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General Buick Tech / Re: Front coil spring
« on: November 22 2020, 10:53:37 AM »
Those are made in China and will self destruct in a few days.  If you must try and find Polyurethane spring isolators.  They will last a lot longer

General Buick Tech / Re: New Cooling System what to use?
« on: November 20 2020, 05:29:49 PM »
You put the thermostat in backwards or its stuck or clogged with dodo.

Bitch/Whine/Moan / Re: G Body Parts
« on: November 14 2020, 02:45:09 PM »
Paul Castelbuono's history isn't too great either. Do a Google search.  Bottom line is we all have our favorite and not so great vendors by past and present dealings. Just do your homework on who you deal with. The bad history may be do to death in family, divorce, employee or personal problems and now they seem to got there act together. Or they are just crooks and assholes now and in the past.

General Buick Tech / Re: Cowl Tag decifer
« on: November 08 2020, 08:33:41 AM »
If you want to pay it's available here

General Buick Tech / Re: Looking at tuning and ECU upgrades
« on: November 08 2020, 08:24:01 AM »
TT chip on default is all you need for your setup. If you must then get prepared for headgasket  blown threads and whats the best ones to buy.

Not sure what state your car was in when you got your line pressure reading but read and follow.  Lonnie Diers put this up many years ago. He is one of the  master builders of  our transmissions.  Also check out the cable install and adjustment part.
You may want to wait until you change the converter. 2200 is just too low for your setup and alter your pressure adjustments.

I wont go into what was done in the past but just some basics.  If a car  has a fouled plug or troubled cylinder  advancing the cam will make the car feel better because your operating in the lower power band of the camshaft.  99% of the time setting the cam straight up fits most applications unless you have a 1/8 mile track or you build for a round D round track. Once you find and fix the problems your car will now seem dead on top end or at top of your shift points.
Small blocks like higher rpms to make power. I would make sure your converter is built for a that. I would say 3200 stall would be a good start for street/strip. You can re calibrate the governor to shift at wot to around 5000rpms. I believe TCI sells the spring and you may have to grind the weights a little to lighten them up unless you can find a BRF governor. I pulled mine 4 times before I got it to shift at 5800rpms
With the lousy gas these days I would keep total timing under 35deg. I would go over the timing again. The performance distributors come with extra weights and springs to custom curve the advance, this can help a lot.   Also check for a strong spark at each plug.
Make sure your fuel pressure is set for what your carb recommend, Usually 4-6lbs. Use a inline regulator and good gauge. I assume you have a basic street/strip pump.  They look pretty but 1000 hp pumps overheat and limp if there is no place to send the fuel unless you setup a return system.
You listed a trans shop in Delaware. If your around Maryland, Anderson Performance would be a good shop to help solve your issues. Billy is a long time Buick friend builder racer.  He works on and builds all cars. 

Stay away from all those snake oil additives. Just use your basic  Dextron 2/3 trans fluid.  You can do a 50/50 mix with type F trans if you want a firmer shift.   Also try and find a better filter like Wix.  If you cant find it then almost anything is better than Fram. When you drain the fluid drain it all. No need to to figure out how much to drain out  since the converter and internals hold back around 6 quarts anyway.

This will answer your next question.

General Buick Tech / Re: Header Identification
« on: October 13 2020, 07:16:21 AM »
I used the Hooker headers for years. As Steve said the O2 went to sleep at idle but a heated O2 sensor cured the problem. Also using the Hooker downpipe cured the  slow spool issues. It was a little larger then stock but smaller then most aftermarket ones. I guess a little restriction on the other end balanced things out.  At the time stock headers were cracking like saltines and aftermarket ones were too expensive. Hookers were half the price. You learn to work around problems. Today I would go with TA Performance headers or stock ones if you can find them.

General Buick Tech / Re: New Cooling System what to use?
« on: September 24 2020, 09:09:33 AM »
I've been using rmi25 for years with no problems. But if you have any pinhole leaks you fixed with a stop=leak product in your radiator, heater core, freeze out plugs or what ever it will wash it away and leak again.

General Buick Tech / Re: Saving ecm memory
« on: September 23 2020, 09:00:59 AM »
They work to save ecm and radio clock settings for a car battery replacement. I'm not sure how log it will hold, maybe a hour or two.

IHADAV8 Playground / Re: Ford v. Ferrari
« on: September 23 2020, 08:57:52 AM »
Excellent movie. I remember the rivalry on TV and magazines back then. I don't recall any of the politics. I guess with both buying ads and being sponsors it was left out. 

General Buick Tech / Re: 1985 Grand National will not start.
« on: September 21 2020, 11:10:25 AM »
Correct any #1227148 will work. Only problem, I doubt they will come with the correct Calpac chip you will need. You will have to find  GM pn#16036503 or 16036504 as both are discontinued.  I haven't messed with ecms in a long time so Im not sure if they bypassed the calpac when they modify the ecm for injectors or powerloggers.  Good question for Eric or Steve Wood

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