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    details... 4 or 5 different kinds of plating/coating in this picture
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    The original Muncie 4 speed,as installed
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    Learned something new/interesting....according to JW's pics and I just checked the 70 Buick shop manual....shows the bolts for the steering arms going to the outside (bolt head closest to the spring)

    Of all the A-body cars I have removed the disc brake set-up......must be at least 20-30...not one had the bolts going that way. All of them had the bolt heads on the rotor side with the nuts on the spring side. Must have been a plant variation???
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    JW,

    Thought the 4spd cars use the TH350 crossmembers......? Looks like you have a TH400 crossmember.
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    And now an overview of the entire underside.

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    A couple disclaimers here..

    Front spoiler baffle in place, spoiler has been test fit, but is in the trunk for shipment to prevent damage.

    Final toe setting not established as of yet, so tie rod sleeve clamps are not properly orientated or tightened.
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    Jim and Jim,

    Beautiful job and congratulations! Please keep the pics coming.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by GStage1
    JW,

    Thought the 4spd cars use the TH350 crossmembers......? Looks like you have a TH400 crossmember.
    No, that is the original crossmember George, checked out correctly, right down to the two letter code (don't recall that code offhand..and the books are at the shop.) We beleive this to be the original crossmember that it left Flint with, as both the assembly line code, and PN match the books.

    Considerable attention was paid to correct PN's on this car by both the guys and I, and Jim. Specifically on this part, attention was paid to the slot for the Parking brake cable. As you know, TH350 crossmembers don't have the slot, but we contend that a true 4 speed BB crossmember does, just like the 400.

    I have another original 70 STG 1 4 speed car that we just dissasembled the other day for resto, and it has the slot in the crossmember, and is the same code and PN as this one.

    I have never seen the steering arm bolts in any other orientation.
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    Its too bad you had to cover up that beautiful frame with a body! JW and Jim Lore have raised the bar for GS/GSX restorations. Well done gentlemen

    FYI-My 70 4 speed car has the slotted big block crossmember. I believe it to be original to the car.

    One observation- The speedo reducer is a right angle style. And I see you only used one of the little cable hooks (for lack of a better name) to attach it to the transmission. My 4 speed car (also a non A/C 3.64 rear car) has a two piece speedo cable- no hooks. The reducer is a straight thru style and its mounted directly underneath the bellhousing. The bottom center bolt of the inspection cover holds it in place. I wonder why they did it differently. You would think they would all be the same. Both are Flint cars with G-60s


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    Quote Originally Posted by buick64203
    Its too bad you had to cover up that beautiful frame with a body! JW and Jim Lore have raised the bar for GS/GSX restorations. Well done gentlemen

    FYI-My 70 4 speed car has the slotted big block crossmember. I believe it to be original to the car.

    One observation- The speedo reducer is a right angle style. And I see you only used one of the little cable hooks (for lack of a better name) to attach it to the transmission. My 4 speed car (also a non A/C 3.64 rear car) has a two piece speedo cable- no hooks. The reducer is a straight thru style and its mounted directly underneath the bellhousing. The bottom center bolt of the inspection cover holds it in place. I wonder why they did it differently. You would think they would all be the same. Both are Flint cars with G-60s


    BTW....those little metal hooks are made of unobtainium!

    I wouild have to go back and look at the assembly manual, but I recall questioning this very point during assembly.. I do believe that there may be a date code revision on the cable..

    We did have two clips that we could have used, but we relied on the speedo cable in this instance, it was one piece, and not long enough to use both clips.

    It was the original, as verified by the assembly code, still visible in ink on the cable casing, and the code matched the assembly manual callout.

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    i never understood until now how people can look at a painting for hours.

    Just comparing notes as I pour over these pictures- The adjuster block on the lower equalizer rod is mounted on the outside of the Z bar. According to the assembly manual, it should be on the inside. I think by having it on the outside , it puts an odd angle on the rod. Also, where did you attach the clutch return spring on the fork? The assembly manual shows a welded extension for the spring, but my fork doesnt have it. I use the hole in the bottom of the clevis pin.
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    I would rather look at that then the Mona Lisa. Now I am inspired.
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    Perfectly wonderful beautiful job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buick64203
    Its too bad you had to cover up that beautiful frame with a body! JW and Jim Lore have raised the bar for GS/GSX restorations. Well done gentlemen

    FYI-My 70 4 speed car has the slotted big block crossmember. I believe it to be original to the car.

    One observation- The speedo reducer is a right angle style. And I see you only used one of the little cable hooks (for lack of a better name) to attach it to the transmission. My 4 speed car (also a non A/C 3.64 rear car) has a two piece speedo cable- no hooks. The reducer is a straight thru style and its mounted directly underneath the bellhousing. The bottom center bolt of the inspection cover holds it in place. I wonder why they did it differently. You would think they would all be the same. Both are Flint cars with G-60s


    BTW....those little metal hooks are made of unobtainium!
    Jason, my assembly manual shows one clip with the right angle adapter and 2 clips without it.
    But, as we all know things did deviate once in a while.

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    Jim & Jim,
    I must tell you that this car looks fantastic. The hard work is evident and you both should be very proud. That is certainly one of the finest restored examples of a Buick muscle car around. I look forward to seeing it in person as I know the picture could not do the car justice. Great Job!
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    Very nice job and the car looks great,Jim!
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    Congrats, to Jim and Jim! Job well done. As others have said, she is truly a work of art. Enjoy the fruits of your efforts, best of luck with her Jim L.

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    Thanks for posting the pics it will give me a benchmark to work to on my 70 GS 455 4spd.
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    awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Weise
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    Ooh! Ooh! I see a problem! I've never seen a '70 GSX, QQ, 4spd car with a hairy lump under the passenger side front suspension!

    Great car! These pics alone are worth studying. The actual car is a museum piece! I look forward to seeing it in person one day. Congrats to all involved!

    Have fun.
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    Talking Most Awesome!

    Nice work JW and crew!
    Congratulations Jim.
    It boggles the mind to try and comprehend the amount of time(not to mention the money), spent doing all the research, gathering parts/supplies and doing the actual labor to complete this project.


    I am really enjoying the pictures, keep em coming when time permits.

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