1967 Buick Special
Prior to the conversion to its current state, the car was simply a straight and rust-free Special, the poor man's Buick, painted yellow and equipped with the original V6 and Powerglide transmission. These days, the car is powered by a custom-built 540HP 464 engine and TH400 transmission. The axle housing is an aftermarket 12-bolt unit with 3.73 gears, good axles, and c-clip eliminators. The front brakes are Wilwoods, shocks are a combination of Bilstein and QA1, and the rear control arms are Metco adjustable uppers and billet lower arms.
The engine itself was meticulously assembled and tested, and made as much as 560 HP with a Holley carburetor. It currently uses a custom-built Quadrajet on a TA SP1 intake manifold that provides unmatched streetability. The production cylinder heads were extensively modified and fitted with T & D rockers. A custom camshaft was installed, along with a complete MSD ignition system, MT Scavenger headers, and a BHJ harmonic balancer.
The car runs very comfortably on pump fuel, but we like a splash of 110 in each tank just for fun. To date, the car has run as fast as 11.40 at 117 MPH, on Nitto drag radials in full street trim, using pump fuel.
One of the things that makes the car unique is the fact that it has no options beyond power steering - it is a clear-glass, radio-delete, manual-brake car, with 52K original miles. It drives easily, and it goes fast easily.