300 HP
450 LB-FT
Curb Weight
3,300 LB
Turbo V6
Engine Size
3.8 L
Transmission Type
4spd auto
Standing Quarter Mile
13.2 Seconds
Zero to Sixty
5 Seconds
MPG (City/Highway)
15/22 MPG

So the story is that I've been into Turbo Buicks since the 90's & bought my first turbo Buick, an 87 Grand National in 1995. I had that car for 3 years & ended up selling it for something a little more easy on the pocket book. I was turboless for about a year & I had to get back into another Turbo Buick. The second one was a 86 Buick Regal T-type. I had that car for a year & a half & then it was stolen & recovered totaled 2 months later. I purchased it back from my insurance & was planning on fixing it. There was some frame damage in the rear & it needed quite a bit of body work. So then the task of looking for a car with a good body began. The first swap car to be was a 86 Buick Regal Limited with a V8 that I bought at a tow yard for $450. I drove that car as is & loaned it to a friend for a while. All in all it really wasn't a nice enough car to do the swap plus all of the fuel lines & fuel tank would need to be swapped out. Not a huge deal but some more trouble. Then one day while at a Salvation Army looking for boomboxes I saw this decent looking 85 El Camino with a 4.3L V6 for a mere $975 in 2003! With the El Camino already having a fuel injected motor & a baffled fuel tank & me actually wanting an El Camino since I was a kid it only made sense. The car actually passed smog after fixing a minor vacuum leak & I drove it around for a few thousand miles while we pulled the drivetrain & went through it. The motor was completely disassembled by my mechanic buddy & I. It was then sent off to a machine shop that did 3 motors for him in the past. It was hot tanked, the cylinders were cleaned up but the standard bore was retained (cross hatches were still visible), the hung the TRW slugs on the stock rods, new bearings were installed, it was balanced & blueprinted.  I'm sure im forgetting something being this was 11years ago. I stuck with the stock grind cam but it was replaced with a new one. I love the torque & drivability from the stock cam on these cars. The car has light mods & is just a fun driver. I would eventually like to repair all of the body work & get a nice paint job as well as complete the interior. I have put about 12k trouble free miles on it & I can hop in it & drive it anywhere with confidence. 

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[]Dave Rendon

Thanks! Yes sir. Well it's the drivetrain from my old 86 Regal T-type.

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