1970 GS455 Stage 1 "Bimbo"

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by JesiM, May 16, 2018.

  1. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    There are remnants of the yellow markings on mine as well.

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  2. STAGE III

    STAGE III Lost Experimental Block

    My bad the "ON" code is stamped on the drivers side.
    My mess sits outside so I retraced the painted code (yeh! I ain't no artist but u git the idea)
    *The rear-end is upside down in pic so yes,drivers side
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  3. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    I believe only for '68-69 and if any '70's got a 12 bolt (we've learned to never say never), I believe it would've only been done @ a GMAD plant where those rears would've been on hand. Jessi's car being Flint built, 99.99% it would've had an 8.2 10 bolt originally. Given the cars history of being raced, I won't at all be surprised if any of the drivetrain isn't original.

    If that turns out to be the case, don't let that discourage you Jessi. It's actually liberating to an extent. The most fun GS I ever owned looked stock from the outside/interior, but the parts/assemblies that were original to the car could've been counted on 2 hands with a couple fingers to spare.
     
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  4. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    I recognize that pic.:)
     
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  5. 70skylark350

    70skylark350 Well-Known Member

    looks great as is yes. I hope you refurbish and keep those awesome old school aluminum slot mags........
     
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  6. ToddsGS

    ToddsGS Founders Club Member

    Very cool project! Let me know if I can help in any way. It's great to hear your story. That's a big project! Love your enthusiasm.
     
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  7. JesiM

    JesiM Well-Known Member

    Dad had 15s on it, I was thinking about going back to the buick 14s. I have a friend here that has original buick wheels from his car that he put away in boxes years ago and are pristine. Not sure what I want to do with that yet
     
  8. rkammer

    rkammer '71 GS455 Arctic White

    There were actually several size tires one could have with their 1970 GS.
    G78 x 14 (standard)
    H78 x 14
    G70 x 14 (red line or white lettered)
    G60 x 15 (on either chrome or super sport wheels)

    Most performance minded buyers went for the G60 x 15s but lots of Stage 1s with the G70 x 14s. The G 78 or H78 tires will spin all over the road with any kind of throttle at all. :)
     
  9. DBS

    DBS Well-Known Member

    You have time to decide on that one & also to see the report as to what it originally came with if that matters to you. IMHO (not that you asked), that color would look great with the 15" trim ring/dog dish caps (known in '70 as Super Sport wheels -See Rich John's Avitar) which would've had body color wheels (you don't see a lot of the wheel). Just don't buy the tires until you're ready. The clock starts ticking on the date code and many have bought tires with the anticipation of getting the car on the road and by the time they do, the tires have already aged to the point that they almost need replacing.
     
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  10. JesiM

    JesiM Well-Known Member

    Hey guys!! Just wanted to give everyone an update :)

    Unfortunately I haven't had a lot of time to spend with my girl here. I've had to focus more on planning and finalizing details for dads Celebration of Life, along with icky family drama :(

    But being as its Fathers day today, I'm gonna go and do some work to the old gal.

    And I just wanted to extend an extra thank you to all of you for helping support me in the project.

    I hope you all have an excellent Fathers Day and cherish the time with your kids.
     
  11. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    Good to hear from you Jesi!
     
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  12. Mike Sobotka

    Mike Sobotka Founders Club Member

    Yes it is. You should be getting an Envelope this week. Let me know when you get it, if you would please!
     
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  13. JesiM

    JesiM Well-Known Member

    Absolutely will!!!

    Thank you so much!
     
  14. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    Hopefully you'll post the report - Would love to see it!
     
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  15. JesiM

    JesiM Well-Known Member

    So, this weekend was the annual Hot August Nights car show for Lewistin, ID. I had the great opportunity to meet one of the fellow members in person (so happy to meet you Mike S.) And got to spend some more time with the car. I have pics of the reports that Mike sent me and he was also able to help us find the code on the back of the block. I'll post photos of that as well. 20180825_170955.jpg 20180825_184025.jpg
     

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  16. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    I was just thinking about this project the other day! Haha

    Wayne's docs are great. I have them for mine as well, thanks to @Dano.

    You have quite the aggressive project ahead but you're definitely in the right place.

    And, man - this thing was optioned to get up and go!
     
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  17. JesiM

    JesiM Well-Known Member

    Hey Brett - awhile back on the original thread, you had posted this:

    333 GS 455 hardtops produced in that color at the Flint plant in 1970. There's no breakdown for Stage 1 or Stage 1 4-speed cars but it's most likely a very low number.

    Where is this information? I cant seem to find those numbers!
     
  18. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    That's my kind of options, or lack thereof. It does amaze me how many of the low option cars still were ordered with a vinyl top and remote mirror. In this case, unusual to see a Rallye Steering Wheel with that interior. Good to see you post!
     
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  19. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Contact Mike Trom here on the board. He has the Daily Car Reports from Buick. :D
     
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  20. chiefsb30

    chiefsb30 Well-Known Member

    Awesome to hear from you on this one! I too was just looking at this thread fairly recently. Hope its moving along.
     
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