BY THE NUMBERS
’72 BUICK SKYLARK
Gary Steele, 34 • Nashville, TN
ENGINE
Type: Buick 464
Block: factory 455 block, bored to 4.350 inches
Oiling: Melling oil pump, stock pan
Rotating assembly: stock 3.900-inch
nodular iron crank,
Howard’s 6.600-inch aluminum rods,
forged 11:1 Ross pistons
Cylinder heads: TA Performance
aluminum castings,
with 2.125/1.750-inch valves,
ported to flow 315/230 cfm
at 0.600-inch lift
Camshaft: TA Performance 258/272-at-.050
hydraulic flat tappet,
.595/.601-inch lift, 110-degree LSA
Valvetrain: TA Performance springs,
retainers, locks, pushrods,
and 1.65:1 roller rockers
Induction: Kenne Bell Wildcat
single-plane manifold,
Holley 1,050-cfm Dominator carb
Ignition: MSD 7AL ignition box,
distributor, and coil
Exhaust: TA Performance
2-inch long-tube headers,
custom 3-inch X-pipe,
dual MagnaFlow mufflers
Cooling: Ron Davis Aluminum radiator
and stock fan
Built by: Gary Paine
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission: GM TH400 trans,
TCI 3,500 stall converter
Rear axle: Currie 9-inch rearend,
4.11:1 gears, and limited-slip differential
CHASSIS
Front suspension: stock with QA1 coilovers
Rear suspension: Metco upper
and lower control arms,
QA1 adjustable shocks,
left- and right-side airbags
Brakes: factory discs and drums, front and rear
WHEELS & TIRES
Wheels: stock GM steel 15x7, front;
Stockton reproduction steel 15x8, rear
Tires: BFGoodrich 215/70R15, front;
Mickey Thompson 28x11.5x15 ET Street, rear