|Featured Car - Brian Lee's 1982 WaGoN|
|Brain has always liked wagons, so making a GN wagon didnt take too much thought for him. It had to be a Regal though.
Brian wasn't even sure that they MADE a Regal wagon... then one day while at the junkyard buying a rocker arm shaft for his GN, he saw this one. It had been junked the day before, and already had a number assigned and written on every panel, all set to be dumped in the yard, and parted out. A couple of days and $400 later, Brain DROVE home his new baby. Registered, insured and all.
A couple of days later, he went back and bought the rest of the motor that the rocker arm shaft (his original quest) came out of. It turned out to be a 109 block in an 83 Regal, so he had the beginnings for his turbo project. The wagon, as it sat ran horrible. Brian tuned it up, replaced about 10 feet of vacuum hose, and it ran pretty decent ... even the cruise worded!
Then about two months later the timing chain went... after it was replaced, the motor never really recovered, probably due to nylon from the cam gear plugging the oil pick up screen. The motor seized and it was DOA.
That was when Brian rolled up his sleeves and began the transformation. Using a parts car, and a temporary motor donation from his GN, he transformed a grocery getter into a SNEAKY grocery getter! Using a parts car meant not having to cut a single wire, right down to the tail light and fuel pump wiring. The installation looks exactly like GM wouldve done it. Aside from the air cleaner peeking out from behind the bumper, the visible intercooler scoop, and the 3.8 liter Turbo emblem on the header panel, it looks just like another Regal wagon... That is, until the whistling starts, and the nose lifts.
Brain took notes on everything that he did during the transformation, so that when he does the next one (next one? ? -editor), it will be even easier. Brian seems to enjoy playing "Frankenstein" and putting a turbo heart in various "creations"... who knows what the next one will be? Regardless, we're SURE it will be unique, just like the waGoN!
UPDATE - Brian has painted the wagon black (appropriate!) and it has run 13.1 @103 MPH at the track!