83 Buick Regal Estate Wagon 4.8 LS, bagged

mclellan83

mclellan83

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That's the Dakota VHX in blue, still getting the air ride setup as well as the gauges. Hoping to have them buttoned up soon and get more pics when finished
 
CaliWagon83

CaliWagon83

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That's the Dakota VHX in blue, still getting the air ride setup as well as the gauges. Hoping to have them buttoned up soon and get more pics when finished
I was going to say, looked like the VHX style, but I forgot the Monte gauge layout is different. The Regal auxiliary gauges are outboard of the tach & speedo.
 
CaliWagon83

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I would like the more stock looking set up..
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I haven’t decided if I want to go with the black or silver BG. The silver looks basically white online, but if it’s more like the stock brushed metal finish, that’s the look I’m going for.
 
vandall

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Guess who's back! :banana: . I've been lurking and working on the wagon when I can (lurkin and workin). Updates - when I last reported the transmission issues I should've easily diagnosed because the 3-4 clutches were gone, and apparently that material makes the fluid have the milkshake effect. After checking around and seeing that even core rebuilds are like $2000 (!) I ordered a 3-4 clutch rebuild kit and a new pump assembly for like $250 (Global Transmission Parts) to try and save that money. Worst case it would fail and I will just buy an aftermarket replacement. It could have been done in a few weekends but it took quite a while due to other various projects. With my dad's help we pulled the trans, blew it apart and following TransmissionBench's amazing video tutorials (also hilarious because he pronounces it 'tran-mission' lol) carefully cleaned and reassembled. So far so good, but haven't put a lot of miles on it yet. And that is due to the electrical issues with the original harness I still need to track down and fix. I am guessing it may be due to having removed the add-on AC system the dealer hacked together. Or simply bad grounds, old connectors, etc.

I already bought some cat converters and am ordering the Walker quiet-flow mufflers and will have the system welded at a shop. Haven't yet pulled the trigger on gauges but will do that soon.

But after that feeling of 1 step forward and 2 steps back, I'm being cautiously optimistic.

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* sorry for the low light shot, I will get some nice ones once I detail the paint
 
Happy camper

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Glad to hear she's back among the living.
 
olds307 and 403

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Worth a shot to do yourself. This why I am not hot to put the 4L60-70E in anything, the 3-4 clutch packs die often.
 
vandall

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Yeah I hear the biggest 4L60E issue is that 3-4 failure. I guess a few things can cause it but a big reason is that pump will not seal properly and not pressurize. It wasn't too bad but it wasn't a full rebuild, either. Referencing that quality video library was critical and probably wouldn't attempt it without that.

And here is one of the big reasons the Regal work took longer than it should have :ninja: :

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it's a 1984 FJ60 that had not been on the road since 2006 and I spent a lot of time cleaning out fuel tank and getting the systems in order. It's a tank, but it really needs an LS swap!
 
Longroof79

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Good to see you back! Lurkin' and workin', huh? Keep us updated on your progress.
How did you do with the trans?
Looks like a great vehicle to trudge through the snow in. Btw, looks like a good accumulation there.
 
ItsnotaGN

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I had a 86 FJ60, the 2F is an amazing engine. Amazing it can be that slow and use so much fuel doing it.....
 

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