72 Skylark Custom Conv 4 speed done (for now)

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  1. tubecatgs

    tubecatgs Finally a 4 speed......

    Well, what started out as just fixing a rear end leak end of winter turned into a 10 month amateur partial frame on rattle can restoration...... Can't believe I did most of this myself....Well if it wasn't for the folks in this forum who took the time to help such as SeanBuick, Alec296, BrianTruick, CarHex, Larry the Wizard, Jason Cook and so many others it wouldn't be near as nice. Please remember its a daily driver and although tried to keep mostly original, I know it's not all correct. I like the GS hood look but will always keep the Skylark Custom badging :).

    Originally a North Carolina car, 3 on the tree 350-2 barrel brought up to Buffalo NY area January 2014. Mileage at time of this 95,780.

    In 2014 added TA Stage 1 intake, Holley 650, bucket seats, floor hump/Muncie M20, Rally gauges and tachometer, sport mirrors (need corrects gaskets still), GS air cleaner, Fiberglass GS hood... drove it for 4 years like this...

    Here's what I have done since Spring...

    Reared rebuilt to 3.42 gears posi (Thanks BrianTrick)
    Replaced 3 on the tree Steering Column with rebuilt floor shift column (again, thanks BrianTrick)
    Muncie M20 rebuilt (An Anonymous associate of BrianTrick :))
    Blasted and painted control arms
    Boxed in rear lower control arms
    All new rear control arm bushings
    Rear Control arm frame braces (I think designed for 4 speed cars) (Thanks ToddGS for the correct longer bolts)
    New gas tank, sending unit and straps
    New rubber and steel lines off tank to thing under the seat
    BMR rear springs
    KYB rear Shocks
    New emergency brake cables and brake hardware
    About 25 hours under the car, sanding, priming and painting the underbody and frame
    All new stainless brake lines
    Front control arms blasted and painted
    New front control arm bushings
    KYB front shocks
    Front BMR 1 inch lowering springs
    New tie rods, ball joints, idler arm and center link
    New rubber splash guards
    New/rebuilt complete quick ratio power steering set up with pump and brackets (Thanks Hector!)
    New Right stuff front disc brake conversion kit, which included brake booster, master cylinder, rotors, calipers and rubber brake lines etc.
    Cleaned (even used dishwasher..shhhh don't tell my wife) coolant tank/washer tank
    Mostly all new rubber hoses/lines under the hood.
    Sanded/painted entire engine compartment, firewall, inner fenders, most of the rad support.
    Engine rebuilt -
    Crower level 3 cam/springs/lifters
    TA cam bearings, main bearings, headers, 5/8 oil pickup, Hi Performance timing cover/oil pump with booster plate and adjustable spring regulator
    Heads done, new valves, guides, seals etc. no porting (I wish)
    Buick V6 flat top pistons .030 over (TA had the forged pistons backordered when I wanted them)
    New Zoom Clutch, pressure plate
    New Throw-out bearing from Falcon
    New water pump
    Autometer mechanical oil and water gauges
    New Z bar hardware
    New clutch rod boot and bushings

    Update: March 2018 new wiper motor
    Hurst Competition Plus completely rebuilt (Thanks Jason)
    New 5335 Shifter handle

    Update: Winter/Spring 2020
    Changed front end to 1970 GS front Grille, Bumper and Headlight Bezels. Not committing to a GS clone as of yet so found a 70's era Grille Emblem to cover the GS emblem holes in the grille.
    Also swapped 72 air cleaner to 1970 style.

    Maybe next year, tidy up interior and maybe panel alignment and paint. I'm sure I'm forgetting stuff.
    Oh and if you see anything I forgot to do or tighten let me know haha.

    A few before pics and some after.

    Thanks again all!

    View attachment 370851

    Last edited: Apr 6, 2020
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  2. DBS

    DBS Well-Known Member

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  3. taf44667

    taf44667 69 Vert 4-Speed

    Nice - Car looks great, really like that red with black top
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  4. angelorayhurst

    angelorayhurst Well-Known Member

    Looks very nice
  5. tubecatgs

    tubecatgs Finally a 4 speed......

    Thanks guys. As you know never completely done. Just had the shifter rebuilt by Jason Cook, ordered new shifter handle and new wiper motor thanks to the Ebay coupons yesterday.
  6. Dwayne B

    Dwayne B Well-Known Member

    Your car looks very good, you done A nice job on it.I know what you mean about getting help on here, A great group of guys ,and very knowledgeable.
    I think it is cool,your running A 4 speed ,I would like to put one in my car ,maybe one day.
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  7. Taulbee2277

    Taulbee2277 Silver Level contributor

    Rear end leak to mini frame off.. darn that rabbit hole! Car looks fantastic and is a testimony to your efforts.
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  8. jim

    jim Well-Known Member

    Great Job on
    your Car
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  9. BaCo

    BaCo member

    Wow, great job you have done on your cool car.
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  10. 72STAGE1

    72STAGE1 Runnin' with the Devil

    Looks good enough to drive the hell out of it....I dig it!
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  11. tubecatgs

    tubecatgs Finally a 4 speed......

    Update - Winter/Spring 2020
    Changed front end to 1970 GS front Grille, Bumper and Headlight Bezels. Not committing to a GS clone as of yet so found a 70's era Grille Emblem to cover the GS emblem holes in the grille.
    Also swapped 72 air cleaner to 1970 style.

    Attached Files:

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  12. thebuick

    thebuick Well-Known Member

    awesome job, that Motivates us :]
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  13. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    Very cool!
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  14. no1oldsfan

    no1oldsfan Well-Known Member

    Make it yours. I love that attitude.
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  15. 70skylark350

    70skylark350 Well-Known Member

    looks great. where did you get the fuel tank? any complaints with it? I need to replace mine......
  16. tubecatgs

    tubecatgs Finally a 4 speed......

    Thanks... I don't recall where I got the tank....sorry. I know some folks said they got a deal on a good fit tank from Rock Auto...

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