Steve Stankus is relatively new to the Buick performance world, having owned this beautiful 72 GS for only about 2.5 years. But he really hit a home run on his first effort. Steve purchased the Black GS from a GSCA Member in Ohio and started on his ideas for a street warrior. The engine is a mild combination that works extremely well together. The shortblock houses a stock crank, and resized stock rods with ARP bolts. Wiseco Pro-True pistons and rings round out the rotating assembly. The compression ratio is 10.25 to 1. The cam is custom hydraulic from Scott Brown at Competition Components, 226/239@ .050 with a shade over .510 lift when used with the1.6 ratio Comp Cams Ultra Pro Magnum Rockers. Machine work and assembly was done at Finishline Motorsports. Steve sent us the heads, for our full CNC porting treatment and blueprinted assembly. All of the standard Edelbrock Components were used. The Intake is an Edelbrock B4B, and both the heads and intake were painted Buick red to somewhat hide their origins. The Norm Dihle rebuilt Q-jet underneath a stock GS air cleaner rounds out the sleeper costume. The car currently has headers, but Steve plans on going to a set of ported stock exhaust manifolds. The Turbo 350 transmission was rebuilt by Joel’s on Joy, and uses a Kenne-Bell 10″ torque converter. The 10 bolt rear houses the original 3.42 gears. Mickey Thompson 275/60R15 Drag Radials try to get all that Buick torque to the ground. They have done a good job so far, with Steve recently laying down some passes in the 11.90′s at 112MPH on the first outing. Steve also wanted to thank good friend Rob Ross for lots of tech support. Great Job Steve, keep up the good work!!
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Curt Connors and his family are well known around the Mid Michigan Motorplex. They are die- hard bracket racers that make the weekend a family event. Curt’s wife Melissa and his parents all spend the weekends at the track most of the summer.
Curt’s 84 Monte Carlo is back halved, with a Mild Steel Cage. The Dana 60 houses 4.56 gears spinning 14×32 Goodyears. The car is all steel except for the hood and decklid, with stock glass throughout, but Curt has managed to get the weight down around 2700lbs. Just right for the Transmission Specialties Powerglide and 8” race converter to do their jobs.
The engine combo is a straightforward setup. It is 403 CID, based on a 6.0L LS1 truck engine. The stroker kit consists of 4” stroke Callies Compstar crank and 6.125 rods, and Autotec flat top pistons. Final compression ratio is a hair over 13 to 1. The heads are CNC Ported RHS units from Competition Components, with 230CC Intake runners, 2.080/1.600 stainless valves, and optional solid roller springs. The cam is a custom solid roller, with 260ish duration, and .750 lift. Lunati roller lifters and Trend heavy wall 5/16 pushrods make sure all of the cam’s lift gets to the T&D 1.7 ratio rockers. The engine is topped off with a hand ported Edelbrock Super Victor intake and a Holley 950 gas carb. The stock LS coil packs are run by an MSD timing controller. Headers are modified Schoenfeld Circle track headers, that were coated at QC Coatings in Utica, MI.
Curt’s first time out with the new combo was at the final test and tune day in 2012. Baseline passes were in the 9.80’s @ almost 138MPH. There wasn’t any time for any real tuning, just a few shakedown runs. For those first few hits, Launch was 5200RPM, and shift points were 6700. For next season, Curt has a new converter from Lenny at Ultimate Converters in the works, as well as some other refinements in the works. We are as excited as Curt to really put this combo to the test during the 2013 season. Stay tuned for more results!
On Board Video: http://youtu.be/pgWMkRRLcKg
Competition Components friend and customer Bruce Kent got some well deserved ink for his latest engine build, a 540 CID Buick that belted out 950+ HP. Great Job Bruce! You can read the full article here:
Congrats to long time Friend and Customer Mike Leech on his recent updates to his race engine! Mike’s trip to Holbrook Racing’s Dyno yesterday netted a best pull of 971HP at 7400, and 760lb/ft at6100 on Q16 fuel. The Engine is a well thought out combination using a Moldex Crank, Custom GRP Rods, Custom Ross Pistons to add up to 496 cubic inches of Pontiac Power. A CNC Ported set of Wide Port Edelbrocks and matching intake developed by John Marcella round out the top end . The port work on these heads is top notch, and we finished them off with PAC 1300 series Springs, locks and retainers. (These heads are also available through Competition Components) The Cam is also a Custom unit from Competition as well. Great Job Mike!
Brian’s killer E85 Buick with Edelbrock heads kicks butt at the track and takes names at shows! As a testament to Brian’s hard work and pride in his 72 Buick GS, he won his class at the 2012 Detroit Autorama. The legit street car has run a best in the 10.30′s at nearly 130MPH. I got to spend some time with the gang at the show, and people just love the immaculate ’72, tons of compliments day and night. Congrats Brian!
Kudosto Mike Ricketts! Mopar Collectors Guide featured his Macomb Missle Pro Stock Aspen in their April 2012 issue! This is the last Pro Stocker built by Mopar racing legend Don Carlton. Mike has spent a ton of time and effort making this a top notch restoration and race car, and it shows. Mike has had several show stopping race cars in the past, and I’m proud to be involved. Check out the magazine, I’m sure you’ll be impressed. Thanks for the mention in the article Mike! http://www.moparcollectorsguide.com/
Joe Russo’s dad, Tony, tried to get him to build a late model Camaro or Mustang, just because it would be that much easier. Joe didn’t want to take the easy way out though, he had his mind set on a Mopar A-body. They picked up this low rust 76 Duster from California, and got to work. Over a year later, their hard work and late nights paid off. Joe now has a bad ass, pump gas small block car. The combo is pretty simple. They picked up complete 360 Magnum from a 98 Jeep, and made a couple of smart modifications. The stock beer barrel intake was replaced by an Edelbrock performer RPM and a 650 Holley Double pumper. While the intake was off, they decided to upgrade the camshaft. A custom cam that’s 226 @ .050 and a hair over .500 lift came from Scott Brown at Competition Components. Joe also needed to upgrade the springs, so the drop in high lift Magnum springs from Mopar Performance fit the bill. The stock hydraulic roller lifters and hold downs were cleaned and re-used. After the dressed up Magnum motor found it’s way between the framerails, a used set of headers found their way into the engine bay. Joe and Tony fabbed up an X pipe, and 3″ Hooker Aerochambers were used with turndowns at the axle. A new 10″ PTC Converter was slid into the rebuilt 904 transmission and bolted into place. An 8.8 ford 4.10 Rear end was picked up from an Explorer and modified to fit and a set of Cal Tracs and springs were bolted to it. All of the work on the car was performed by Joe and Tony, including all of the body work and paint. All of their hard work paid off right off the trailer, the Viper red Duster ran in the 12.40′s on the very first pass. With some tuning and TLC, the car has now run a best of 12.14 @ 111 mph. The first pass on nitrous has run a 7.24 in the 1/8th (mid 11.30′s in the 1/4), with some more suspension tuning needed to handle the additional power. Not bad for a teenager’s first car!
UPDATE 11/27/2011: Joe went a new personal best of 11.202 @ 119 on Nitrous over the holiday weekend. Congrats Joe!
Rundown of the basic Combo:
- 360 Magnum
- 226 @ .050 Hydraulic roller cam, .500 lift
- untouched Magnum heads with new springs
- Edelbrock intake
- Holley 650 DP carb
- Headers & 3″ exhaust
- 904 with 10″ PTC Converter
- 4.10 gears
Bill is a pretty typical Olds guy. He likes his cars to be fast and look good, but he also likes to be comfy when he takes his wife Cathy out cruisin’. Their 73 Cutlass does all of that and more. Bill picked up the current engine from a guy in Ohio that had difficulty keeping the combo running. Bill and the previous owned agreed on a price and Bill brought the engine to us in milk crates, which we freshened and tuned up. It consists of a stock block with the Mondello bottom end girdle and matching oil pan. The crank is an Eagle 4.250 stroke cast unit, with their ESP H beam rods attached. The pistons are Probe pieces, with Total Seal conventional rings sealing them up. The heads are Edelbrock Performer RPMs that have been CNC Ported and had 2.19/1.68 Stainless valves in them. The valve springs are dual from PAC, and with lightweight tool steel retainers, Scorpion Roller Rockers, and a Jomar Stud Girdle. The Cam is a street roller from Scott Brown at Competition Components with 268 @ .050 and .700 lift. The Intake is a port matched Edelbrock Victor, with a Holley Dominator converted to run on E85. A TCI Converter is plugged into the TH400, connected to a 4.10 gear. Bill runs Warren Gear in Michigan, so you only get one guess as to where the 12 Bolt was assembled. The car is raced in the same trim as it is driven, full 3″ Exhaust to the bumper, 9″ Hoosier radial slicks. and weighs in at a portly 3985lbs. The car has run a best of 10.85, and has been in the 10.90′s regularly. With some more ironing out and testing, as well as a few smaller mods, we are looking to see Bill and Cathy’s Olds in the 10.70′s
Congrats to long time customer and friend Jim Monson on being interviewed for Ford Racing Nation after his first six second pass. Great working with you Jim! Keep up the good work!
The engine for my car was put together to be certified stock.
Block 1972 stock bore 455, 4.3125
Crank turned .010, .010 by FinishLine Motorsports, stock 3.90 stroke
Pistons TRW forged stock replacement with the button in the center ground off, 23.5 cc dish
Rods Stock, resized
rotating assembly is balanced
Deck .041 deck height
Head Gaskets Steel Shim .020
Heads 1970 heads converted to Stage 1 by Finish Line Motorsports
NHRA minimum 55.5 cc chambers
NO porting, NO polishing, NO gasket matching
3 angle valve job with stock valve & seat angles
Compression Ratio 10.95
Intake manifold Stock 1970 intake
NO porting, NO polishing, NO gasket matching
NO cutting in the plenum area or anywhere else
Carb Stock Q-jet, 750 cfm
Air cleaner Stock 1970 GS air cleaner
Exhaust manifolds Stock manifolds, 2” outlet exit to the pipes
NO porting, NO polishing, NO gasket matching
Jet Hot coated
Exhaust system 2.5 “ mandrel bent to the bumper
X-pipe, StraightLine Performance oval case mufflers
Fuel Pump Stock Delco Stage 1 fuel pump
Ignition Stock distributor with Pertronix 1181 conversion and matching
Pertonix 40,000 volt coil, 7mm wires
Spark Plugs Autolite #25
Timing chain Stock silent chain, steel gears
Camshaft: Competition Components custom grind using Stage 1 cam specs
Rocker arms Stock
Pushrods 5/16” adjustable
1970 GS, 3750 lbs with driver, full interior, bench seat, column shift, manual steering, manual disc brakes, no a/c, 3.73 12 bolt axle, turbo 400 with stock convertor.
Best et to date:
G-70-15 bias ply tires 12.53 @ 110+ with 1.95 60’
9x28x15 Goodyear slicks 12.43 @ 110+ with 1.85 60’