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  1. #101
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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    Wow that's awesome, wish I could even find a 350 for that much, well, let alone find one period, I found one for 200 but it has a blown berring.
    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 got lucky with the 455, it was at a junkyard (1/2 price day, I was going for a 350) and it was just sitting there on the ground already, the junkyard laid out a row of engines they pulled. I had no idea what this thing would look like inside, I wasn't even smart enough to pull the valve covers for a peek, but I got lucky and it was clean inside. Turned the crank .010", one cylinder had a deep groove so they all got a .040" bore to clean that up and 60,000 miles later it's still humming away.
    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.

  3. #103
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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    Wow, maybe you should come pick a random engine for me :D I'm never lucky lol
    Aaron

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

  4. #104
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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    I was just curious, can i do a open filter like this one?


    if i get the breather for my valve cover?

    but i do have the vacuum lines going to my filter, is it just not possible?
    Aaron

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

  5. #105
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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    I run that filter and housing on my car. You'll need the adapter to go down to a 2bbl, it may come with it. The vacuum line to the air cleaner is for better drivabilty while cold, but is a bit of over kill, so you could just plug the vacuum port on the intake or where ever the hose comes from, and yes get a breather and it'll work.

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

    alright, i've never had my car not start in 20-30 degree weather so i think i will be okay, if it starts acting up i can always put the stock back on for winter.
    just wasnt sure with tubes running to it.
    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)

    It's not so much for starting, but after it starts it provides hot air off the exhaust manifold to help vaporize the fuel in the intake before the coolant is up to temperature.
    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.

  8. #108
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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    oh, okay. but like you said its over kill, so i can always see if it works, if it doesnt it doesnt.
    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, my computer died a while back so I haven't been posting. Over the winter I haven't really done much. But the snow killed the chrome in my wheels, So I sanded them down and just blacked them out, it actually looks really good with the brown of the car. I also replaced my headliner and sowed some new sun visors for it. Still getting everything straighter out to buy a 350 and a 2004r trans. It's going to happen hopefully before next winter!
    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 just found a Polished Buick V6 Kenne-Bell 4 bbl intake manifold.Model Kenne-Bell-1 on craigslist so i think i might be picking that up soon then looking for a carb to go on top.
    Aaron

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

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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark

    believe there also was an enlarged Buick V-6 of 4.1 L (252 ci) that was installed in a few early to mid eighties GM cars.
    those may have an iron Quadrajet 4bbl intake pattern. Just an idea for a low buck upgrade.

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

    nice! good luck putting it on, hope alll goes well, cant wait to see it, hopefully in portland
    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'm a late responder, but congrats on the car and especially the work you are doing. Sounds like you are learning a bunch and having fun.
    Mark
    72 Skylark "GSX" Convertible 462, SP 400, 4:10
    72 "GSX" 464, TH 400, 3:42 10.71@126, street tires and mufflers
    Quadrajet Power LLC
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    Default Re: My '78 Skylark (before starting the project)

    Quote Originally Posted by Sportwagon400 View Post
    65 sportwagon lowered w / front air damn
    stock 72 350SBB T/A intake, Q jet, 2004R lock up in 3 & 4, 3.31 gears, 255/50/16 (26.04 tall ) 18-19 MPG around town 24-26 highway GPS correct speed 78MPH 2100 RPM im shooting for 29-29 MPG at 65 Mph

    Ken
    ^^^ This is what I'm talking about!
    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)

    after about 4 emails of asking a few questions like the condition of the intake and replies of very few works he said that he got a better offer and sold it.
    so, no new intake for me yet. still browsing the web looking for parts, still no luck. so just the same old Buick will be at the Portland show this year.
    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)

    Dealing with college I can't afford to keep up with the demand of my car so I've decided its time to let her go to a new home. If any of you are interested in it let me know, asking 1500. Thanks guys!
    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)

    Today I got a letter in the mail from a local towing company that the Buick had been impounded, that's odd seeing that i sold it 8 months ago. Well, the person who bought it didn't change the title over into their name, but i had released the title from myself.. So after a few phone calls, the car had been abandoned since February and recently got towed. So after 450.00 I officially have my Buick back and now that it isn't my daily driver i decided by this time next year she will have a big block Buick heartbeat in her! This also all happened the day after my 21st birthday, so Happy Birthday to me!!
    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)

    Hope you sold it for more than $450 and it's no worse for wear. That'd truely be a win win scenerio!
    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
    Hope you sold it for more than $450 and it's no worse for wear. That'd truely be a win win scenerio!
    i got 1500 for it when i originally sold it, unfortunately they messed with the wiring and i cannot get any power to anything this weekend im going to go through it and try to solve the problems to see if they blew up the engine or not.
    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)

    HUGE UPDATE TIME!

    I bought a 455 with matching th400 (pretty sure its a long shaft) and torque converter for 400 bucks! The guy i got it from said it came out of around a 75 big bodied car, Lesabre he thought. I haven't had a chance to take a real look into the motor yet. surprisingly clean inside the valve covers. needs some work and I think the carb needs a overhaul but I am not quite sure. Engine turns free, only down side is 1 or 2 exhaust studs are broken but I will extract them so that should be okay. Going to order some engine mounts tonight, as well as a gasket kit. I am super excited to finally have a big block! hopefully with minimal work it will be running, eventually I plan on doing the basics like headers, eventually heads, and cams but for now I am going to go for a stock running and driving big block!
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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)

    looking forward to watching this post progress.
    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've been looking around and I cannot seem to find any information about the stock carb and intake on the 455, does anyone have a diagram showing where all the lines go to and from? I am not sure if my intake is missing lines, there is also a hard line that is bent up and connected at one end. No idea where its supposed to go. I will take some pictures tomorrow after work
    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)

    While changing out the valve cover gaskets I took pictured of the places on the intake manifold I cannot figure out,
    the first is a hard line that is connected on one side and the other side is free and looks like it broke off or got detached, it is on the firewall side of the carb. hard line.jpg
    the second is a small threaded hole just by the heater hose spout.
    threaded bolt hole (2).jpg
    this one is on the passenger side rear it looks like it might be threaded deep within, on the opposite side it looks like there is a bolt that mirrors it
    single hole.jpg
    and finally is a line coming out of the bottom of the carb, in the picture it is the one called fuel injection hose, the darkest colored one, it is a long tube and im just curious if it is a actual fuel line or if it was just used as a vacuum hose.
    IMG_2786.jpg
    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)

    Good that you saw the exhaust studs. I had extra thact one after I dropped my engine in. Also did the oil pan gasket after I installed it so my advice at a minimum do the oil pan gasket before dropping that torque monster in. Congrats and awesome story of getting your Buick back!
    Kevin
    1964 Buick Special Deluxe 2 door SOLD
    -350 SBB 4bbl, 4 speed saginaw
    1983 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Drag car SOLD
    1969 Mercury Cougar
    1973 Chevelle SS 350 4 speed

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

    And you said you never got lucky. Nice job buying the car back!!!

    I'll try to help on that carb and intake. That is a great quadrajet by the way. Don't get rid of it. It is an 800 cfm hot air choke. It can be converted to electric choke. It has an adjustable APT setting. Anyway, it is a good carb to use for stock, mild or strong built 455. And, check out quadrajetpower.com if you want me to fix it up for you.

    It's a little hard to see on your pictures. I'll give my thoughts in same order.

    1. May be talking about the hot air intake to the choke for the carb. Should have a small tube from intake that goes in to the side of the round choke assembly.

    2. That threaded hole is a mount for something. I think there was a bracket that held the heater hoses. No big deal if it is let as is.

    3. That is an intake manifold bolt, and needs to be added back. Probably took it out to bolt a chain on to pull the engine.

    4. It is a vacuum line, should be going to the rear of intake to the PVC valve. Fuel line goes straight in front of the carb.


    Quote Originally Posted by noraarm View Post
    While changing out the valve cover gaskets I took pictured of the places on the intake manifold I cannot figure out,
    the first is a hard line that is connected on one side and the other side is free and looks like it broke off or got detached, it is on the firewall side of the carb. hard line.jpg
    the second is a small threaded hole just by the heater hose spout.
    threaded bolt hole (2).jpg
    this one is on the passenger side rear it looks like it might be threaded deep within, on the opposite side it looks like there is a bolt that mirrors it
    single hole.jpg
    and finally is a line coming out of the bottom of the carb, in the picture it is the one called fuel injection hose, the darkest colored one, it is a long tube and im just curious if it is a actual fuel line or if it was just used as a vacuum hose.
    IMG_2786.jpg
    Mark
    72 Skylark "GSX" Convertible 462, SP 400, 4:10
    72 "GSX" 464, TH 400, 3:42 10.71@126, street tires and mufflers
    Quadrajet Power LLC
    Your one stop Quadrajet shop for parts, services and custom built Quadrajets
    mark@quadrajetpower.com

 

 
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