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@  dezldave961 : (01 May 2021 - 08:44 PM)

Yikes, well hope you guys get that resolved, so it stays active enough to remain viable.

@  WildGS : (30 April 2021 - 07:59 PM)

the sign in process is broke because the captcha is non-functional. That is why no new members.

@  dezldave961 : (28 April 2021 - 11:54 PM)

Somewhat true, but I'm not going to get too real about the demographics of Regal owners past & present. It'd be out of place on a Regal forum, and make people cross-eyed coming from a Regal owner. :blink:

@  Marchi1 : (28 April 2021 - 06:34 PM)

we are also hitting another round of buyers...and the group is again the young crowd and realizing that the older Regal is a bargin and normally better maintained than the GP of the saemarea.

@  dezldave961 : (26 April 2021 - 11:55 PM)

Hey, that's where I buy my top-of-the-line Spectre intake parts for my hotrod! (pre-turbo)

@  alemstrom : (26 April 2021 - 11:33 PM)

I'm here at Advance Auto

@  dezldave961 : (24 April 2021 - 02:22 PM)

We're now in a preservation community that some may discover, but it's been spread thin and the traffic has shifted away from the initial sharing styles (Tim/Zoom discuss this on ZZP podcasts, when those 4cyl goobers let them talk).

@  dezldave961 : (24 April 2021 - 02:20 PM)

The vehicles themselves dictate the demographic and activity level based on their following. GTP's drew the majority of the L67 crowd, including myself, and current 4/6/8cyl offerings of the last 15yrs are where 99% of our former peers and newcomers have shifted to.

@  Marchi1 : (21 April 2021 - 02:25 AM)

There are a few who come here for the info.....

@  dezldave961 : (19 April 2021 - 10:57 PM)

Ya, 3800/Wbody forums have cleared out. I hear there's some FB groups, but I'm ont on there and it sounds similar to the newbie-centric folks I see the last 1-2yrs on 3800pro & GPF.

@  glendayle : (18 April 2021 - 03:59 AM)

Man this thing used to be hoppin' on the daily. How times have chagned.

@  glendayle : (18 April 2021 - 03:59 AM)

LOL, someone chatted?!

@  dezldave961 : (17 April 2021 - 02:04 PM)

Just keeping the candle lit, as I mentioned on my only remaining local ClubGP chapter of the 3-4 I was very active on in my 20's

@  Marchi1 : (15 April 2021 - 07:00 PM)

nope...just us old timers

@  WildGS : (15 April 2021 - 03:56 AM)

are people still here?

@  dezldave961 : (12 April 2021 - 09:46 PM)

Hey, chuggin' along. Just finished a big overhaul on my turbo build after 12yrs.

@  Nateteo : (12 April 2021 - 05:56 PM)

literally, the last time I logged in was 3 years ago hows everybody doing

@  dezldave961 : (12 April 2021 - 04:43 PM)

Ya, they do open bracket at GS Nationals. I may go if I'm free, just to attend, even if there's no cage, yet.

@  Marchi1 : (12 April 2021 - 01:32 PM)

I am taking the SC car.I am sure it is a big event as it is in Bowling Green, KY so yeah will need to be fully copliant, but I think there is a bracket class. God I hope so

@  dezldave961 : (08 April 2021 - 01:50 PM)

*S&W Racecars cage for 95-99 Monte... I'd actually fit the xTSM class, aside from not being a RWD, if I swapped the Air-Air I/C back in. Probably wouldn't be competitive just yet, but I'd like to see them squirm.


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#1 tpivette

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 12:45 AM

Finally have some time to start the resurrection of my 1997 Buick Regal GS. Will begin either this weekend, or the following weekend. One of the things that needs DESPERATE attention is the interior. From 2013 to 2017, my wife drove this car daily and hauled the kids (newborn - 4 year old daughter and 4-8 year old son) everyday to school, and wherever else they needed to go. Most of the times, she had to drop them off at daycare, where she let them eat (of all things) pancakes and syrup IN THE CAR. Bring your barf bags, as the photos below depict the carnage that came about of such practices...

 

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I decided to go with what I could find on the internet after a few minutes of searching. Anyone heard of these guys? They seem legit, and I will be ordering their mass back carpet in medium grey.

 

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https://www.stockint...8740&ModelId=31

 

This will be complimented by SummitRacing black cloth racing seats:

 

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https://www.summitra...1130l/overview/

 

I will be completely cleaning the remaining trim pieces with Simple Green and isopropyl alcohol. Hopefully everything turns out great, as I want this interior to not only look awesome, but to smell amazing also.

 

Any experience or thoughts on this setup will be welcome.


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Posted 22 October 2019 - 06:48 PM

If you go to RockAuto, they sell interior carpet as well:  Search for your car, then Interior / Flooring.

 

This looks like the same carpet from the same supplier, but for less money:

 

https://www.rockauto...jsn=403&jsn=403

 

Same thicker carpet pile and mass barrier coating to cut down on noise and heat.  Also get a new set of floor mats.

 

As to the seats, if yours aren't ripped/cracked/torn, consider cleaning them up.  I used LA's Totally Awesome cleaner (available at Dollar Tree) in my project Regal's interior, and it did a good job.


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Posted 22 October 2019 - 10:57 PM

Thanks for the heads up about the carpet, will definitely check out rockauto and see what they have to offer. Floor mats are also on the list of interior upgrades, so will look at those as well.

 

The drivers front seat is pretty cracked up, and the passenger front seat had syrup spilled on it and drained in-between the lower and upper cushions. My wife and kids really did a number on this car. Would be cool if they could just clean up, but I'm not holding my breath. I like the look of the "racing" seats offered from Summit, just wish they had them in a grey color option. Only come in black, white, and beige.

 

Didn't have any time this weekend to work on the car, as work offered OT on Fri and Sat that I couldn't pass up. Hopefully this weekend I will have some time to start pulling the interior out of the car and truly assessing what it will need.


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Posted 24 October 2019 - 02:38 AM

Ah, too bad about the seats. I would definitely want to try the race seats out for a day's driving before buying a set.

Rock auto also sells the floor mats, from what looks to be the same supplier as the carpet. Don't forget that there's always a 5% off discount code somewhere.
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Posted 25 October 2019 - 11:15 PM

Bummer, my daily driver Saab 9-3 developed a vibration at speed this week while driving to work. Will have to investigate that tomorrow instead of working on the Buick. Maybe it will be a quick find/fix and I can move on.

 

If not, I might have some time on Sunday to get some Regal work done. Crossing fingers...


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Posted 03 October 2020 - 02:39 AM

Been a LONG time since I started this thread... bought a new house in Nov 2019, and an 2016 Audi S4 in Apr 2020. Needless to say, I've been busy! The Buick is still around, though!

 

Started on some more cleaning and it looks as though the seats as well as the carpet can be saved. Spent a few days shampooing everything and really giving everything a good scrubbing and its looking alot better.

 

Before cleaning...

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Did this to basically the whole interior, and it looks 10X better than before. There may be some hope for this old car yet! Next comes a stereo upgrade, and some maintenance and performance enhancements.


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Posted 04 October 2020 - 06:25 AM

Cleaned alot more things up, and removed some trim pieces to install a aftermarket head unit. Used a Metra kit to connect everything to the factory stuff for now, but upgraded speakers and amp are on the way. Put an Eclipse 8445 CD player in there for the source unit... 8 volt preouts... hell yeah!

 

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Also, my Climate control was completely dark... couldn't see anything on the readout. Did some drunken soldering to the 241 resistors and everything seems to be back to normal... well, maybe the extreme right side seems a little dimmer than the rest. Might have to go back in there when I add the amp (RCA cable attachment) and see if anything needs to be re-soldered. But for now, at least I can see what I'm selecting!


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Posted 07 October 2020 - 12:42 PM

Wow, that interior has come a long way!  I'm planning on a stereo upgrade for mine, with an Alpine ILX-W650 unit combined with the KTA-450 amplifier for the 4 main channels.


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Posted 11 October 2020 - 05:53 AM

I'm in love with Eclipse.. it's a shame they tapped out after 2010+. 5 or 8 volt preouts with 55ohm resistance was amazing! I don't know if any aftermarket company offers this today, but I will still stick with Eclipse if they don't!

 

I will continue to clean up the interior... and upgrade the stereo. Current plans are to add an Eclipse 5532 5-channel amp, a set of Morel 6.5" components up front, a set of Eclipse 8363 6.5" coaxials in the rear, and a JL Audio 10W0 in the trunk.

 

Can't wait to hear the difference!


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Posted 06 November 2020 - 07:52 PM

Nice work



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Posted 09 November 2020 - 03:37 PM

Lookin good.

Just came across a 2003 Abboud GS at the junkyard yesterday. Front seats and shifter are still there (considered, but don't need them as I'll also be going for practical race seats soon, along with a cage). Side badges were gone, but tail badge was still there. I know it's not the most sought-after thing in this market, but if someone is foaming at the mouth, we can arrange something for me to go back next weekend (I was considering pulling the engine/trans as a spare).


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