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Operator/Instruction Manual - Page 1


1968 Buick Skylark Gran Sport



Candy Apple Red


 House of Color Candy Apple Red over gold ultra-mini gold metallic base color. 


Catalyzed Urethane


 Two coats of gold base coat with PPG mini metal flake.  Two coats inter-coat clear


White Interior


 w/metal-flake.  Four coats Candy Apple Red.  Six coats Clear w/UV blocker.


Engine: 1973 Buick 455  -  Bored to 462 CID
Rockers: TA Roller Rockers
Valve Covers: TA Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
Headers: TA Chrome Headers  1 7/8" to 5" collectors
Rods: Forged Steel Rods
Pistons: Forged Aluminum Pistons (Seal Power)
Valves: Swirl- Polished, Stainless Steel Valves
  Machined heads for over-size valves with 3-angle valve grind
Valve Seats: Flame-Hardened Valve Seats
Heads: Heads - Stage 1 with Stage 1 valve seats plus 40hr. extra porting work
Valve Guides: Bronze Valve Guides
Cam: Cam - GS-113
Lifters: Lifters - Rhoades variable ratio with 3/8" Molly Push Rods
Rings: Rings - Molly Seal Power - High-Pressure Oil Pump
Valve Springs: Dual Valve Springs - No-Wiggle Retainers - HD Keepers - Teflon valve seals
Distributor: Distributor - Mallory Unilite - Laser-triggered
Ignition Box: Mallory Hy-Fire V - High-Performance Ignition Box and Rev Limiter
Coil: MSD Blaster Coil
Intake Manifold: Edelbrock Performer Intake Manifold - Blow Hard Pan
Prelude Pump: Prelube Electric Oil Pump
Clutch: Center Force Dual-Friction Clutch
Transmission: Richmond Gear (Doug Nash) Street 5 Speed
Drive Shaft: HD stock with oversize U-Joints from Inland Truck
Rear End: Reinforced GM 12 Bolt with after-market Posi with Monster Flange
C-Clip Eliminators: C-Clip eliminators   (Keeps back wheel on if you break an axle)
Positraction: R&R Posi Unit with HC plates & HD Springs
Safety Loop: Reinforced Drive-Shaft Safety Strap  (Keeps drive shaft in line if you
  break a u-joint)
Seats: Bucket Seats with head rests
Consoles: Custom-built fiberglass overhead console and lower console
Brakes: Power Front Disk and rear drum brakes
Line Lock: Line Lock  (Holds brakes on front wheels only for burn-outs)
Steering: Fast Ratio GS Steering Box
Bell Housing: Lakewood steel bell housing & Scatter Shield with safety rating sticker
Flywheel: Steel "Mandelo" Fly Wheel   (Steel doesn't shatter and fly apart)
Fuel Tanks: 20 Gal. Stock Tank plus 3 1/2 Gallon Fuel Cell-(Keeps fuel injection from
  starving during hard acceleration)


  This is my 1968 Buick Skylark Gran Sport.  I spent 8 years and 5000 hours on it and it turned out much better than I would have believed.  I have always liked a car with a stick not just because they might be faster but because when you drive a stick you feel the power of the car and are one with it.  The first car that I learned to drive on didn't have a synchromesh transmission, so you had to learn how to double clutch.  That's now a lost art and probably not necessary in most cases.  However it was and still is great fun to be able to control your vehicle manually.  The Buick is rough and loud by today's standards but nearly tearing your head off your shoulders is what makes a car like this exciting.  A V6 Buick Regal can turn in similar times in the quarter mile and pull as smooth as silk but where's the fun in that?  This is the only car I have ever driven that you can accidentally spin the wheels just because you pushed the accelerator down a 1/4 of an inch to far.  Although this car is built for drag racing with a safety Lakewood Bellhousing shielded gas lines etc. I have never raced it because I don't want to scratch the Candy Apple paint job.  It has a lot of chrome and less than 1000 miles on it since the restoration.  There's no rust anywhere even inside the panels and they are all painted Candy Apple Red.  Home   Clutch   Links   Picture1   Picture2   Picture3   Picture4   Picture5   Picture6   Picture7   Transmission   Operator/ Instruction Manual Page1   Page2   Page3   Page4   Page5   Page6   Page7   Page8   Page9   Page10   Page11   Page12   Page13   Page14   Photo Gallery   E-Mail