REGAL Project: "Blue Jay"

307 Regal

Royal Smart Person
Oct 21, 2009
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Northern Indiana
To explain the name (using wikipedia):
The blue jay is a "passerine" bird in the family "Corvidae," (which includes crows and ravens, [insert GN/GNX reference here],) native to North America. The blue jay is a noisy, bold, and aggressive passerine. It is a moderately slow flier (roughly 32–40 km/h (20–25 mph)) when unprovoked. (When I'm not racing I drive the car slowly.) Blue jays can make a large variety of sounds. Like other corvids, they may learn to mimic human speech. Blue jays can also copy the cries of local hawks so well that it is sometimes difficult to tell which it is. (As well as making sure the car has a good sound system, I would like the car to be able to sound aggressive (even if it isn't).)

Also, the car's gonna be blue, white, and black, so... "Blue Jay" it is.

Well then. From the beginning:
The car is a west coast 1987 Buick Regal T, 307/200-4R equipped, purchased as my first car in 2008.
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Mid-2012, many small things and some sway bars later, I had saved up enough to repaint the car at home. (Thanks, Dad.)
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With 2013 came new gears and a refreshed suspension, with new steering linkages but the same old (T-package) steering box. Mostly UMI gear in this car. Gotta love their sales. The differential was changed from a stock 2.56:1 7.5" carrier to a used 28 spline '96 Camaro 3.73:1 7.625" carrier, purchased from user "mebe007" here on the forum. The car was lowered 2 inches using Hotchkis rear springs and Belltech spindles. Disappointingly, the Viking hybrid coilovers (not a true coilover) did not attribute to any of that lowering, and could only raise the car if they wanted to. The springs just weren't short enough, but honestly you wouldn't want them any shorter.
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307 Regal

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[2012 Suspension cont.] PST polygraphite bushings were used up front, with UMI tall upper ball joints.
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Also with 2013 came a new engine. I very nearly spent the money on a T5WC swap for the Olds 307, but instead found a "rebuilt" Buick 350 V8. Engine wise, I had wanted an LS but my dad talked me out of it. And my young rookie mind could not fully grasp the monetary and performance advantages of a small block Chevy engine vs the "But it's a Buick and everyone uses Chevy 350s" argument. Although I do enjoy my Buick 350, it's always gonna be about $2,500 - $3,000 I wish I had spent differently.
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By 2015 this engine was not running well. My dad and I didn't know the first thing about shaft mounted rocker behavior or how to adjust them. First I tried installing a new rocker assembly from TA Performance. Still had a tick. Then we bought a new set of pushrods because some of the ones the shop installed during the rebuild did not match. Still had a tick. Then we tried an adjustable pushrod on the one we thought was ticking. Still had a tick. Then we took a lifter out to look at the cam, and the cam had been damaged. Great. So I buy a new cam, all new lifters, a full set of adjustable pushrods, and my dad chips in and buys TA's oiling pump plate kit. We pull the 55+ pound boat anchor of a cast iron intake off the car. Later that night, my dad comes to me and says, "How much is that aluminum intake from TA? I don't wanna help you install that cast iron one" Not my proudest moment (having "daddy" buy parts, that old stigma), but I took him up on the offer. Thanks again, Dad.
Anyway, during the install of all that stuff, I found out that my lifters were shot. Not sure how long this engine sat around the shop before I came along and bought it. Got it all in, broke in the cam, adjusted each lifter personally, triple checked, on 4 separate occasions, AND IT STILL TICKS. I dunno, man...
At this time I also installed some mid-'90s Chrysler electric fans, and my dad insisted we paint the valve covers "Buick red."
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Tragedy struck me and mine in several ways in 2016. Death, robbery, a cancer scare (mom), I lost two jobs and had a nervous breakdown, and then the Regal lost a wheel while in motion.
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But in 2017, with help from family and friends, I came back strong and so did the Regal. And we kicked the year off with our first-ever track-day!
Checkout this thread here for all of the details on repairs and upgrades that spring: https://gbodyforum.com/threads/the-regal-luckily-went-road-racing-finally-huge-post.63786/
 
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307 Regal

Royal Smart Person
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Northern Indiana
For one last bit of catch-up, over the years I've done a bit of racing here and there and I'd like to share some of my favorite pictures of that. It'll be in chronological order from about 2011 to 2017. (I haven't raced this year but more on that later.)
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307 Regal

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Oct 21, 2009
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Northern Indiana
Primary Objectives:
-RWHP eventually in the ball park of 350 to 400 (If 460hp is good enough for a gen2 Viper GTS-R then it's good enough for me.)
-Achieve optimal balance of track performance and practical street manners
----This means moderate acceleration and above average handling without sacrificing practicality or wet handling (and no swapping wheels at autoX events)
-Interior must be complete and seat at least 4 (might as well have an old Corvette if I can only seat 2)
-Stereo must have good sound quality
-Repaint car
-Rework exhaust system to reduce interior drone

Secondary Objectives:
-Incorporate a 5 or 6 speed manual transmission OR devise a more race-friendly shifter for the 200-4R
----The trans and shifter in their current state work okay for racing but the stock shifter could use some improvement, primarily in the 1-2 shifts.
-Reduce final gear ratio down to 3:42 (overdrive doesn't work at full speed which limits me to 95mph in 3rd gear, which isn't enough for my local road course)
-Cold air intake

Tertiary Objectives:
-Possibly switch to fuel injection
-Rear disk brakes
-Aerodynamic headlight covers
-"Ducktail"
rear spoiler & "hot air" GN front spoiler
-Repurpose middle of rear seat for additional audio gear


Concept:
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307 Regal

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Current situation: (coming soon)
 
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85442/86buick

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thank you for starting this post , I have always wanted to know more about your car and now here it is .
In fact your car as been a bench mark , for my 86 Regal T type clone , over the years I have amass most of the pieces for the dream.
Using a Buick 350 as it's power source
$2,500-$3,500 you wish you spent differently ? try building one using Canadian dollars from a $400 core . I am at $5,200 CAD and still need that TA intake , have to have their valve covers and damn a distributor too..............there go's a $1,000 CAD easily.
Then there is a rad , fuel pump , starter , plugs , wires and a 100 other small $20 items to stress over...................and do not get me start on a transmission or rear end.
Well it's this or stripper's at the bar..............at least with this, I will have something to show at the end of the night.
 

307 Regal

Royal Smart Person
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Oct 21, 2009
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Northern Indiana
thank you for starting this post , I have always wanted to know more about your car and now here it is .
In fact your car as been a bench mark , for my 86 Regal T type clone , over the years I have amass most of the pieces for the dream.
Using a Buick 350 as it's power source
$2,500-$3,500 you wish you spent differently ? try building one using Canadian dollars from a $400 core . I am at $5,200 CAD and still need that TA intake , have to have their valve covers and damn a distributor too..............there go's a $1,000 CAD easily.
Then there is a rad , fuel pump , starter , plugs , wires and a 100 other small $20 items to stress over...................and do not get me start on a transmission or rear end.
Well it's this or stripper's at the bar..............at least with this, I will have something to show at the end of the night.

Right on. If you're gonna spend money on something, it might as well be something you can use whenever you'd like! I only say that about the cost because it really wasn't as powerful as I'd have liked and in order for it to get there I'll have to rebuilt it. And if I have Buick V8 rebuild money then that also means I had LS money, or I'd have the same power as the Buick with more money in the bank had I gone with the old Chevy 350. Oh well; you're right though. I should count my non-Canadian blessings. Good luck with the build up there! I'll post more on my engine stats tomorrow night hopefully.
 

MrSony

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Nov 15, 2014
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Des Moines, Iowa
Speaking as a man with a SBB regal, done twice now, I enjoy the SBB. Light, torquey, slips easily in place of anything with a 3.8. 350 Buick swap the world.

I really like your car man. Wish mine was as straight as yours, even with the replacement fender.
 

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1evilregal

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glad to see you back to the build! like you, I fear my Regal's original thread may be too old to bring back to new, and I may just link to the old in a new one anyhow, as the engine direction may have shifted from my original course....

still love your car, and look forward to the updates!
 

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