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BqUICK, have you considered bringing the Faithful Pursuit to the BCA 50th Anniversary to be held at Nicola Bulgari's place in Allentown PA? And perhaps even have some of the close-by Tuskegee Airman attend on show day.  It is going to be quite a show. Would love to see the FP and meet you, as I am sure many here would.

 

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Ok folks, items 1-8 we did back in June. Then she would not idle. That was strange because she worked ok last season when we parker her, but did take a long time to warm up. We re-loaded the XFI tune program, checked grounds, then the MSD box quit. Installed a new Street Fire MSD Box and still no joy. Then XFI stopped giving an ignition signal. Sent box for reflash. Today Comp Cams, who owns FAST/XFI, said separate the grounds to eliminate noise crossing over from the MSD box. The FAST box arrived Monday and I'll do the rewiring over the weekend.


 


NEW ADDITIONS:


1. STEUBEN AUTO Rebuilt TH 375, new race clutches, steels, automatic valve body. New Gear Vendors OD Clutches. (Lots of wok here)


2. 30" MT ET Street Drag Radials


3. American Racing 15" x 10" rear rims


4. EDGE Racing 3500 stall torque converter


5. Replaced spool in Nodular 9" FORD case with HD Racing Locker from GT PERFORMANCE FORD. Transition from 3.25 to 3.89 GR


6. Adjusted ride height to compensate for 4" tire height increase. Trimmed shock supports to clear coilovers. Added better bolts.


7. Improved turbo oil return, increasing diameter to .75" and adding silicone bushings. Twin STS oil pumps and 3 quart H-D Tank & dedicated 4T racing oil supply.


8. Integrated ignition with turbo oil pump start.


9. MSD Pro Billet Buick Distributor 


10. MSD Street Fire ignition


11. FAST XFI Reflash 


12. Port side aft Wilwood forged Superlite Caliper replaced.


13. Aft Carerra coilover rebound set to mid range.


14. 8 New high strength heim joints on 8 points in 4 link. Added 4 3" shank extended length heims.


15. Increase wheelbase .5" to allow larger diameter rear slicks to clear skirts. 


16. Wastegate leak repair and line replacement.


17. Re-torque heads.


18. 8 Quarts of Brad Penn 20/50 Grade 1 


 


So our fall '15 planned assault on the Electra 1/4 mile record is on hold for warmer weather!


 


 


2009 A blast from the past, Scotty Guadagno running the 430 STAGE 2 on his dyno. 425 HP on motor. 


Scotty

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Dear Friends,

Happy Valentines Day to all of you car lovers out there. I will of course be showing a great deal of appreciation for my wife who allows me to restore Triathlon race cars like the Tuskegee Airmen's Faithful Pursuit, AKA 1969 Electra GSX. I love you Deborah!

1969 Electra "GSX"

1969 Buick Electra "GSX"

1969 Buick Electra "GSX"

1969 Buick Electra "GSX"

AUTOCROSS

Tuskegee Airmen & Faithful Pursuit

 

 

BqUICK

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Precious little can be done without the many friends and family who have helped to make the old 1969 Electra into the Tuskegee Airmen's Faithful Pursuit! We will be once again participating in a Tuskegee Airmen event reminding people of the victory of the Red Tails in war and in peace.

 

 

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Col. Clayton Lawrence, President of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.; 2003 Racecar concept review and acceptance meeting

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Dave Machuga, six-time Modified Champion, Fabricator and Jake "Slippery Pete" Harrington, Cylinder Head buider

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2009 Las Vegas Convention Crew, me and my sons, Martin, Michael, Benjamin, & Blair. Donny Warren, ARCA, not pictured

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2012 National Harbor, MD Convention, Tuskegee Airmen Wilfred DeFour, George Watson, Clayton Lawrence and Dabney Montgomery

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2012 Convention support team, Eddie and Neville Emmanuel, Michael Joseph and sons Blair, Martin, & Ben

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BqUICK, have you considered bringing the Faithful Pursuit to the BCA 50th Anniversary to be held at Nicola Bulgari's place in Allentown PA? And perhaps even have some of the close-by Tuskegee Airman attend on show day.  It is going to be quite a show. Would love to see the FP and meet you, as I am sure many here would.

 

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Dear Mr. Earl and Friends,

 

We are going to be in Norwalk, Ohio for the Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac meet at the Summit Motorsports raceway park next week, July 24th. We have had teething problems with the transmission that required a second removal and tear down by Scott at Steuben Auto. Out Damn sprag! Out!!! Dave Machuga applied some welding mastery last night and removed a disk brake bracket, reground it to pull it in tighter away from its rim-rubbing position on the smaller 15" drag wheels. We were blowing oil smoke out of the starboard side turbo due to excessive clearances in the backing plate. Exclusive Turbo Systems, Sanford, Florida, is handling to rebuild and the P-72 turbonetics ball bearing turbo should be here tomorrow. Aside from an electrical problem, to be fixed this weekend, we are looking good for Norwalk! its been a long road, about a year of preparation. We are not going all that fast but since we are so heavy it takes lots of power to get 2.5 tons into 11seconds and a lot of stress on components. That's one reason why the big Buick Electra record stood for 30 years! Fastest "Boats" http://www.v8buick.com/archive/index.php/t-128608.html

 

God Speed!

PS: See the new drag seup. MT 315/60/15 ET Street Drag radials.

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The Buick, Olds, Caddy show is 7 days away and we installed our rebuilt turbo Friday! The starboard (right or passenger sideI ) turbo was blowing oil through its seals leaving a plume of oil smoke when we were under boost! William Johnson at Exclusive Turbo Systems. http://www.exclusiveturbosystems.com/articles.asp?ID=1 Thanks for the quick turn and reasonable price William!

 

 

 

 

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Look forward to pics from the BOC show BqUICK!  So I assume you will not be making it to Allentown? 

 

You may have noticed a Buick Performance Division Forum has been added to our lineup. I think this thread would be a great addition there and have taken the liberty to move it there for you. 

Also I'd like to note that this is one of the longest running threads on our forum (began Dec 2002). We appreciate your dedication to the Faithful Pursuit and keeping us updated on its history and current stats. 

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As one who has had a quick ride in Batavia around the parking lot,  I can tell you that left an impression and scratched an itch I have had since about 1960 "something" when I gave up that dream of raw power to pursue a career.  I am indeed glad that BqUICK has had a successful career and family with the passion of speed with the Faithfull Pursuit and the passion for the Tuskegee Airmen.  You have my thanks and appreciation for all your efforts.

 

BqUICK,

Is there some how you could figure out your schedule to stop on the way home before Saturday, the 30th.  Too bad both events got into the sane week. I will close with your closing -God Speed, and thanks for the ride.

 

John Scheib

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John and Mr. Earl, 

 

Thanks for the responses, it would be great to meet up! We'll need your input on what other Buick events are within range! Check out this article I've been working on with Mary at Summit Motorsports raceway park. It was completed just a couple of hours ago. 

 

 
God Speed

 

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All,

 

The TPS (Throttle position sensor) has been registering 80% since the motor was installed. This safety precaution kept us from blowing it up. We are ready for some testing near 100%. AC plugs out NGK's in. Tank gets drained from the 92 Octane with booster to straight 110 I picked up today. T-5 days!

 

God Speed

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We did a few shakedown passes yesterday with the boost setting at minimum. We build up to 8lbs of boost and the Electra GSX ran fine. It was good to be back in the seat, we had not done any high speed runs in a couple of years. Still dripping a little oil however. 

 

I've been climbing into the rear portion of the car, partitioned by a spider web like cage from the front seat area. I have to squeeze into the side quarter window. It takes a good 5 minutes to contort myself enough to fit through the opening. I had to go back there a few times to reinstall the rebuilt turbo. 

 

I'll be installing the new alternator tomorrow and cleaning up in preparation for Norwalk. I may not have time to do practice runs but I can at least practice some launches. Things are coming together well, despite so many delays. 

 

I hope all of your BUICK DREAMS COME TRUE! 

 

God Speed!

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Happy Sunday,

Our event at the BOC meet last week was great! We set a new personal best far surpassing our previous 455 STAGE-1 time of 12.99sec. @ 103 mph by a wide margin. The new twin turbo 430 STAGE-2 ran 12.51@112.89 then it rained like heck. Run #2 12.32@116.62. It then poured again and we trailered her. Our launches were poor. Our 60ft times were 2.1 seconds and it took about 3 seconds for the turbos to spool. We will do some work to address the issues and get a decent 60' of 1.75 or better.

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Friends,

 

The major struggle here and now is whether I should take out the torque converter and have it cut and re calibrated for 4,000 rpm stall to engage the turbos sooner. This represents a significant investment in time and unraveling the complexity of wiring too. You can hear the wastegates open about 2.5-3 sec after launch as boost pressure is reached. The goal is to have the boost assist right at launch. This would practically assure us the big Buick Electra record in the 1/4 mile. 

 

Here is the alternative plan, cheaper and faster. I put in a balance tube and blocked the exhaust to one turbo to see if I could spool one turbo at launch. It sounds like i have more action from the turbo, I can hear it whistle, but there is zero boost registered at the current 3,000 rpm stall. We are close enough to the record set by Scotty Guadagno that the single turbo charger may be enough. One of our big turbos should be good for 800 hp, sufficient for a record setting run.

 

 

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  • I began tearing down FP's engine and the first thing I found was the poor condition of the exhaust gaskets.
    • A high degree of corrosion would seem to indicate air gaps. #1, 7, 8.
    • Magnification shows a fracture at the upper right corner, which may have contributed to losses. 
    • At least two bolts were not at torque specification.
    • This would appear to explain the long spool up time. I have ordered a set of high temperature exhaust gaskets from my friends at TA Performance after talking with Mike Tomaszewski. TA 1720 1,400 degree steel core with carbon graphite coating.
  •  Q: If this is the root cause of low launch power should I not bother splitting the torque converter to up the stall from 3,000 to 4,000 rpm? The smart answer is to put it back together and test my hypothesis.
  • If 3Gs are enough then fine. The motor still has to come out anyway for an inspection and to address the oil leak issue however. I may as well send out the converter to get bumped up.
  • New head gaskets should provide a better seal. I went with the Felpro blue to test things out. They are a good safety valve; I'll inspect them for burnt spots etc but compression was good. Now "Orange Crush" TA Performance gaskets are going in, TA 1723C.

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I'm sure that you're aware that Buick did not use exhaust manifold gaskets from the factory.  The exhaust manifolds act as a heat sink to pull heat from the heads.  If both the surfaces of the heads and the manifolds are machined smooth, they should bolt up and not leak.  Gaskets are usually the number one cause of bolts coming loose.  The gaskets expand and contract and in doing so allow the bolts to come loose.

 

 

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Since this car has a turbo, I would imagine he has custom headers.  The TA graphite with steel core are about as good as they get.  You absolutely need to retorque the header bolts as often as you can, until they stop needing to be tightened.  As opposed to what many think, the bolts are not coming loose due to vibrations.  The gaskets are compressing, causing the bolts to be loose.  Retorque retorque retorque.  I learned that the hard way (several times) on my convertible with headers.  Once I went with the steel core TA gaskets, and checked torque on them religiously, I never had another gasket problem.

 

I'm not a turbo guy, but the fact that the turbos are in the back of the car may be contributing to the slow spool.  Think of the volume of air in those pipes that has to compress, compared to a turbo setup that is virtually mounted on the side of the engine.  You're talking like 20x the volume.

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Rivnut and Adam, 

 

Thanks for the insights. We originally began designing a set of stainless steel turbo headers. The flanges were about 3/8" thick and were lost in the mail, suspected to have burst out of the packaging. I then rethought the rear mount option which would allow us to use stock manifolds. Also, intake temperatures dropped 10 degrees. So we went with stock manifolds. I am not certain that a purely machined seal would do the job in a boosted application, especially if things got really hot. 

 

Rivnut, our first turbo heads were very special. Ceramic thermal coating were applied by Swain Technologies, near Rochester, NY. Exhaust runner, combustion chambers, underside, valve faces, springs, all received the special treatment. This is after they were fully rebuilt by Jake Harrington (Shaw Racing) and disassembled. The exhaust valves were Inconel and the intakes were SS. Valve diameters were STAGE-1 spec but the stems were Chevy diameter because Buick valves could not be had in Inconel. These heads did show evidence of heat stress related cracking but I suspect it was due to running at too high a boost pressure. That was 2009-2014. We went to 455 heads which work fine and look great at the last inspection. 


The current setup seems to be the winning combo. Just think, 12.31sec @ 116.6 with a doggy 2.1 60'!!! So, I had EDGE Racing Converters add 500 more RPM to the stall. With the manifolds sealed up tight we should be in the boost off the line. On the video you can count 3 seconds before the blow off hits! I didn't even get out of 3rd gear!!! My plan is to launch at some boost #1 the slicks can hold then boost #; I should be clear for 4th gear and we'll see what she does.

 

The 11.7 @ 117 record has survived for 30 years because Scotty G's '70 Electra was the real deal and all steel at 4,700lbs. I must say that the 430 is an amazing motor especially with all the abuse its taken. Runs like a rocket under boost up to 7 grand! Scotty G. built my motor and as far I'm concerned he's the best there is. 

 

 

 

 

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Seeing this car run down a track is in my ever deepening bucket. 

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Merry Christmas All,

 

Twas the Night Before Christmas....

 

'Twas the night before Christmas and in the garage,

No trace of Ford, Chevy, or even a Dodge. 

The presents were wrapped and the lights were all lit,

So I figured I'd mess with the Buick a bit.

I popped the release and I lifted the hood,

When a deep voice behind me said "looks pretty good." 

Well, as you can imagine, I turned mighty quick,

And there, by the workbench, stood good ole Saint Nick!

 

We stood there a bit, not too sure what to say,

Then he said "don't suppose that you'd trade for my sleigh? 

I said "no way, Santa" and started to grin,

"But if you've got the time we could go for a spin!"

His round little mouth, tied up like a bow,

Turned into a smile and he said "hey! Let's go!!"

 

So as not to disturb all the neighbors' retreat,

We pushed the big Buick into the street, 

Then, taking our places to drift down the hill,

I turned on the key and I let MSD spill.

The sound that erupted took him by surprise;

But he liked it a lot, you could tell from his eyes. 

With Pirelli’s a' crying and exhaust tips aglow,

We headed on out where hot rodders go.

 

And Santa's grin widened, approaching his ears,

With every shift up as I went through the gears. 

Then he yelled "can't recall when I've felt so alive!"

So I backed off the gas and said "wanna drive?"

Ole Santa was stunned when I gave him the keys,

When he walked past the headlights he shook at the knees! 

The big block exploded with the STAGE II sound!

When he dropped the hammer, Electra shook the ground!

Power shift into second, again into third!

 

I sat there just watching, at loss for a word, 

St. Nick turned to me with a gleam in his eye,

And said “Lets get TURBOs & then let’r Fly!”

With a wave of his hand and a prayer to the Lord,

There were twin Turbos & water Injection aboard!

We passed Hemi’s, Cobra's and Veyron's that night,

Punched over-drive and blasted from sight!

St. Nick turned to me with a gleam in his eye,

And said “Merry Christmas BqUICK!” and we took to the sky!!!" 

 

God Speed,

BqUICK 2016

GSCA, North East Member #33

 

 

 

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BLEW UP THE STARBOARD TURBO! Oil starved it, now considering replacing both Turbonetics with custom ported Garrett's.

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wow, lucky Santa, getting to drive The Faithful Pursuit!!!  Hmmm, just had an idea, next year I'll dress up like Santa and give BqUICK a visit. Ho,ho,ho....

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Mr. Earl, 

I attended some courses at the University of Georgia in Athens years ago while working for Johnson & Johnson in GA. Faithful Pursuit was in many pieces back in 1992 or so. As it is Santa would have come to the frigid north in NY!

 

Happy New Year,

 

BqUICK

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