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  1. #1
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    Default New old Guy

    Merry Christmas all,

    New to the Buick world but not cars. Going to pick up my 69 Skylark convertible tomorrow so I can sort through all the pieces-parts and take my first bite of the newest elephant. I figured after a 58 Caddy motor rebuild a Buick shouldn't be too hard plus I have a soft spot for convertibles! Im sure Ill ask lots of stupid questions but promise to keep posting pics of the progress. Hope to have her moving and stopping by spring. Cheers!
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    Default Re: New old Guy

    Welcome to the club.
    ROA Member # 13359
    BCA #46919
    BPG #2320
    68 Riviera: Show car.
    78 Regal:Track car 1.47 60'- 7.00.9 1/8 mile, 11.14 1/4

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    Default Re: New old Guy

    Welcome from Germany and Merry Christmas,

    asking stupid questions is already my part
    Markus
    1971 Buick GS 350 HT AT without AC
    I'm from Germany, my english is not the best, sorry for all the mistakes

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    Default Re: New old Guy

    Welcome aboard from NY.
    Fred
    Fred Weisse
    67 GS400 4 Speed Convertible
    70 GSX Stage1
    70 GS Stage1 Conv
    87 GNX
    And Much Much More


    "Every Breath You Take, Every Move You Make, I'll Be Watching You" Our Gov't at work.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: New old Guy

    Welcome aboard from Canada!

    You'll find a Buick engine a bit of a change from a Caddie; IMHO the Buicks are better designed, the Caddie uses older architecture. Either way, each has their good and bad points, and nothing is more satisfying than to get one and hear one running again.
    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"...)

  6. #6
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    Default Re: New old Guy

    Welcome from another '69 owner. You'll find plenty of help here, just ask.

    Cheers,
    Chris
    Toyota- its Japanese for 'boring car'

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    Default Re: New old Guy

    Welcome from west Michigan.
    Jerry
    '62 LeSabre 4dr. sedan
    '65 Skylark convt.
    '67 Skylark 2dr. hdtp.
    '30 Ford Roadster pickup
    '68 Nova SS
    '69 Z/28 RS apart
    '70 Camaro RS race project
    '71 Z/28 RS
    '73 Beetle convt. project
    '78 Futura
    '78 Fairmont wgn project
    '83 Olds Delta 88 Royale
    '88 Dakota
    '92 Plymouth
    '05 Silverado 4x4
    '14 Dodge Journey Blacktop edt.
    My name's Jerry and I'm a caraholic.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: New old Guy

    Thanks guys,
    The Lark is snugged in its new home for now next to the Deere and Dad's Spyder. Now to sort through all the accumulated parts from the previous owner in lots of boxes,tubs, and the trunk. She looks worse than it is. The frame, brakes, lines, and front suspension have been redone and painted. New disc brakes up front and a powder-coated rad support. No big body damage or rust to fix, an extra door, hood, deck lid, and intact interior. The wife is about to kill me but understands that I'm a car addict. Have a happy New Year.

    Smokey try the West Coast of FL next time - Anna Maria or Longboat Key are hard to beat. 2cents
    Skwerly
    USCG Aviation '97-'02
    "It ain't worth doin' unless its worth doin' twice!"

    69 Convert Lark 350
    55 Belair 4dr SBC
    65 Convert Corvair (sold)
    58 Cadillac 4Dr Sedan (sold)

  9. #9
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    Default Re: New old Guy

    Greetings .. and welcome to "The StepChild Nation", which is what us 68/69 guys loosely call ourselves due to these years being overlooked for so long

    You need 2 things immediately

    1) a 1969 Buick Chassis Service manual - this one seems like a good deal, which I consider to be under $50 for a not too crappy one

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1969-BUICK-C...FX11UC&vxp=mtr

    if you hunt around, you'll also find this on CD/DVD - never had one but I hear they are nice .. but to me there's nothing better than having the book in your lap or on the fender

    2) you need to make a new friend - Nick Serwo at Ivyland Collision not too far from you at all. Not only is he a great guy, he is one of the TOP Buick restoration guys on the planet .. AND his personal favorites are 69's !! He's got a whole collection !! not to mention just about any part you may need. I'd bet, if you're not too far - he'd even come over for a beer and look at all you have to see what direction to go in

    this is his user I.D.

    http://www.v8buick.com/member.php?14669-nickbuickgs
    Alan W

    BPG # 1048 - Charter Member
    NE GS/GN Club - 17 Year Member
    68/69 Buick StepChild Nation - 29 Year Member

    What is a Buick StepChild ?
    Quote Originally Posted by 442w30 View Post
    ... They have awkward proportions from certain angles, and they look dumpy compared to their GM brethren
    ....'68 SportWagon400 "Sportn'Wood"..............'69 GS400 Convert "BigRed"..........

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    Default Re: New old Guy

    Smokey try the West Coast of FL next time - Anna Maria or Longboat Key are hard to beat. 2cents
    Alan, we may just do that next time. We have been there. Very nice area. A friend of mine winters there, and owns a few rentals as well. This time, we went with 15 others: Son & DIL, their 3 Daughters and spouses, DIL's sister and spouse, 5 great grandkids. So it was a Disney trip.

    What are your plans for the Buick? Restoration, Restomod? Colors?
    Jerry
    '62 LeSabre 4dr. sedan
    '65 Skylark convt.
    '67 Skylark 2dr. hdtp.
    '30 Ford Roadster pickup
    '68 Nova SS
    '69 Z/28 RS apart
    '70 Camaro RS race project
    '71 Z/28 RS
    '73 Beetle convt. project
    '78 Futura
    '78 Fairmont wgn project
    '83 Olds Delta 88 Royale
    '88 Dakota
    '92 Plymouth
    '05 Silverado 4x4
    '14 Dodge Journey Blacktop edt.
    My name's Jerry and I'm a caraholic.

 

 

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