Build up: Stock Appearing 1970 GS Drag Car

Discussion in 'Stock Appearing' started by ToddsGS, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. 70GS350

    70GS350 Well-Known Member

    Worth the wait. Well done!
  2. ToddsGS

    ToddsGS Founders Club Member

  3. gonzo2

    gonzo2 Member

    Man that turned out nice! You must be real happy. Have you taken it out for a ride yet? How did it do?
  4. ToddsGS

    ToddsGS Founders Club Member

    I drove it home from the alignment shop yesterday. It drives nice and tight. No power steering or power brakes which is tough to get use to after driving the GSX which was fully optioned.

    We have some nice weather right now so I'm hoping to get some miles on it this week. Still not sure if it will see track time this fall but next spring for sure. So far everything seems to be working perfect.

  5. kent.gardner

    kent.gardner Well-Known Member

    Beautiful machine you got there:TU:
    Keep us posted when you get that thing to the track
  6. sonspringer

    sonspringer Member

    You got some awesome work done on your machine. Do upload any new updates. I am subscribing to this thread.
  7. DavidC77

    DavidC77 "Matilda" 1970 Buick GSX

    I'm suprized you stayed with a external VR Alt.

    Any reason why ??? Just wondering.

    Did you end up using the extra engine that you were talking about in your GSX thread in this car ???
  8. cobra94r

    cobra94r Dad/Daughter Project SBB

    Wow.... That turned out AMAZINGLY nice. I bet the ride home from the shop was fun!!
  9. ToddsGS

    ToddsGS Founders Club Member

    The Alt is internally regulated. The voltage regulator is just there to appear "correct".

    The extra 455 I have is for a future build (when the money is available)
    That motor will receive Gessler Port work, higher compression and a bigger cam. (Hopefully enough HP to get in the 10's) The motor that's in the car now is 1971 specs and 100% stock other than a cam. It will be interesting to see what kind of E.T. the car will run with that motor. It will serve as a great base line and help in determining how much the weight loss helped.

    Thanks for checking it out.

  10. Tom Miller

    Tom Miller Old car enthusiast

    Todd, the car is beautiful.
    Just for a baseline comparison, a couple weeks ago my wife raced her 100% stone stock 72 Stage 1 at the Pure Stock Drags, and ran a new best ever for the car, a 13.78@99+.
    This car is 100% GM stock,with the exception of a 2 1/2" mandrel bent "X" pipe exhaust system. The car is an air conditioned bucket seat car with ZERO weight reduction ANYWHERE, and all runs were made with the spare tire,jack,half tank of gas, race weight with driver 4100 lbs.

    If a 100lbs is worth a tenth, do the math:Brow:
  11. Rich Johns

    Rich Johns Platinum Level Contributor

    I like that math:eek2:
  12. ToddsGS

    ToddsGS Founders Club Member

    I really have no idea what it will run.

    The motor in it is using Stock Bore 1971 8.5 to 1 pistons - along with every other factory piece (other than the cam as mentioned) I'm not expecting to much. I hate getting my hopes up, I guess time will tell. Should be fun.

  13. Clarkie

    Clarkie Well-Known Member

    I love the pun!:TU:
  14. DavidC77

    DavidC77 "Matilda" 1970 Buick GSX

    OK, I thought it was an internal alt, I couldn't figure out why the VR was on the firewall when it looked like a internal alt, good trick.

    Ya I thought you said the other engine was going to built, that's what throw me when you showed that engine

    Looks sweet, keep us updated :TU:
  15. ToddsGS

    ToddsGS Founders Club Member

    That's also why I stuck with standard Red Valve Covers for now. I have the Chrome ones but until a True Stage 1 motor finds it's way in there I'm sticking with the Red Valve Covers.

    There are some other parts (like the VR) just along for the ride :TU:
  16. ToddsGS

    ToddsGS Founders Club Member

    Is it spring yet?

  17. Guy Parquette

    Guy Parquette Platinum Level Contributor

    Merry Xmas Todd.
    You may have posted this but what front control arms did you go with and what were the wieght savings?

    Go pack go!
  18. ToddsGS

    ToddsGS Founders Club Member

    Happy Holidays to you also! I am using the TRZ arms. They're cro moly so they're light. I hope to see your cars someday including your low mileage skylark! Time to watch the Packers! Take care.
  19. ToddsGS

    ToddsGS Founders Club Member


    Had to wait until today to get you the weight specs you asked about.

    The total weight saved was 22.5 pounds by switching the top and bottom control arms (Front)

    As a side note, the Rear Lower Arms are stock boxed arms and from what I could tell the beefed up Factory Control Arms are lighter than almost all the aftermarket control arms - mainly because of the thickness of the aftermarket arms. I'm sure they're a "bit" beefier but alot heavier. I wanted the Rear Suspension to look stock anyways as it usually gets more attention from the curious types.

  20. Guy Parquette

    Guy Parquette Platinum Level Contributor

    Cool, thanks! I may go with those on my GSX drag car.

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