Props to the guys offering help, I was hoping someone local would but didn't want to put anyone on the spot.
Thought Al moved to TN ?
Talked to FaSho via PM yesterday a few times as he hit me up. He has a GN and also an LT-1 car that may need some header/exhaust work with a leak. I told him about Lou for the GN for sure as he is "the Buick whisperer", and said we should get together and take a peek at the LT-1. Although, FaSho, I don't think you mentioned what the LT-1 is in? EDIT: I just reread it is an Impala. SS?
I have a gang of tools and am in Southern SD/Chula Vista area so could help out if possible. Or we could meet at Neals near the 15 and Aero and he could try to sell you some LS or Buick Stage II parts. If you just need to drop it off somewhere to be fixed, Donnie Wang has a heck of a shop in Santee.
As for the Buick, I have never messed with the MAF translator as I am still running a stocker. Chip swap is easy, as was the ALKY install. Razors instructions are pretty spot on and simple to understand, and I don't remember it needing much for tools other than common hand tools and a drill. Maybe we need a Buick get together/ alky install day? Check out the "time for a cruise" thread in this section too!
Again, welcome brother! You came to the right place (as in San Diego, TB.com, and the SW section!)