New to Buick from Wisco

Discussion in 'Wet behind the ears??' started by Wauscion, Oct 24, 2019.

  1. Wauscion

    Wauscion Active Member

    Wisconsin 70 Skylark custom convertible owner. This is my first Buick that I've owned. Needless to say finding parts has been difficult. We have a 350 2bbl with TH350 trans and are wanting to add a 4bbl intake, carb and headers. I also am looking for suggestions on the rear end. Compatible for the 8.2 or less expensive options changing the whole setup out. Any help is greatly appreciated!
     

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  2. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Could you indicate any issues that you are having with the current Buick 8.2 and your intended use for the car?
     
  3. Wauscion

    Wauscion Active Member

    Yes, I currently do not have posi traction and i believe a upper 2's gear ratio. I would like to have the ability too play around with tire melting and great sound. This is more of a cruiser for my wife and I to both enjoy. Oh, our 2 airedale terriers too. We had a accident last year on our Harley and decided to switch back to 4 wheels. I've had a few Mustangs and a 72 Nova over the years. I just had coil overs and tubular control arms installed along with Wilwood 2 piston disc brakes in front. Thanks
     
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  4. Bens99gtp

    Bens99gtp Well-Known Member

    Gears and posi for the buick 8.2 are limited and can get pricey new. Stuff for the chevy 8.2 is different and less expensive. 8.5 stuff if cheaper and more interchange. BOP axles use bolt in axles, others use clips. But a complete rear from any Abody from 68-72 are direct interchange, so chevelle, got, cutlass, el co, and others will bolt straight in
     
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  5. Wauscion

    Wauscion Active Member

    I am looking at this setup on Ebay. Let me know your thoughts. I figured $540 was reasonable for a complete set. than ks
    GM 8.2" BOP 10-Bolt Posi Ring & Pinion Gear Package - 3.36 - Buick Olds Pontiac
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  6. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Wrong 8.2. You need a 68-70 Buick only 8.2. The one you posted is a BOP 8.2 which is incorrect for 68 -70 Buicks.
     
  7. Wauscion

    Wauscion Active Member

    everything seems to list Buick, Olds & Pontiac. Confusing for sure! I will see if I can search for a "Buick only" setup. Thank you for letting me know.
     
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    Wauscion Active Member

  9. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Fabcraft made
    a run of the correct 3.42 and 3.64 gear sets. Last time I checked, they were all sold and they had not started another run.
     
  10. DasRottweiler

    DasRottweiler -BuickAddict-

    Reach out to either JD Race/ Monzaz or Brian Trick . Both members here , both more than capable rear differential specialists. Parts or complete rear ends.
    Jim
     
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  11. Darron72Skylark

    Darron72Skylark Well-Known Member

    Brian Trick is helping me with my axle project. I'd recommend contacting him, he has been very helpful for my project.
     
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  12. Dragdoc

    Dragdoc Well-Known Member

    Hello, I am just south of the border in IL. Where exactly are you located?

    “Buick Bob” in Waterford WI may be of help to you. I’d suggest you find a legit 8.5” ten bolt. And think your gear choice through. In town driving and beating on it - 3.42 ish maybe 3.73. Highway cruising? 3.08 or go to an OD trans and deeper gears
     
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  13. Bens99gtp

    Bens99gtp Well-Known Member

    The bop rear axle in the 8.2 used a carrier with same size carrier bearing......the buick only axle used a larger bearing on 1 side than the other


    Ar the price to do the b axle you could buy a 8.5 and be ahead
     
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  14. Wauscion

    Wauscion Active Member

    I am 2 hours straight north of Madison in Wausau. Does Buick bob have a shop or is he on here to contact? I appreciate the tips on gearing too. I will probably lean towards 3.42 and maybe a 4 speed down the road. So the 8.5 10 bolt pretty common? Bolt right in too? Sorry about the greenhorn questions. Lol
     
  15. Bens99gtp

    Bens99gtp Well-Known Member

    The 8.5 with bolt in axles came 71/72 in buicks and I think pontiacs, and some olds. Some olds having the O axles have a 12 bolt cover with a 10 bolt carrier, stay away from it parts hard to come by.

    The chevy 8.5 uses c clips
    But all A body's 68-72 are direct bolt in
     
  16. agetnt9

    agetnt9 Agetnt9 (Dan)

    Welcome, i'm north of ya in Near Minocqua....
     
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  17. Dragdoc

    Dragdoc Well-Known Member

    We were in Westin, WI for a wedding over Labor Day weekend!

    Buick Bob has a shop space full of stored parts in Burlington, WI. He brings in cars and parts stuff out at home in Waterford, WI. I will PM a phone number.
     
  18. Wauscion

    Wauscion Active Member


    Wow, you were right in my backyard. I would certainly give him a shout and see what he might have. Sounds like a great contact. Much appreciated!
     

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