"3 IS A CHARM " The Retro GS

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by Ryans-GSX, Nov 17, 2018.

  1. Ryans-GSX

    Ryans-GSX Have fun, life is short.

    This is a new thread to show about the Pittsburgh PA Retro GS known as "3 is a charm"

    Previous link to the story about how I was able to get the car is at

    Today Dave and I put new rims and tires on the car. We need to order new lug nuts as the one I had on hand did not work and we had to use the rusty old ones just to get the wheels on. Dave also agreed to sell me his unused 350 headers that he had coated. They will look great when we get a motor to put in the car. The current motor we agree needs to come out.

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  2. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    That looks awesome, even better out in the light of day. Nice!
  3. Ryans-GSX

    Ryans-GSX Have fun, life is short.

    Wheels needed to be replaced due to rust. Upgraded from 14" wheels to 15" wheels but tried to stay with close to the same size tires. The tires were shot so new tires make it safe to move. Here are some pics to show the size they now are. Tires are 245/60/15 for the front and 275/60/15 rear.

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  4. Ryans-GSX

    Ryans-GSX Have fun, life is short.

    Dave worked on a few spots today but we did not do the entire car. We wanted to see how the would do with a very very mild compound and we both agreed the car is going to shine up great when we do the car up.

  5. guyver002

    guyver002 Well-Known Member

    That interior shot is sooooooo nostalgic looking. Looks like it came right out of an old magazine and yet it was only taken today!
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  6. bill lagna

    bill lagna Well-Known Member

    That one catches your eyes , Lookin real nice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. 704spd

    704spd Well-Known Member

    Looks great! Awesome find
  8. rgs455

    rgs455 Well-Known Member

    Looks fantastic, Ryan!
  9. Ryans-GSX

    Ryans-GSX Have fun, life is short.

    More details. Custom airbrushed butterflies in bubbles on the trunk lid and Airbrushed door jams.

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  10. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    Just keeps getting better. :)
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  11. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Need directions to BANNED camp

    Which 3M polish are you cutting with? I use the Super Duty (ex-3000); and finish with 3M Finesse-it II. Ive never seen purple before??? Not too aggressive is it?

    Those old Cragars would look good on Fritz's PourTouring GSX! ws

  12. GS Kubisch

    GS Kubisch THE "CUT-UP" BUICK

    Thanks for sharing! I was following along in the "Leads" section and will be following here now.
  13. Daves69

    Daves69 Too many cars too work on

    Just grabbed a compound I had in the shop.

    This is water based for easy clean up. Got tired of trying to clean the Finesse-it when it dries.

    3m 06085

    3M's Most Effective Rubbing Compound Ever! Designed to remove P1200 grit and finer scratches with either a 3M Perfect-It™ wool compound pad or 3M Perfect-It™ foam compound pad. 3M Perfect-It™ Rubbing Compound is a non-gritty formula that works on all types of automotive paints, leaving a fine finish. Easy water-based clean up.
  14. Big Bufford

    Big Bufford Well-Known Member

    Awesome car Ryan! It’s amazing that the car survived with its original show car flair all these years. My dad built a 55 Chevy back in the 70’s in a similar style. It was actually featured in Popular Hot Rodding and he showed it at Carl Casper’s and such (similar to World of Wheels). He sold it to a guy locally in the mid to late 70’s and it’s been tucked away in his garage untouched ever since. He won’t sell it or even drive it. Your car reminded me of it having survived all these years untouched. Enjoy!
  15. gs66

    gs66 Well-Known Member

    Thank you for letting us follow along!
  16. moleary

    moleary GOD Bless America

    How exciting Ryan! Is the interior in as good of shape as it looks like in the pics?
  17. BYoung

    BYoung Stage me

    This car is growing on me. Glad you got it Ryan.
  18. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    Im not sure if I missed it, but why was it named "3 is a charm"?

    PGHPAGS Member

    Bought Blue with white vinyl top. Second paint was with the ribbons. Third paint is as is now.
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  20. OHC JOE


    I can't wait until Ryan sells it to me ..;):rolleyes:

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