Here we go again....

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by Mike Bucy, Nov 19, 2002.

  1. Mike Bucy

    Mike Bucy Administrator Staff Member

    Hi gang, just got back from Jim Lore's place down in NC.

    He was nice enough to find me a replacement shell/roller to replace my original '70 Stage 1 car.. that we started turning into a race car back in '89... right after I met Jim..

    That car is on it's way to being a screaming tube chassis car.. if Jim ever quits taking in work, so we can get it on the chassis table..:rolleyes: and I have a complete front clip, hood, complete saddle brown interior (Buckets console) and the works that came off that car, including the power window doors..

    Just needed a shell to put it all in, and Jim was kind enough to find it, make several 60 mile round trips to get info and then go to the auction and bid it for me, buy it, and then put my tired butt up for the night when I came down and picked it up.

    Thanks Jim!!!

    Thought about your other car on the way home, but I think I need to concentrate on this one.. so dont' keep it from the "Bird Sale" on my account.. But thanks for asking!!

    And when I told Jim I was thinking about buying it, to have yet another car kicking around here... he chased me out of the shop with a 1-1/4 inch wrench.. mumbling somthing like "Lets finish stuff we have already..."!!....

    .... can't argue with the boss...:moonu: :af: ...

    Here is a pic of the original STAGE back in it's race days.. circa 1990..


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  2. Mike Bucy

    Mike Bucy Administrator Staff Member

    and the "new" one...

    Lots of potential..

    <------- check my new avatar

    and it is even the same color, is a GS 455, (we think a stg 1), has the same interior, similar options... wow... built the same week even..

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  3. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dr Bucy:

    Never let it be said that I did not find you a Real Beauty--about 99% complete too. Wellll! On second thought from the looks of that picture, I would say part(s) of it flew off the trailer during the trip back to MN.

    Jim Lore

    PS: You get the Iron Man trophy for the trip back.
  4. Gold72GS

    Gold72GS Wheelman

    Say... isn't that a factory sport wheel hanging on that steering column? I am surprised that didn't get removed by now! Brian :grin:
  5. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member


    You have a good eye. It is kind of like the old story where the Bucy starts out saying, "I will give you $200 for the sport wheel, but if I have to take the rest of the car attached to it, I can only pay $50".

    Jim Lore
  6. Mike Bucy

    Mike Bucy Administrator Staff Member


    Complete rally dash... 3.42 8.2 posi ... door panels, sport wheel, tilt column.. solid trunk floor and body floor, quarters are about 98% solid, disc brakes, AC housing, car had cruise...

    I am very happy..:beer :cool:

    did I mention that Jim came out, took one look, and then took a quarter out of his pocket, laid on on the wheel rim... and said...

    "Yup... GSX wheels..."

  7. BillMah52

    BillMah52 Well-Known Member

    Looks to be alot of 8 second potential sittin' on that trailer!!!!!:TU:
    Right Jim? :grin:
  8. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Mike :

    I will bet the tank sheet is still there. May verify it was Stage One!

    Jim Lore
  9. Jim Weise

    Jim Weise 1000+HP

    Hey now... don't go making me out as the "bad guy"..


    Thanks Jim, this car is better than I expected... with what Bucy has already in parts, another 10-15 K for frame off resto and killer motor parts/pieces, and a whole lotta time.. and this will be one very nice car. It's the perfect starting point to get back, what Mike once had sitting in the driveway :ball:

    But this car's shell is even better than his first one.. that was one of the reasons we "cut" that car. I knew we could find another car, but never thought in a million years we would find one exactly like the original.. I figured we would be using an old Skylark body. And yes, your right, I bet the original build sheet is still on top of the tank. We will have to pull it out here soon, and look for it. It's also an early car, so sloan will have documentation for it.

    Nah Bill, that's the new street car, and the latest edition to the TSP test car fleet.. and I am working on maybe adding another GS to it now..

    the eight second screamer is sitting in storage, waiting for shop time..

    A guy's gotta have something to write off for "R&D"...:Brow:

    Did I mention I love my job .. :TU:

  10. Jim Weise

    Jim Weise 1000+HP

    Here is another pic.. thought you guys might get a laugh..

    Mike brought it by earlier today, and I took some pics with my digital..

    Gotta have the "before" pics..

    I think we wil have to evict whatever was living in the radio hole in the dash..

    I had to chuckle.. somebody stole the radio, but but the empty bezel back on.. coool.. always looking for more plastic parts to re-do..


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  11. Jim Weise

    Jim Weise 1000+HP

    Hey...! That's me driving!... wow.. that was a long time ago.. back when I was 30lbs lighter then Mike...

    Car did better wheelies with me in it...:laugh:

  12. BillMah52

    BillMah52 Well-Known Member

    Yes it does look like whoever was driving the Stage needed just a LITTLE more headroom!

    Is that a can of POR-15 under the dash of the new one?:confused:

    Yea, just below the beaver dam and to the left.:moonu:
  13. Jim Weise

    Jim Weise 1000+HP


    appears to be an ancient can of what was blue paint... was so stuck to the floor, took both hands to break it loose..

    All kinds of interesting things laying on the floor...

    Console insert.. the clear plastic/ black piece that says "Buick" on it.. the cruise control vacuum actuator.. the original wiper arms.. and all the chrome for the vinyl top...



    PS.. yes, the seating placement of these cars was designed for the "height challenged" among us..
  14. Chris Lott

    Chris Lott 4 speed finally

    Looks like a great project. Just want to make sure I read this right... the car will be restored back to original, then turned into a replica of Bucy's first GS race car? How original will it be kept? I noticed you said it had cruise control, etc. Give us more details on the project! Sounds ultra cool... And of course, keep us up to date with pictures :TU:
  15. gotbuick

    gotbuick What, me worry?

    Was that the car built back in Jim's "Texaco
    Tech" days?

    The one that put a driveshaft through a slick on the track? :eek2:
  16. Jim Weise

    Jim Weise 1000+HP

    Re: Re: Here we go again....

    Whoa..... you have a very good memory... I am sure I mentioned I worked at a Texaco when I first graduated from trade school.. but boy, talk about your obsure triva..

    Yes, that is the same car in the first pics.. went way low 11's, back in the day, with unported stage 1 heads.. and we spent a ton of time working on it.. was a very good learning experience. And yes, that's the car the split the driveshaft, at 117mph in the traps.. I saw the whole side of the car, standing on the starting line.. scary..


    No, this car will be Mike's street car.. a performance resto, with correct interior, exterior and the hot-rod drivetrain we are known for building here..

    You know, a fun car...

    Looking to make a mid-low 11 second street car out of it, on pump gas, that you can drive anywhere.

    And show car pretty.

    And, it looks like I will have a fire red '70 GS 350 in my immediate future.. a roller, with Buckets/console, decent body, and lots of potential.. original GS 350 drivetrain gone...:ball: so might as well go big block power!

    .... I'm sure I have something laying around here for that...:rolleyes:

    JW ... soon to have more '68-70 GS's around here than I know what to do with...

    a good problem to have..:)
  17. Mike Atwood

    Mike Atwood The Green Machine

    Re: Re: Re: Here we go again....

    Awwww...come on Jim! No guts, no glory!!! :laugh:

    Let's see what you can do with a 350! You always said that you liked a challenge........or was that me that said that..... :puzzled:

    You could start a whole new thing if you got a small block to "really" run, and then offered that service. Who knows, it could even drive vendors into making 350 heads.....hint hint. :grin:
  18. BillMah52

    BillMah52 Well-Known Member

    I agree with Mike. :TU:
    If SOMEONE could get the 350 up to its potential it could open up some pretty interesting avenues.
    It would be nice for someone like JIM to be there before the "P" guys. :beer
  19. Jim Weise

    Jim Weise 1000+HP

    a little motor??


    Welp, I have heard rumors of possible parts development sometime in the future, so we will see how this works out..

    To be honest with you guys, I have TONS of 400/430/455 stuff around here, but not a shred of 350 stuff... trying to recall if I have ever even had one apart.. maybe one..years ago..

    There certainly have been folks who have made the 350 run out there, so I doubt any real "new ground" will be broken, without major additons in area of available parts.

    Let's see how this goes down, when the time comes that I actually have time to play with my own stuff.

    Considering my schedule, for the next 8 months or so.. that's gonna be while..

    I won't rule it out.

    And I do still have that '68 Big Block ragtop..

  20. Mike Bucy

    Mike Bucy Administrator Staff Member

    Should Look Something Like This!

    Here's a good pic of the sleeper back in the good old day's. Hope it looks this good again. Note the date on the time slip!!! WOW, am I that old? :shock:

    PS... No Comments on the rear wheels, it was all I could aford at the time!!

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