Who's gotta drop top?

Discussion in 'The ragtop shop' started by gotbuick, Feb 7, 2002.

  1. rkovo216

    rkovo216 Well-Known Member

    have a 72 skylark custom convertible, 350 2BBL working on converting it to a 350 4bbl GS clone
  2. V8Sky

    V8Sky "Scarlett"

    >>Do you have a pic of your convertible? I would love to see it.
  3. 72.GS.455.Rag

    72.GS.455.Rag Well-Known Member

    Re: '72

    Burnished Copper - white top
    a/c car

    Fort Lauderdale
  4. skylark1877

    skylark1877 Active Member

    I have a 68 Skylark Custom Convertible in Arctic White. Its almost finished. Will get the motor back next week hopefully.
  5. bostonbuford

    bostonbuford Member

    mine is a 72 custom convert, rebuilt 30 over 455, 2000 miles on it so far the body is almost rust free, as is the frame, fat man fab tubular A frames have had the car for about 5 years, was a tenn car. The car is a work in progress, slowly getting it the way it should be.I am retired and this keeps me busy and on the streets.
  6. Murphy

    Murphy Just Getting Started

    What color is the interior. My 68 GS400 is Arctic White with a Frost White interior and black top.

  7. 66electrafied

    66electrafied Just tossing in my nickel's worth

    I've got a fairly straight 1966 Electra 225 drop-top, with a completely rebuilt drive train. This year I'm going to get the rag replaced, it looks like it might still be the original one and it's pretty much shot.

    Just one question though; - are these cars supposed to be louder inside with the roof up than when it's down? There are an awfull lot of wind noises in mine, and at highway speeds the top flaps and roars like it wants to come apart...
  8. austingta

    austingta Well-Known Member

    A new, tighter top will be better, but these cars are are not very well sealed against rain or wind.
  9. 66electrafied

    66electrafied Just tossing in my nickel's worth

    I kinda noticed that too; - any time that I drive in the rain I have to bring a towel; the old roof is stretched really tight (it must have shrunk) and the front seal between the windshield and the roof is no good. Nothing like cold rainwater in the lap to keep one awake...

    Considering that these cars were the most expensive offerings in that year one would have thought that GM would have invested a few dollars to give it a better top.
  10. '65softtop4

    '65softtop4 Well-Known Member

    Working on one right now, the other is coming in this Friday.
    '65 Gran Sport, all matching, 401, 4 speed, green with white top, black interior.
    '67 Gran Sport, all matching, 400, 4 speed, white, white, white.
  11. GSEric69

    GSEric69 Still learnin'

    I have a 1969. It started life as a Skylark Custom 350-2 in cameo yellow, and has gone through many changes over the past 12 years I've owned it.
    It now has a 455 bored .030 over with a TA212 cam, TH350 with a custom shift kit, GM HEI distributer, 140amp alternator, Sony Xplod CD player with a 500 watt amp and 8 speakers.
    Back in 1998 I was in an accident which destroyed my front end. A generous friend gave me a 68 special parts car which I used to rebuild it, which is why the front looks like a 68. I personally like the way it looks, so I've kept it that way.

    Buick6.jpg Buick7.jpg Buick8.jpg Buick9.jpg Buick10.jpg
  12. ragtop4spd

    ragtop4spd Well-Known Member

    1964 Wildcat ragtop with a 401 4 bbl (plus a 1999 Chrysler Sebring V-6 with cloth ragtop, for anyone who cares about non-Buicks). check out a new thread I started on "why" a ragtop, with all the rattles, drips, and whistling?

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  13. Einfamus

    Einfamus Well-Known Member


    Mine is a 1969 Buick LeSabre. Everything is the same as the day it rolled off the showroom floor. Everything but the 455 that is. Suburb of Chicago, IL
  14. Caballero3

    Caballero3 Well-Known Member

    I really like Mike Trom's GS400. When I first met the woman who would later become my wife, she was driving a new '68 Skylark two door hardtop. I really did not like the car then, but today I would like to have it back. Since then, we have gone through a number of fun cars besides the trucks we drove to work everyday. First, a '72 Vette LT-1, then a '67 El Camino, a '57 T-bird, then we thought we would like to restore a '56 Nomad. We decided on a '57 Buick Caballero when all the Nomads we could afford were junk. So after a six year full body effort, the Caballero turned to be a beautiful effort. In 1992 we decided to do a 1957 Buick Convertible. After acquiring a restorable one in Sacramento, We begun a eighteen year project. With only minor redos left, we have finished the red 1957 Buick Roadmaster Convertible. More photos in the V8Garage, page 24. - Dan

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  15. claus l

    claus l Active Member

    Here is mine :)

    '67 Skylark with a 455 under the hood.

    It's been restored through the winter 2009-2010 and is now back on the road.

    The 455 is loaded with ported iron heads, TA 284-88 cam, Performer intake, Edelbrock 1411 Carb. TA headers and 2 " flowmaster.
    I've just ordered a TH 400 with switch pitch from TSP ( Jim Weise ), and I'm looking forward to get ......... switch pitch is pretty much fun :)

    I Live in Denmark.



    Skylark back on the road.jpg

  16. Milord

    Milord Milord

    Only 8 years late. I've got a Buick Electra 225 401 V-8 Convertible. Dublin, Ireland.
  17. dl7265

    dl7265 No car then Mopar

    1968 GS400 Convertible. 60k miles. F41, power windows. Buckets, console. 4 Build sheets and original Window sticker.



  18. gumbeest

    gumbeest Member

    I've got a numbers matching '73 Centurion convertible with a rare Hi-performance 455 and a Rivera only color
    I'am in the proces of restoring the car while i drive it in the summer
    And no place to store it in winter so it is safe to say it has seen better times
    I am located in the Netherlands near the city of Rotterdam

    the first pic is 10th of june at al local uscar meet and the second is last winter

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  19. Torsdalen

    Torsdalen Well-Known Member

    I have a 66 Skylark Convertible with TH200-4R trans and 455 engine.
    (My son with his chopper bike)

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  20. Torsdalen

    Torsdalen Well-Known Member

    Nice car !
    Any trouble with ground clearance ? What type of headers do you use ? I have iron exhaust manifolids and would like to have headers, but i also like to have a lowered car.
    What kind of converter are you using now ? Stallspeed ? I have almost the same engine combination in my other car 70gs stage1.

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