My 76/77 Buick regals going to the darkside!

Discussion in 'V-8 Buick Powered Regals' started by Norman Martin, Aug 14, 2020.

  1. Norman Martin

    Norman Martin Well-Known Member

    Front tunnel half welded. Yes, my welds look crappy and yes, thats why my photos are so far away. I had to contort my old bones to weld everything. Everything is solid though.
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  2. Norman Martin

    Norman Martin Well-Known Member

    At this point, I am so tired of welding that I will just have to stop right here. Fortunately, no more wind breeze from my spinning driveshaft. I should have epoxied the damn panels before I welded them up. Now, I will probably have to remove the tranny to paint them. Stoopid!

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  3. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    Good stuff! I’m a beginner welder too! More of a grinder
     
  4. Norman Martin

    Norman Martin Well-Known Member

    Im going to get a posi. That is for sure.


    After driving this thing for a while, I am pondering what to do. The way it is now with 2.73 gears is okay but kind of too mellow. While it is cool to lug around at like 1400 rpm, it is not quite as exciting as I want. Now the issue is that if I decide to go boosted(yes, yes, yes), the 2.73 gears will definitely keep her drivable. With boost, this ratio will save a little rubber.


    Now if I go 3.73 gears, it will be a beast with natural aspiration but as soon as I boost it, I will never be able to keep the tires from spinning. It would be quite fun though.


    So do I keep the mellow 2.73 gears preserving the mpg's and top speed (which I dont care about really) in preparation for much more power


    Or


    Switch to 3.73 which will wake up the acceleration big time now and waste a little more gas but will devour the tires once boosted
     
  5. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    It depends how fast you want to drive. I would rather a 4.10 gear with that 6 speed and stay NA. If you go boosted it’s going to roast the tires at any speed in any gear so I wouldn’t base my rear end ratio around that. If you do go boosted it would be a heck of a ride. A Skylark that I used to have ran a twin turbo buick 350, 2004R trans, and 3.42 rear gears. It was a fun of fun at any speed, 140 mph was easy.
     
  6. Norman Martin

    Norman Martin Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately the floor pans are too far gone. 30 seconds with a wire wheel revealed more holes. Looks like more sheetmetal work is coming.

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  7. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    That is frustrating
     
  8. Norman Martin

    Norman Martin Well-Known Member

    Ah.... it is what it is.

    I took that frustration and channeled it into fixing something else.
    1. Got the rear view mirror re-mounted.
    2. Modified the drive by wire van gas pedal to accept the factory buick pedal. Had to cut about an inch off of the factory pedal though since it hit the floor at the bottom. Now my pedals allow me to stretch my right leg out farther which helps my busted knee a little. The goofy brake pedal cover will be removed allowing for a near factory look.
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  9. Norman Martin

    Norman Martin Well-Known Member

    Drivers side floor pan is made and ready to cut and weld in.
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  10. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

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