1981 Buick Regal

I bought this car with the insurance money from the hit to my Cutlass' rear. Should have fixed the dent, but I needed something a little more economical. With a 3.8 liter V6, the Regal definitely got better mileage than the Cutlass. Pretty decent car, I gave it up when I got the RX-7. It's still sitting in my parent's pasture - want to buy it? 10/9/01 It lives! My wife's nephew needs a car, so it was decided to resurrect the Buford as cheap transport for him. After finding a good battery, then replacing a defective HEI ignition module ($50!), the stupid thing fired right up and ran (after a little help from Mr. Ether). It didn't run great or anything, but it ran. Even idled once it warmed up. A fresh tank of gas, and it started up and idled on its own! It needed a new power steering pressure hose, four good tires to replace the too-small dry rotted ones, and some minor electrical work (my dad's cattle ate the wiring for the front park lights (!) exposed when the rubber-ducky stuff between the bumper and the body rotted away). It still needs a fluids change, and legalities, but it's mechanically road worthy after sitting for 4+ years!

Update 2/03: Got all the legal stuff and fluids change by 11/01. Drove it from Weatherford to my home in Euless (about 50 miles) with no problems. Cruise control worked perfectly, speedomoeter was dead on, smooth ride.
Loaned it to a friend for a couple of months to drive for a while while her car was down - no problems. The problem cam ewhen I attempted to fix an oil leak in the (external) oil pump. In a moment of severe brain fade, I put the pump "sandwich" back together using RTV rather than real gaskets, forgetting that the gaskets provide critical clearance for the pump gears in this application. The pump bound when I tried to start it, shearing off a tooth on the cam distributor drive, and several on the distributor. Took me a bit to figure that one out. I finally noticed that the dizzy wasn't spinning. Bought a new high volume pump kit, front gasket set, and, while I was at it, a new timing set, and acquired a good distributor from the wrecking yard. Got everything cleaned up and back together, set the timing, fresh oil, and it was purring again! I didn't worry too much about the missing tooth on the distributor drive because it was helical - one tooth didn't foul up the works.

Unfortunately, as I was returning from the gas station, there was a "clank!" and the engine stopped cold, and wouldn't re-start. Yup, dizzy not spinning again. I discovered that the missing tooth had managed to get into the oil passages (thought I got all the pieces out!), and got between the oil pump gears. They stopped pretty quick then! Sheared *more* teeth off of the cam, and ruined another distributor gear.

Sooooo.... now it's for sale. I don't have the time or inclination to mess with it any more. Wish I could - it's been a good car for me. Needs a new camshaft to run, but if you're going that far, it could really use a rebuild.

Wanna buy it? :)



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In these pictures, the Buick is wearing my Cutlass' 15 x 7 rims with 245/60-15 tires. They rubbed just a little bit. the only damage to the car was the dent in the door, and the tweaked bumper. The dent came with the car, but the bumper came from a light rear-ender. I fixed the bumper, the dent's still there. I was in the process of blacking out the trim ala Buick T-Type. I stripped the pinstripes, and was eventually going to remove the vinyl top. The car ran well, but was beginning to lose oil pressure from wear. Over a 150K miles will do that. I can't stand fake woodgrain, so I treated it all to "Sante Fe" Fleckstone paint. Not a bad effect! This is the same Pioneer that lived in the Monza (and my Cutlass), it was eventually replaced with an Alpine cassette changer/controller. Also had to have real gauges (mainly to keep an eye on that oil pressure)


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You can't quite see the speaker grille that I made to fit the bottom of the door, but you can see the tweeter, and the trim fitted to it. I eventually found factory lower door panels from a car with Concert Sound, which already had grilles. Also added power door locks at that time. How about a pair of Lanzar LN-12S' snuggled up to the back seat? The power supply for the system. the Carver M2120 runs the subs, and the Pyramid Gold PB-290 handles mid and high. They're both attached to the back of the sub box, and the whole thing could be removed pretty quickly if needed. Eventually, there was going to be a trim panel to hide all the wiring.

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