Found a 1969 GS400 body in pieces but no engine.

Discussion in 'Lost and Found' started by drbar, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. drbar

    drbar Member

    Hi I have not posted here too often. I was recently helping my wife deal with her grandfathers affairs and we were just opening his storage containers to see what to do with the items. One of the containers had a buick in pieces. I do have a 69 Skylark custom so I immediately figured out what it was. I checked the vin and found out that its actually a GS400 convertible. I don't see any other identifying tags on the car. Although I have not looked in all the boxes yet. Don't have the motor or title though. I would love to put this car on the road, especially if it's a stage 1 (highly unlikely but it helps to dream). Don't know if this is the proper place to post this thread also. So I apologize if it's not. Hence I need a date correct engine and help to see how I can register this car. Any info will be greatly appreciated.

    Also the vin on the car is 446679H156190. I am located in central California.
     
  2. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    Unless it matters to you, a date code matching engine is going to be a lot more trouble than it's worth to find. If it were mine I'd put a mild 455 in there with non-smog heads and intake, use a short shaft t400 and a '71 up 8.5 rear end. That said you need first to find out what California requires to register the car--paperwork proving it's yours, a state inspection of the body, VIN, and trim tags, and no telling what else. I would ask a knowledgeable person first before letting anyone from the state see it. Things like VIN tags that aren't attached can't be 'unseen', so be sure it's ready to be inspected before it is. Cross all the t's, dot the i's, and don't forget the lower case j's.
    Patrick
     
  3. drbar

    drbar Member


    Thanks for the response Patrick. The vin is actually on the car. I actually do have a 455 engine so thats good. Your correct, I have to carefully ask around about registering this car without actually asking a DMV person.
     
  4. Jerry Katzenmeyer

    Jerry Katzenmeyer New Member

    Did ever do anything with the basket case 1969 GS body. I have a 1969 GS400 stage 1 motor with dual snorkel air cleaner that I rebuilt but never did anything with it. Let me know if your interested. I am in Ohio so shipping could be an issue. The fellow that I bought a 1969 GS400 non stage was going to swap the engine but I wanted to keep the numbers correct.
     
  5. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    Jerry- PM'ed you- in line
     
  6. Mike Trom

    Mike Trom Nice Chevelle #*%!!

    Jerry, pmail me if George passes
     

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