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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 16, 9:32 PM Thread Starter
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Syclone/Typhoon

After reading the thread here about the Grand National (cool car no doubt) I got to thinking about the syclone/typhoon trucks. Anyone here ever have one? I think it would pretty cool to have a Typhoon but I don't really know much about them and I think they are harder to find. Are these fun to own?

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Re: Cyclone/Typhoon

I remember when they came out.. a local dealer had about 20 Syclones lined up on the lot..

Honestly, I'd rather find a solid 4x4 S truck and throw an Astro AWD transfer case in it with an LS engine under the hood.. crank down the torsion bars in the front and get an axle flip kit in the rear and it's slammed to the ground like the Syclone and Typhoon was..

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Re: Cyclone/Typhoon

I was invited to a "Ride and Drive" event when they came out. Lots of fun and probably the fastest vehicle I've ever driven. But sort of pointless really. If I had the cash, I'd probably still go for a GN.

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I remember when they came out.. a local dealer had about 20 Syclones lined up on the lot..

Honestly, I'd rather find a solid 4x4 S truck and throw an Astro AWD transfer case in it with an LS engine under the hood.. crank down the torsion bars in the front and get an axle flip kit in the rear and it's slammed to the ground like the Syclone and Typhoon was..
Sounds like a good deal if one had the extra time to devote to a project.


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But sort of pointless really.
Because it's a truck?

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Re: Syclone/Typhoon

https://youtu.be/VRBd6g6CdDs

Here's a video with Jay Leno talking about his 1991 GMC Syclone he bought new.

I think they are cool and I dig the styling. Supposedly, fastest production vehicle in the world in 1991 (0-60 I'm guessing). I'd get one if I had money. Anything can be better via modification, but for a factory ride it's pretty sweet. I wonder what the parts availability is like?


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Re: Syclone/Typhoon

Ron, I don't think GM brought any GMC Sylone/Typhoon models into Canada when new. We did get the Chevy 454SS pickups, just not those AWD performance mini trucks (or the S10 Cameo).

I visited D & D Fabrication in Almont, Michigan back in 2009. They are maybe 30 - 40 minutes from the border. Run by Dan Legrou and his son Mark, they are the go-to place for anything Olds / Buick / Rover aluminum V8. What I also learned was Mark Legrou worked for S.L.P. and had his hand on the Sylone. I would bet that he could entertain questions and enlighten regarding the Sylone / Typhoon.

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It's nice to see a Syclone beating a GTR:

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I had a Typhoon a few years back. One plus they are real quick off the line on wet roads! Mine was 100% stock, understand that those 4.3 do not stand up well when you start to turn up the wick and tweak them. They have a few other gremlins too, but all in all not bad if you leave them stock. Kind of a oddity, most people never heard of them, think they are lowered Jimmy, but that is okay. Take a 86-87 Turbo Buick hands down, still have 2 of them.
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Because it's a truck?
It's a truck you can't tow anything with and only has a 500 pound hauling capacity.

Other than its capacity to haul backside, that is.

At that point, get a GN if you want 4 seats or a Corvette if you only want 2.

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Re: Syclone/Typhoon

I had a typhoon and it was actually a great vehicle especially since it is a awd. I have had numerous 84 -87 gns/turbo buicks. They are cooler looks wise than a typhoon but they are a very finicky animal and very expensive to mod. After owning gns/turbo buick i find it more enjoyable and profitable to part them out.
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Re: Syclone/Typhoon

Here's a link to the 1991 Syclone brochure

Yes, I remember hearing that you couldn't tow with them and I thought it odd. You would think they would be great for towing. They weren't so much of a truck but more of a 2-seat musclecar disguised as a mini truck.

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I had a typhoon and it was actually a great vehicle especially since it is a awd. I have had numerous 84 -87 gns/turbo buicks. They are cooler looks wise than a typhoon but they are a very finicky animal and very expensive to mod. After owning gns/turbo buick i find it more enjoyable and profitable to part them out.
I tend to disagree, I find these cars are very responsive to minor modifications. Back in early 1990's I did the $500. ( 1990's money) modifications to my 87 Turbo Regal which I still own. Hot wired stock Fuel pump, 160 thermostat, colder spark plugs, exhaust cut out ,K and N filter, chip for 100 octane, adj. wastegate on stock turbo, stronger valve springs, boost guage, 1 airbag, line lock, and sticky tires Hoosier Dirt Booz. Cool day ran a best of 12.60 108. 21 psi. Suprised more than 1 big block at strip.

Even my current setup is still cheap, long block still stock,(except valve springs) larger injectors, higher volume fuel pump, larger stock location intercooler, larger stock appearing turbo, with cold air behind front bumper, boxed control arms, front sway bar off, 9x28 slicks, 90 10 shocks, transmission redone with stock style convertor, higher stall. Chip for larger injectors and timing for 110 octane 23 psi. Cool day 11.35 115. They are a pretty basic car, just have to be sure sensors and grounds are 100%

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Yes, I remember hearing that you couldn't tow with them and I thought it odd. You would think they would be great for towing. They weren't so much of a truck but more of a 2-seat musclecar disguised as a mini truck.
I always wanted a Syclone...

Back in 1998, I bought a new Dodge Dakota R/T (360, lowered, 17inch wheels)... Paled in comparison to the Syclone (only ran 15.2 in the quarter)... But it was a fun sporty truck. 15 MPG no matter how I drove it...

When I bought it, it had something like a 5000 lbs tow capacity (I was thinking I could actually tow my Chevelle)...

after about a year, Dodge revised the tow capacity to 1000 pounds (or something, a LOT lower than originally stated), something about the larger axle tubes and lowered suspension causing axles to break when loaded...

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Re: Syclone/Typhoon

Get one just for the cool factor. You aren't likely to see another at a show or the track.

I think it would be fun to autocross.
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Re: Syclone/Typhoon

Personally I'd prefer a Typhoon over the Syclone for looks and interior room. But that vs a T-Type? I dunno, I guess Id need to drive both.

Did the Sy/Ty have similar performance to the GN/Ttype, stock?

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