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1985 Buick Regal Limited Build Log

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Well I am not sure where my build thread would fit best so I figured I would put it in the hydraulic section. I have about a year into the build already, and plenty of pics. If you don't like hydraulics/etc. may not be too interesting.

The story goes like this! :)

I had my 98 GMC Jimmy (Daily driver) broken into at work one day and they did such a bang up job on it that the car was totalled out.

Before:

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After:

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I needed a new daily of course so I found this G-Body regal for a song and a prayer:

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Was originally just going to paint the regal and try to flip it until the engine went out...and I had to replace it:

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After that was all said and done I was still planning on selling it until I realized I dropped a little over $4,000 on the engine so that is when the real build began! :)


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You can't rush quality, it doesn't happen overnight. Quality takes time and dedication, but the end results more than pay for it.

"Black Pearl" Build Thread

http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/67183-1985-buick-regal-limited-build-log/page-1

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Started stripping the regal down until it was completely stripped and on the body dolly:

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Let the frame work begin!

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Stripped the frame down and ground down some fo the surface rust

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Firm believer in letting my cars do my talking!

You can't rush quality, it doesn't happen overnight. Quality takes time and dedication, but the end results more than pay for it.

"Black Pearl" Build Thread

http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/67183-1985-buick-regal-limited-build-log/page-1

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From there it was onto a full frame wrap, and complete rebuild of the rear hump area:

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Started torching out the pieces to weld onto the frame, and grinding them down smooth:

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The front belly was fully wrapped in 1/4" as well as the rails, and everything else was done in 3/16". The rear rails were wrapped in the 3/16" twice to hold up to the 9 batteries and 3 pumps going in the trunk

LET THE WRAPPING BEGIN:

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Firm believer in letting my cars do my talking!

You can't rush quality, it doesn't happen overnight. Quality takes time and dedication, but the end results more than pay for it.

"Black Pearl" Build Thread

http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/67183-1985-buick-regal-limited-build-log/page-1

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The rebuilding of the rear spring pearch areas as well as the front belly

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http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/67183-1985-buick-regal-limited-build-log/page-1

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Along the way we also fully molded some upper a arms:

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We also reinforced the rear end, as well as converted it to a rear disc break assembly:

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Firm believer in letting my cars do my talking!

You can't rush quality, it doesn't happen overnight. Quality takes time and dedication, but the end results more than pay for it.

"Black Pearl" Build Thread

http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/67183-1985-buick-regal-limited-build-log/page-1

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Some moch up/idea of how it will sit when done:

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At this point the frame is fully wrapped.....and molding will begin in a couple weeks:

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Firm believer in letting my cars do my talking!

You can't rush quality, it doesn't happen overnight. Quality takes time and dedication, but the end results more than pay for it.

"Black Pearl" Build Thread

http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/67183-1985-buick-regal-limited-build-log/page-1

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Some of the good that will be going into the regal. It will have a fully chromed out suspesion (the rear end, crossmember, and a arms are at chrome currently)

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The piston pump for the front:

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Firm believer in letting my cars do my talking!

You can't rush quality, it doesn't happen overnight. Quality takes time and dedication, but the end results more than pay for it.

"Black Pearl" Build Thread

http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/67183-1985-buick-regal-limited-build-log/page-1

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Some more of the goods:

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Custom fuel line clamps for the frame:

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My interior is getting done right now as well, black/grey leather and suede with the caddilac center consol:

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HID headlights:

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Custom switch plate:

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Firm believer in letting my cars do my talking!

You can't rush quality, it doesn't happen overnight. Quality takes time and dedication, but the end results more than pay for it.

"Black Pearl" Build Thread

http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/67183-1985-buick-regal-limited-build-log/page-1

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LED sequential tail lights:

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Firm believer in letting my cars do my talking!

You can't rush quality, it doesn't happen overnight. Quality takes time and dedication, but the end results more than pay for it.

"Black Pearl" Build Thread

http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/67183-1985-buick-regal-limited-build-log/page-1

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