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    Default My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    I got this car off a local 'fly by night' car lot locally, i got it for $1200.00 i took it to a local mechanic that works on my whole familys cars. he said everything wrong was fixable and that the body was in unbelievable condition for its age
    so here are some pics before i start my project.

    The attachments were not working when i tired so i had to post links

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    Aaron

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

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    This picture brings back memories No A/C or even Smog Pump!

    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.

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    Wow beautiful 4 door, you got it for a good price

    I have some 4 door parts if you need, plus a service manual. Hope you make it a sweet cruiser!

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix350 View Post
    Wow beautiful 4 door, you got it for a good price

    I have some 4 door parts if you need, plus a service manual. Hope you make it a sweet cruiser!
    You wouldnt happen to have the chrome pieces that go on the edge of the doors would you? im missing the rear passenger side piece ):
    Aaron

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

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    do you mean windshield molding? be more specific please, i may have what you need.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    they go on the edge of the doors, im not 100% sure if they are stock, but the one that doesnt have it seems like it wasnt put on after. i guess they are 'door protectors' that go on the very edge http://www.eurobumperguard.com/door_edge_guard.html those, but they are actual chrome was just wondering if they where an option or after market?
    Aaron

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

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    last Wednesday i gave her a complete tune up and cleaned my valve covers, turns out the left one was getting water into it and made some nasty smelly foam like substance on the inside, but after about 6 hours and 2 trips to Napa i finally finished. i can feel the difference already, next week it is time to get some quotes on paint/body work, exhaust and 'Maybe' an engine swap depending on if i need a valve job or not. Slowly working on the interior and going to replace my headliner as soon as i find the right fabric. Slowly but surly she is coming along. thanks for the comments and help!

    -Aaron
    Aaron

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

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    just ordered some parts for her! I decided im going to change the interior to black, i bought materials to make seat covers and headliner. i also bought a few extra 'effect lights' to hook up to my dome light to add a little flare. I also got rear bumper fillers from http://www.replica-plastics.com/ (best prices for the pieces i could find anywhere!) on an off note i also bought myself 2 new pairs of shoes :D now just working on the interior until my parts arrive then pulling the rear bumper and adding new plastic. still trying to decide 100% on a color of the exterior. Also debating keeping my original hub caps and buffing them out or buying smoothies for it. i decided that rally rims wouldn't look good on a 4 door. I also need to measure and see how many feet of weather stripping i need, if anyone knows the best place/shape of stripping to buy please let me know!!
    tomorrow i will take a picture of the fabric i bought for my seats, i really think its going to look good. (and yes i can sow to make them myself) well thanks again for the support and help on my first project. i will keep updating with pictures as i go along!
    Aaron

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

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    dont get your hopes up with the replica plastics parts. they fit terribly and need alot of work to fit even well. but there is really no other option unfortunatly. as far as valves being adjusted, if you have a 231 buick motor in your car you dont need to adjst the valves, you should have shaft rockers that have no adjustment in them.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    My mechanic said I'm blowing blue smoke due to my valves that's all I really know until I get it looked at.
    Aaron

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

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    I don't see where he said he was going to adjust the valves. A valve job would be implying replacing the valve guide seals and lapping the valves to clear up the blue smoke. Is your mechanic sure it's not rings? You don't want to go through the expense of doing the heads and it not be the problem. Conversely you don't want to be hit by surprise when he pulls the heads then says "Oh we need to do the rings (aka whole engine)".

    My Centurion needs a new set of valve guide seals (and possibly guides), I never noticed the smoke after letting up on the throttle until I took this video, it clears up pretty quick. The excess vacuum during deacceleration pulls the oil through the valve guide seals apparently.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL_UQX_eqEc
    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.

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    He hasn't really looked into it I just asked him why it was blowing smoke and he said its more than likely my valves. I'm going to take it down in the next week or two to have him look at It and get a definite answer and quote.
    Aaron

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

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    hey guys just a quick update, picked a color and next Monday she is going in for body work and paint. Im going to my local maaco and i know it isnt the greatest and a lot of people have had bad experiences with them but im testing my luck. This is and is going to be my daily driver so it dosent need to have amazing paint. i cant exactly remember the name or code of the paint but it is a few shades lighter than what i have and it has a metallic flake in it. Also Thursday of this week im going to get my shocks replaced so i can have a safe trip down to the Vancouver show. i think thats it for now. thanks everyone.
    Aaron

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

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    soooo, paint guy called and said when they poped off my wheel well trim that it was rusted under it so they are fixing it the best they can and cant replace the chrome trim, anyone have a place i could get more? need all 4.
    Aaron

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

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    Quote Originally Posted by noraarm View Post
    soooo, paint guy called and said when they poped off my wheel well trim that it was rusted under it so they are fixing it the best they can and cant replace the chrome trim, anyone have a place i could get more? need all 4.
    Did they destroy it in getting it off? If they did, I would expect them to replace it.
    68 Skylark

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    im not 100% i get the car back tomorrow hopefully so i can see the total, i know the one that had bad rust under it was damaged before anyway. Was just wondering if anyone knew where to get new ones.
    Aaron

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

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    just got her back from paint!
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    Aaron

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

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    Shiny paint.
    68 Skylark

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    I'm jealous. Looks good.
    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.

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    it looks beautiful, but when you look at some spots close you can see the little dents and rock chips they didn't do, it was a maaco job so i didn't expect it to be perfect in the first place. but its my daily driver so i expect dings and rock chips in the near future, and i got the left over paint for minor touch ups. i can take better pictures later. i took those with my phone. thanks for everything guys :D

    ps. looking for someone in Washington (preferably western) that can do exhaust! need someone that isn't at a professional shop to do mine, apparently they cant do anything to do with catalytic converters? or the guy was just being extremely rude and didn't want anything to do with me when i had cash in hand...
    Aaron

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

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    Looks good. Guess your luck turned out good after all!
    No, its not a chevy motor

    Steve Mario

    '71 Skylark, street/strip beater w/JW and T/A goodies!

    (JW prepped 462 short block, ported T/A Stage 1 TE heads w/stage 3 valves, 1050 Dominator, Super Scavengers, 3400 stall TH400, runs like a raped ape, and leaves brown skid marks on the passenger seat.)

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    made it all the way home from the Vancouver show and pulled into my drive way accedently stepped on my high beam button switch and killed it... high beams come on when i click it but no normals, but they do come on when i press it down right before the click. so going to go to napa in the morning to see if they have the part.
    Aaron

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

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    Just added a tachometer to my car, went kind of well. so far so good, had a little to much fun testing it though... person next door came out and yelled at me lol
    Aaron

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

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    Dimmer switch's are cheap and easy to replace ;-)

    Glad you got the tach working.
    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.

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    yeah i thought the switch was going to be hard to find, napa had like 800 of them in house. the tach wasnt to bad but i had difficulty finding the 12v that was only on with ignition, i have it just in with a fuse... probably not the smartest thing. I'll take some pics tomorrow
    Aaron

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

 

 
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