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  1. #76
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    Default 65 GS


    Here is the 65 GS I owned before my son was born. I bought it in Paradise, IN for $1200 dollars!! It was a Flint built car with a Rochester Q-jet and a close ratio T-10 4spd. The car was basically stock with a street/strip clutch&pressure plate. I added a mallory coil and electronic ignition and a comp140 fuel pump and filter with 1/2" fuel line from the tank to carb. This baby would really take off the line but it was hard to keep the stock tires from going up in smoke. I was forced to sell when the engine knocked from too many drag races and we needed a family car for the new addition. Boy do I miss that car! I can't find my good pictures but this was taken shortly after I bought it.

    Don
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    wow,Don that looks like my `65 car exactly.


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    George



    "If ur going to beat a Hemi you better have a Buick"

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    harry, i love how you did the top on that car. i've seen painted tops with the trim before, but did they do gloss from the facxtory?
    David Mercer
    1971 Skylark, 350 4bbl

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    David,

    The car came with a black vinyl top.

    Tried fitting two new tops on it in 1999, but was unhappy with the fit, even with pro's doing the fitting.

    Then, I discovered that the car could have been ordered from the factory with a painted two-tone top.

    So, off came the vinyl, followed by de-glueing and sanding.

    The car was a repainted with basecoat/clearcoat using a 1985 Subaru yellow (computer match) and gloss black. The yellow is much glossier than the original, but I think that, well, shiney black is shiney black.

    As a footnote, I asked the BCA Head Judge about the clearcoat and gloss, and he said "no problem" as long as the color was correct, which it appears to be.
    Harry Newman
    1966 Skylark 340-4
    Parents bought new
    frame-off;200-4R;many other upgrades

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    Harry,

    My 67 had the identical 2-tone... err, well I assume so... I'm rather color blind. The top was a more flat black, almost the same sheen as the dash and pillars. The black lines really show off those sail panels, I am debating wether or not to keep the 2 tone or go all solid. Heh, seeing it really helps!
    Clint
    79 Century Wagon 464 Stage 1
    78 Century Wagon
    67 Skylark

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    Here is a pic of my newly bought `65 GS and my `67 GS.


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    Last edited by staged67gspwr; 08-23-2007 at 05:22 PM.
    George



    "If ur going to beat a Hemi you better have a Buick"

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    and the interior
    Last edited by staged67gspwr; 08-23-2007 at 05:22 PM.
    George



    "If ur going to beat a Hemi you better have a Buick"

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    George,

    I picked up a steering wheel exactly like that this past summer - what did you have to do to get it to work with the stock column, and what horn button is on it?

    Looks great!

    Mark
    65 GS HT 4 Speed - BCA Senior 2015 - AACA Natl. Junior 1st 2016
    66 Impala 396/TH400/12 Bolt
    69 Bel Air 2 Door Sedan "Project Junior Stock"

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    Mark,no modifications on the wheel to hub,it fit right on,i just had to get the sport wheel horn contact,the horn button is a Buick from i believe 65-68.


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    George



    "If ur going to beat a Hemi you better have a Buick"

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    George,

    Excellent, thanks for the info. It looks great!

    Mark
    65 GS HT 4 Speed - BCA Senior 2015 - AACA Natl. Junior 1st 2016
    66 Impala 396/TH400/12 Bolt
    69 Bel Air 2 Door Sedan "Project Junior Stock"

  11. Default Special Wagon

    Here is my 455 powered "Wag-gone"
    I really need to install my Posi!
    455 has a mild build up, the usual TA stuff, Stage 1 job on the heads, Greg Gessler ported exhaust manifolds, 2.5" exhaust.
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    Ted Nagel
    64 LeSabre Wagon
    65 Wildcat 4-speed
    65 Gran Sport 4-speed
    67 Wildcat
    68 GS 400
    69 GS Stage 1 4-speed
    70 GS Stage 1 4-speed

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    Mark just a thing i left out,the horn cap was used on the sportwheel for thos years i mentioned.



    That is an excellent looking wagon,wow that is so cool.


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    George



    "If ur going to beat a Hemi you better have a Buick"

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    dcm422 said:Another angle show some of the work needed.
    A lot of our cars start out this way. Most of the time we see the finished work on someones car and not how it began.

    Mark
    Speaking of "how it began"... here's my 66 Skylark as it looks now.. right at the beginning-- I just bought it about a month ago. I sure hope it looks better than this at the same time next year. Just finished gutting the interior-- working on getting a new right front floor pan, carpet, headliner, dash pad, etc. Right now I'm trying to budget and make some plans for the engine and body. I'm sure it'll be a while before it looks as nice as the others up here! Especially because I don't know what the heck I'm doing (that's why I read these forums!)
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    Ethan,

    Great car, great potential!

    Mine, at the top of this page, looked worse than yours a few years ago. Yours could not possibly have rust-out in more areas than mine had.

    Go to car shows, get specialty vendor catalogs, visit not only Buick, but also Chevelle, GTO, Cutlass websites, as those "sister" cars have much in common.

    If I told you how much money I have spent on restoring mine, you would sell yours....but, that's not really important, as there are much less expensive ways to do everything. What's most important is that you enjoy spending your time and money on the car. Post more pictures as you make progress.
    Harry Newman
    1966 Skylark 340-4
    Parents bought new
    frame-off;200-4R;many other upgrades

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    YellowLark said:
    Great car, great potential!

    Mine, at the top of this page, looked worse than yours a few years ago. Yours could not possibly have rust-out in more areas than mine had.
    Thanks! Actually, the car has next to no rust at all! I guess it pays to live in Cally. The only rust I could find is a little around the rear window (you know how water likes to pool up there) and the right front floor pan (looks like the car had a bad heater core at one point). Other than that, it has a ton of little dings and dents, but nothing really all that major.

    YellowLark said:
    If I told you how much money I have spent on restoring mine, you would sell yours....but, that's not really important, as there are much less expensive ways to do everything. What's most important is that you enjoy spending your time and money on the car. Post more pictures as you make progress.
    Will do! I hope others will post their progress on the site as well... hopefully that will give me some ideas. It would be cool if there was a place on this site to post digital photos of Buick specific projects-- kind of like a user HOW TO section. I really dig the photo-based how to projects that I've seen scattered across the net.
    ethan

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    Talking You did say Pre-68 ?

    The slowest Buick in my fleet. A 1932 Model 57. Kick butt straight 8 with 3 speed on the floor. Due for a frame off in 2003-04. Will probably switch to steel wheels for highway use.


    Clyde Barrows
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    1910 Model 10, 1960 Austin Princess Vanden Plas, 1963 R2 Avanti, 71 GS S1 Conv, 71 Opel GT, 74 Gremlin X, 77 Kenne-Bell Skyhawk, 81 Regal, 86 GN, 87, The Riviera, 02 LeSabre, 2011 Ram Hemi 1500 4X4.

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    Default pic

    Im still working on my car !!!!!
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    Default my 67 4 door

    Ain't she a beauty!!

    You can see a couple of my other piles behind the piles.
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    '70 GS 350
    '71 Skylark 455 (future parts car)
    '86 T-Type (sold)
    '01 Regal GS (blew the tranny and traded it for an SUV)
    '99 Regal GS (its back again)

    I'll be where I am.

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    Default My 1964 Skylark street car

    She's comin' along a bit at a time.
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    I'm trying to submit a pic of my '66 Skylark GS thin pillar coupe. I have owned it since 1994. Added a dual quad setup to the 401 nailhead and put a 3:36 posi in it several years back. Was repainted in mid 1999.

    Hope the attachment works.

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    '66 Special Deluxe thin pillar coupe Flame Red (401, ST400, 3:55 posi)
    2010 Lacrosse CXL Silver

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    Real Nice Steve,she looks really nice.


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    George



    "If ur going to beat a Hemi you better have a Buick"

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    Very nice Steve! What color is that?
    Chris Lott BPG #1154 Austin Area Buicks
    Looking for a '70 GS 455 or Stage 1. Must be a factory 4speed car in a blue or green hue.
    Also looking for a nice '70 Sportwagon

    Past Buicks:'70 GS350 4sp, Seamist Green '70 GS350, Diplomat Blue '70 GS455, Aqua Mist '70 GS350, Bamboo Cream '70 GS455, Brown '71 Skylark, 72 GSX clone

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    George & Chris,
    Thanks!

    Chris, the color is as close to the original burgundy mist as I could find - it's called Bordeaux Red Pearl which I saw on the '99 Buicks.

    Also Chris, I see you're in Austin; if we Texans get the Seguin meet going, maybe we'll get to meet up.....

    Steve
    Steve
    '66 Skylark GS (thin pillar coupe) Burgundy Mist (matching numbers, auto, buckets, dual quads, 3:36 posi)
    '66 Special Deluxe thin pillar coupe Flame Red (401, ST400, 3:55 posi)
    2010 Lacrosse CXL Silver

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    Hey, Absolutely!!!! If we do the Seguin meeting, I'll be there with the GS350 for sure. It has a couple pretty good size dents from the original owner, but it is somewhat presentable. I'm definately looking forward to seeing all of these buicks, and getting to meet some of the people I talk to on here all of the time! Very nice car steve.
    Chris Lott BPG #1154 Austin Area Buicks
    Looking for a '70 GS 455 or Stage 1. Must be a factory 4speed car in a blue or green hue.
    Also looking for a nice '70 Sportwagon

    Past Buicks:'70 GS350 4sp, Seamist Green '70 GS350, Diplomat Blue '70 GS455, Aqua Mist '70 GS350, Bamboo Cream '70 GS455, Brown '71 Skylark, 72 GSX clone

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    Thumbs up That 65 you almost forgot.

    George, the way that 67 looks, you prolly hurt your brain/memory just touching the gas pedal. lol. I have a 65 that looks alot like the other one in your pic. Do you have more pics of the 65? Is it the Sedan? (pillars) Mine is white with a red roof and red interior. Very clean, and on it's way to be even better. It has chrome rails around the roof that I always get asked about and I'm not too sure what the deal is with that. What tire sizes? Did you go 15x7 all around on the rims? Mine is still stock 14's w original spinner caps but that's ther next thing to go. Looking at maybe going with 15x7 Buick Rally's. I'd love to see what you've done to it. Maybe steal some ideas from ya. Mine is still very stock 300cid 4bbl w/ST 300 but I want to get the scoop on how to un-stock it the right way. Don't need a racing set up but, peeling some rubber and waking the neibors does sound like a must. You can read my Buick's story "Hapiness is a 65 worth fixing" in the newbie welcome wagon or in the "post your car's life story" thread. I going to post this e-mail aswell, maybe some others will chime in with ideas.

    Thanks, Nick in L.A. (NYC transplant) lots of family there.

 

 
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