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  1. #76
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad '69 View Post
    Great news for the buick community.

    Did i miss it or do you have a ballpark number on how much these are going to cost? you mentioned deposits that is why i was curious.

    thanks.
    Must have not been there when i looked at it...it's not even in my quote above.

    Sorry if it was...but thanks.

    I won't be able to afford one anytime soon...but i will enjoy watching the other race buick guys whooping some
    Mike
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  2. #77
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    It's more $ to keep re-doing the old one's.An aluminum block is a lifetime investment,it can be welded and repaired if ever broken
    1970 GS Stage1 triple brown iron headed 464 pump gas street car 10.600@127.02 through the muffs

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    I start saving for my new motor as soon as i finish the previous on,about every 2 yrs and now it's over 2 yrs and I just hurt the motor so I'm ready.I'm still driving it hard but it's just a matter of time
    1970 GS Stage1 triple brown iron headed 464 pump gas street car 10.600@127.02 through the muffs

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    Here are some pictures of the patterns.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    < Click to Visit

    Quote: "I would love to use the TA Aluminum 455 block and a set of TA Stage 2 TE heads to build a 700 CI engine
    that looks stock, idles smooth and makes enough torque to stop the rotation of the earth"

    Michael Tomaszewski Jr.
    Website/Catalog/Ad Management

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    The detail on those should give a good example of the time involved in a project like this....

    and that's only a fraction of it


    Good job Mike....
    Jeff


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    Quote Originally Posted by TABuickMike View Post
    Here are some pictures of the patterns.
    Hey now, this is a family forum....
    Wayne
    -1969 Riviera GS being restored
    Riviera Restoration

    -83 Camaro w/ 430/th-400 now up and running
    pics of some of the install:
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    do i see different inserts for the lifter valley?

    and both the ability to use BOP and Chevy transmissions?

    and what looks like huge main bearing oil passages.
    1970 Skylark Custom convertible
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    Nate

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    Concerning the second picture of the above patterns, would anyone know if the flathead Ford engine on the table in the background has the new touted Motor City Flathead block? Sorry for getting off topic. Thanks. Jay
    Jay Vanous
    With every lesson comes the cost of tuition.

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    Lookin' good The wife asked what I wanted for my 50th next year. First I told her a trip to Frank Hawleys Drag Racing School to drive one of their S/C dragsters. Then I saw the details on this and changed my wish list
    Craig
    71 GS 455 503 HP (flywheel)
    Best ET - 11.770 @112 mph,
    Best 60' - 1.583 60' on slicks w/ 3.55 rear

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    I like your thinking
    I turn 50 in December....
    Team Headless Chicken
    '70 GS455 race car 6.50 1/8th mile@105.6 1.45 60'
    2000 and 2005 Oxford Dragway Track champion
    '71 GS455 (back on the road after 15 years) 7.81 1/8th mile @ 87.06, 1.74 60'
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    Being single again has really changed my perspective on things. Everyone's looking at the patterns and some at the flathead in the background ..... me Im trying to focus on the poster in the upper left hand corner!

    Seriously, I give Mike a LOT of credit for doing this 455 project. Now, when the time is right, I really hope that enough people step up and commit to a new block. There's been a ton of "whinning" for many years. That should equate to a huge "demand" for this block. I will personally be in a position to purchase a block within the next year, and I will do so. Even if you can't afford the entire thing right now, I'm sure Mike will take a down payment and perhaps even offer a "layaway" plan.

    Just think how good it will be to be really FAST and have some RELIABILITY!!
    I can't wait!!

    Steve
    Steve, SRE Performance Fabrications Inc. 920-629-6565 evenings/weekends

    * 70 GSX race car 9.31 @ 143 mph 1.21 60' SOLD
    Super 16 Winner GSCA Nats 2011
    New Project... 64 Skylark motivated by a "Tomahawk". Will be known "Alpha Lark".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark Porter View Post
    I like your thinking
    I turn 50 in December....

    Me too and I'm thinking this is the perfect Birthday/Christmas present to myself for future use.
    Alan

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    1986 Somerset drag car tube chassis 525 BBB best so far 8.92 @ 149 mph.

    1966 Skylark 464 dressed out to look stock.

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    Mike, from what I can see from the patterns there is going to be plenty of meat in all the right places. The lifter galley and the main webbing look very strong, infinitely better than the stock BBB.
    You guys have done a great job. I can't wait to see the huge new heads that go with it! Later, Randy
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    "Fast is only fun if you can do it more than once without dying in the process"

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    I see provisions for the dip stick looks stock. If it where under the deck alittle we might be able to use it with the 2 1/8" headers.
    Last edited by stage2man; 07-23-2008 at 05:59 PM.
    David Atkinson

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    '69 Pro Street, T-ram stage2 457 12.82:1 stage2 SE 308s cam, See it in April 2010 Popular Hot Rodding, rear cover TA catalog
    '69 GS350 currently under construction
    71' skylark 464 stage1 N-25 12.38@110 *sold*

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    Well were off to the foundry with camera's in hand! Pictures will be up when we get back.
    < Click to Visit

    Quote: "I would love to use the TA Aluminum 455 block and a set of TA Stage 2 TE heads to build a 700 CI engine
    that looks stock, idles smooth and makes enough torque to stop the rotation of the earth"

    Michael Tomaszewski Jr.
    Website/Catalog/Ad Management

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    COME ON MIKE!!! You posted theat yesterday morning! Where r the pics? PPPPPPPPPLLLLLLLEEEEEAAAAASSSSSEEEEE??? Dont make us cry or beg

    Michael
    1969 Buick GS Stage 1, 72 455. B&B, P&P heads, KB Headers, Mk118 cam, Edelbrock b4b w/ Q-jet.
    Originally a 4-speed car, has th-400 now, but not for long.

    DONT WORRY, LUNACY RUNS IN THE FAMILY.
    Michael B.

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    Are we there yet?
    65 Special, now a 455!
    Had a 61 skylark shell
    70 Skylark 350 Driver, with lightening holes!

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    This should be interesting
    MIKE

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    Michael Stubbe's touching me.

    Nate
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    Michael, Do I know you thlivingod or however you spell that. Sorry forgot to write it down. I used to live in Wis
    65 Special, now a 455!
    Had a 61 skylark shell
    70 Skylark 350 Driver, with lightening holes!

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    *running the power windows up and down*
    1970 Skylark Custom convertible
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    My Build in the Garage
    2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx
    Looking for cheap and long '77 Ford F150 bed

    Nate

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    I heard rumors of this block in '06. Made a call and the guys at TA said they were in the serious "contemplation" phase at that point. I gave them my name and they said I was the second(dang, almost called first. lol Somehow chanting "I'm number 1, I'm number 1." to myself seems a petty self congratulations, but it still woulda been neat. lol ) person they'd call when and if, the time came. After the call I started having all kinds of daydreams of the EFI'd, turbo bigblock I was gonna build with it. As time went on and turned into a year I was still stoked, but had tempered my daydreams with the reality of the "what if" should the project fall through, since I really, really, really wanna go on Drag week and be competitive for the overall win with a BUICK and get respect for our community. Now that the guys are at the foundry, I'm starting to get all jittery again. It now seems as though I may be able to do the very deed I actually thought I'd never be able to do since it takes alot(like 2000plus set to kill) of RELIABLE, BBB block killing ponies to run mid 7's not on kill, and drive it over 800 miles in one week. I can build that power with a pair of 88mm hairdriers with 550 plus cubes and still drive it on the street easy as pie since we've already done 1500hp in a reliable 427SBC twin turbo with FAST EFI. But this block WILL be the key to putting Buicks toe to toe with the other more popular brands when dealing with some of the fast, streetable car type racing so popular now.

    I hope the news from the foundry is good. I wanna go play.... bad, and continue doing it with no quarter asked or given from the Chevy, Ford, Mopar guys. Just like I do with my stock block, sprayed 464....Only faster. Oooohhh yeah.

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    I just want to know what vendor is going to start offering different fender emblems ... like GS 555 or even 655? Saaaaweeeet!

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    Question for TA:

    On the raised cam blocks, will you be making a special front timing cover with a raised distributor pad, or a shorter distributor? Or maybe you have a new idea!!

    Looking forward to it!
    Jeff Kitchen

    '71 Electra Limited - Restored

    SOLD - '72 GS - Stage 2 - 462 ci, 3600lbs, Stock Suspension, 3" Full-Length Exhaust, Naturally Aspirated, On 9" slicks - 9.93 @ 131 - 1.36 60' time

    Without data, you're just another guy with an opinion.

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    Sorry the reply took so long but here are some pictures of the new block: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wizkid4...57606528278536

    Enjoy
    < Click to Visit

    Quote: "I would love to use the TA Aluminum 455 block and a set of TA Stage 2 TE heads to build a 700 CI engine
    that looks stock, idles smooth and makes enough torque to stop the rotation of the earth"

    Michael Tomaszewski Jr.
    Website/Catalog/Ad Management

 

 
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