Thinking about selling my TR


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Warning: Lots of text, maybe some rambling.

I am on the fence about selling my Buick. It has pretty much became a garage queen which is no fun for me, and my desire to work in it has dwindled. I paid the registration but haven't smogged it yet because I haven't felt like doing the work.

I am not sure what it is worth though. If I couldn't get 12K out of it I think i'd just let it sit and hope the motivation will come back. I am not selling because I need the money.

The car has been at the Bates events for the last few years, so if you went you probably have seen it. It is a relatively rare color, Chestnut Brown Metallic with tan interior. The paint was done many years ago by a cheap shop but still doesn't look horrible but it can use a new paint job. It has a few door dings and one dent on the roof by the windshield caused by something falling in the garage. I am technically the 3rd owner of the car; my friend bought the car from the original owner (our boss), at one time when he was having financial issues I bought it from him then he bought it back. After he passed away I bought the car from his widow.

I know as of right now the car needs a steering box as it is leaking. So, do it leak? Yes. :p

The motor was rebuilt by Lou and has maybe 2K miles on it. Lou's guy rebuilt the transmission and it has around the same mileage. It runs strong but could used tuned further. It hasn't been raced in many years.

Some pics from tonight:


  • 1986 Buick Regal T-Type
  • Chestnut Brown Metallic
  • Tan Bucket interior
  • ~150K miles on the chassis
  • California car all it's life but it has some surface rust on stuff because the previous owner stored it with muriatic acid sitting near the rear bumper still a solid car
  • Stock Wheels 215's front 255's rear

Motor Rebuilt by Lou (around 2K miles since rebuild)
  • Forged Pistons
  • New Forged Crank
  • Lou does something with the rods when he builds the motor, not sure what
  • Heads were cleaned up a bit, no major porting
  • Small flat tappet cam (have to find the cam card)
Transmission Rebuilt by 4 C's (around 2K miles since rebuild)
  • 3000 stall non lock up converter
  • External trans cooler
Rear End rebuilt by Don Lee Automotive (around 10K miles since rebuild, but many years)
  • Posi rebuilt using GM rebuild kit
  • Moser 28 spline axles with long studs

  • Stock Appering MFS 6262 from Bison (around 2K miles on it)
  • Ported stock elbow
  • ATR 2.5" mandrel bent downpipe
  • Gutted stock cat
  • Kenne Bell 2.5" exhaust (could use replaced)
  • Custom cold air kit
  • LT1 MAF & MAF Translator
  • CAS V-4 SLIC
  • RJC Power Plate
  • 55# Siemens Injectors, recently cleaned/flowed
  • New Caspers injector harness
  • New fuel lines from motor to chassis
  • All new AC parts except the evaporator
  • Alradco Radiator
  • Alky Control system
  • TurboTweak Alky Chip
  • Racetronix 340LPH with new sender
  • Holly stock appearing adjustable regulator
  • New fuel tank
  • Heavy Duty U-Joints
  • S10 rear wheel cylinders with 4 long shoes
  • Hotchkis Upper & Lower rear control arms
  • Hotchkis Rear Swaybar
  • GNX Rear seat brace (the flat plate style)
  • AVC Dash
  • Powerlogger
  • Scanmaster-G
  • Line Lock (not currently wired up
  • Vacuum brake conversion
  • Driveshaft safety loop
  • HR Parts Motor Mount
  • New front shocks
  • Spoolfool one piece rear filler
  • G-Body OEM replacement front filers
  • Full dynomat of interior (except doors)
  • New Carpet
  • New Headliner (see issues)
  • Re-dyed most of the interior plastics
  • LED 3rd brake light
  • New package shelf
  • Replaced Power seat with 87 power seat motor
Known issues
I have parts for most of the issues that need to be installed

  • Power Antenna need replaced (have NOS GM one)
  • Outer dew sweeps need replaced (have new ones from Highway Stars)
  • Body bushings could use done (have full set +GNX bushing from Kirban)
  • Driver door hinges sag (have new hinges)
  • Steering box need redone
  • headliner is good but I messed it up a bit by cutting the wrong holes for the hangers (have a new one in box)
  • Spedometer can be flaky, but VSS reads fine.
  • Dome light is not connected, every time I tried to crimp new ends they would break, easy fix
  • Heater core needs replaced (have Kirban Repo)
Parts that would come with the car
  • Blazer brake conversion, all parts except the rotors and calipers
  • 2 BGC 3" Cast elbows, one fits PTE exhaust housing only, the other needs some cleanup
  • 1 3" BGC Stainless downpipe for the eblow above
  • 3" Test pipe with cutout
  • 87 Limited Grill (like 87 GN but chrome)
  • full set of body busings
  • NOS power antenna
  • New Carpet (without padding)
  • New ABS headliner
  • Known good stock MAF
  • Full stock pre-turbo intake pieces (for smog)
  • Stock downpipe
  • Stock intecooler
  • A few up-pipes
  • Turbo cover cut to fit THDP
  • Caspers coil pack tester
  • Low mileage stock cat (for smog)
  • New driver side door hinges
  • New rear shocks
  • other stuff I probably not remembering
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That's a bargain for $11-12K
Good luck with sale

What do you think it would be worth? I know i have way more than that in it, but you never get that back.
After sleeping on it, I am going to be putting it up for sale soon.
Some pics from tonight:
Cold Start, a little noisy because the power steering fluid is low due to the leaky steering box:
How come these cars always have just a smidge over a 1/4 task of gas in them???? :p