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New kid in town
« on: November 05 2020, 06:33:45 AM »
Hey folks,
My name is Keith and I recently joined your board.  I have a 1987 Turbo Regal and a 2012 Buick Regal Turbo (Yeah I know, who cares about the 2012?  My wife drives the 2012 and loves it).  I just recently bought the '87 out of nostalgia.  I had an '87 for about 15 years.  I'm retired military now.  Back when I was stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in the early 1990s I bought a 1987 Turbo Regal. It was one of the light brown colors with two black rectangles painted on the hood.  I didn't do that, it was that way when I bought it.  I began doing some basic modifications, maintaining the stock turbo and injectors, while in California.  I bought a G-Tech Pro and began testing the car on the long straight roads out by the flower fields in Lompoc, California.  Lompoc is the town nearest Vandenberg AFB.  When we were transferred to Randolph AFB, on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas, I learned that (at the time) San Antonio had a drag strip--Alamo, now known as Alamo City Motorplex.  It was there that I made my first officially timed runs.  Eventually another strip would open.  I don't remember it's exact name, but it might have been something like "River City Raceway" or something.  It was only open for a short time before I got transferred to Colorado Springs, Colorado. 
Anyway, I met a couple of friendly guys who also drove Turbo Buicks and were willing to give me advice.  One was Todd King, who had a really fast car.  The other was a guy name of Steve Wood, whose car was faster then mine too.  Now I don't know if that was the same Steve Wood who is here, but that was his name. 
Anyway, I had a lot of fun racing there and the car went from low 14s to low 12s as I made more basic "recipe" mods and put on a bigger turbo and injectors etc.
After Colorado Springs I retired from the Air Force and we moved to Missouri.  I kept the car for a few more years, but sold it in 2009.  From the day I sold it until a couple of weeks ago I wished that I hadn't.  Finally I caved in and bought another one.  I actually tried to find my old car--tracked it to Ozark, Missouri, then to Alabama and finally to Texas, where it might still be in Amarillo.  But no luck.
So I bought this dark blue one.  So far, loving it.
Keith Hansen

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Re: New kid in town
« Reply #1 on: November 05 2020, 09:01:54 AM »
It's good to see you back in the game! :)

I like Buicks that are other than black and I bet that blue is a nice color.  You will get plenty of attention because it will stand out from all the black carbon copies.
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Re: New kid in town
« Reply #2 on: November 05 2020, 09:09:53 AM »
Steve who?

Never heard of him. :101:

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« Reply #3 on: November 05 2020, 09:50:31 AM »
Todd King was a really smart guy.  I think he worked for one of the research groups in San Antonio.  There was another Steve who lived in San Antonio as I recall.  He knew his stuff too.

I lived in Houston at the time.
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Re: New kid in town
« Reply #4 on: November 05 2020, 10:18:12 AM »
Must have been the other Steve.  Todd King migrated over to V8s as I remember.  Here's a picture of my first TR.
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Re: New kid in town
« Reply #5 on: November 05 2020, 10:27:11 AM »
Welcome!  Yea, the Wood guy still knows a thing or two :)
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Re: New kid in town
« Reply #6 on: November 05 2020, 10:29:38 AM »
Steve's one of the best. I wish I had 1 millionth of his knowledge.
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Re: New kid in town
« Reply #7 on: November 05 2020, 10:30:44 AM »
Here's my current one.

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Re: New kid in town
« Reply #8 on: November 05 2020, 10:33:34 AM »
nice!!
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Re: New kid in town
« Reply #9 on: November 05 2020, 10:46:23 AM »
Quote from: Shimy87
nice!!
x2
109 235 Cubic Inch Stock Stroke Balanced Rotating Assembly
Stock Crank
TRW .030 Pistons
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Stock Timing Chain/Gears
212/212 Flat Tappet Cam
JB Racing Heads
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I see slow people

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Re: New kid in town
« Reply #10 on: November 05 2020, 01:35:55 PM »
I love that color!
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Re: New kid in town
« Reply #11 on: November 11 2020, 10:39:01 AM »
That's a good looking car! :045:
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Re: New kid in town
« Reply #12 on: November 11 2020, 11:13:10 AM »
Very nice!
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Re: New kid in town
« Reply #13 on: November 20 2020, 05:05:03 PM »
Really nice!! Welcome