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I bought a 1987 Buick T off a close friend in the beginning of summer. Car has 88k miles and only mods that were done; hooker catback, adjustable wastegate, turbo tweak chip and guages. These were all done by the original owner.

Since ive owned the car ive been going through the "spring cleaning." Ive added a CAI, 42lbs injectors with matched tt chip and also adjustable fuel pressure regulator. I bought a rjc boost controller and have it set at around 18. Scanmaster is a great tool and I dont get much knock until the top rpms. I recently just put a tstat and new radiator in with lines. I also have a fuel pump and 3in dp and ported exhaust ellbow to go on.

My goals for the car are to keep it mild. I just want a street car to cruise and take to the track a few times a year. Id like to run low 12s on 18# and have the ability to crank it up to run into the 11s.

My thought is over the winter to rebuild the top end. Get a set of Champion iron ported heads and a mild cam. Run a te-44 and alky. I know for my goals Im probably overkill. But id like to do the head gaskets as preventive maintenance. I also know my valve springs should be replaced and headers checked for cracks. Here are my questions

1. Am I wasting my time one an 88k bottom end?

2. What cam should I look at? 206/206?

3. All and any advice is welcome. I plan on doing most of the work myself. My bestfriend owns a shop and has experience with this car and his personal GN. But I would like to know what Im getting myself into and if my plan is pure nonsense.
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If it was me and i was going that far i would do the fresh rebuild on the hole motor.:cheers:
 

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IMO... you can skip the bottom end for now,with only 88k, and you arent going to lean on it too hard,now anyway... The cam...well, you will get many, varying opinions on that...some want nothing to do with a flat cam as a roller is a sure bet for longevity if done right..when you add it up with parts and labor,your well over a grand. 206 roller is a great choice though, perfect rpm power range and great total lift,especially if you do the heads.
 

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I wouldn't break the factory head gasket seal for what you want from the car. Throw in a roller cam & lifters with proper valve springs & close it back up. I would do the timing chain since it's probably worn.
 

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IMO... you can skip the bottom end for now,with only 88k, and you arent going to lean on it too hard,now anyway... The cam...well, you will get many, varying opinions on that...some want nothing to do with a flat cam as a roller is a sure bet for longevity if done right..when you add it up with parts and labor,your well over a grand. 206 roller is a great choice though, perfect rpm power range and great total lift,especially if you do the heads.
I would play it safe and check the bottom end. I know guys who bought cars and blew headgaskets and took out bearings. We had one member that kept getting knock even though octane and everything else was good. Turned out there was warranty worked done and a bearing wasn't quite right. Then you don't know how hard the previous owners hammered on it. When I was looking to buy a Turbo Buick, I took this one T for a ride and the waste gate hose was cracked and it was overboosting. I heard the motor went on that car not to much longer after that.
 

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I have a 212 212 comp cam in mine and it sounds and feels good through the rpm range
 
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