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post #16 of 29 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 16, 10:32 AM
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Re: 87 buick grand national

I saw a GNX once at a dealership, but the price was out of my price range. I should have bought it however!

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post #17 of 29 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 16, 11:14 AM
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I had a 1984 Grand National in 1986-87. I really liked it even though everyone thought it was a Monte Carlo SS. That drove me nuts! The '84 & '85 didn't have the intercooler on the turbo, so it was a little less HP, but still very impressive. The earlier ones had leather seats. I'm not sure why they dropped that option. I still have all the original shop manuals if anyone is interested in them.
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post #18 of 29 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 16, 12:13 PM
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Kinda like a SS and non SS Chevelle...
kind of, if the non SS Chevelle had all the drivetrain and suspension parts of the SS..

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Everyone I knew had one with I was in the service in 1988. Did they come in any other color, or was it you could have it in any color as long as it was black?
the GN was only available in black, the T Type was available in any color that you could order on a Regal in a given year. the one that i've owned for 12 years is dark blue..

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post #19 of 29 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 16, 4:11 PM
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I hate it. You shouldn't be seen anywhere near it.

You should give it to me and save yourself the embarrassment.
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post #20 of 29 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 16, 6:16 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah it is a fun car. Have not had time to put miles on it because of work. It does get up and go though. No leaks as of yet. Seems like a small leak at the headers. Sounds like a lifter tick.
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post #21 of 29 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 16, 9:02 PM
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Very nice, I have wanted an 87 GN for prob 20 years now. So after I pay off my truck in about 2 years I will be getting one.

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Had an 86 TType that I bought for $5k with a spun bearing. 39k on the clock. Glovebox full of 14 second timeslips. Bone stock except an old Flowmaster crossflow. Built the engine, put a Poston cam in it. 49mm turbo, Walbro 340, 44 pound injectors, a chip, hotwire meth, and 255 drag radials got me 10.20's on a hot day. On 30 pounds of boost.

One day an Isreali airforce pilot came in my shop and bought it just by the way it looked. Silver with a blue couch to sit on. I miss that car, but I don't miss the bad cam sensors, the bad MAF sensors, and the blown trannies.

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post #23 of 29 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 16, 1:11 PM
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Everyone I knew had one with I was in the service in 1988. Did they come in any other color, or was it you could have it in any color as long as it was black?
The Grand Nationals came in any color as long as it was black...Just like the Model A's!

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post #24 of 29 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 16, 3:33 PM
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Liked everything about these cars except the interior. The mid-80s GM cars had horrible interiors.
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post #25 of 29 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 16, 9:27 PM
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Liked everything about these cars except the interior. The mid-80s GM cars had horrible interiors.
Ya, that is the hold up for me also - all the 78+ G bodies had a similar gauge cluster and moulded into the dash radio/Hvac opening.


I liked the GN logo on the seats though.

Still, I think overall a pretty damn awesome car for it's period.

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post #26 of 29 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 16, 12:46 PM
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the only thing i hate about the interior of my T Type is the lack of any real gauges and the way the steering column points ever so slightly towards the left. every G body is like that.. it's subtle, and if you never noticed it before, you will now, and it will bug you every time you drive it...
i plan on upgrading the gauges with a cluster out of a 90's LeSabre some day. this gets you a 120mph speedo and tach along with water temp, oil pressure, and fuel level gauges. you can even put a real boost gauge in it that looks factory, and it takes only a little bit of modification to the bezel and making a VSS for the electronic speedo out of any 80's GM speedometer..

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I've bought my GN brand new back in '87 and still have it. It now runs mid 9's at 140 + mph and is still fully streetable. It's one of the most "fun" cars I've ever had and have no plans to sell it. My son also has one, an '87 T-Type WE4.
Here are a few picturesÖ:
First one is my son's '87 T Type (left) parked in my garage next to my GN (right)
Second is me driving my son's car at the track last summer (ran 11:04 on that run)
Third is my car at the GS Nationals in Bowling Green KY last October (ran my best ever 9:[email protected] 142 mph)

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the only thing i hate about the interior of my T Type is the lack of any real gauges and the way the steering column points ever so slightly towards the left. every G body is like that.. it's subtle, and if you never noticed it before, you will now, and it will bug you every time you drive it...
i plan on upgrading the gauges with a cluster out of a 90's LeSabre some day. this gets you a 120mph speedo and tach along with water temp, oil pressure, and fuel level gauges. you can even put a real boost gauge in it that looks factory, and it takes only a little bit of modification to the bezel and making a VSS for the electronic speedo out of any 80's GM speedometer..

Or you can go this route:




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Does your son have a WE4?
Yes he does.

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