72 GSX Stage1 4 Speed

Discussion in 'Projects' started by Smartin, May 30, 2018.

  1. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    I had the same sticker shock, but well worth it, especially as easily as it'll go together with the time crunch you're under.

    Impressive! I hope to make it to Chicago.
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  2. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    I had gotten the brake system (master and lines) hooked up on Thursday evening, and filled the master so it could start gravity bleeding. I was going to do a full bleed on Friday evening. Well, the lines leaked at the combination valve, so that had to come off so I could really clean out the threads and fittings. It was pretty dirty and I probably should have just taken it off to begin with. I also didn't realize that the master I installed didn't have bleeders like the original one. So off it came, and I'm now waiting on a correct master to arrive.

    I brought up all the stainless to start beating out the dents this afternoon. They're going to be a bit of work to get pretty again.

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  3. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Brake system is complete, as well as parking brake. Gas tank is next...as seen in the background.

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  4. Richie

    Richie Well-Known Member

    Where did you purchase the booster?
  5. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    It came with the car. There were no tags on it other than what you see. I'm assuming Then and Now supplied it. I think that was the last place to touch the car before me.
  6. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    I got a bunch done this afternoon, even though I don't have anything to show for it.

    Gas tank and all lines are installed. All 4 shocks installed. Removed old exhaust system in prep for the new Gardner setup. The rear end was literally just hanging in there by a couple bolts, so I finished putting that together. I started to finish the trans crossmember install, but ran out of bolts.

    Trying to get all of this "laying on my back" work done so I can actually stand and work again.
  7. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    I unpacked the Gardner exhaust this evening and laid it out to start installing. I love how the entire pipe from the manifold to the muffler is one piece, and same for the tailpipe. I'm used to all these big 50's Buicks with 4 pieces exhaust pipes on each side :D

    The system looks really good...and appears to fit nicely when I dry fit. I have to pull the old hangers and install the new ones...looks to be pretty much plug-and-play.
  8. buick64203

    buick64203 Supercar owner Staff Member

    Do they still give you a Gardner exhaust glass in the kit?
  9. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Oh yeah...it will be full of margarita in a couple weeks.
  10. SpecialWagon65

    SpecialWagon65 Ted Nagel

    I’ve done a couple Gardner jobs, 68 and 65. They went together like bread and butter.
    Then celebrated with a pint in the pint glass.
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  11. alain

    alain Well-Known Member

    :)Gardner Exhaust the best on the market IMO:)
  12. Skyhawk

    Skyhawk Well-Known Member

    They are the best no doubt. I have used Waldron for other makes & they don't compare for almost the same price.
  13. Brad Conley

    Brad Conley Super Moderator Staff Member

    Waaaa,waaaaa,waaaa......I never got one. o_O
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  14. ToddsGS

    ToddsGS Founders Club Member

    We used a Gardner system on Jason Line's GS and it fit PERFECT! Great product.

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  15. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    Todd- do you have many more pics of Jason Line's restoration? I thought you only had limited pics on your web page..
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  16. ToddsGS

    ToddsGS Founders Club Member

    I have a BUNCH of photos from Jason's restoration.

    Here's a direct link > https://www.diecastmusclecars.com/jasonlinebuickgs.htm

  17. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Tried to get a decent photo under the car...this is as good as it gets. I had a difficult time getting the two tail pipes to match each other as they come across the back side of the rear end...so it's not perfect, but it doesn't hit anywhere.

    I started installing all the 4 speed linkage this evening after the exhaust install. Alas, I am missing the back drive linkage...which I THOUGHT I had ordered from Inline Tube. They ended up sending me the reverse lockout linkage...but I ended up needing that as well. So not a total loss, but I wish I had known this sooner. Long story short, I am ordering the back drive linkage from them again. Let's see if they get it right this time. Chalk another screw-up to Inline. That's the second SNAFU on this car from them.

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  18. flynbuick

    flynbuick Guest

    Impossible! When they left a piece out of my order 15 years ago and insisted on charging me anyway, they told me that Inline does not make mistakes.
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  19. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    I am in need of the blue-tabbed heater control cable in the dash. It's the only thing holding up the dash assembly. Does anyone have one floating around?

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  20. 70sportwagon

    70sportwagon Silver Level contributor

    I think I do, I will check the stash tomorrow afternoon.

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