1987 GN hardtop for sale in Vermilion, OH


Shoulda kept the V8 in it
Hello everybody,

I've decided to put my '87 GN up for sale so I can pursue another interest. I don’t suspect anybody on here would be likely to have the vehicle I’m interested in owning to trade for it so I won’t bother with that here. The pics in my sig are not current--they were taken before I sold the Weld wheels last year and made other changes under the hood. Currently it has the stock wheels back on it, and they’re in nice shape. 63 pictures of the car that I took earlier this week can be found at:

1987 Buick Grand National for sale pictures by 24vCTD - Photobucket

Price is set at $9K. Offers will be considered, and accepted or shot down accordingly. I see there's a lot of people on this board that seemingly have no interest whatsoever in buying a car lashing out at others for setting prices too high or too low; I'm looking for motivated buyers only so if you don't fit that description please do not clutter up my thread. I’m not looking to get rich, nor will I break even on this car—I know what I paid for it and what I have put into it, and how the market is, and what problems the car has (which are all listed below), and based on all those factors I have settled on what I believe to be a fair price. I believe everything I know about this car is laid out in the open in great detail in this post, but anybody that is seriously looking to buy a TR and has any questions can email me at mjpeters@roadrunner.com. Please include a phone number in the email with a time to call if you'd rather talk about it than type back and forth, or if you prefer I can email my number back to you. I would much prefer an email over a PM as I'm more likely to see the email right away since it will also go to my cell phone. I pulled a Carfax report on the car a couple of years ago and it was clean; if potential buyers wish to do it again to verify that be my guest.

VIN is 1G4GJ1173HP418693

AC3 power seat adjuster, frt st, power, 6way, bkt, driver
AR9 seats, reclining bucket
AU3 power door locks
A01 tinted glass
A31 power windows
A90 power trunk release
BD1 ornamentation, exterior molding, rocker panel--delete
BS1 insulation, acoustical pkg
BV8 ornamentation, exterior door handle, lock cylinder, painted
BX1 ornamentation, exterior front end, special emblems
BX5 ornamentation, exterior molding, roof drip, painted
BY4 ornamentation, interior, instrument panel, nameplate (GN nameplate)
B19 ornamentation, interior, custom
B24 ornamentation, exterior molding, side window reveals, black
B34 mats: front carpet savers w/inserts
B35 mats: rear carpet savers w/inserts
B71 molding, wheel opening, colored
B72 ornamentation, exterior molding, belt reveal, colored
B77 ornamentation, exterior molding, W/S reveal, colored
B79 ornamentation, exterior rear end
B81 molding B/S--delete
B89 ornamentation, exterior molding, RR window reveal
CD4 windshield wiper 2-speed with low speed delay feature
C01 ornamentation, exterior emblem, body, var 2
C18 arm & blade, WSW
C49 rear window defogger-electric
C60 air conditioning, manual
C95 reading lamps, front-seat
D55 console, full length, operating
D64 visor vanity mirror, lighted; passenger side
D68 mirrors, sport, dual o/s remote control
D7I gear, speedometer drive
E5Z speedometer adaptor delete (analog cluster only)
FE3 suspension system, sport
GU6 axle, rear, 3.42 ratio
G80 limited slip differential
G87 ring gear, 8.50 inch
J41 brake system, power, frt disk, rr drum, cast iron
J50 power brakes, front disk
K09 generator, 120 amp
K34 cruise control, electronic
LC2 3.8L (231cid) SFI turbocharged V6 with intercooler
MW9 transmission, auto 4 speed, THM 200, converter clutch
MX0 automatic transmission with overdrive
NA5 emission system, federal, tier 0
NP5 leather wrapped sport steering wheel
N33 tilt steering wheel
N83 wheels, chrome plated, 15" (4)
QYH tires; P215/65R15 steel belted radials, white letter
TL6 grille, black
TL8 ornamentation, exterior emblem, hood, 3.8 SFI turbo
TT5 headlamps, tungsten halogen high beam
T43 rear spoiler
T47 turbo hood
T83 headlamps, DR, special
T93 lamp, tail & stop, special
UA1 heavy duty battery
UM6 cassette tape ETR AM/FM stereo with seek/scan, auto reverse/clock
UQ1 radio provisions, for stereo
US7 automatic power antenna
UW4 concert sound II speaker system
U23 trip odometer
VH6 bumper, front, black
VK3 front license plate bracket (if state requirement)
V73 ?
WE2 Grand National package
WG1 power 6-way seat, driver's side
YR1 seat, front, custom
YS1 ?
YT1 build up DR & QTR
YT9 ?
19U primary color, exterior, black
6YX ?
7YW ?
8PZ ?
82C trim combination, cloth, med dk gray
82I interior trim, med dk gray
829 seat belt color, med dk gray
9SJ ?

*GT6152E turbo, has approx. 2000 miles on it

*new PTC 3000 stall 10" L/U convertor from CK Performance installed September '09

*Mark Jackson stock location 17-row stretched intercooler

*MSD 50 lb. injectors

*Turbo Tweak 93 octane street chip

*RJC Power Plate (installed by 2nd owner)

*adjustable FP regulator (installed by 2nd owner)

*Fuel pump hotwire kit (installed by 2nd owner, believe he said he replaced fuel pump too but not sure. I can say I've never had any issues with the fuel pressure not climbing as the boost increases)

*9" Kenne Bell cone filter & cold air intake kit that relocates it to area behind driver's side headlight & front bumper

*160° thermostat

*EGR blockoff plate installed in spring '09, no leaks

*3" SE Turbo TH-style stainless downpipe & dump pipe

*3" stainless exhaust

*TR Custom Parts aluminum radiator

*new radiator hoses

*new coolant overflow & washer fluid tanks

*new power steering reservoir

*braided stainless oil cooler lines

*Scanmaster 2.1

*Quad Air volt booster

*HRPartsNstuff lower control arms, installed spring '09

*HRPartsNstuff transmission mount and transmission crossmember mounts

*new Bilstein shocks all around, installed last summer

*new springs in rear, installed last summer

*vacuum brake conversion (no Powermaster)

*billet aluminum vacuum block

*liquid-filled fuel pressure gauge on braided stainless line, can be moved up to windshield under wiper arm & hood closed so fuel pressure can be monitored while driving

*Rear brakes upgraded w/ aluminum Turbo T drums, S10 non-power brake wheel cylinders, 2 large shoes per side (the set that Kirban sells)

*aluminum Turbo T front bumper support

*reproduction hoodliner, in very nice shape

*front air dams, headlight bezels, all 4 front marker lights, grille, tail lights, and tail light bezels replaced

*powder coated up pipe

*new intercooler fan

*new serpentine belt

*new alternator last spring

*VDO 0-30 psi boost gauge

*AutoMeter monster tach

*A/C lines and seals were replaced by 2nd owner, still running R12 and blowing cold

The car supposedly has 171,586 miles but judging by the condition I and several other TR owners in the area are not 100% convinced that the odometer has rolled over. The title does state that the mileage “exceeds mechanical limits” though. It would really be hard to convince the DMV to change this on the title so I never bothered to try to find any proof to substantiate any suspicion that it has 71,586 actual miles.

It does have a few areas with surface rust, but no holes. Everything is solid on this car--I just got done poking at the rust areas with my fingers to verify this. I don’t know much about bodywork but I don’t think it’s anything that can’t be fixed easily. It is primarily around the rear wheel wells, lower inside edges of the doors, and a small bubble on the lip of the trunk lid right above the passenger’s side tail light. All these areas are shown in the photos except for the driver’s side door since I forgot to take pics of it. It’s not as bad as the passenger side door which is shown in the pics though. Floor pan and trunk pan are in good shape.

As far as the interior goes, the carpet has a couple of wear spots and the driver’s seat has a small tear in one of the seams but other than that it looks nice.

The transmission is slipping on the 2-3 shift when gas pedal is floored. Shifts fine during “normal” driving.