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"SpyHawK"

Postby SeniorSavage » Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:28 am

hi all.

i bought a car advertised as a "1970-something Monza Spyder" that my friends saw while visiting their parents in their hometown (population 80) back in Bumfuggle, Alberta. some pictures were sent to me and i paid 500$ for it no questions asked. the VIN later proved that it was a 75' Skyhawk and sometime back some other owner of it decided (for whatever reason) to put the front clip from a 80' Spyder on it and then painted it. the current owner then "blew" the engine (still no idea whats with that as i havent taken possession of it yet) and dumped it in his front yard with a for sale sign on it which is where i came in.
now i'm waiting for my buddies brother to bring it on his flatbed from Alberta to central Vancouver Island ,BC. thats 900 miles and a 2-hour ferry ride trip away. he's supposed to arrive next Monday.
before he left, his brother asked me to store his 83' Regal T-type 3.8 engine project in my garage while he is overseas. he wants the 3.8 in my 88' Cutlass Brougham for his Fiero. he had been delivered the wrong block for his turbo rebuild and was left sitting with a 14-bolt pan and a 20-bolt block so i took an opportunity to buy an 80' Monza coupe cabriolet that i saw on Craigslist that has an original-looking 3.8 in it. theres waaaay too much grime to get a block casting number off it without pulling it. i also want much of the interior and steering wheel etc out of it . the kid drove it up and i paid 300$ for the car.
so i have a chance here to have a 75 Skyhawk that looks like 80'Spyder with an 83 GN turbo on an original 80 Monza block.

but thats why i call it SPYHAWK.
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The fleet;
1975 Buick Skyhawk 3.8 V6 turbo - total restore ongoing (soon!)
1996 Fleetwood Bounder 36' Ford 460 TBI motorhome
2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 88ci 1450cc. - custom original.
2005 Ford 500 Limited (wife's car) - working original.
2006 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT LS VorTec 4200
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Re: "SpyHawK"

Postby SeniorSavage » Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:31 am

more pix.

cheers.
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The fleet;
1975 Buick Skyhawk 3.8 V6 turbo - total restore ongoing (soon!)
1996 Fleetwood Bounder 36' Ford 460 TBI motorhome
2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 88ci 1450cc. - custom original.
2005 Ford 500 Limited (wife's car) - working original.
2006 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT LS VorTec 4200
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Re: "SpyHawK"

Postby SeniorSavage » Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:33 am

more pix.

cheers.
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The fleet;
1975 Buick Skyhawk 3.8 V6 turbo - total restore ongoing (soon!)
1996 Fleetwood Bounder 36' Ford 460 TBI motorhome
2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 88ci 1450cc. - custom original.
2005 Ford 500 Limited (wife's car) - working original.
2006 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT LS VorTec 4200
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Postby SeniorSavage » Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:35 am

n/a
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The fleet;
1975 Buick Skyhawk 3.8 V6 turbo - total restore ongoing (soon!)
1996 Fleetwood Bounder 36' Ford 460 TBI motorhome
2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 88ci 1450cc. - custom original.
2005 Ford 500 Limited (wife's car) - working original.
2006 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT LS VorTec 4200
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Re: "SpyHawK"

Postby SeniorSavage » Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:09 am

pulling out the Monza engine.

1 pic of bud's 83' T-type.

damn good metal in this coupe.

might hafta reconsider and investigate rebuilding the Monza as well.
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The fleet;
1975 Buick Skyhawk 3.8 V6 turbo - total restore ongoing (soon!)
1996 Fleetwood Bounder 36' Ford 460 TBI motorhome
2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 88ci 1450cc. - custom original.
2005 Ford 500 Limited (wife's car) - working original.
2006 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT LS VorTec 4200
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Re: "SpyHawK"

Postby SeniorSavage » Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:13 am

now i can check the casting #'s.
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The fleet;
1975 Buick Skyhawk 3.8 V6 turbo - total restore ongoing (soon!)
1996 Fleetwood Bounder 36' Ford 460 TBI motorhome
2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 88ci 1450cc. - custom original.
2005 Ford 500 Limited (wife's car) - working original.
2006 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT LS VorTec 4200
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Re: "SpyHawK"

Postby SeniorSavage » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:34 am

block is a 25506397 which is good news, it will match up nicely with the turbo.

and the tranny is a turbo 350 - we might need that ...

intake is a 25502702

the spark plugs that came out of it were really nice, a good even burn - no evidence of oil or anything ... :dance:
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The fleet;
1975 Buick Skyhawk 3.8 V6 turbo - total restore ongoing (soon!)
1996 Fleetwood Bounder 36' Ford 460 TBI motorhome
2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 88ci 1450cc. - custom original.
2005 Ford 500 Limited (wife's car) - working original.
2006 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT LS VorTec 4200
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Re: "SpyHawK"

Postby monzaaddict » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:20 pm

are you going to be parting out the hatchback?
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Re: "SpyHawK"

Postby SeniorSavage » Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:57 am

So the Skyhawk arrived.

a) ripped out the seats and carpets - seats were busted-up vinyl covers and the floor looks real good - nosignificant rust at all.
b) cant get the hatch open, apparently we didnt get a key for that
c) theres a crack in what must be 1/8" of Bondo just fore of one of the wheelwells. hmmmm... and rust bubbling out right over the wheelwell. other than that - nice body.
d) the guy who had this, after he blew the engine he parked it (as you predicted Marco) under some kind of sporeseed-producing tree and now theres little gummies covering the paint job, which was a nice one at one time - a nice metallic deep forest green.
e) dash is dirty but restorable. all 4 instruments surrounding the odo and tach - excellent.
f) after-market moonroof looks ok and apparently does not leak.
g) could not find a block casting # in all the usual spots which didnt much matter after we noticed the connecting rod cap bolt poking thru the block. good thing i got the Coupe motor.

got my sand-blaster assembled today - woot.

not sure what to do with the rest of the Coupe. its body is way too rustfree to go to the crusher... i suppose i'll try to find a place to store it until after i'm finished with the hatchback.

more later.

cheers.
The fleet;
1975 Buick Skyhawk 3.8 V6 turbo - total restore ongoing (soon!)
1996 Fleetwood Bounder 36' Ford 460 TBI motorhome
2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 88ci 1450cc. - custom original.
2005 Ford 500 Limited (wife's car) - working original.
2006 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT LS VorTec 4200
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Re: "SpyHawK"

Postby barebonesracecars » Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:31 am

Hatch key should be the same as the door key, unless it's been changed. You may be able to unlock it from the inside. Remove the rear hatch panel to access the lock mechanism; possibly even unbolt it.
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Re: "SpyHawK"

Postby sportriderok » Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:35 am

I have the same issue with the coupe I am parting right now. The body is totally rust free. I guess I'll try to sell it whole, or part it out, but no way will I scrap it. Someone can use it I'm sure.
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Re: "SpyHawK"

Postby SeniorSavage » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:27 pm

Ok, a long overdue update on my project;

the motor is almost completed and just needs an oil pan and then the turbo bolted on etc. oil pan was crinkled but i have two on other motors and will get one of them cleaned and painted next week. its an 1983 Regal T-type motor - the last year they did carbureted turbos. we're running it without the engine computer and all the sensors as most were for obd1 anyways and wont be necessary to run the motor if it is given sufficient time to warm up. i spent over 600$ on boring and machining and its gonna be a tightass engine - all surfaces machined, hottanked and all. i can hardly wait to drive it. its got an Grand national cam in it and new pistons, arp bolts and all..i bought an 1980 rebuilt turbo 4 bbl M4ME q-jet from ebay and it looks impressive up top the newly minted motor though its unusual to me to see it off to the side like that. am currently awaiting an air breather for the turbo that i bought from dan at turbobuicks.com thanks Dan ! paid 150 for the breather and the wiring and computer (electronic spark control module) though since i bought those i've decided to splurge (since i had such good results when we raced the firebird way back) and found an msd 6a and a matching msd boost timing controller that allows a dial to be installed under the dash and i can just dial back the knock as it appears, very cool and no worrying about the esc chip going and never finding another to replace it, ie; useless turbo motor at that point. possibly going to run dual knock sensors, one for the gauge and one for the spark control ..
new acc carpets and floor mats have arrived in a compatible color (Cognac) for the interior and now the seats need to go to an upholsterer for new material. also bought 3 extra yards of the carpet if i have to do the hatch area. rear seat is good. floors are good. i'll go with something newer but still compatible with the almost completely stock interior colors (yes Marco its tan, tan, and more tan LoL) headliner is still good. Len provided me with several cool parts - some inside door panels being the most striking of the bunch. also got new replacement rear taillights from him because mine were missing the chrome around the edge of them thanks Len!

bought a 3 gauge setup for knock sensor and other necessary info that sits currently where the radio was and looks great LoL obviously i will have to reorient those somewhere else but for now .. what a look ! small (2 inch?) replacement gauges into the stock dash? i sure like the look of the Barebones racer new Autolite guages all round ..

will pull the rally II rims off and blast and paint them though finding future replacement 205/60r13's will be a challenge, nobody except federal makes those anymore ! whats the replacement 14 inch rims and wheel size for those? i want to keep the 205 wideness if i can ..

have been slowly accumulating a list of suspension and steering parts that will be replaced as it is my intention (mostly because of the out-of-province vehicle inspection i face) to put all-new parts on it. plus it looks better with all shiny parts right? will try to get a competitive price on all the parts at once from our local shop here as shipping it all in will basically double what i will pay for it in the end. LoL as i was writing this 2 new Munroe shocks arrived at my door that i had forgotten i had ordered

will go this weekend and prep and paint the engine compartment for engine reinstall

i removed the front latch that i needed from the 80' monza before it went so that can be reinstalled now before paint, rear hatch latch problem is still unknown .. have a new lock cylinder enroute. still need new door handles though i see them everywhere online ..

louvers are sitting on the car now - side plastic ones and rear tin ones that need to be repainted that i got from Bryan that were in great shape except missing a bit of the hardware that keeps them attached to the window sill thanks Bryan !

more later.
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The fleet;
1975 Buick Skyhawk 3.8 V6 turbo - total restore ongoing (soon!)
1996 Fleetwood Bounder 36' Ford 460 TBI motorhome
2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 88ci 1450cc. - custom original.
2005 Ford 500 Limited (wife's car) - working original.
2006 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT LS VorTec 4200
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Re: "SpyHawK"

Postby Len » Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:21 am

Looking good !! And thanks for the codos !
Have you set it in place yet would love to see some picks
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Re: "SpyHawK"

Postby SeniorSavage » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:40 pm

well, we're making progress - got the hawk out to wash the front end and engine comp before painting. Got all new front end parts, as many were available. New steering box, washer pump motor, brake booster, master cylinder etc.

Should look good tomorrow.

Sav
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The fleet;
1975 Buick Skyhawk 3.8 V6 turbo - total restore ongoing (soon!)
1996 Fleetwood Bounder 36' Ford 460 TBI motorhome
2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 88ci 1450cc. - custom original.
2005 Ford 500 Limited (wife's car) - working original.
2006 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT LS VorTec 4200
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Re: "SpyHawK"

Postby SeniorSavage » Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:45 pm

painted the wheelwells, engine comp, and undercarriage gloss black multiple coats - looks good. Tomorrow start reinstalling the front suspension and engine stuff.
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The fleet;
1975 Buick Skyhawk 3.8 V6 turbo - total restore ongoing (soon!)
1996 Fleetwood Bounder 36' Ford 460 TBI motorhome
2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 88ci 1450cc. - custom original.
2005 Ford 500 Limited (wife's car) - working original.
2006 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT LS VorTec 4200
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