1968-1969 GS 4 Speed Restorations

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

  1. davidwroth

    davidwroth Well-Known Member

    69 4 Speed

    Brian, I understand you must keep a car that you have kept for so long. If the truth be told I was into Chevy's long before I got into Buick's and saw the light. But the car I most wish I had back was my High School car..1970 Chevelle Black with white stripes and white interior # matching SS 454, LS 5, 4 speed M22, 4.10 rear, A/C, power windows/locks, power seat & steering, disk brakes ....ect :af:

    David R
     
  2. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    Rob down in the Carolina's... 68 400 4 speed ragtop. He's a 'transplant' from western MA. :TU:
     

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  3. gscalifornia

    gscalifornia Small blocks rule!!

    Now don't you go jacking up the price on the California hoods so you can clone a Stage car!! :spank:

    Just kidding ya, well not really, OK, kinda. The California hoods are hard to find, they only made 3574 of them. I wish I had a couple spares. When I bought my California I found out it had been totalled, whole front clip had been replaced. I found this out the hard way, by buying the parts car everything came from!! Guy told me the front clip went on a light green California, when he saw mine he said yup that's the one! :Dou:
     
  4. 69GS400s

    69GS400s ...my own amusement ride!

    Goerge - Im no expert but I dont think thats where the tail light housings get installed. You were kinda close with the inner fenders though :Do No: :Dou: :laugh: :moonu:
     

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  5. 69GS400s

    69GS400s ...my own amusement ride!


    ....can't wait to hear. Would be nice to find a good dependable chrome guy
     
  6. davidwroth

    davidwroth Well-Known Member

    Chrome Guy...

    I just sent my Right hand mirror and Stage 1 valve covers down to S&H Chrome in TN. They were very fast 3 weeks, and very cheap!! Under $400.00 for them together!! Bumpers go to Tri-City Plating in TN. They are the best.

    David
     
  7. P.D. Gropp

    P.D. Gropp Well-Known Member

    Hood

    After reading this whole thread, which if great, I'm wondering if I may have helped contribute to the restoration of someone's car.

    This year at the GS Nat's, I sent a California hood down with Mike Garrison and had him sell it. Did anyone here by it or know someone who did?

    P.D.
     
  8. davidwroth

    davidwroth Well-Known Member

    Stage 1 engine

    George, I don't want to hijack your thread but I thought you might want to see a picture of the Blue Stage 1 as the engine is almost done. BTW this car is REAL nice :beer I know it's not a 4 speed....I wish it was :3gears:

    David R
     

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  9. davidwroth

    davidwroth Well-Known Member

    front

    Shot of the front...
     

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  10. davidwroth

    davidwroth Well-Known Member

    Core Support

    The core support and inner fender are virgin...never even patched.
     

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  11. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    I posted a thread on this... As a GTO fan, one of the tricks the Poncho folks did was stamp a partial VIN under the heater core cover on the firewall. Low and behold, my GS had a partial.... '9K108XXX" = 1969, Leeds built, last 6 digits of the VIN...
     

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  12. 54Rich

    54Rich Silver Level contributor

    I also have that on my Leeds built Cal GS. The Flint lark does not have it, I don't have the GS that far apart yet. I wonder where else it's stamped :Do No:

    Rich
     
  13. GSXER

    GSXER Well-Known Member

    I would like to introduce "Betsy" . She aint to pretty right now but shes getting a frame off. She is a #'s match Documented 1969 GS400 4 spd possably the first one built body # 45 .I brought her back in 83 .
     

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  14. 54Rich

    54Rich Silver Level contributor

    Glad you got everything:TU: I got your mail today, Thanks!

    Now get welding:TU:
     
  15. bill van steen

    bill van steen Well-Known Member

    Okay 68-69 guys i need some valuable opinions, I have started the resto on my 69 stage 1 signal red car, it came with body side moldings that follow the body line from front to back, I haven't seen many cars restored with these, is it because people remove these because they don't like the looks or because they are uncommon. Also are these all stainless or do they have a painted centre on them like the wheelwell trim and vinyl trim? I am a definte newbie on 68-69's but do hope to add a couple to the garage . Also what colour are the steel wheel outers, the car came with rallies that look painted not chrome and stainless trim rings. Like I said new to these years but quickly starting to like them. The car also has a power attenna which I thought didn't exist aren't all attenna in the windshield? It has a switch in the radio bezel that looks factory? The attenna is missing out of the trunk however. Thanks for any help Bill
     
  16. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Bill in 69 the electric antenna option did come for hardtops ( not converts ) and in two types: those with the forced are option and those without. The switch for the forced air system at least for a 70 model was in the radio bezel and that may account for the difference as that may be where the power antenna switch would usually go.

    Group 9.645

    981462 without forced air

    981552 with forced air
     
  17. bill van steen

    bill van steen Well-Known Member

    Thanks Jim it was definitely a switch on the radio bezel as it even says attenna. As for the painted rally wheels what were those called as far as option? Bill
     
  18. Mike Trom

    Mike Trom Blah, Blah, Blah

    Painted rally wheels were called "Super Sport" wheels.

    As for the body side moldings they were not listed as an option for the GS in '68 or 69 and I have never seen any documentation from a GS (build sheet, order form, etc..) to show that they were available or originally came on a GS.
    Some may have been dealer installed. Can you post a picture of the molding?

    As we all know, back in the day you could order things on a car if it was not a "regular" option, so you can't say "it did not come from the factory that way"

    Do you have a build sheet or any other doc's for you GS? I would love to put this "mystery" molding question to bed by saying that "I have seen factory documentation that they were available"

    :beer
     
  19. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    Here's a couple of Bills photo's of his GS.... if you look at the wheel trim, it is NOT cut for the moldings....
     

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  20. 54Rich

    54Rich Silver Level contributor

    Everyone I've seen with the side moldings, only has 1/2 rear wheel well moldings, these look like full. Bill, have you had any of the molding off? If so is it the welded buttons holding it on? My guess is that they were added, could be a dealer thing.

    Of course eveytime I think I know what I'm talking about, something comes along to prove me wrong:Dou:

    I do know that the supports that are holding the body up, scare the :af: right out of me.

    Rich
     

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