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    Post Greetings from Germany

    Hi guys,

    I'm new to the board, new to buicks and even new to classic american v8 muscle cars.
    But!! ... this will change soon, hopefully. I bought my self a 72 Skylark with a 455 somewhere in California (via a local classic car import company) which is currently in a container on a ship somewhere in the atlantic.

    got a ton of pictures, but need to wait about 6 more weeks until its in the garage of my local mechanic. I'm so excited.

    21421_0000 (4).jpg21421_0000 (3).jpg21421_0005.jpg

    can somebody tell me what I'm looking at in this picture? Is this the flywheel? and should this be open like that?
    21421_0097.jpg


    until then im looking for interesting stuff in this forum i guess ;)

    regards
    Christian

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    Welcome Christian!

    I like the halo top on your car!

    Good Luck with your purchase.
    David H

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    Quote Originally Posted by durane View Post
    can somebody tell me what I'm looking at in this picture? Is this the flywheel? and should this be open like that?
    21421_0097.jpg
    That is the flexplate. The cover is missing.
    Jim Lore
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    Default Re: Greatings from Germany

    In some applications people leave them off to better release heat
    Last edited by Stagedcoach71; 10-15-2016 at 04:51 PM.
    David H

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    Quote Originally Posted by durane View Post
    Hi guys,

    I'm new to the board, new to buicks and even new to classic american v8 muscle cars.
    But!! ... this will change soon, hopefully. I bought my self a 72 Skylark with a 455 somewhere in California (via a local classic car import company) which is currently in a container on a ship somewhere in the atlantic.

    got a ton of pictures, but need to wait about 6 more weeks until its in the garage of my local mechanic. I'm so excited.

    21421_0000 (4).jpg21421_0000 (3).jpg21421_0005.jpg

    can somebody tell me what I'm looking at in this picture? Is this the flywheel? and should this be open like that?
    21421_0097.jpg


    until then im looking for interesting stuff in this forum i guess ;)

    regards
    Christian
    Tooling around Germany in a 455 Skylark, you gotta be stoked!
    Roller cam vid....
    https://youtu.be/XOOTINTA1DA
    Another vid, this May.....
    https://youtu.be/0v0TgH4cTPc


    71 GS 350, 2004r, JW 3,200 stall, TRW Forged .030, Ported T/A intake, 830HP Holley , Hooker supers, 2-1/2" Amer.Thunder thru N25's, 410 posi, F41, Full MSD ign. T/A Roller Cam,1.6 roller rockers, big valves, bronze guides,& fully ported heads. Fun street car. Platnum mist with blk. top and interior. Owned it since '76.

    Marty.

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    Welcome to v8buick and the world of Buicks from Canada's Capita City - enjoy that car !!
    Randy Hunter / ROA Charter Member #155 - '68 Buick Riviera GS (clone) '"The JEWAL"
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    Check out the ROA here: www.rivowners.org ,and my '68 Riviera here: http://www.v8buick.com/garage_vehicl...w_vehicle&id=1

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    Welcome aboard from NY.
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    Welcome from Germany

    nice car
    Markus
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    I'm from Germany, my english is not the best, sorry for all the mistakes

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    thanks everyone for the warm welcome

    looks like I'll add a flexplate cover to my shopping list ... I'm quick curious what else there is that needs to be changed. To get it registered as an oldtimerover here it needs to be contemporary. Otherwise they'll charge ridiculous amounts of tax due to the huge engine size ... but then again, where is the fun driving a muscle car

    must have was a huge engine, bench seat in the front as well as an automatic transmission with stick on the steering column

    one of the challenges will most likely be the rims which are currently mounted. But the original ones are too slim for my taste ... well, we'll see


    thanks for the link to the german ami forum. I'll definitely have a look
    Christian, '72 Skylark Custom 455

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Boattail View Post
    Changes are big that you have to change the US low beam (outer) headlights for non-sealed units.
    These are not allowed in the EU.
    Why is that? I always thought there is just stuff like hazard lights and stuff to change.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Boattail View Post
    If you want I can give you the part number for the Hella replacement headlights, you can order those at your local auto parts store.
    The high beam sealed beam headlights are allowed.
    Sure, thanks.
    Although all this will be done by my local mechanic, I'm not sure if he already knows what to order.
    Christian, '72 Skylark Custom 455

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    You probably should have a 2.73 or 2.56 ratio in the rear axle for the autobahns. The cars in Germany have wide ratio transmissions and long legged gear ratios. Where in Germany are you?

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    @Bad Boattail

    thanks for the article. Very interesting. Didn't know that.
    Can you send me the order number from such a conversion kit. I'm very curious what it consists of or if it is sufficient once other bulbs can be mounted.

    And your hint on using a relay sounds also reasonable. Since this should only cost a couple of extra.


    @philbquick
    I'm live around Munich.

    Those gear ratios are like total miracles to me

    I'll be happy if the car is driving at all since what I already know is that it was a car with a 350 engine originally, and most like they only swapped the engine, but did nothing to make sure the rest is holding up.
    Christian, '72 Skylark Custom 455

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    done that!

    That's right. Ebersberg, just around the corner.
    Christian, '72 Skylark Custom 455

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    Hi and welcome from Denmark..

    455" in a 350" car .. If we make changes to our cars in Denmark, it's not vintage anymore so you gotta pay higher tax, and of you are involved in a crash, the insurance company can deny you any money because of illegal changes..
    Sren Houmark
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    Willkommen und viel Spass mit dem neuen Cruiser (and much fun with your new cruiser)!!!
    Klaus
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    Quote Originally Posted by Houmark View Post
    455" in a 350" car .. If we make changes to our cars in Denmark, it's not vintage anymore so you gotta pay higher tax, and of you are involved in a crash, the insurance company can deny you any money because of illegal changes..

    we are allowed to put everything in/on what was available back then +10 years beginning from the production date of the car.
    So I'm looking forward to disc brakes and stuff as well, although my budget will not have enough room for that now


    Danke @rrbnut
    Christian, '72 Skylark Custom 455

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    Quote Originally Posted by durane View Post
    we are allowed to put everything in/on what was available back then +10 years beginning from the production date of the car.
    So I'm looking forward to disc brakes and stuff as well, although my budget will not have enough room for that now


    Danke @rrbnut
    .... oh oh I'd be careful. I don't want to fustrate you but you have to obey quite a lot of regulations to register a fully street-legal classic car.
    A first set of regulations are applicable if you go from the red (07) plate to a regular license plate.
    And many, many more restrictions apply if you intend to have a "H-Kennzeichen".

    - as for the low beams. Yes, absolutely required. You can get them anywhere (standard size for decades). Together with the relay solution that is a good thing.

    - Not sure how fast you want to go. If you really intend to go up to 200km/h then the rear gear ratio becomes important to you.

    And before If forget .... welcome to the Buick world and V8Buick

    Gre aus Mnchen-Pasing

    Patrick
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    Welcome from Long Island,NY.By the way the outer headlights will have a low beam and high beam.Bruno.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatricksBuick View Post
    .... oh oh I'd be careful. I don't want to fustrate you but you have to obey quite a lot of regulations to register a fully street-legal classic car.
    A first set of regulations are applicable if you go from the red (07) plate to a regular license plate.
    And many, many more restrictions apply if you intend to have a "H-Kennzeichen".


    - as for the low beams. Yes, absolutely required. You can get them anywhere (standard size for decades). Together with the relay solution that is a good thing.

    - Not sure how fast you want to go. If you really intend to go up to 200km/h then the rear gear ratio becomes important to you.

    And before If forget .... welcome to the Buick world and V8Buick

    Gre aus Mnchen-Pasing

    Patrick
    wow, another one just a couple minutes away.

    A history plate is what i want to maintain even after some minor changes. Otherwise our tax system is killing me.
    It's funny. Depending on who you talk to you have a range from 'factory stock' to 'what ever they did back than'.

    and in terms of top speed I'm not that worried. At the end I'm more look for the pure v8 sound and some squeaking tiers


    Thanks @BrunoD
    Christian, '72 Skylark Custom 455

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    Hello from Switzerland as well!

    Advice: Find someone to register your car or you get into real trouble once they find out and don't like that there is a wrong engine in the car.
    All the US Car specialists know their ways to get the TV!

    If you do not find a cover I may have a spare one...but shipping from switzerland to europe (EU) is almost as expensive as from the US
    1971 GS 455 Bittersweet Mist => work in progress

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    Maybe a bit late but welcome aboard Christian!

    Nice skylark you got there! Maybe we meet each other at a car show around munich someday!

    Greetings from Altoetting
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    Joe

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    Hi Erik,
    yeah, i still have the car, but i sold the Engine, because i got a very very good price for it. So it's sitting around without an engine and i am trying to get a good 430 or 455 right now, but they are hard to come by. Have even thought of going with a Caddi 472 or 500.
    `67 GS400 4spd - to be restored
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    well ... the car is sooo close, but i still can't have a look at it.
    It will arrive on Saturday, but unfortunately I'll help a friend move, so I can't let him down. But my dealer won't be all day in the garage and it takes to long to get over there once we are done moving his stuff. On Sunday nobody is in the shop, the whole next week I need to travel to Belgium, the next weekend I'll be in Vienna / Austria ... so my next chance is about 1 1/2 weeks away

    Sometimes Murphy is a b****

    anyway, all my ordered parts already arrived from the US. Ordered in total about 4 boxes from opgi ... can't wait to get my hands on the car, also I won't be able to drive it since the weather is getting worse by the day...


    next steps will be getting it through inspection, a historic plate and insurance.

    and then there is still the question which wheels to buy, since this is quiet difficult if I don't want to risk my historic plate and not spending 2 or 3k in wheels. I got the original ones, but they are so slim...
    Christian, '72 Skylark Custom 455

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    Quote Originally Posted by durane View Post
    well ... the car is sooo close, but i still can't have a look at it.
    It will arrive on Saturday, but unfortunately I'll help a friend move, so I can't let him down. But my dealer won't be all day in the garage and it takes to long to get over there once we are done moving his stuff. On Sunday nobody is in the shop, the whole next week I need to travel to Belgium, the next weekend I'll be in Vienna / Austria ... so my next chance is about 1 1/2 weeks away

    Sometimes Murphy is a b****

    anyway, all my ordered parts already arrived from the US. Ordered in total about 4 boxes from opgi ... can't wait to get my hands on the car, also I won't be able to drive it since the weather is getting worse by the day...


    next steps will be getting it through inspection, a historic plate and insurance.

    and then there is still the question which wheels to buy, since this is quiet difficult if I don't want to risk my historic plate and not spending 2 or 3k in wheels. I got the original ones, but they are so slim...

    Hmm...tires and wheels...yes, they could be a problem. What will the TUV let you do?
    Knowing how those cars handle in stock form, the original size tires would only be safe for about 120 km/h, but not for extended periods. They do not corner well, but then again the suspension was pretty sloppy to begin with. So there will be plenty of modifications before you can expect the car to be 100% roadworthy on the Autobahn.
    Looks like a pretty car!
    Marc,
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    '66 Buick Electra 225 Conv. (Going to finally get this thing finished this winter, since I can't sell it)
    '67 Buick Wildcat Custom Conv. (...the Cat came back the very next day...)
    '01 Buick LeSabre Limited
    '08 Buick Allure (Canadian LaCrosse, and not very "alluring"...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildcatjoe68 View Post
    Hi Erik,
    yeah, i still have the car, but i sold the Engine, because i got a very very good price for it. So it's sitting around without an engine and i am trying to get a good 430 or 455 right now, but they are hard to come by. Have even thought of going with a Caddi 472 or 500.
    Well I wouldn't shove a Caddy 472 or 500 in, the modifications to make one fit are extensive and who knows what the TUV would say. I would suggest looking for a wrecked car with a blown or worn out engine and rebuilding the engine; it's probably the cheapest alternative and a lot easier to do than a Mercedes engine is. Any Buick big-block from 1967 to 1976 will pretty much bolt right in. there has to be one left over there...
    Marc,
    66 Electrafied,

    '66 Buick Electra 225 Conv. (Going to finally get this thing finished this winter, since I can't sell it)
    '67 Buick Wildcat Custom Conv. (...the Cat came back the very next day...)
    '01 Buick LeSabre Limited
    '08 Buick Allure (Canadian LaCrosse, and not very "alluring"...)

 

 
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