72 GSX Stage1 4 Speed

Discussion in 'Projects' started by Smartin, May 30, 2018.

  1. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    Up until now, I had never seen a 72 GSX in person...let alone a Stage1 4 speed. The goal is to get this car to the Chicago show in mid-November. MCACN is having a GSX showcase, and this will be the representative of the 72 model year.

    So, here we go! I have already removed all the trim and interior. Working on eradicating the mouse nests and turds that have collected in the various nooks and crannies....and the headliner. It was raining mouse poop when I pulled that thing down.

    Next order of business is a new set of quarters and outer wheelhouses. This car has at least 3 red paint jobs and 17 gallons of filler on it. Both quarters have been wrecked, rusted, and cobbled together. All of those awesome body lines are gone.
     

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  2. hwprouty

    hwprouty Gold Level Contributor

    Nice project!
    Following!
     
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  3. OHC JOE

    OHC JOE BUILDIN A 1970 GSX CLONE

    Wow awesome project
    Now the count down.
    Good luck have fun and be positive.
    Will be following this thread.
     
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  4. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    A legit 72 X stage 4 speed? Man that's one of just a few for sure, those stripes are too small btw ha
     
  5. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    I think that's a 1 0f 1
     
  6. 72STAGE1

    72STAGE1 Runnin' with the Devil

    I'm glad this car did not cross my path first, I would have spent $100k making it perfect for sure....I can't wait to see it done!
     
  7. Brad Conley

    Brad Conley Super Moderator Staff Member

    Actually, 1 of 2. Other one is MIA.
     
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  8. BYoung

    BYoung Stage me

    Wow! That’s a rare X! Looking forward to your progress.
     
  9. Doo Wop

    Doo Wop Where were you in '62?

    Is that car originally from Vancouver BC?
     
  10. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    1 of 2, to be exact.

    This was Bill Van Steen's car a while back and up until a few months ago, I thought it had vanished into obscurity .
     
  11. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Yup.
     
  12. Doo Wop

    Doo Wop Where were you in '62?

    Think the owner's first name in BC was Harmen (sp). I flew out to look at in the late 80's. Was not quite what I was looking for, pays to bring a magnet.
     
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  13. Mike Sobotka

    Mike Sobotka Founders Club Member

    Armin Lippman
     
  14. Doo Wop

    Doo Wop Where were you in '62?

    Thanks Mike, I was close but no cigar. :)
     
  15. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    What's this? A rust free rear window channel? Amen! It was completely full of sealer, though. I'm not even sure of how the trim was able to clip into the clips, it was so full. I guess it saved the channel, though.
     

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  16. TWO72"s

    TWO72"s Silver Level contributor

    Is it originally a Red car ? I remember seeing the 71 Red GSX at the Nationals and it was Beautiful
     
  17. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    It is a factory red car.
     
  18. TWO72"s

    TWO72"s Silver Level contributor

    Wow that is such an awesome find !!! Good luck with the restoration , look forward to seeing it someday !!!
     
  19. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    That was the old Dempsy (Sp?) car and originally a GSX 350. I think Larry Miller's widow, Karen, still owns it.

    The car Adam is doing was a 455 X from the factory. Both are great looking.
     
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  20. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    I spent a few hours surgically removing the majority of the left quarter panel this evening. I'm glad we decided to do the quarters. When I cut around the edge of the wheel lip, I just pulled on it and it came off in my hands. So the outer wheel house will need to be repaired. I bought new ones for both sides, but may just splice a new edge on from the new pieces. Tomorrow, I will finish removing the upper pieces around the trunk and rear window.

    The AMD quarters look really nice and have the correct body line at the wheel opening. They are definitely a thinner gauge than original, but I'm not complaining. At least we have them available.

    One of the photos shows a cross section of the lower quarter. The previous "body guy" just welded on new sheet metal over the old rusty stuff.

    I think this car will be a few pounds lighter once it's completed.
     

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