weeks!

    Quote Originally Posted by iadubber View Post
    I've always loved GNs. I've had two G body Cutlasses over my time. One of my favs for sure!
    Oh man, I love the G-Body Cutlass's, the front grill sets that car off.

    Quote Originally Posted by MommysLittleMonster View Post
    Cool car. Definitely need to bring the back half of the car down some, the rake looks a bit over the top.
    Yeah I liked the rake at first, but it is a bit over the top and I really want to get the back lower for sure!

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    Damn this looks good. I agree with everyone else though...the rear needs to come down like 2 inches. Wide wheels would really set this car off

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