1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

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1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Postby ttamrettus » Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:25 pm

Well. Today I purchased a project car. I simply could not resist the temptation. It has been sitting for roughly a year. HOWEVER it runs and drives (although NOT well). I drove it home, 34 miles without incident. I will update more pictures and repairs/upgrades as I do them.
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Re: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Postby ttamrettus » Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:37 pm

AS PURCHASED
- 115k miles
-some bents and scratches/scraps but ZERO RUST.
- 4 mismatched wheels and tires.
- has a miss
- runs hot (gauge not working) but I can tell by the lack of power and the "feel" of the engine with the hood up
- pulls slightly to the left when applying the brakes
- has a clicking noise under load (belt tensioner I think)
- has a fueling problem, anything more than a slow trickle from the pump and the handle shuts off. I think the small metal flat to keep debris out fell off and is partially blocking the fill neck inside.
- Heater core is bypassed. So no AC or heat.
- a possible small leak from the radiator hose (looks over tight maybe)
- needs shocks, bouncy
- front driver and passenger door panels need help

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Re: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Postby GMJohnny » Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:15 am

Matt ...

Looks awesome! Does it have the LT1, or is it a 5.0? The number of exhaust tips is
the dead giveaway. Also, it looks like the air shocks are flat. I had a gunboat just like
the one you got, and enjoyed it for 5 years before the Ohio road salt rotted it to junk.
Some tiresmokers may remember it, I had it to Carlisle several times.. Have fun with it!

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Re: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Postby MostMint » Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:04 am

How much was it? I'm guessing $500, maybe less.
[quote="Basement Paul"]Is that a mint rocketship on the hood?? :shock:
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Re: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Postby ttamrettus » Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:12 pm

It is a LT1 4L60.

It was more than $500 unfortunately (a good bit more). I can scrap metal it and probably get $500 though.
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Re: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Postby MPH » Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:56 am

Nice it looked familiar to me then I remembered.... I saw it on Top Gear (history channel US version)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... BS-jObzYvc
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Re: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Postby ttamrettus » Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:11 pm

I love it. That is the car exactly. Except mine has a burgundy interior. His is nicer though (for now).
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Re: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Postby ttamrettus » Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:00 pm

Purchased Impala SS rims and a used set of tires. Also started the "home plate" and "first base" mod on the LT1. I'll post up pics when they are bolted on and complete.

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Re: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Postby Basement Paul » Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:29 am

Maybe they make a "Green" filter for it too...

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Re: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Postby GMJohnny » Sun Nov 13, 2011 5:58 am

Matt ...

As I recall, a lid for an aerosol paint can lid fit really well into the hole on the bottom
of "home plate" to plug it up. I used a piece of exhaust pipe from a truck at work for getting
rid of "first base" but seem to remember thinking about using pvc pipe to do the same. Rubber couplers
that can be bought at the hardware store worked to connect everything together. Also, the theromostat
is pretty easy to change on that car, and as I recall, doesn't require draining the system. I also bought
the power programmer from hypertech. Unless you can get one cheap, I wouldn't waste my money on
it. The only things I felt it helped with was changing gear ratio in the computer ( I ran a 3.73 in mine ),
and raising the shift points. Changing the rear end ratio and going to a 2400 stall torque converter made that car shockingly quick off the line. ( a stock s-10 converter is cheap and offers the stall you want & durabiltiy to
match ) It used to 60 foot in the 1.9's, which was way faster than my stock c5 vette. In stock trim, that
car ran in the high 15's, when I was done it ran 14.75 @ 92 mph .... I felt that a cam shaft was the next mod that
would've made it way faster, as the engine ran out of rpm's. It shifted at 5500 and the motor was done then.
Pulling to 6500 with the gears I had would have made it way more fun. The car rotted away before I got
to the cam. I really enjoyed making that sleeper into a hot rod. It was a huge hit at the strip. Nobody expects
a tank like that tp perform so well.

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Re: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Postby ttamrettus » Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:31 pm

I got a 3" pipe cap from Home Depot for like $0.40. I also got some 3" pvc elbows and rubber adapter to to replace first base. Hopefully I can install the stuff this weekend. Pics to follow.
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Re: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Postby TireSmoker » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:22 pm

All this talk of 1st base and home plate makes me wonder what you guys are doing with these things!

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Re: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Postby oldvettedad » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:39 am

You probably know all of this but if not...

http://www.longroof.info/pdf/lt1intake.pdf

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Re: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Postby Fred32v » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:52 am

When your done, it might look like this.

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My picture was taken October 3rd, 2003 at TDR (aka TRP). Waiting for your pictures.



as an aside, I always resize my pictures to fit a 15" monitor.
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Re: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Postby ttamrettus » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:15 pm

I am actually doing a 2 x 45 degree pvc setup, see below.

http://www.impalaclub.com/naisso/ss_handbook.pdf

roughly page 16
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