BBall Sam’s 71 GS recreation resto-mod

Discussion in 'Cars for sale' started by John Osborne, Mar 23, 2019.

  1. John Osborne

    John Osborne Well-Known Member

    This car started life as a 71 Skylark Custom. 350-4 , automatic transmission, P.S., P.B., tilt, AM/FM, rear speaker, bucket seats, console, gauges, clock, remote driver’s mirror, vinyl top, wide rocker mouldings, and wheel opening mouldings. All it needed was the box checked for the GS option! It was built at Fremont and has been in the southern Los Angeles area it’s whole life. And had not been wrecked. Sam purchased it from the original owner in 2005. He brought it to me in January 2006 without engine and transmission. I disassembled it to the empty body setting on the chassis. It was painted locally while I was recovering the seats and doing anything else that I could while the body was gone. When it returned, I replaced the upper and lower front control arm bushings, lower ball joints, drag link, and idler arm. Painted the front frame, firewall, and dash. I assembled the car, recovered the seats, installed new carpet, and had it ready for the 2006 GS Nationals. It was an iron headed engine when I first built the car. Later he decided to go quicker. The rear end was done in 2012 (as I remember). The heads, intake, and converter was in 2014.
    Engine-464 cid, JE pistons, Crower cam, TA roller chain, Edelbrock heads, Comp Cams 1.6 roller rockers, Edelbrock Performer intake
    Fuel-Qjet, Stage I pump, Mallory 140 electric pump, Holley regulator, K&N air cleaner, GS air cleaner
    Optima Yellow Top battery, Powermaster 9511 starter, Powermaster alternator
    Ignition-MSD distributor, MSD Digital 6 box, MSD coil, Taylor SpiroPro plug wires
    Exhaust-TA 2” coated headers, TA 3” exhaust w/stainless Summit mufflers
    Trans-California Performance Transmission (Art Carr) 200-4R, ATI converter (non-lockup), Setrab cooler
    Driveshaft-DynoTech 3.5” aluminum w/1350 joints, driveshaft loop
    Rear end-Drivetrain Specialists 12 bolt housing, TA girdle, Motive Gear Pro Street 4.11, Eaton clutch type posi, Moser 30 spline axles, Moser aluminum yoke
    Rear suspension-Moog springs, Air Lift air bags, Afco shocks, UMI adjustable upper arms, UMI lower arms
    Front suspension-Moog bushings, lower ball joints, drag link, idler arm, stock springs, 3 way adjust. shocks
    Brakes-Wilwood front disc, stainless brake hoses(frt and rear), rear aluminum drums, Biondo line lock
    Auto Meter playback tach, oil pressure gauge, and temperature gauge
    Weld Wheel 7” front w/BFG Radial TA 235/70R15, 8” rear w/275/60R15 for street use
    Weld Wheel 6” front w/Moroso front, 10” rear w/Hoosier 30”x9” drag radial slicks
    Custom wheel center caps with GS machined into the caps
    GSX reproduction steering wheel, new grille from Parts Place, new emblems from OPG,
    American Graffiti fiberglass firewall box replaces a.c. box (when car was built)
    The car is here in Kentucky.

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    Last edited: Jun 12, 2019
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  2. John Osborne

    John Osborne Well-Known Member

    More photos!

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  3. 1970 STAGE 1

    1970 STAGE 1 Well-Known Member

    Very nice, What has it run?
  4. John Osborne

    John Osborne Well-Known Member

    The best run is 11.37 at the 2015 GS Nationals. The et slips in the photo are from the 2018 Nat’s.
    The only differences between street driving the car and racing are using the open air cleaner, setting the trans cable to shift at a higher rpm (trans shifts on its own), and installing the racing wheels and tires!
    Thanks, John
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2019
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  5. 1970 STAGE 1

    1970 STAGE 1 Well-Known Member

    Thank you
  6. Houmark

    Houmark Well-Known Member

    Very nice car, at lot og time and money gone into that..
  7. Mike B in SC

    Mike B in SC Well-Known Member

    And it will yank the front tires!

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  8. John Osborne

    John Osborne Well-Known Member

    That is a fact! Much more than the asking price!!!
    Thanks, John
  9. John Osborne

    John Osborne Well-Known Member

    I have been asked about the number of miles this car has on it since it was built. I received the paperwork from Sam. I went through it this morning.
    I completed the car in May, 2006. The odometer reading was 18105.
    The engine update (which includes the Edelbrock heads) was completed in March, 2014. The odometer reading was 22563.
    The current odometer reading is 24680. The total is 6,575 miles.
    There are a great number of invoices and the original window sticker, warranty papers, and original sales receipts. All of this goes with the car.
    Thanks, John
    Last edited: May 3, 2019
  10. moleary

    moleary GOD Bless America

    Great ride there.
  11. OZGS455

    OZGS455 Oh what a wonderful day!

  12. John Osborne

    John Osborne Well-Known Member

    Sam has decided that he would like to go to The Buick Bash at Quaker City Dragway in June!
    I will bring his car (unless someone buys it first) for him. I will bring parts to sell and set up at the trailer.
    I will get a list together and start a thread on Parts for Sale!
    Thanks, John
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  13. 72STAGE1

    72STAGE1 Runnin' with the Devil

    I had the pleasure this past weekend of meeting John Osborne for the first time, because I bought Sams enclosed trailer and I must say I feel alittle guilty because it was very understated! I will have many years of happy trails with it I'm sure, and John was extremely helpful and accommodating, and I also got shown around and got to see his J. Deere tractors and his beautiful GSX race cars. WoW!

    I also got to see this Buick that he has up for sale for his friend Sam.

    I tried to talk him into leaving Sam's gorgeous Aqua Mist car in the trailer and throw it in on the deal because let me tell you it is absolutely beautiful!! Nothing was left needing attention on this car, its so nice and very correct, paint and body are straight and near flawless, its clean clean clean! If anybody is looking for a very fast super-nice Street/race car this should definitely be the first one to see and consider.
    A great deal from a great Guy can be had by someone on this Board and you cannot find anything near this quality I promise you.
  14. 1972 Stage 1

    1972 Stage 1 Well-Known Member

    John’s or Sam’s car, flip a coin and I’ll take the one you don’t want! Both cars are perfect examples of Fast With Class!
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  15. Bruce Hunter

    Bruce Hunter Well-Known Member

    Ditto to what James posted above!
  16. Marv Marksberry

    Marv Marksberry Well-Known Member

    This is an Awesome car. I also enjoy seeing Sam and his GS at the Nationals.
  17. John Osborne

    John Osborne Well-Known Member

    I have been loading my truck with swap meet stuff, today. I will be leaving on Thursday morning to go to Quaker City. I will be bringing Sam and his car. So, stop by and check out his car and purchase some parts!!!
    I will start a thread on Parts for Sale with a short list of what I am bringing.
    Thanks, John
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  18. John Osborne

    John Osborne Well-Known Member

    See you at Quaker City!!!
  19. John Osborne

    John Osborne Well-Known Member

    Sam brought the California Car Cover that he had made for this car. It has Very Few II on the front of it. It goes with the car!
    Thanks, John

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