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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    Originally posted by Skeptical View Post

    Thanks man! I know that disappointment feeling at the rental place. I had reserved a Buick Verano (or whatever Buick they had for rent) out in Denver and when I arrived they had a freshly washed Kia Soul waiting for me. I was in a bad mood already and wasn't having any of that. They ended up giving me a new Charger instead.

    I had a 97 GTP years ago and loved that car. It rode nice and was plenty quick. This Lumina though, I've wanted to do a V8 swap on one since the 90's but could never bring myself to spend the money on one. I could never justify the cost for one of these vs F-bodies and Corvettes. So I always ended up with the latter.
    I'm building a 64 Buick special wagon that has an LS right now, but eventually will have a turbo 3800.... never realized how much steam those things could make... the plan is eventually do drag week with it.

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  • Skeptical
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    So I'm going to take an image dump all over this place the next few days to catch up to where I am on the car right now.

    The donor car was a 2008 Impala SS sitting out in one of my favorite junk yards. I'll sometimes go wander through the yard during the week to see if there is anything good and then come back and hope it's still there on the weekend. Luckily this one hadn't been touched yet.

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    Well that was easy. One LS4 with trans, CV shafts, accessories, harness, and computer. came out to be $526 bucks including core costs since I wasn't bringing anything back.


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    Poor Impala.

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  • Skeptical
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    For those of you that have never messed with one of these engines. Here's some pics from back when I threw the timing belt on it. If you want a good "WTF" laugh, look up the timing procedure. You gotta wonder what was going through the engineers heads when they designed this thing. I recommend putting this engine on a stand for lookin' at, not for using.

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  • Skeptical
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    Originally posted by SuperBuickGuy View Post
    I worked for an auto rental company in the early 90s, those were our 'luxury' in the fleet - but to a person, we'd get the disappointed "oh" when we brought the car (insurance rentals), but no one ever complained about them - some were ambivalent, but others were very surprised that beneath the acres of plastic was a fun, comfortable car to drive.

    the Camaro's cool too ;)
    Thanks man! I know that disappointment feeling at the rental place. I had reserved a Buick Verano (or whatever Buick they had for rent) out in Denver and when I arrived they had a freshly washed Kia Soul waiting for me. I was in a bad mood already and wasn't having any of that. They ended up giving me a new Charger instead.

    I had a 97 GTP years ago and loved that car. It rode nice and was plenty quick. This Lumina though, I've wanted to do a V8 swap on one since the 90's but could never bring myself to spend the money on one. I could never justify the cost for one of these vs F-bodies and Corvettes. So I always ended up with the latter.

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    I worked for an auto rental company in the early 90s, those were our 'luxury' in the fleet - but to a person, we'd get the disappointed "oh" when we brought the car (insurance rentals), but no one ever complained about them - some were ambivalent, but others were very surprised that beneath the acres of plastic was a fun, comfortable car to drive.

    the Camaro's cool too ;)

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  • Skeptical
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    1991 Lumina Z34

    You read that right... I've had this car shoved off to the side for about two years now. Do these things get better with age like a good whiskey? Maybe I should have stored it in a barrel. :-D

    Anyways, I snagged this thing for $300 a couple years ago off Craigslist. Engine was "locked up" according to the seller. Which was sorta true. The timing belt had broken and wrapped around the intermediate shaft which prevented it from turning. i threw a timing belt on it and it fired right up. Unfortunately it had ZERO oil pressure so I shut it back down. It wasn't even trying to pump any oil with the filter off. I assume it sheared the pump drive when the timing belt brought it to a quick halt. Normally you can just pull the drive out where the distributor would normally be but NOOOOOOOOO. The rear cylinder head hangs over the drive necessitating removal of the head first. [email protected]#$%. I didn't care too much though. I was just trying to get it to run enough to move around easily until I could get to the real plans for it.... Since I have some time, I figured I'd post up some pictures to you guys and gals as I work through this beast.


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