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Post by kojak on Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:50 pm

hello everybody. i have a '74 buick regal that was my grandfathers car. i drove it briefly and parked it. its been sitting mostly since '93. i lost the garage space about 9 years ago so it's a bit weathered. my dads car was recently totalled so he asked for it back :Dhe's actually getting it painted and restored, me and my brother are doing the pre body work and will put it back together after its painted, its actually been fun but challenging too. its a no option car, but it does have a fancy sonomatic radio and we put power brakes on it a few years back. still cant believe safety was a option. i signed up as kojak cause he drove the same car in the tv series. lol anyway let me know what you guys think  Cool jim


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Post by 74chick on Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:59 pm

Sweet ride. Not a hole lot of 4 doors around.

I'd say your also doing a '86 Grand National as well.
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Post by Limey SE on Sat Oct 23, 2010 11:02 pm

NICE RIDE Kojak kewl story keep the pics coming and welcome aboard

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Post by JB2wheeler on Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:40 am

You know, when Kojak drove that car I hated it, but I have matured and now I am quite drawn to it. Keep up the good work. JB
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Post by kojak on Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:18 pm

thanks everybody, took it for paint on friday. hopefully it turns out good.Smile i had him paint my integra and he did a awesome job on it Very Happy will keep up on progress pics. anyone have bumpers they wanna sell? send me a PM. it's almost impossible to find anything for these cars. yea, it's a '87 GN 74 chick;)
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Post by Bill's 74 on Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:01 pm

I think the 4door cars would be harder to find too.

Kool stuff.


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Post by The Dude on Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:15 am

Welcome to the site! All I can say is "What's NOT to like?" Brown, four door, steel wheels, & even round gauges with a tan interior. She looks like a real sleeper with a lot of potential for sure. Smile Just flip the white walls inside & it will look good! Are you sticking with the same color?
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Post by JB2wheeler on Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:36 pm

Hey, a car like that just does not look right without WWs. JB
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Post by kojak on Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:01 pm

JB2wheeler wrote:Hey, a car like that just does not look right without WWs. JB
it took me 2 weeks to get the white walls Shocked i agree
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:15 am

Welcome.

Nice Buick. Not many around here.

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Post by kojak on Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:13 pm

update, car is in paint and the top is ordered Cool


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Post by BlackChevelleSS on Thu Nov 11, 2010 3:58 am

welcome and cool ride, I like them more doors, I got a 71 four door that I aquired from rago.

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Post by kojak on Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:00 pm

top is done, now back to paint shop, couldn't get the same brown so gonna have the car painted the same color as the top, should look nice


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Post by kojak on Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:02 pm

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Post by Limey SE on Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:14 pm

hey how much that rear end cover run ya and whats the benefit of it

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Post by pila on Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:23 am

That cover is designed to help support the carrier bearings, with support studs, and if running any serious power on a 10 bolt, it's a good idea.

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Post by The Dude on Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:40 am

Also supposed to keep the rear diff running cooler vs the stock steel cover. Not to mention it just looks great!
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Post by Limey SE on Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:00 am

I also spy a lil red helper in there to help with body squat on takeoff from stand still

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Post by The Dude on Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:45 am

I noticed that too. What I didn't see at first was hitting me right in the face. Look at the shock location.
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Post by Limey SE on Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:50 am

kojak wrote:teaser pic #2


OK Kojak spill the beans whats up with this rear set up why the weird looking sway bar set up and all this performance minded stuff and chose to leave it single exhaust ???

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Post by bigredlaguna on Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:17 am

Turbo? That's no ordinary single exhaust. There is something funky going on where the catalytic converter is supposed to be.
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Post by pila on Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:58 pm

I like those finned rear brake drums.........

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Post by The Dude on Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:13 pm

If those are really aluminum ones & not just painted, they are getting hard to find. Supposed to have been available starting in 1977 on up to the mid 80's on everything from Chevelles to Blazers & most GM stuff in between. Problem is that they are all about 30 years old by now & most vehicles have had the drums replaced at some point. Another problem is that there seems to be no rhyme or reason to why some cars got aluminum drums & others didn't. If you run across a decent set, pick them up! They significantly drop weight off of your rotating mass.
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Post by pila on Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:21 am

Also a bit off of the unsprung mass. I was even thinking of looking for some to fit my 9" Furd rear in the Elco.

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Post by OnTheBottle on Thu Nov 25, 2010 3:44 pm

kojak wrote:teaser pic #2

Looks like a 2004R trans, and a 8 1/2" 10 bolt to me. Been a long time since my GN looked like that. When I swapped to a th400 with a trans-brake I obliterated the air bag first time I launched at 22#'s of boost Cool
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