Should i mess with a 79 Turbo Coupe with 58,000 miles ?

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by Topcat, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Topcat

    Topcat Got TORQUE?

    It needs paint....has cracked bumper fillers.....interior is excellent except headliner has fallen. Red or burgundy....any things/issues that i should look for that is specific to these Buicks.
    He has no idea what he wants for it and i have no idea what i might offer....hopefully look at it and get pictures tomorrow !


    Peace WildBill
  2. Roberta

    Roberta Buick Berta

    Talk to Starc Traxler!
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  3. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    79? Are you sure? I think you might of meant 1989? If its an 89, they love to blow head gaskets.
  4. Luxus

    Luxus Gold Level Contributor

    If you love it yes! If you think your going to fix it up and sell it for a profit, then no. I am not bashing these, but they just aren't in great demand. It's been a very long time since I've been in the turbo buick world but I seem to recall the turbos were not that great. For sure the car will not have anywhere near the power of a 86/87 turbo Buick.
  5. Topcat

    Topcat Got TORQUE?

    Yeah...i have his number and will call him you doing girl ? Very well i hope ! See ya soon maybe....saw Casey Carmody last saturday in Kalamazoo .

    Peace WildBill
  6. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    Is this a Century Turbo Coupe we're talking about? They're kind of cool in a weird way, I'd get it for the nostalgia to cruise around.
  7. Topcat

    Topcat Got TORQUE?

    Yeah....i had a great running '87 T-type in the Cat's Lair for a few years.....i am sure i will be underwhelmed with this turbo's power....

    Peace WildBill
  8. Topcat

    Topcat Got TORQUE?

    Yes Century Turbo Coupe.....kinda funky looking...

    Peace WildBill
  9. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    Weird....when I hear "turbo coupe" I think Thunderbird......never mind :D
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  10. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    Me too..........where's the other Bill (yachtsman)?
  11. Electra man

    Electra man Older and Slower

    Bill that car has a top dollar value of about $2500 in this region.
    That's if it looks like it just pulled out of the showroom. Whatever you invest in it you won't get back when you get tired of it. If you really want it don't be in for more than $650.
    Keep in mind that's a turbo going into a carb. Enough to go wrong and more than its worth to fix if anything's bad.
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  12. Mart

    Mart '71 350 GS, almost stock

    Looks like they tried to cut costs by saving rear sheet metal? C2801-0036.jpg
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  13. Mike B in SC

    Mike B in SC Well-Known Member

    They liked to cook the turbo bearings...
  14. Quick Buick

    Quick Buick Arlington Wa

  15. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    Starc’s car sure has drawn a lot of attention lately! His car looks great and runs quite well. I think a lot of the attention is the unique factor; I think a lot of car writers are excited to see something different-not just another red hemi car or yellow Camaro. I’d say that if it is a decent shell and doesn’t need a fortune in welding, it’s close to a grand just because it’s a rwd g-body. I say restore it cosmetically but put an intercooled injected ‘86-‘87 turbo drivetrain in it.
  16. Luxus

    Luxus Gold Level Contributor

    You're on to something there. That would make for a bad-a** car. Getting a built 200-4R shouldn't be a problem but that GN motor might be an issue. I dare say getting a good used one now would be extremely difficult and expensive. The biggest thing about those motors was the crank. It had special fillets for strength. If you didn't have a turbo crank the motor wouldn't last.
  17. Mike Trom

    Mike Trom Blah, Blah, Blah

    Thank god they did not make a GS version of that car though.

    Look at everyone hanging out at Mr. BJ's:p

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  18. FJM568

    FJM568 Well-Known Member

    Cranks aren't that big a deal anymore. There are reasonably priced aftermarket cranks now. The crank, cam, and pistons in the GN were the only turbo specific parts inside the motor. The heads, block, rods were just standard 3.8L stuff. Which makes it all the more amazing the amount of power they are able to take. People have even run into the 10s on non-turbo cranks, just can't have any detonation.

    The carbs on the 83 and earlier turbo'd 3.8L weren't blow through carbs, they were mounted ahead of the turbo.
  19. gs66

    gs66 Well-Known Member

    Starc and his car are kinda like the cartoon character Savior Faire, he’s everywhere the magazines!
  20. Topcat

    Topcat Got TORQUE? want a running/driving parts car ?

    Peace WildBill

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