Buick Grand National | What To Look For When Purchasing | Buyers Guide

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We catch up with Steve from Adrenalin Motorsports Inc to look at his 1987 Buick Grand National with 8,700 miles on it and go over everything someone looking to purchase a Buick Grand National. These cars are a performance car and many were modified to make more power and used for drag strip purposes. With the current market value, you need to know if you are buying a car that has been modified or beat. Like anything else, signs of modification of heavy use can be covered up. Since these cars are older, it is hard to know all of the car's history, but knowing everything you can about the cars helps to give you the knowledge you need to pick a good car for investment and use.
The Buick Grand National was made from 1982 to 1987 with the 1986 and 1987 models being the most sought after. Even in 1986 and 1987, these cars were purchased and used at the drag strip as they were one of the fastest production cars for their day. with very few modifications you could get these cars into the 11 seconds at the track in the 1/4 mile. With a car like this, many chose to modify and use them while some enjoyed them in the stock form. Few were drove in bad weather conditions due to the way they drive, with stiff shifts and pretty fast acceleration. That means that most are still in pretty good shape. But with anything, time can deteriorate its condition.
This video is also a great overview of how a 1987 Buick Grand national should look. This car is bone stock in every way and a perfect car to show where hoses and wires should be. In the video, we go through the way these cars we assembled and the quality of the end product, the paint, truck sticker option codes, interior, turbo, engine compartment, and undercarriage. When buying a car like this it would be suggested to have it up on a lift to see the small issues that could cost a lot to fix.
These cars are true classics and you want to be sure your purchase is a good one. Something as simple as a cracked tail light can cost you a very serious amount of money to replace. Know what you are buying and the purpose of your purchase before you get too far into the car and realize you will be spending more than the car is worth to make it into the car you want. Feel free to ask any questions below.


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26 jul 2019






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Chad Henderson
Chad Henderson Hace 2 días
I have a 86 Buick grand national with 28000
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Stephen Donegan
Stephen Donegan Hace 9 días
I have a rare 86 T Type ex FBI car with documents owned for 22 years but not used, rebuilt drive trane at 500 plus rwh I'd like to sell if you know anyone looking please 5107062800
Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor Hace 10 días
It would help to have an "expert" who really was. GNs have a unique steering wheel horn pad that GM never service-parted. The host even ooped him with the "nothing different about the wheel?" Never once saw an original 86/7 with blackwall tires except a GNX. Not horrible, but not high art either.
r lee
r lee Hace 11 días
Take off the driver's side door panel, there is a build sheet
Kevin Bodman
Kevin Bodman Hace 11 días
What's interesting is that the Porsche 930 year 75/77 with no intercooler go for more moneys than the 78/79 with intercooler.That never made any sense to me.Love the Buick G/N
Jay Thornton
Jay Thornton Hace 9 días
Any body know how many white 87 they made
Jay Thornton
Jay Thornton Hace 9 días
I got to ride in my uncles 86,and 87 Buick GN
Eddie Costa
Eddie Costa Hace 18 días
Where can I found a good 87 for sale?
millsmotorvation Hace 18 días
Did not come with a 700R4 trans. They came with 200R4.
aegisranger Hace 12 días
Y Z Hace un mes
Other things to look for. Air bags in rear shocks and drive shaft loop. All signs it has been raced. Also look for aftermarket rims. They make aluminum ones that look very similar but not quite as shiny as chrome. easy to spot if you know to look. Check under dash to make sure wiring hasn't been messed with. Biggest issue on these cars is weather stripping on doors and t-tops. Nobody makes a decent replacement. Very poor fit and finish on aftermarket and they leak air and water. Also look at injectors. Many swap them for higher pressure.Check chip in ECM to see if aftermarket. Its becoming difficult to find original cars now. Most have been modified and raced
Jim Moore
Jim Moore Hace un mes
Some details left out: look for the WE2 on the trunk sticker, original hood pad has 9 holes, reproductions will have 10, the recall was on the gray brake switch, the steering wheel emblem is very specific to the GN. It’s black with gray Buick tri-shield.There are no reproductions made on the stock emblem. Up pipe and intercooler should have black and orange rubber connectors with black hose clamps, not chrome. Vacuum lines are stamped 1987. Fuel rail Schrader valve cap should be black. Original AC pressure valve caps were black from the factory. Blue and red shows the conversion from R12. Plug wires are gray. Great video!
RegalT-type Hace un mes
Gnx deletes the hood badge!
RegalT-type Hace un mes
The four speeds on these do shift really hard, especially 1-2
Cellamotors Hace un mes
Would the color on the bottom chip gaurd be different to rest of the car under a light on original car. . I noticed mine is more brown
Wrenches & Rides
Wrenches & Rides Hace un mes
Nope, it is the same color, just with more orange peel look.
Tommy Remedies
Tommy Remedies Hace un mes
Great video thanks for the ride down memory lane the good old days
Wrenches & Rides
Wrenches & Rides Hace un mes
Glad we could make this video. Thanks for watching.
RZR Ron Production's
Ty for sharing, my dentist has 1 with 17 original miles, hes from holland Indiana
Wrenches & Rides
Wrenches & Rides Hace un mes
That is amazing.
Rob D
Rob D Hace un mes
Great video!! Very interesting and informative. I've always liked the Grand National. Compared to other performance cars of the time, it offers a unique driving experience and sound. The Turbo TA is pretty cool, too.
Wrenches & Rides
Wrenches & Rides Hace un mes
If you look in the background, You should be able to see a Turbo TA back there.
Mike's Tool Shed
Mike's Tool Shed Hace un mes
It's a 200-4R everyone says 200-R4 though
86tr Hace un mes
Lc2. Is turbocharged v6. Ar9. Bucket seats, mw9. The th2004r transmission, g80 is positraction
WorkshopAddict Hace un mes
@Mike's Tool Shed I called it the 700-R4 in the end also. Lol.
Mike's Tool Shed
Mike's Tool Shed Hace un mes
@WorkshopAddict it's cool. Like I said, everyone calls it the R4 because of the more popular 700
WorkshopAddict Hace un mes
I screwed up on the trans, sorry.
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