1971 Skylark --all original, but needs some help

Discussion in 'Wet behind the ears??' started by Jimmy C, May 18, 2019.

  1. Jimmy C

    Jimmy C Member

    Hello everyone. I recently purchased a very nice 1971 Skylark . 350/2---power drum brakes. All original with 122,000 and it runs great. After owning 2 '72 GSs and another '72 Sun Coupe when I was much younger, I want to fix this one up a bit and just keep all the OEM parts in case I sell or upgrade. I would love to hear your opinion on what products and/or companies are good to work with. This will be my first actual classic build and I just want to be able to drive and enjoy my car. In other words, my street racing days are over.
    My list--
    Convert to front disc brakes
    Upgrade the radio (have the factory AM)
    Convert to 4 barrel with a performance intake
    Possibly headers, but it is tight under that hood.

    Please let me know your thoughts.
     
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  2. PCUB

    PCUB PCUB

    I own a 71 with the first three options on your action list; they are worth while and make a difference. I would personally skip the headers and think more about rear end gear ratio and or stall converter in transmission to round out your upgrades. First I would verify that your timing chain and gears have been replaced as it is a common fail point in the early Buicks before you add performance mods. If you have any questions along the way; there is plenty of experience here on the site to assist. Good luck!
     
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  3. gsfred

    gsfred Founders Club Member

    Welcome aboard from NY.
     
  4. 2001ws6

    2001ws6 last of the v8 interceptors

    Welcome aboard! :cool:
     
  5. Jimmy C

    Jimmy C Member

    I had not heard about the timing chain issues---thanks.
     
  6. Bad Boattail

    Bad Boattail Guest

    Jimmy:

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    Don't forget to change the proportioning valve when you go from drum to discs at the front. [​IMG]

    The timing gear sprockets were covered with a nylon coating (for noise reduction) from the factory, over the years the coating cracks, causing the chain to jump a few teeth.

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    And we would love to see some photos of the Skylark [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2019
  7. Jimmy C

    Jimmy C Member

  8. BYoung

    BYoung Stage me

    Nice car! Welcome to the forum.
     
  9. hwprouty

    hwprouty Platinum Level Contributor

    Welcome from Washington State!
    Nice Skylark!
     
  10. N360LL

    N360LL milehi71Stage1

    What an odd color combination, who would ever want that???
     
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  11. Jimmy C

    Jimmy C Member

    I remember Pontiac using those. I helped change one out on a Firebird and wound up pulling the pan to make sure all the pieces were out.
     
  12. Harpboys4

    Harpboys4 Active Member

    nice car Welcome
     

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