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  • 1970 Buick Skylark part II

    Well, here's a brief pictoral history of this car:

    Started here, parts car is behind it.

    Looked like this for about a year

    Got some upgrades, like disk brakes

    motor number 1

    motor number 2

    all the plugs looked like this a month ago


    ut oh
    Doing it all wrong since 1966

  • #2
    Re: 1970 Buick Skylark part II

    So then I pulled the head off:
    oh yeah, suspected the full tank of fuel was bad about a month ago and pulled some timing out - obviously not enough.


    What's hard to see in that picture is the right bank cam lobes are flat.



    If I had a guess, number 5 had a vacuum leak. It wasn't bad until the fuel went bad.... dang it.

    on to motor number 3.....
    (to be continued)
    Doing it all wrong since 1966

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    • #3
      Re: 1970 Buick Skylark part II

      :o
      Escaped on a technicality.

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      • #4
        Re: 1970 Buick Skylark part II

        YIKES.......sorry for your loss man
        Whiskey for my men ... and beer for their horses!

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        • #5
          Re: 1970 Buick Skylark part II

          Originally posted by Beagle
          holy crap man... is the cylinder wall busted and etched like it looks in the picture? :'( :'(
          Looks like it doesn't it.

          Sorry Guy, haven't been in the othere thread in a bit.
          What DID you decide to do with her?

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          • #6
            Re: 1970 Buick Skylark part II

            the detonation actually it bored a hole through all the cylinder walls and head on the left side (look at the head gasket). The block is junk, the head is junk.... fortunately I have another 400 block - but it and the crank are spare parts.....

            As for next step I'm going with the 455.
            I haven't built an intake in awhile and I don't like the SP4 or any other Buick intake - so I'll build my own. As for exhaust, I still like boost so I'm thinking of a large, single turbo off a duramax and make some headers to accomplish that task.
            Doing it all wrong since 1966

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            • #7
              Re: 1970 Buick Skylark part II

              Sounds awsome. ;D

              So.....Have we decided not to sell her?

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              • #8
                Re: 1970 Buick Skylark part II

                I think you'll be glad you kept it in the long run
                Whiskey for my men ... and beer for their horses!

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                • #9
                  Re: 1970 Buick Skylark part II

                  Originally posted by Buickguy
                  the detonation actually it bored a hole through all the cylinder walls and head on the left side (look at the head gasket). The block is junk, the head is junk.... fortunately I have another 400 block - but it and the crank are spare parts.....

                  As for next step I'm going with the 455.
                  I haven't built an intake in awhile and I don't like the SP4 or any other Buick intake - so I'll build my own. As for exhaust, I still like boost so I'm thinking of a large, single turbo off a duramax and make some headers to accomplish that task.
                  The SPX has a coolant passage under the intake runners you can run an rv water pump with some ice water through to get an extra cool intake charge (I'm wondering about using a trans cooler with water......) which would probably be good for a turbo'd engine. I'll be leaving it unhooked for the most part until I decide to start experimenting.

                  The Front:


                  The Back:
                  Escaped on a technicality.

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                  • #10
                    Re: 1970 Buick Skylark part II

                    I'm thinking of building one like the SPX; but out of stainless steel. I have the fuel injection off the 454 truck motor - so I'll use bits and pieces from that to accomplish what you've built. Next step is to send a CAD drawing to a laser cutting company to cut out the pieces for the intake - and while they're at it, the exhaust flanges.... fun fun I should have those next week - provided I get off my tush and get to work.
                    Doing it all wrong since 1966

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                    • #11
                      Re: 1970 Buick Skylark part II

                      Don't mistake me for someone who can actually make things, I bought it looking like that :-\
                      Escaped on a technicality.

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                      • #12
                        Re: 1970 Buick Skylark part II

                        Glad to hear you decided to keep the Buick! Turbo 455, I like it!

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                        • #13
                          Re: 1970 Buick Skylark part II

                          OUCH!


                          but a turbo 455....That's COOL!!

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                          • #14
                            Re: 1970 Buick Skylark part II

                            Pulled the other head off - looks like other then #5; the pistons are fine. #6 was detonating - so lesson to the wise; fuel over the winter (even with fuel stabilizer) can go bad - and when you're running the ragged edge of Comp ratio; holes can happen.

                            Next up - the pickup gets its 454. I ordered the headers so I'll get that project mostly done (more importantly free up an engine stand).

                            The Buick probably won't see the road again until next summer.
                            Doing it all wrong since 1966

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                            • #15
                              Re: 1970 Buick Skylark part II

                              Don't feel bad man, its not your fault, it was just that Buick rejecting that Chevy engine...lol. Now it will be pleased you are installing the correct heart transplant.

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