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  1. #76
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Hey Dan, hope all is well, I've been thinking Seriously about doing bucket seats, and I keep forgetting what you got yours from, and if they were bolt on or if you had to modify the tracks!
    Aaron

    1978 Buick Skylark 4 door(Whole Earth Brown) 231 v6 even-fire Auto

  2. #77
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    MY seats are from a nova and a 70 something camaro. i wanted the stock look, so i found a set of original brackes and welded them in. In doing that i didnt need to mess with the tracks. but, it was alot of work! finding the brackest wasnt easy, seperating the original brackets from the floor boards was very difficult. but if you find a welder, you can do it, just time consuming.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  3. #78
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    Wormwood, your PM box is full
    The Silver Buick- '77 Skylark coupe w/455, SPX, MegaSquirt 2 & TKO-600 (Drag Week 2011!), '72 Centurion Conv't - 455w/TH400, '67 T-bird 4Dr (suicide) w/428, MegaSquirt 1 & C6. '69 Firebird replaced, now building a Pontiac Turbo L6!

    My Skylark thread
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=208168
    My Pontiac OHC Six thread.
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=219250

    I'm just a regular guy that fuel injected an old Buick and Thunderbird.

  4. #79
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    fixed
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  5. #80
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    big doin's goin on this winter, finally decided to go ahead with a TBI fuel injection . I was waiting for the new EZ-EFI 2.0 but they keep pushing the release date back and I hear that It will cost around 3500 bucks. so I went with the MSD Atomic set up. it is probably the only one that will support up to 650 hp. (I guess the ez one will also, but im not waiting/paying for something like that). well they claim "install in the morning and cruise that same night" is crap! it has been easy to install (so far) but it does not come with everything I need for the install. it has gotten to be rather expensive. here is a breakdown of cost.
    $ 2,175 for TBi and computer
    $ 600 for the high horse power fuel pump
    $ 150 aprox for the fittings.
    $ 30 for additional hose
    $ 110 for fuel pressure regulator.
    im still installing it so there may be additional costs.

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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  6. #81
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    It required a separate fuel pressure regulator?? I figured the claims were crap. Does it run well at least? I've been wondering if these things have issues when the gas tank gets low on fuel, any experiences on that yet?
    The Silver Buick- '77 Skylark coupe w/455, SPX, MegaSquirt 2 & TKO-600 (Drag Week 2011!), '72 Centurion Conv't - 455w/TH400, '67 T-bird 4Dr (suicide) w/428, MegaSquirt 1 & C6. '69 Firebird replaced, now building a Pontiac Turbo L6!

    My Skylark thread
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=208168
    My Pontiac OHC Six thread.
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=219250

    I'm just a regular guy that fuel injected an old Buick and Thunderbird.

  7. #82
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    haven't started it yet, waiting on the pressure regulator and a little extra fuel line to come in the mail. expecting everything I should need to finish the project tomorrow, and a little extra time to squeeze into working on it. hoping to have it running by sunday. it may be that I only need a pressure regulator because I chose to run the optional return fuel line.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  8. #83
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    I'm just kind of surprised by the way they market it (which I've been skeptical of the claims from day one...) that it doesn't internally regulate pressure, especially with a return line.

    Be watchful of how it behaves around a 1/4 tank of fuel. My t-bird with no baffles in the gas tank would stumble when stopping or turning once the fuel level got to around 1/4 tank until I added a surge tank. Baffles and/or a sump would accomplish the same thing as the surge tank. I'll be super impressed if they engineered a solution that solved pulling air out of the fuel line while maintaining pressure.
    The Silver Buick- '77 Skylark coupe w/455, SPX, MegaSquirt 2 & TKO-600 (Drag Week 2011!), '72 Centurion Conv't - 455w/TH400, '67 T-bird 4Dr (suicide) w/428, MegaSquirt 1 & C6. '69 Firebird replaced, now building a Pontiac Turbo L6!

    My Skylark thread
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=208168
    My Pontiac OHC Six thread.
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=219250

    I'm just a regular guy that fuel injected an old Buick and Thunderbird.

  9. #84
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    good news is that I already have a fuel tank sump installed from previous need for constant fuel. the bad news is I installed the pump under the rear bumper , which is about even with the middle of the tank. this may have been a mistake and I may move it to inside the frame rail under the cabin, im not sure.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  10. #85
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    Dan your car is awesome. Just read this thread tonight and it's amazing how quick these things come together when you get to read years worth of work in just 30 minutes.

    Anyways Im really curious to see how well that injection works.
    Have you taken your car to the strip yet with the manual?
    Rob
    68 Wildcat
    70 GS Stage 1 4-speed
    71 Stage 2

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    haha rob... yes it took about a year to complete, but i have been working on the car for about 20 years (its complicated, dont ask). no, i have not taken it to the track since the manual transmission went in, but maybe i will go this year to see if there is a difference.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  12. #87
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    Quote Originally Posted by wormwood View Post
    haha rob... yes it took about a year to complete, but i have been working on the car for about 20 years (its complicated, dont ask). no, i have not taken it to the track since the manual transmission went in, but maybe i will go this year to see if there is a difference.
    20 years, I know what that's like.
    I have people see me on the street and say "nice car, how much did you pay for it?"
    I say "600"
    of course that was in 1982 and about a million hours of work later.
    Rob
    68 Wildcat
    70 GS Stage 1 4-speed
    71 Stage 2

  13. #88
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    Quick update for those interested. got all wring and fuel lines ran and hooked up, were 2 minor fuel leaks and fixed them quickly, went to start her up and got nothing. further investigation has led me to find that i have no spark. not sure if this is a coincidence or i i did something to kill my MSD box or coil. going to replace the coil today and see if that was the problem (hopefully it is because its the cheaper of the 2 to replace). if that dosent fix the problem i already have a replacement MSD6A box.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  14. #89
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    well, replaced the coil, and my MSD 6A box. neither replacement fixed the problem. so after spending hours on the phone with MSD technical help (by the way MSD tech help is terrific. you get through right away and they are very patient). think it may be the throttle body itself. hopefully this is all it is. sent the TB back to MSD should be back Wednesday or Thursday.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    update alert! after 3 weeks of messing with all kinds of problems finally got the beast running! had to send back the throttle body, even though MSD said there was nothing wrong with the unit, it fired up right after I threw it on. well, it dint fire right up, still had sme bugs to work out, but it's running, still need to take it out on a test drive, probably will do tomorrow.
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    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  16. #91
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    That sure is a pretty engine bay.
    The Silver Buick- '77 Skylark coupe w/455, SPX, MegaSquirt 2 & TKO-600 (Drag Week 2011!), '72 Centurion Conv't - 455w/TH400, '67 T-bird 4Dr (suicide) w/428, MegaSquirt 1 & C6. '69 Firebird replaced, now building a Pontiac Turbo L6!

    My Skylark thread
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=208168
    My Pontiac OHC Six thread.
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=219250

    I'm just a regular guy that fuel injected an old Buick and Thunderbird.

  17. #92
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Hope you are doing well Dan!That is perfect...!
    Ardeshir Dodangeh.

  18. #93
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    Quote Originally Posted by wormwood View Post
    update alert! after 3 weeks of messing with all kinds of problems finally got the beast running! had to send back the throttle body, even though MSD said there was nothing wrong with the unit, it fired up right after I threw it on. well, it dint fire right up, still had sme bugs to work out, but it's running, still need to take it out on a test drive, probably will do tomorrow.
    Looks sweet Dan! Are you going to be in Puyallup in a couple weeks? I'd love to see your car again with the upgrades.
    Peter Tonder
    1967 GS 400

  19. #94
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    Gorgeous Dan, nice work. I don't know how I missed this thread.

    Devon
    Fuel & Brake Systems Engineer
    "I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong." - Feynman
    "Good data is precious. The problem I have is when some damned fool fails to use it properly." - Slingerland

  20. #95
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    Thanks Devon, yes pete going to try to make it.

    ---------- Post added at 11:52 PM ---------- Previous post was at 11:41 PM ----------

    finally got around to making a short video of my MSD atomic install, now that I know how to upload videos I can do more, if there is anything you wanna see let me know.

    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    Quote Originally Posted by thesilverbuick View Post
    as always, i'm super impressed by how amazingly clean you have everything installed. Also very jealous of the center console
    :tu: <--It doesn't seem to like my thumbs up =/
    The Silver Buick- '77 Skylark coupe w/455, SPX, MegaSquirt 2 & TKO-600 (Drag Week 2011!), '72 Centurion Conv't - 455w/TH400, '67 T-bird 4Dr (suicide) w/428, MegaSquirt 1 & C6. '69 Firebird replaced, now building a Pontiac Turbo L6!

    My Skylark thread
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=208168
    My Pontiac OHC Six thread.
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=219250

    I'm just a regular guy that fuel injected an old Buick and Thunderbird.

  22. #97
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    thanks for the "everything clean" comment, means a lot commin from you
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  23. #98
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    Hey Dan, Remember me Eric I had the 84 regal 455 in my avatar we hung out at Kenny Voss's house a few times Car looks great !!!!
    Eric
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    oh yeah! thanks!
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    Unbelievable news. well today I took the buick to the "all buick show" in Puyallup Washington. I was pretty scared to drive such a long distance without doing the around town test drives, but damned the torpedoes and went full speed ahead. the car drove like a dream! I kept it at around 2,200 rpm which was right around 60 mph and it purred the whole way.... 110 miles! watching the atomic handheld like a hawk I noticed that fan #1 (oh I forgot to say that I hooked up my fans to the atomic so that IT can control when they come on) was coming on at cruising speed so I just raised the temperature that I wanted it to come on to 190 and it never came on during cruising at highway speeds (p.s I did that while driving). so anyway, the car did great, no major or minor glitches which is huge for my car because I always seem to have issues, but here is the big news, I tested the MPG and can't believe this.... round trip 220 miles, 9.5 gallons of gas equaling 23 miles per gallon! I cant believe this so I will test it more, but that is 90% highway cruising with the car in over drive, keeping the foot off of hard acceleration.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

 

 
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