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More on the Buick Grand National

Learn about the evolution of the Buick Grand National from 1982-1987, starting with the debut of the charcoal gray Regal in 1982 to the final production of the “1987½ Buick Grand National.” In 1984, the Grand National was released in all black paint, and in 1986, the air-air intercooler boosted performance to 235 HP @ 4000 RPM and 330 lb⋅ft of torque @ 2400 RPM. With the option of Turbo power across the board, turbo Regals reached their peak in popularity in 1987, with a total of 27,590 produced.

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How the Buick V-6 Came to be and Why it Lasted So Long

Learn about the history and design of the Buick V-6 engine from 1962 to 1987. Discover how it was derived from the Buick V8, and became the first V-6 in an American car. Understand the differences between the odd-fire and even-fire configurations, and how the engine evolved over the years. Explore the advantages of the on-center bore spacing of the later engines, and how it improved performance.

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Buick Grand National & GNX – Performance from an Economy V-6

Discover the origins of the powerful Buick Grand National and GNX, which started out as an economy V-6 engine developed from a Buick Aluminum V-8. Learn about the evolution of the Buick Regal, from personal luxury coupe to full model line and how the Grand National was born from the Regal. Find out how the Grand National and GNX made their mark in NASCAR racing and became iconic performance cars.

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The Crown – Part Two

Part Two | When we last left off, the M-335 V-8 was installed in the Crown Victoria and all the running gear was hooked up. The first run up of the engine happened on the day before Christmas eve, so little happened until after the Holiday. My gift from my parents that year was a floor shift conversion kit from a company called Ansen and $25 in cash.

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The Hi Po 289 CID V-8 and Shelby’s Mods

The Mustang 289 CID High-Performance V-8 (“Hi-Po”) developed 271 horsepower. It’s weight per horsepower was less than two pounds, an excellent figure, as lighter, more powerful engines helped not only straight line performance but handling as well. The horsepower per cubic inch of displacement of 0. 95 was close to the the 1960s benchmark of 1.0 set earlier by the original 1957 283 CID fuel injected Corvette V-8.

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