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  1. #26
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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    I plugged mine right into the Ign spade on the fuse box.
    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
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    My Pontiac OHC Six thread.
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    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)

    oh, that makes sense . i didnt know what it was so i didnt want to mess anything up. do you know what size spade it is? or is your different than mine?
    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 recall the offical name/size of it, but I just used a standard sized one with the blue plastic over the crimp fitting. It's not the small one, and not the large one. It's about 1/4" across.
    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)

    alright i think i might have some.
    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 there guys, i was searching craigslist for parts, and i found Headers for a 231 v6, (Pacesetter #70-1093) http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/pts/2343207110.htmland i was wondering if you guys know of any bolt on exhaust kits that would fit, or if they will fit period. or if i got these, that are for the 350 would they fit? http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-680101/
    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)

    On the 231 headers, the stock intake is the big restriction, I'd change that before the exhaust dollar for dollar. Or if you are definately going the way of a V8 then just live with the 231 as is until there.

    I don't know on the 350 headers. I went with the TA shorties on the 455 because I had no clue if the long tube ones would fit.
    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. #32
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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    So you would suggest a new intake manifold and carb?
    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)

    If you are looking to pep up the 231. I briefly put a 4bbl intake on mine and it really woke up the mid range and top end. My problem was finding a suitably small carburetor on my budget. I had a ~400cfm carter on there for a bit. I swapped the 2bbl back on for smog testing and didn't bother going back to the 4bbl because of carb problems I had with it. I really don't think you'll notice that big of a difference with headers.
    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. #34
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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    The main reason for headers and new exhaust is for sound, I'm happy with the power since all I do is drive to school and back, the local exhaust shops won't take a cat off the exhaust so I have to do everything myself with little experience, I've always wanted dual but if I can get away with a single output that's fine too. That's why I was looking into a exhaust kit. Since they don't make any single pipe v6 kits I was looking into this.
    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)

    One more question about gauges, I was just at napa getting parts for our jeep and I saw a 3 gauge cluster for a reasonable price, it was a water temp, oil pressure and amp, are these complicated to install? Or would I need extra components to make them work? Thanks.
    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)

    The temp and oil are pretty simple. You have to replace the idiot light sensor and then each has a line running from behind the gauge to the sensor, so you'll likely need to make a hole in your firewall for the lines. That takes some caution to not drill something important or unreachable.

    The AMP gauge is useless, IMO, I always buy a standalone voltmeter of the same size and install that, plugging right into the fuse box.

    To hook up the backlighting, there is a connection for that around the bottom of your fuse box (next to the small fuse).
    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)

    Quote Originally Posted by TheSilverBuick View Post
    The temp and oil are pretty simple. You have to replace the idiot light sensor and then each has a line running from behind the gauge to the sensor, so you'll likely need to make a hole in your firewall for the lines. That takes some caution to not drill something important or unreachable.

    The AMP gauge is useless, IMO, I always buy a standalone voltmeter of the same size and install that, plugging right into the fuse box.

    To hook up the backlighting, there is a connection for that around the bottom of your fuse box (next to the small fuse).

    what do you mean by the light sensor? the little oil light that is in the dash?
    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 believe he means the wire that goes to the thermostat housing
    Dan Lemyre
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    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)

    Yeah, you have a "Temp" and "Oil" light on your dash, the wires that control those lights go to the temperature sensor(switch really) and oil pressure sensor(switch) on the block. The temperature sensor is on the intake just behind and to the right of the thermostat housing when looking at the engine and the oil pressure sensor is on the passenger side of the block between the oil filter and alternator.
    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)

    Thanks guys! just went and looked at some triple sets, think im going to do it soon. I also was looking at Driving lights/fog lights, and i want to put some in to help my visibility, my question is, do you think they will look okay? were is the best place to install them? Under my bumper? behind my grill?
    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)

    Was browsing craigslist and picked up some rally rims for my car, they are in amazing condition i just need to repaint the centers, they are just bare metal right now. should have them on the car this weekend! i will post pictures as i paint them
    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)

    Alright here are some pics and steps i took to paint my wheels


    Here they are right when i unloaded them from the car, not to bad of shape.

    Masked and primed, i did 3 coats of primer per wheel

    Here they are after the first coat of black

    final product, taken last night in a dark garage so not the best picture. went back today and touched up some rough spots around the edges.

    They are on! the guy that put them on scratched them a little bit. nothing a little touch up paint wont fix.

    taken from my living room, i can take better ones tomorrow.
    Thanks for the support guys.
    Last edited by noraarm; 05-22-2011 at 03:11 AM.
    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)

    Those are gonna look awsome on your car. are you going to the puyallup show aaron?
    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)

    I plan on it, i filled out the form i just need to send it off. If my car isnt in it i will defiantly be there to look around.
    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)

    Those look fantastic! Nice score.
    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)

    Thanks! The guy that was selling them kept calling me to make sure i was coming. He was getting spammed with emails and calls from people wanting to buy them.
    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 looked around google and other places trying to find what this was, I was looking for the place by the oil filter to hook up a oil pressure gauge and i saw this plug, is it the water temp sending unit?
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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)

    I also just looked up under my dash to see how to disconnect the idiot lights, and i am completely lost, where the lights are there are just bulbs, is there a center point that all the dash wires connect to then are spread by a circuit board?
    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 looked again, it's the oil pressure. Re read what silverbuick said. Can't find the temp though. Could be all the hoses in the way
    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)

    There is no need to disconnect the light bulbs or wiring from the dash cluster. The cluster is plugged in with a central connector.

    The temp sensor is on top of the engine just to the left or right of where the upper radiator hose connects to the engine. Has a single wire going to a sensor that is pointing straight down.
    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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