The project.. 1966 Special

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by GranSportSedan, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. GranSportSedan

    GranSportSedan Puppet dictator, wife has all power

    So, I've been pretty anti social here the last few months and a bit bitter after the 66 GS fiasco along with the comments and less than flattering theories by some members about that whole situation. in fact I went so far as to dump all the Facebook Buick pages and Buick friends with the exception of a couple of guys who were more than just Buick friends. I had requested JW delete my member status here on the board and he recommended against that. If I had done that my seller feedback for the 66 GS would have went away as well. anyhow I decided I'm not going to let one asshole seller and a bunch of other uninformed guys drive me away from what I love.. it's not the first time I lost my ass in a car deal but it will surely be the last!! plus I believe in Karma. :)

    I had to decide if I wanted to repair the GS or find something else instead. I had a local friend who owns a body shop take a look at the GS to see what it would take to repair it. he called me down to the shop after a couple days and said I needed to see this. the entire floor pan of the car was paper thin. so not only would I need to repair or replace the rear clip I would have to do complete floor pans as well as trunk pan. apparently the front and rear window seals were completely gone and the car had been taking on water when it rained for years and years. this was the cause of all the interior pot metal pitting and the back seat frame rusting away from inside. at that point saving the GS was no longer an option.

    I found a 66 Special Deluxe in eastern Idaho and after some back and forth negotiations I bought it. the only less than desirable thing about the car in my view was the factory A/C but I have something in mind for that.

    I'm going to chronicle the project here and if ya like it great and if ya dont well that's life.

    so this is the car as I bought it. not much to look at right? it does have a very nice original interior and the body panels and trunk have zero rust.

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  2. GranSportSedan

    GranSportSedan Puppet dictator, wife has all power

    The bumper chrome front and rear was shot and had a very rough texture. The nose of the hood had obviously been hit at some point and a crappy repair job performed. Luckily I have a set of new rechromed bumpers I had ordered for the GS and a 4 door special hood from a parts car. both rear corners had been lightly bumped in the past and the owners grandson did a quick hammer and prime job thinking it would help the car sell faster.

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  3. BYoung

    BYoung Stage me

    Can’t wait to see what you do with it. I dig the red interior.
     
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  4. bignastyGS

    bignastyGS Maggot pilot

    I seen you dumped me on Facebook...I was crushed!!!
     
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  5. GranSportSedan

    GranSportSedan Puppet dictator, wife has all power

    Sorry Pat, I was absolutely disgusted with the whole situation. It wasn't anything personal trust me. I heard a lot of things that were being said about me in some of the Facebook Buick groups regarding this situation and I was just done dealing with it.
     
  6. Ryans-GSX

    Ryans-GSX Have fun, life is short.

    Looks like a great solid build
     
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  7. bignastyGS

    bignastyGS Maggot pilot

    I totally understand as I also lost a couple of "I thought they were friends" after speaking my opinion of that deal.. No big deal for me,,Glad to see ou stepping into it again..
     
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  8. GranSportSedan

    GranSportSedan Puppet dictator, wife has all power

    It's an exceptionally solid car that's a little rough around the edges. It's going to be a fun driver and not destined to be super fast or anything that Wows people performance-wise. I intend to paint it myself so that should be interesting.
     
  9. 64 skylark mike

    64 skylark mike Well-Known Member

    Looking forward to seeing the build thread! That's a sweet car!
    I've been enjoying your posts for as long as I can remember. Some earliest ones were the blue car parked by a wood fence, hows that for nostalgia lol!
    Curious about your plans for a/c. I guess I'm an oddball, but I would keep it.
    Anyway, glad to see you are into the car again!
     
  10. GranSportSedan

    GranSportSedan Puppet dictator, wife has all power

    Thanks Mike,
    That car was my base model 67 special and I sold it to somebody from New York who Just had to have it and I almost immediately regretted it and bought the second blue 67 special. Since my plan is to go with the dual quad 401 nailhead in this car, reusing the AC would require coming up with some brackets that are pretty tough to find. My current thought is to remove the evaporator completely so there's no AC lines sticking out and that will basically give me a normal heating system with the capability to have warm air coming out of the dash vents when I select that position on the heater control. It will clean up the engine compartment quite a bit but not as much as it would if it were a non AC car.
     
  11. 64 skylark mike

    64 skylark mike Well-Known Member

    Whatever you decide to do, it's going to be an awesome car! '66 cars are cool!
     
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  12. GranSportSedan

    GranSportSedan Puppet dictator, wife has all power

    After a decent hood and a set of Buick Rally wheels it looks so much better

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  13. Quick Buick

    Quick Buick Arlington Wa

    I Like looks like a great start.. I cant believe the interior. Well keep car..

    I like your other thread I say 401. Turn that in to G/Special 401
     
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  14. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    Looks like a great car, especially that interior! Glad you're "back in the saddle" again, you know I'll be following along :D..............car's already looking good. Amazing what a set of wheels will do!
     
  15. dl7265

    dl7265 No car then Mopar

    Did your insurance not take care of you after your wreck ?
    Good luck with the new project .
     
  16. B-rock

    B-rock Well-Known Member

    I'm on several of the Facebook Buick pages, and as with all other Facebook pages it seems things go the hell pretty easy on them. I cant see your pics for some reason? I have a 65 and am in Vancouver wa. Would like to see what your working with.
     
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  17. mrolds69

    mrolds69 "The Cure"

    I really like the red interior, too. Good luck with the new build.
     
  18. GranSportSedan

    GranSportSedan Puppet dictator, wife has all power

    They are links from Photobucket and I have a paid Photobucket account so you should be able to see them. This is a picture of when I first got it. FB_IMG_1546752486035.jpg
     
  19. Darron72Skylark

    Darron72Skylark Well-Known Member

    I see you are over in Salem, I'm just to the west on the coast, near Neskowin. It would be fun to start a Buick group here in Oregon/Washington.
    The new hood, wheels and tires are a pretty good upgrade!
     
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  20. Mart

    Mart '71 350 GS, almost stock

    Those wheels make the car. You also have full tinted glass which was optional back then I believe. Interior looks unmolested and well cared for. Factory A/C? How cool is that!:)
     
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