Time for Frame off.

Sam Colalillo

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Yeah, that was supposed to be a joke.

Sounded better in my head, as usual.

Meaning, they made a Monte out of a GN.

No Buick PP = not a GN.

Fab work is nice though.
Registration still says it’s a Grand National.
To each is own..... I’ll still enjoy my Buick Regal I built the way I want it.

Yeah The engine is all aftermarket just like the 87 turbo T I’m building right now w a TA aluminum stage 2 block.
 

hemi8

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Beautiful work but I would seriously reconsider driving on the street with that roll cage, one good bump and your head will take a deadly whack on those bars. We have lost a few people in our area taking an innocent ride in their race cars, simple accidents but it killed them, head trauma.
Mike
 
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Sam Colalillo

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Beautiful work but I would seriously reconsider driving on the street with that roll cage, one good bump and your head will take a deadly whack on those bars. We have lost a few people in our area taking an innocent ride in their race cars, simple accidents but it killed them, head trauma.
Mike
This is a street car....
I am not a fan of people driving a funny car roll caged car on the street with that swimming pool floaty foam wrapped around their halo of the roll cage or that black SFI approved stick on roll cage padding. For their bare non-helmeted head to bounce off of in a street accident.

This is exactly why I spent good money on a great seat that will give me 270 degrees of head support. This will keep the roll cage far from my head and my brain if an utter disaster happens while driving on the street. I will be in 5 point harness with a composite seat that is mounted to the cross car beam of the roll cage at the shoulders and to the floor. These seat passes FIA STANDARD:8855-199, there are not to many seats on the market that can pass this test and recieved that certification. This gives me the confidence I wanted for street driving. Yes, my roll cage is all around me to protect me on the race track, and my seat will keep my head from impacting all that chromoly tubing whether at over 180 mph on the track with my helmet & HANS device on or on the street with my helmet off..
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hemi8

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How would you insure a car like this to drive on the street? I can't think of any insurance company that would touch a car this powerful?
Mike
 

Chuck Leeper

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How would you insure a car like this to drive on the street? I can't think of any insurance company that would touch a car this powerful?
Mike
W/o a "pre-coverage" inspection, they'll not have a clue, as it's presented as a GN.
Where the rub comes is, if/when it's time for a claim. Now, the ins company has the hammer. Not to mention the gaggle of lawyers, just waiting for something to do. And, this doesn't consider the police getting involved. IE: Tickets for obstructed view. And probably a few other violations.
Once that's done, the other party{s} lawyers line up, for a payday.
 

hemi8

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I would think you would have to send them quite a few pictures of what you want them to insure and with this thing I would imagine you would insure it for a minimum of 130k. For replacement insurance of over 100k they would probably demand a third party inspector, with this much horsepower what insurance company would touch it? If you are a celebrity you could get it but a normal guy? I curious about this because I had a hell of time getting replacement policy for my POS. Grundy and Hagerty won't insure anything over 600hp.
 

Sam Colalillo

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How would you insure a car like this to drive on the street? I can't think of any insurance company that would touch a car this powerful?
Mike
If your looking for coverage on a car like this check out Heacock classic they have a website and thier phone number is 1 800 678 5173
they understand these kind of cars and several others.
 

Sam Colalillo

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I Guess it times for some more updates. Making progress on the engine. Heads are assembled, valve guide clearance is done (an important step several people forget in my in my opinion and one of the main reasons why I Don't buy pre-assembled heads). Hours on the spintron spent which resulted in a smaller cam than I wanted, in exchange for reliable valve spring life, (amazing how much push rods play into making a happy valve train). The key for me was finding something that will be happy in the 6500 to 7,500 RPM range along w cruising in the 55 to 65 mph zone for a couple thousand miles a year and live longer than just being trailered to the track for 40 or 50 passes with out a valve spring failure.

The build consists of a conventional headed big block with CNC ported heads from Profiler, an intake manifold that was cnc ported by Wilson for this application with their injector bungs and fuel rails added. A custom billet Crower cam with a special distrubuter gear, so a bronze gear on the MSD cam sync wont be needed, Custom Diamond pistons, Total Seal rings, Crower crank, a modified Moroso oil pan to clear my steering shaft, Billet moroso oil pump, Milodon gear drive set up to handle the heavy spring pressure, T&D shaft mount rocker system & custom push-rods from Trend Performance. Fluidampr to handle the harmonics. Along with some other good stuff.

Now I need to get focused back on the car because the engine is primed and ready to drop in.
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