Wednesday, March 11, 2015

10k: Isentropic Thunder: 1992 GMC Typhoon


 A typhoon is a tropical cyclone that starts in the Northwestern Pacific Basin -- it is really just a geographically specific name for a cyclone or hurricane when it occurs in the Pacific.  To graduate from being classified as a cyclone to typhoon requires wind speeds of at least 64 knots (74 mph) and big ones create massive destruction when they hit land (or the fool on a boat who doesn't get out of the way).  Typhoons destroy roadsigns, uproot things, and generally spread panic -- and I can't think of a better name for GMC's Jimmy SUV based performance machine from the '90s.  Find this 1992 GMC Typhoon offered here on craigslist for $8,000 in Hazel Park, MI.


The GMC Typhoon was the SUV version of the GMC Syclone -- both were turbo-V6 versions of a common compact truck/SUV platform with acceleration capabilities that would surprise anything on the street when new.  A stormy combination of all-wheel-drive and a big displacement turbocharged engine meant the Typhoon would leave more expensive sports cars like the Ferrari 348 and Chevy Corvette sitting in its wake.


The GMC Typhoon is mostly made from basic Jimmy parts but features a Mitsubishi TD06 turbocharged 4.3 liter LB4 V6 that is rated at 280 horsepower and 360 ft-lbs of torque. However, rumor has it that stock examples would dyno at above 300 horsepower to all four wheels.  With less than 5000 Typhoons built in the two years of production ('92-'93) finding a clean one is tricky, but not impossible.  There is also a hideous teal example on eBay currently bidding for twice the asking price on this one.


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11 comments:

  1. On my wish list! $8K is cheap, so this one would be a car to thoroughly inspect - twice.

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  3. The Michigan car has some strikes against it:

    a) It's black, and I've owned enough black cars to decide that enough is enough. It's also a repaint, which given the quality of GM paint (well, almost everyone's paint) when the SyTy were built is almost a given, but much depends on the quality of the work.

    b) Ads lacking punctuation and devoting as much verbiage to the stereo as the mechanicals speak to a person I'm not, and too many aftermarket stereo installers leave the wiring and trim butchered.

    The teal one's somewhat better. Don't know how many blue ones were built but that's the color that's always appealed to me.

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    1. I agree with you, even to the point of the teal one being somewhat better. I define somewhat, in this case, as 2.125 times better. I was drooling over the teal one when I saw this post...

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    2. Bright Teal

      [img]http://images.mautofied.com/adphotos/10091649_200710791621.JPG[/img]

      Aspen Blue (28 produced in 1992)

      [img]http://149.255.34.50/listimg/img1_0215/07/img_1KhGxEPTNt.jpg[/img]

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    3. Nice! Seen a fair amount of the teals (not a fan personally), but man, that Aspen Blue Ty is nice, and big time rare.

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    4. I agree. The Aspen Blue was the most rare of the 92s. There were test colors produced, with 2 of each. Here they are:

      [img]http://www.sportmachines.com/gallery3/var/thumbs/Trucks/1992-Typhoon/92Ty1312/.album.jpg?m=1319226826[/img]

      [img]http://www.sportmachines.com/gallery3/var/albums/Trucks/1993Typhoons/93Ty1952/93Ty1952_01.jpg?m=1300219115[/img]

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  4. Agreed on this one. Hmmm.... new drive shaft + a 2800 stall to boot? Drag race much? I am currently in the market for a low miles/1-2 owner Typhoon, but noooo thanks. It also helps to maybe not post a pic while in front of a mechanic's shop...?

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  5. It is truly amazing what you can find on the internet... This truck has been for sale since sept 2013. I found it referenced on the Michigan Fbody Association website(link below). A poster referenced a craigslist ad. Joe's asking was 7800 OBO back then. Joe may work at C&S Auto, he was using the same pictures then and the new parts listing and work done was similar.
    http://www.mifbody.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?50942-Looking-for-a-Syclone-Typhoon
    About a quarter way down the page... WMCC Gary administrator posted it..

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    1. Solid detective work. One of the first things they say to do on these is get underneath it, wrap your hands around the drive shafts and see if you can twist it. If there's slack then chances are it's been launched hard, a lot. If the guy wants to sell it try taking out the 2800 converter. Not only does it not scream that it's been raced, but it's a lot nicer to drive.

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