1968-1969 GS 4 Speed Restorations

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by gd2227, Dec 6, 2006.

  1. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    After FINALLY getting a chance to push it out of the garage to take some pics... This is my 69 GS 400 that I saved from the crusher. According to Marco's ( :TU: ) daily reports, this is the ONLY SCO 1969 GS 400 made at the Leeds plant :Brow: . At this time, the block (bottom end) is believed to be a service replacement. Otherwise, the car is NUMBERS MATCHING (ie: what it rolled out of the factory with) down to radiator hoses, etc.
    Color combo is 1969 Riviera only Deep Gray Mist solid top with Pearl White bucket interior. Options: 4 speed, A/C, sport wheel, AM/FM/ rear speaker, tinted glass, PS, power (Delco) brakes, clock, tilt (?), consoles (?), 14" rally's.
    Rot is limited to rear floor (due to DS window blown out), top of cowl (due to windshield being blown out) and trunk weatherstrip channel. Has the cleanest radiator support, set of inner/outer fenders and quarters that I have seen on a 68-69 GS :eek2:
    Nose is off, body will be pulled from the frame this winter. This will NOT be a concours car, but will be a VERY CLEAN driver with all attempts being made to correcly finish/plate/coat/ all parts as I pull them off. :TU:
     

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  2. 54Rich

    54Rich Silver Level contributor

    It was nice seeing the car in person Sunday and meeting your family. Thanks for the coke :TU:

    Now it will be interesting to see which one's POS (Mine, Chris, or yours) gets done first. :beer

    I've seen them all, all have a long road. :3gears:

    At least we have a small support group started. Now we need to get funny looking hats and a secret hand shake :puzzled:

    Here's to the GS 400 4 Speeds :beer

    Rich
     
  3. hemikillerstg1

    hemikillerstg1 History Repeating Itself

    I like secret handshakes :Brow: Anyone want to place a small wager on who get's to the finish line first? Good Luck to all of us. :3gears:
     
  4. GS-XNR

    GS-XNR Well-Known Member

    George,
    I've done a few project cars in my time, but I must admit nothing close you yours. Good luck with it and keep us posted with your progress. There's nothing like driving them out of the shop the first time when finished. :TU: Keep that in mind when you are up to your armpits in grease, grime and rust dust. :laugh:
    Harvey
     
  5. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    Rich,
    You're welcome! And thanks for the support. This will be a fun road for all of us. There is one more person we have to include in our 'club'... Alan, where are you?
    hemikiller- I think I will have this finished by '08. I stripped one fender today (and met with shining steel :TU: - a very RARE find here in New England). Some welding, some etch priming, some soda blasting...good as new :Dou:
    Harvet- thanks. My biggest fear with these old cars is ROT. Luckily, this needs little welding when compared to other cars. That was the biggest draw for me to get this car.
     
  6. 69GS400s

    69GS400s ...my own amusement ride!


    Shhh....its supposed to be a secret !! My Wife might find out :Dou:

    Well OK - as long as you spilled the beans, Who's going to teach me the handshake ?? As for the club password, HowzAbout Nuckin Futz ?? :puzzled:

    Here is the car, circa 1988 at the GSCA Nats.

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    ....notice the hood emblems ?? :Brow:

    That was quite possibly its last outing when a frame-off was started. Some of the parts I have are wrapped in late 1989 / early 1990 newspaper.

    Here are some docs .. but no build sheet was found. A hunt is on for the POP plate to authenticate Stage1 Status but several stage1 parts did come with the car. Unfortunately, the #'s motor was long gone - at least 2 owners ago and dating back into the early 80's :ball: but thats OK because of the deal I got on it and what I have planned :Brow: :3gears: :bglasses:

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    So, now I get to finish a frame-off that was started about 16 years, 2 owners, and several moves ago :shock: should be fun.

    Lots of NOS parts and mint goodies came with the deal but there will be quite a bit needed before she rolls again. George and I thoroughly went over the car a few weekends ago and Im still deciding on a game plan. i've NEVER seen a cleaner fresher looking frame and undercarrage. :TU:

    Im half-way to the decision to yank the body off ...again, and do things right, ONCE, from the ground up.

    So, thats my story.

    ....hope to be bangin' gears and collecting low 11 second timeslips at THIS YEAR's BPG Nats :Do No: :eek2: :puzzled: :beer
     
  7. bignastyGS

    bignastyGS Maggot pilot

    George,
    Are you still interested in the floor section with the 68 4 speed hump?? I have a possible deal on a little secret that may make me cut this 71 car apart real fast. I will need to move it pretty fast so I wont miss out on the new mission.
    Pat
     
  8. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    The finished product will be beautiful George :beer

    Take lots of pictures for us :3gears:
     
  9. Rusty Davenport

    Rusty Davenport Silver Level contributor

    Hey Alan got his stage1 69 at last!!! And it's a 4 spd!! :3gears: Glad to see George save his car as well;keep us posted. :grin:
     
  10. Gasoline

    Gasoline Pitbulls and Kudzu

    George, The only aftermarked source I have been able to find is Metro Moulded Parts 1(800)878-2237 http://www.metrommp.com/

    I asked him about it being looking bumpy and not correct in the picture. He would look into it, (for what that is worth). :rolleyes:

    Model number: RP 33-R

    Price (US funds): $76.00

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  11. 68 Skylark cust

    68 Skylark cust French Canadian Member

    Very nice project George :TU:

    What does SCO stand for ? Special Color Option ?
     
  12. Brian Albrecht

    Brian Albrecht Gold Level Monkey

    Neat car! Best of luck moving forward. Please keep the pictures coming too!
     
  13. stage169

    stage169 Well-Known Member

    Group?

    I feel like I'm part of the group. Very cool to see your cars and good luck with the restorations. The reason I feel like one of the group is because of my first car I bought in 79. It's a 69 Stage 1 with a 4 speed and I still have it. I don't have a clue when I'll start restoring it the car has been apart for 20+ years. I sure hope there is gasoline when I finish it. You can just see it in the backround. Brian

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  14. SamboraRocks

    SamboraRocks Well-Known Member

    Hi all,

    Just wanted to say i'm enjoying this thread. I didn't have a 400 or Stage '69 car but I did have 350 4-speed car many years ago and I really like the look of the '69's. Stage169, I wish I had your garage, I can barely move in mine my with my '72 in it (and the wife can barely get past it to the washer and dryer which doesn't make her happy, lol)


    I'm looking forward to more pics of the progress on all the cars in this thread....

    Harry
    :3gears:
     
  15. 70sportwagon

    70sportwagon Silver Level contributor

    Can I be in the club too? I am sure that when I am done with it we will be burning banana peels or something for fuel. On the positive side I did trade a G-body posi for a 1969 dated M-21 about 3 weeks ago bringing me up to about 80% of the parts of a 69 GS 400 4 speed convertible.
     

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  16. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    Chris and Brian- More pics, PLEASE!!! Here is a quick shot of the interior..or lack thereof....
     

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  17. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    Not a speck of rust/rot down the ENTIRE passenger side :Brow:
     

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  18. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    Here's the data plate..
     

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  19. sparkplug

    sparkplug Well-Known Member

    Kind of neat to see 0-0 for the paint.. Courious was the four speed hump cut out of the car?
    Hey Chris Nice Find!! THankyou for the N-25 bumper and pieces.. I did not realise you were part of this nutiness called V8 buick!! Randy
     
  20. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    The car was sold out of Texas to a guy in New York who was chopping it up :af: . The body was going to the crusher. Luckily, I was able to buy all of the original parts back- including the hump... :TU:
     

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