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  1. #101
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    That is great! Your car is very inspiring! Gets me thinking of so many ideas for my car. What are the specs on the cam? Sounds like a big duration stick. Any issues with the atomic with a big cam? Congratulations on an amazing build!
    Kevin
    Hampden, ME
    1972 "Yenko" Skylark Custom Convt. 462 TKO 600 FiTech EFI
    1970 Skylark Custom Convt. Gone to NYC
    2012 Buick Verano

  2. #102
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Tanks Kevil, i'm running T.A performances "Gibson" cam . so far no issues. infact the EFI has really woken up this build it is an absolute beast on the bottom end now. here is the cam specs
    http://taperformance.com/proddetail....%5F296%2D08H10
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  3. #103
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    Nice! I may have some catching up to do! The sticking around 60mph I'm sure helped a bunch, I have a hard time staying under 70mph. I've had a few tanks calculate over 20mpg, but I've never had two back to back calculate over 20 (except when I had my Centurion engine in the car). Don't you love the "on the fly" fix? How was the show?

    ---------- Post added at 08:48 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:38 AM ----------

    There are a couple good pictures of your car in red67wildcat's Puyallup thread.
    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. #104
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    the show was good, great weather, a lot of stuff to do with the fair and Saturday market in town. you should come up one year, since you do a ton of driving anyway!
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  5. #105
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    I'm always busy, I need to find less things to do

    I might be making a trip to the Washington coast the first weekend of August with my Skylark. I don't recall exactly where, but it's a family reunion of sorts. Grandma lives in Tacoma, Aunt and Uncle live in Portland and I have a variety of family around the NW US there. I'll let you know in case I'm passing through.
    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.

  6. #106
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    Location
    Dayton, Ohio
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Love the build up! I've been very interested in a bolt on TBI system for driveability and MPG. I may have missed it but what was your mileage BEFORE the EFI? Do you have any MPG updates?

    Again, awesome job
    Doug Magoffin
    72 GS Convertible
    Buick taste on a Chevy budget!

  7. #107
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    Port Angeles, WA
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Nice build! nice to see some more late model x body love in Washington, feels like i am the only one out here haha. Also have a question about your 455 i may of read past it, but how did you actually get that in? Seems like such a small area, but guess you proved that wrong!

  8. #108
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    hey skylark77, thanks for the kind words. there is actually a lot of room in the xbodies, the 455 is a natural fit, lotsa room to spare and plenty of room for headers. ps. there are 2 of us here in the NW, Aaron with his (79)? who is currently in the process of dropping in a 455. we both plan to be at the Puyallup show, you should meet us there. there's even another guy who has a beautiful stock 75 or 76 that sometimes shows up at Puyallup.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  9. #109
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Im going to look for a 75 lark and put in a 455. how big of a tire can you run under the back of that car?

  10. #110
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    i ran a 28x11.5x15 it rubbed a little bit around hard corners but I ran them for 15 years and they lasted that long.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  11. #111
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    wow, almost 2 years since posting to my thread. I guess that's good as nothing has really gone wrong. I have burned through about 5 starters since then, but I think I got that issue figured out. classic industries finally finished tooling the interior plastic pieces, and now finally OEM interior plastic is available for our x-bodies. I picked up the rear sail panel and over door sets. still gotta paint them and install, ill keep you posted on how well (or poorly) they fit
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  12. #112
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    Ooh! You know I'm curious to hear how it fits!
    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.

  13. #113
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    Charlotte NC
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Hello, I am new to the site and having a hard time on creating a new post to ask questions. Would mind giving me some direction on how to create a new post. Thanks in advance!

  14. #114
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    I think there is a sticky thread that explains this. I believe you need to make a minimum amount of posts before you can post
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  15. #115
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    Took the skylark out for a drive in May, and when I went to start it up I broke yet another starter. that's about 8 in the last 3 years for those of you keeping track. this time when I took the starter out I noticed that I cracked the block in half at the starter bolt hole. this is the 2nd time this happened. so instead of hoping that I can find someone good enough to weld the iron block ive decided to use the spare 455 that I had sitting in my basement.
    I dropped it off to the machine shop in May and was told it would be ready in 3 weeks..... that was almost 3 months ago. finally got a call from the shop today and was told that the block and crank are already 0.040 over and are unusable. AWESOME! (sarcasm).
    found a local buick buddy hat says he has a spare block... so back to square one... hopefully my machine shop doesn't put me to the back of the line again.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  16. #116
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Before you put the new block completely back together, verify the compression ratio, degree the cam (to make sure the intake valve is closing when expected) and recheck the balancer's timing mark while the head is off and match up against cylinder #1 TDC. Then of course triple check that the distributor is set up for reasonable ignition timing while cranking. Crossing my fingers for a good block/crank for you and success on re-assembly.
    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. #117
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    my compression ratio was good on the last block, and the cam was degreed in, but I think the balancer was off by a degree or 2, I will recheck it, thanks for the tips
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  18. #118
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    I'm rooting for you!
    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.

  19. #119
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    added hydro boost to try to remedy my bad brake feel.... works amazing! brakes feel like a newer sports car!

    https://goo.gl/photos/WyGovMWecsDngzjD8

    https://goo.gl/photos/331hXTqvv68Hft6b9
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  20. #120
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  21. #121
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    took the car to a local hot rod shop that said they had some experience with EFI. after a big bill and a few days I have my baby back. we took the Nippon style starter and milled down the mounting block, added a shim or two and whalla, I have a good starter. car starting and running great (so far). will have to wait till summer to see about hot starts but I'm hopefully optimistic.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

 

 
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