Jim's story

Discussion in 'Who We Are' started by buicklawyer, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. buicklawyer

    buicklawyer Well-Known Member

    Jim awaiting the next edition. Sounds so much like me and my Dad building Hydromatic transmissions for Oldsmobiles in the 50's. My first Olds was a 1955 88 4 dr sedan. I had to wait until after I was married to get my first 442. Many Cutlass cars because the Insurance was cheaper. I had to many points at the DMV. My insurance payments was more than my car payments. :Brow:
     
  2. staged70

    staged70 RIP

    It sounds like lot of guys . I had to go with the cousin and the neighbor cause my dad only knew how to smash the right pedal down. He had MOPARS and loved that 440 engine for its "passing power".
    Also I am worried that JW has this much time on his hands. I guess everyone is slowing down
     
  3. Jim Weise

    Jim Weise 1000+HP

    Don't worry about me not being busy John..

    I had written those two out on my computer, from about 10pm till Midnight over the last few nights.. I just posted them yesterday after a final editing when I was taking a break from building a trans. Mike has been bugging me to get this new vendor thread for TSP filled up.

    I am busier than ever..

    JW
     
  4. staged70

    staged70 RIP

    Thats good to hear I was worried that you were just kicking around an empty shop with no Buick engines to build, no cars to paint, no paint markings to duplicate, no hinges to recoat, oh yeah Lots to do.
     
  5. ToddsGS

    ToddsGS Founders Club Member

    Jim,Your stories and fondness for Buicks sounds so familiar. Reading them brought back memories of my first couple Buicks and my attempts to make them faster with my best friend from high school. I'm 41 now so I believe we're about the same age and grew up in the same era. My best friend,* well he's still my best friend and is waiting patiently for me to get my latest GS project done so we can hit the Track together. He runs high 9's in a very street driven 1970 Chevelle.* We share many of the same "covered in Tranny fluid" storries as you have!Good reading!Thanks for bringing back those memories!!Todd
     
  6. odvdocom

    odvdocom New Member

    good

    good
     
  7. Junkman

    Junkman Well-Known Member

    Great stories/history! reminds me of me in the early '80's. My first car was a turquoise '66 Riviers GS at 15. Right after, it was a '69 Electra convertible at 18,'73 Riviera GS and then a '74 Riviera GS Stage1 Landau. Yup. I had the Buick bug early on. I couldn't get enough info on Buicks back then. Keep em coming.
     
  8. bladerunner

    bladerunner Well-Known Member

    Jim,

    I love the pictures and the comments about getting the car ready for a Central Ave cruise, brought memories flooding back. Spent many nights on the Sun Drive in scene in NE Minneapolis, lot's of very crazy stuff (lot's of strip cars full out racing all out on central or 88) but so much fun. I attached the only remaing picture of my early 80's, late 70's Central Ave car. Not as hot but it was a Buick. Picture was taken on Madeline Island in WI, one of our college road trip when I attended UMD. I also had a pretty mean 66 SS 396, but I always preferred a rag top for thise nights on Central.

    When I got back in Buicks and found out you guys were in the neighborhood I really considered how lucky I was to be less than 5 miles from arguably the best Buick shop in the country.

    Great Story, and I love the GS convert (I would have killed for that back then).

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  9. 71Stage2

    71Stage2 71stage2

    Hey John: I met my wife at the Sun Drive in in 1971. Used to hang out there
    too especially on weekends etc. I had and still have my Black 71' Stage 1 car.
    Ever see it there ? I think I might have talked to you before. Small world, I live in ham lake, Mn. Ever go to Anoka or N. St. Paul. I also have a 72'
    Red Skylark convert that I drive to the cruses. Ken
     
  10. breakinbuick11

    breakinbuick11 Platinum Level Contributor

    jim, my start on buicks (still going) is basically the same. my dads a buick guy. the first car we restored was a 71 electra 2 dr in 2004. I was 10, even with single exhaust the 455 sounded great.

    in sept of 07 i fell in love with the 70-72 GS. Im still looking for one but will never forget the 71.

    first car i drove at 12 in a parking lot was my dads 73 riv after we got it running.

    so sort of similar stories?

    i work at his buisness garages doing some odd jobs and easy repairs oil changes, brakes, inspections, tune ups, tire changes and balancing, filling the old ladies tires waiting for me to screw up, being picked on because im the new kid.......but i love every minute of it.

    thanks for providing the site. honestly your stories are very inspiring and when i get the money im gonna buy my dad his dream car. a 73 stage 1 riv.


    thanks again
    Louie
     
  11. bladerunner

    bladerunner Well-Known Member

    Ken,

    I am in Anoka at least 3-4 times a summer with my 74, and I also had a hertiage green & flame orange GS converts you may have ran into there also.

    I have not noticed a black stage car, must have been one of the weekends I was at the lake because I never miss a Buick (usually there are not too many). I occasionally see other board memebers there too. The Anoka shows is the best around, and once again it is 3 miles from my house.

    I will look for the car.

    Lucky again,

    John
     
  12. bladerunner

    bladerunner Well-Known Member

    Ken,

    I am in Anoka at least 3-4 times a summer with my 74, and I also had a hertiage green & flame orange GS converts you may have ran into there also.

    I have not noticed a black stage car, must have been one of the weekends I was at the lake because I never miss a Buick (usually there are not too many). I occasionally see other board memebers there too. The Anoka shows is the best around, and once again it is 3 miles from my house.

    I will look for the car.

    Lucky again,

    John
     

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