By The Numbers

’69 Buick Skylark
Kris Osterhoudt • Queen Creek, AZ
Vehicle weight w/driver: 3,750 pounds
Type: Buick displacing 464 cubic inches
(4.35 bore x 3.90 stroke)
Block: 1975 455 Buick
Compression ratio: 10.25:1
Oiling: custom-built, 7-quart deep sump pan
Rotating assembly: factory iron crank and rods, JE forged pistons,
Total Seal ring packs
Cylinder heads: T/A Performance Stage 2 aluminum,
2.130/1.755 valves,
350-cfm exhaust ports, 1.6:1 shaft rocker arm system
Camshaft: Crane hydraulic roller, 0.525-inch lift, 234-deg. duration
at .050
Induction: T/A Performance SP-2 single-plane intake manifold,
1,000-cfm Holley carburetor, Edelbrock 160-gph
fuel pump
Power adder: none
Ignition: Mallory breakerless distributor, coil, HyFire CD box
Exhaust: McCabe Racing step headers, 1 7/8-to-2-inch primaries,
H-pipe, 3-inch exhaust system, Spin Tech mufflers
Cooling: Ron Davis aluminum core with dual electric fans
and built-in transmission fluid cooler, ancillary Earl’s
Performance fluid cooler
Fasteners: ARP
Built by: T/A Performance, Scottsdale, AZ
Transmission: 700R4, 2,500-rpm stall speed converter,
built by Gary Rodgers at Arizona Precision
Driveshaft: custom steel, 4340 1350-series yokes
Rear axle: Ford 9-inch housing narrowed,
Tru-Trac differential, Yukon 3.73:1 ring-and-pinion,
Strange Engineering 31-spline axle shafts
Front suspension: Global West spindles, tubular upper and lower control
arms, Hotchkis 1 3/8-inch hollow antisway bar,
QA1 adjustable coilover shock absorbers
Rear suspension: Hotchkis control arms, frame stiffeners,
QA1 coilover shock absorbers
Brakes: Baer vented, slotted, cross-drilled 12-inch discs,
front and rear
Wheels: Budnik Muroc III, 18x10, front; 18x12,
Tires: Michelin Pilot MX3, 275/35ZR18, front;
345/35ZR18, rear