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1987 Buick Turbo Turbocharger Install - Power Trip

Part V: Wrapping Up Loose Ends And Installing The Drivetrain

Rick Jensen Mar 1, 2007

I want this Turbo-T to run 10s and be as reliable as your girl's Honda, and with the Hartline Turbo V-6 built and shipped to Ron's Custom Auto in Jersey, and the Dynotech Performance 200-4R modified for the five-disc Vigilante converter, it was finally time to start building toward that goal. But we have a ton of work ahead of us at Ron's-this isn't simply a drivetrain swap, as my T, after 160,000 miles, has seen better days. I don't want to just throw a sparkling new mill into a rusty engine bay, and I really don't want to count on original parts like the wiring harness, trans and fuel lines, radiator, and motor and trans mounts when I want to run big numbers and make it to and from the track without calling AAA. So I guess you could say that this is GMHTP's first resto-build (damn, I feel old). Also, the engine still has some final assembly components that we need to install, and the fuel system currently consists of a single-pump setup that won't supply enough fuel for my goals. Yep, the old girl needs some serious TLC before we crank 'er up-we'd better get started.

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Finally! Here's the completed engine bay after several long weeks of thrashing at Ron's Custom Auto-Junior installed final items like spark plug wires, serpentine belt, TB/TV cable, wastegate rod, etc. A few notes: since the Be Cool radiator was thicker than the stock one, the neck stuck out more-Hueffman suggested cutting the upper radiator hose so it would line up better, which worked-we didn't have to get an angle boss for the IAC either, the Big Mouth kit cleared no problem and looks killer! Champion's new fuel rails were a first run that didn't work with my fuel pressure regulator; we put the stock rail back on for now, and Champion has sent an updated set of rails for a later install. Junior had a bit of trouble lining up the downpipe with the turbo, so he made a stud set. The extra wires up by the vacuum brake booster are Powermaster connections that I asked Casper's to retain, in case I ever went back to that brake system. Finally, Classic Tube's original replacement turbo feed line was installed for now; this will be changed over to PTE's remote filter setup to protect the turbo.

Sources

Classic Tube
Lancaster, NY
800-882-3711
http://www.classictube.com
Ron's Custom Auto
Kenilworth, NJ 07033
800-718-7667
http://www.ronscustomauto.net
RJC Racing
Tooele, UT 84074
435-882-2839
http://www.rjcracing.com
Precision Industries
Whiteville, TN 38075
731-254-0055
http://www.converter.com
TR Custom Parts
North Haven, CT 06473
Casper's Electronics, Inc.
Mundelein, IL 60060
GBody Parts
Littlestown, PA 17340
252-825-3293
www.gbodyparts.com
HRpartsNstuff
Atwater, OH 44201
Precision Turbo
219/996-7832
www.precisionturbo.net
TA Performance Products, Inc.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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