Destroying 1973 GS stage1 4-speed for parts

Discussion in 'Car Part-Outs' started by howards1962, Aug 19, 2020.

  1. 72STAGE1

    72STAGE1 Runnin' with the Devil

    I would find a donor and bring it back to a pretty nice driver.
     
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  2. AC Larry

    AC Larry Larry

    I put the car in a small one car garage two nights ago, and here's some pictures we took. 20210408_191030.jpg 20210408_191919.jpg 20210408_192102.jpg 20210408_192211.jpg 20210408_192239.jpg
     
  3. 72STAGE1

    72STAGE1 Runnin' with the Devil

    Did you figure out what died inside it?
     
  4. AC Larry

    AC Larry Larry

    Here are More Pictures and' Warning,' 20210408_191700.jpg 20210408_191141.jpg 20210408_191123.jpg 20210408_191117.jpg 20210408_191114.jpg 20210408_191106.jpg some of these photos show pure neglect from the previous owners.
     
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  5. AC Larry

    AC Larry Larry

    I'm not sure about any critters dead in the interior, but there's a lot of mouse turds everywhere!
     
  6. AC Larry

    AC Larry Larry

    Here are some photos of my white 1974 455 powered Regal that's stored at the same location. I'd thought folks not familiar with the 73-74 cars might get a kick out of seeing what the difference between the two years looks like in a side by side comparison.:rolleyes: Larry. 20210408_192651.jpg 20210408_192702.jpg 20210408_192716.jpg 20210408_194811.jpg 20210408_192625.jpg 20210408_192631.jpg
     
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  7. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    Very cool!
     
  8. k.pascoe

    k.pascoe 73 Century Gran Sport 455

    Larry good for you for having the heart saving that car. It's rough. I mean 80 grit. And I love 73's. Good luck with the quest. Is the other 73 in the same condition?
     
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  9. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    Nice to see these poor cars are finally in good hands after 48 years. Labors of love for sure.
     
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  10. Mike Sobotka

    Mike Sobotka Founders Club Member

    Worse. Glad to see you have it secured. Saved me from picking it up. It is a genuine 73 Stage 1 4 speed. 1 of 92. Hope to see it back on the road some day.
     
  11. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    So what’s the plan for the car?
     
  12. AC Larry

    AC Larry Larry

    Here's my short-term plan, 1. get it running, sort out the mechanicals and make it roadworthy again. 2. Spray down all rusty areas with metal prep or ??? {Any Ideas Please} I'll have to buy it by the barrel:(. then gut the interior and clean and sterilize so it will be safe to drive again. I'm going to tag and insure and use it as a beater ride while I gather up parts for a proper restoration. I'm on a quest to find a decent 73-74 Century coupe with hopefully a good white interior for parts. The other 73 GS car is pretty rough and I am going to go get it next week, it's got a 455 in it and has some nice newer wide tires on it that I can use. Larry.
     
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  13. Rich Johns

    Rich Johns Platinum Level Contributor

    Way to go Larry, thank you for saving these 1973 Gran Sport's.
     
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  14. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    Honestly I wouldn’t spend too much time or money on the panels that are rusty. I would remove the really rusty material and leave the rest alone. It’s not like it’s gonna get much worse, drive it. I agree I would gut the interior.
     
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  15. Max Damage

    Max Damage I'm Working on it!

  16. AC Larry

    AC Larry Larry

    Thanks Max Damage, but that looks to nice to cut up for body parts, I'm hoping to find a dry rust-free car/roller/shell in the southwest if possible {that usually means no good interior pieces}. I'm thinking if I can find a nice dry bodyshell and then cut along the factory body seam on the floor either under the rear seat area or behind the bucket seat area then cut at the top of the wind-shield post factory seams then literally fuse a clean back-half Century body to the 4-spd,VIN numbered Stage I front half? I don't know, maybe this is not the best way of doing this repair, but when you think about it, cutting good 1/4 panels and inner wheel wells on both sides out of a donor car, then cutting them out of the Stage car and prep to install would be a heck of a lot of work also. Any thoughts on this idea? Larry.
     
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  17. bignastyGS

    bignastyGS Maggot pilot

    Good luck finding decent parts for them. 4 of the toughest items to get are the 1/4 window trim,4 speed boot,rubbers on the bumpers and good door panels.. That is the reason I parted ways with my 73 GS after 25 years..You are just going to have to find a nice Century and cut it up to save you a ton of headaches..
     
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  18. AC Larry

    AC Larry Larry

    Thanks Pat, I'm good on the 4-speed boot, and the door panels look savable, plus the rear bumper rubber on the blue {parts car} looks decent. The sheet metal and white plastic interior parts will be the challenge. Larry.
     
  19. GS Spoken Here

    GS Spoken Here Well-Known Member

    I think you would be time and money ahead to buy the car Max Damage posted. It even has a white bucket interior.
     
  20. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    I agree although the ad said "inactive or expired" but if not that than one of that caliber (seemed like a pretty good deal). Unfortunately at this point some cars have to die & be donors so other (rarer) ones can live.
     
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