What motor and drive train are you running in your wagon?

Discussion in 'Drag'n Wagons' started by lostGS, May 26, 2012.

  1. lostGS

    lostGS Well-Known Member

    It seems like a lot of wagon people have made the jump from the SBB to the BBB? So the question is what motor and drive train are you running in your wagon?

    I am still running the stock 350 and TH350 trans.

  2. Dogboy48

    Dogboy48 Well-Known Member

    I'm running stock 350-2 with the TH-350.The car drives out pretty good with this combo.I hope to get up into the mountains this summer for some camping,so that will be a good test for the car.
  3. elagache

    elagache Platinum Level Contributor

    Present or very near future? (Re: drive train in your wagon?)

    Dear Tim and V-8 Buick wagon lovers,

    Well . . . . . . I'm tryin' I'm tryin'!!

    My 65 Special wagon still has the stock 300 V-8 right now (on its second worn out rebuild) and a TH350 tranny from its first rebuild.

    However, Orinda Motors already has the 200-4R tranny I ordered at about the same time as I ordered a Jim Weise super-deluxe big-block Buick engine. So as soon as Jim can finish up that puppy and ship it to California . . . . well, the fellers' at Orinda Motors will have to figure out how to stuff all that into my trusty wagon!! (Obviously with a lot of help from me! )

    So until then . . . . just waitin' . . . . [​IMG]

    Cheers, Edouard
  4. lostGS

    lostGS Well-Known Member

    Re: Present or very near future? (Re: drive train in your wagon?)

    MMMMM, It is being shipped via whom, Maybe I could highjack the truck and MMMMM. JK, let us know when you get it up and running.

  5. elagache

    elagache Platinum Level Contributor

    Oh no ya' don't!! (Re: drive train in your wagon?)

    Howdy Tim and V-8 Buick wagon lovers,

    :grin: Oh no ya' don't . . . . . !! :rant:

    I'm afraid the old 300 is getting really weary. :( Sure hoping it can hang on until Jim finishes up! :pray:

    Cheers, Edouard
  6. Curtis Litzen

    Curtis Litzen Well-Known Member

    Hi, I have a 72 Sporty and I am running a 200 4r tranny and a rebuilt 350 with a TA 212 cam and hookers headers.Next to go in is a set of 3.42 gears,
    has 3.08's in it now. It took about two years to get everything dialed in , but now she runs real nice.I had to play with torque converters as well, finally ended up with a 2000- 2200 , seemed to work best for me. Cheer Curtis
  7. elagache

    elagache Platinum Level Contributor

    How's the MPG? (Re: drive train in your wagon?)

    Dear Curtis and V-8 Buick wagon fans,

    Hmm, somewhat similar to what I'll have. Just out of curiosity, what sort of gas mileage do you get out of your braggin' wagon?

    Cheers, Edouard :beer
  8. Curtis Litzen

    Curtis Litzen Well-Known Member

    Hey, on the HWY I am in the 21-23 mpg and in the city it drops because I hammer it to often, city is around 15 mpg. The car works great for both and with the cost of gas I still have a fun car and can drive it without being killed at the gas station. My buddy has a 70 gs and I basically get double on the hwy and city to him. Cheers Curtis
  9. SpecialWagon65

    SpecialWagon65 Ted Nagel

    My 65 Special was born with the V-6. Born to be mild! I wanted to just put a junkyard 455 in it but I learned about TA performance and bought all my parts from them and built it up pretty much. Anyway, it is a 455 th400 combo now.
    i put a 350/350 Buick into my 65 sedan, which is also wicked fun.
  10. Sportwagon400

    Sportwagon400 Well-Known Member

    As of this week my 65 Sporty has a 350SBB, 200R4, 3.31 posi I just took out a 350SBB, TH350 2.56 rear it originally came with 3.23 geas in the rear but i switched them out 3 yrs ago for better milage, the new combo I just installes was in my 64 HT and got as high as 28 MPG on long runs. I expect the wagon to come close to that as well


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  11. staged70

    staged70 RIP

    350 4V th350 2.78 posi Soon to be a 455 th400 and a 373 posi
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2016
  12. COSportwagon

    COSportwagon Member

    I have the stock 400-4 and TH400 in my Sporty. The whole front enod of the motor is new due to a worn timing chain, yeah TA Performance came in real handy. I see maybe 12 mpg with it.

    I just trial fit the '69 GS hood and air cleaner on it today. The paint on the whole car is shot, so I think I'm going to leave it orange. The hood was already all set up for the pins, otherwise I wouldn't have added them. The front grill and grill surround and bumper were tweaked at some point and time in its life, but it doesn't bother me. I have a buddy that can make stickers, and I thinking of designing something similar the "GS400" sticker that goes on the air cleaner, but having it say "Sport Wagon" instead...we'll see.

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  13. joecool

    joecool Cool old dude

    Hi,1972 Sporty w/455,2004R trans, 3.90 Posi. Never checked milage. Car is for sale for 15K. See ad in cars for sale. JOE
  14. D STAGE 2 455

    D STAGE 2 455 Well-Known Member

    My '65 Special Deluxe has a Stage 2 455, turbo 350, & 8.5 10 bolt with 3.90 gears.
  15. elagache

    elagache Platinum Level Contributor

    Lucky 65!! (Re: drive train are you running in your wagon?)

    Hi Jeff and V-8 Buick wagon lovers,

    Ooh! 'nother 65 Deluxe Special wagon with a 455 - KEWL!! :cool:

    Mine's getting closer!!

    Cheers, Edouard :beer
  16. 76WAGON

    76WAGON Member

    Have an unusual combination in 76 Estate Wagon:
    455, +.030, flat top pistons, RV cam, 2-1/4 dual exhausts with flowmasters, 700R4 tranny and 3.23 with posi.
    Pulls like a circus elephant. Run Michelin light truck tires. Air shocks just to keep everything level.
    The OD doesn't seem to add much to gas mileage. Low and second gears seem to pull better in front of TT.
  17. Dogboy48

    Dogboy48 Well-Known Member

    For some unknown reason the previous owner of my Sportwagon put hood pins on it.Oh,and then about half a dozen hammer hit dents.lol
  18. 12lives

    12lives Engage! - Jean-Luc Picard

    Stock 340-4(AFB) and 2 speed switch in mine. 373 posi out back is nice....
    Have a BBB and 200R waiting to go in when the 340 dies...which doesn't appear to be soon enough. It runs great! Might have to just pull it and move on.

    - Bill
  19. elagache

    elagache Platinum Level Contributor

    Tempation . . . . (Re: What motor and drive train in your wagon?)

    Dear Bill and V-8 Wagon lovers,

    :grin: Awe come on Bill, you know you really want it!! [​IMG]

    Besides, you get better gas mileage . . . . what better reason do you need! :laugh:

    With friends like this . . . . . . :rolleyes:

    Cheers, Edouard :beer
  20. 12lives

    12lives Engage! - Jean-Luc Picard

    lol Edouard, lol!

    - Bill

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