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68 buick skylark

I've got a 68 skylark and while i have read that it's preferrable to go with all buick i don't have the original drivetrain,I do have a running chevy 350 and quite frankly money is tight =/ are there conversion kits available for mounting an such or do i need to speak with a fabricator?

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No need to go through all that, just get the mounts and brackets for the same year Chevrolet Chevelle and it will bolt in, just bear in mind that the BOP style transmissions will not bolt up ( the Buick, Olds, and Pontiac motors share the same bellhousing pattern ) so get a Chevy pattern transmission to compliment the swap.
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ok i'll give it a shot,thanks much!
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If you have a BOP bolt pattern trans, you can use it by mounting up an adapter, talked about- http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/th40...te-200631.html

The p/n you would use w/a Chevy engine and a BOP trans is the TCI 230000.
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I have a driveable 81 camaro that I'll be pulling the drive train out of,the body is hammered and the skylark has a lot of nostalgia for myself and my brother who I'm doing this for.Also I'll be doing this in a friends shop and as I mentioned money is tight so I'm just trying to avoid complications and not end up taking his shop space for more time than absolutely necessary.
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it also just occured to me that I might want to swap out the front end parts,the old skylark I know has 4 wheel drum brakes (ewww) but again I dont want to be in the shop all summer trying to get it going lol,any thoughts recommendations ?
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Cheap way? Freshen up what you have and upgrade the brake shoes with something that has a modern friction formulation; should get you by for a minute until you can do a disc brake conversion.

Just drive like you have some sense. Hey, drums are not that bad. I've stopped 80000 pounds worth of tractor/trailer with them and well, they still use them to this very day.
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it also just occured to me that I might want to swap out the front end parts,the old skylark I know has 4 wheel drum brakes (ewww) but again I dont want to be in the shop all summer trying to get it going lol,any thoughts recommendations ?
They make complete disc brake swap kits for these cars, they start at about $600, well worth it, my dad has a kit on his Camaro, cant even compare to old 4-wheel drums he had.

TBH, well worth the money, brakes are a safety item.
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It is pretty easy to put the Chev motor in. Get the tranny adaptor as mentioned. The car will need a fan shroud for a chevelle. Don,t listen to naysayers about all Buick, the Chev engine has at least a billion easier to get parts than the Buick
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This car has been sitting for oh about 20 years or so lol,I've a feeling there's a headache or two for me in the future haha,thanks for the advice an such everyone
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