70 Skylark 455 Driver

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  1. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    So apparently, I'm an A body guy now. I bought the car in this thread:


    Last night, Sean Ryder delivered the car to us. If anyone needs a car transported, please make him your first call. I was lucky enough to be able to sneak into his schedule within a couple days of booking him, due to a route that was beneficial to him. Very reasonable and great communication!!

    Anyway, we have decided to make the car a nice driver. The tear down has started, and I have already ordered the Titian Red paint. It will retain a black vinyl top.

    Current specs on the car are:

    72 Riv 455, never cracked open except to replace timing chain and clean out oil pan
    Disc brake conversion with slotted rotors
    Interior was dyed black, but needs a headliner and a radio. Front seats are from a late model Hyundai.
    Rust free body!!
    90% of the stainless trim came with the car, and I am sourcing the rest.
    2" drop springs all the way around with boxed control arms and poly bushings in front. Big sway bars front and back.

    Plans -

    Strip and paint
    Delete protective side moldings
    Reinstall all other trim and black vinyl top
    Possibly change to GS hood
    New headliner and radio
    TA 212 cam
    GS grille would be nice, but I'm not holding my breath (same with the hood)
    3.xx posi

    This thing already hauls ass for a stock big block in a light car. Why did I never do this before?

    The tear down has begun!

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  2. ajesh35

    ajesh35 Well-Known Member

    I only see one person doing all the work:)
    Good luck on this project
  3. 70staged

    70staged Well-Known Member

    Good luck and have fun with it.
  4. sriley531

    sriley531 Buckle up, this could get rough....

    Awesome Adam! I know the level of work you do, I'm sure it's gonna be a very nice car when it's done, look forward to following along on the progress.

    And tell Atena that she needs to help a guy out and whisper in Heathers ear what fun working on them is! Its really cool she's jumping right in.
  5. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    All leftover trim is off, and the drivers fender is off. I cut the spot welds out of the front attaching bracket so I could knock out the dent. The left quarter panel took a minor hit at some point, and it looks like I will have to strip all of the filler out of it to see what is really there.

    So, the car has poor brakes. It has been converted to front disc. In the photo, you can see the MC/booster setup. Am I missing the proportioning valve that I see on all the other 70 cars?

    While I worked on customers' stainless trim, Atena started wrenching on the remainder of the trim and the drivers fender. She is really getting a kick out of turning the wrench! We set a goal to have this painted and put back together by the wedding in September. That is a major challenge, but I think it can be done.

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  6. staged70

    staged70 RIP

    Adam theres a grille that is sititng next to the hood:)
  7. MGCslugger33

    MGCslugger33 Back in Buick

    I look forward to seeing the progress on this one... Looks like you got a good one!
  8. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    It has an inline prop valve under driver floor pan there on the middle body bolt, front springs are actually 454 chevelle springs with maybe a coil cut, the drop spindles provide the drop, and yea that small booster is a contributing factor on the brakes and if I remember rite it never bled to my liking on the rear
  9. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    I didn't do the brake install BTW ha that was compliments of the prior owner to me. Glad to see it getting attention will be following
  10. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Thanks for the info, Ethan. Some good insight there.

    John, I will consider the grille as well as the hood. When do you have time on the weekends for me to make the drive out there?
  11. staged70

    staged70 RIP

    I am out there this weekend
  12. Willby70

    Willby70 Well-Known Member

    Wow!! My old car.
  13. Willby70

    Willby70 Well-Known Member

    Car is from oklahoma. Got it from my brother about 1999-2000. He said it was an old school teachers car, that she brought new. Her nephew ended up with the car, who also had a gs. Said he keep the car for parts. Anyway my brother talked him out of that car. He drove for about a year, needed some money and asked if I wanted it. I stored the car till about 2013 when I decided to start working on it. Met ethan online about some parts. I was about to move, he asked if I wanted to sell, so I let it go. Glad it's placed in good hands. Hope you enjoy the car and the build.
  14. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Awesome! Thanks for the history.
  15. tufbuick

    tufbuick RIP

    Saw it at the Turbo Nationals in NC. Cars got good bones. I'm sure you and your lady will make it into a nice cruiser.Have fun !!!
  16. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    What day works best for you to unload some parts into my Tahoe? :) I am booked Saturday, but either Sun or Mon works anytime.
  17. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Thanks, Moon!
  18. moleary

    moleary GOD Bless America

    Great project and love the goal date set Adam!

    Post your progress often please!
  19. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    The right side of the car is nearly stripped of paint. I will be pulling the pass side fender as soon as I finish stripping it. There is a very small spot of rust in the dog leg, too. The only good way to get to the door and fender jambs reasonably well is to pull the fenders. I'll jamb them out, then reinstall before painting the rest of the car. I will probably do the same with the trunk lid.

    I really want to see if I can have this in primer by the end of this holiday weekend.

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  20. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    Wonder who used the deck lid as a workbench when painting some sail panel boards ha, the wife raised hell when I come home with that on the trunk lid

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