Brad Conley

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About Brad Conley

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  1. Interesting choice of engines...at least it's a Buick. Modern seats too.
  2. Nevada plates...much dryer than Oklahoma...
  3. Shouldn't this be in "Photos of Buick's I DON'T like"?
  4. Roberta, Per your post on ,V8Buick.com you stated the following: As said in way previous posts, there is no such thing as a Stage 3 block, I think the engine in the Blackhawk may have the TA Stage 3 heads on it as they tried to make it all out Buick, but didn't have the right components with the right techs to do the job, as "The Old Guy" said, we were there, and know the details, as do several others. The car has been reworked and if you look at the pics from Richmond, compared to the pics before it went to NM,you can see a great deal of work was done on cleaning up the engine compartment etc. The car doesn't get a great deal of on the road or racing action, but basically out of the Reliable Trailer out to the shows and back in the trailer. It's a show car, and that's all it will ever be, and hopefully will be for a long time. Maybe Buick/GM will take it in as something that could be a production car or at least a clone of a production car someday.Like this??? Roberta BPG# 1018, BCA #16798, GSCA #2598 Director -Michigan Buick Performance Club http://www.mi-buicks.com '68 GS350,4-sp, '68 GS400, 4-sp, Convt, P/S, 14.269 ET, 97.79 MPH, '70 GSX Stage 1, #14, 12.99 ET, 104MPH, Concours Gold Award in 2011 GS Nats, '70 Skylark Race Car - Broke, '86 GN, 14,853 miles, Senior Preservation Award in 2013 BCA Nats Show! '99 Buick Riviera Silver Arrow #12, 228K miles I was mistaken on Mike T at TA Performance building the engine, but TA Performance did supply many of the parts used.
  5. LOL! At least we can all laugh about it! And Dave, I was meaning you as to starting it all..LOL!! Have a good day, my friends.
  6. He started it!! Use your magic wand, Mr. Earl and prune this thread. If I had the wand, I would. Thank you for your patience.
  7. I have no personal knowledge of this particular car but have heard about it several times. It has been touted as a "Bobby Labonte" edition where in it was sold through his dealership back in the day. See: http://www.turbobuick.com/threads/labonte-edition.153529/ for a thread on this particular car and postings from the (then) owner.
  8. The car pictured is my car. I've owned it since 1978. It is the factory show car (Prototype) for the GSX series and sold to Len Immke Buick in Columbus, Ohio at the conclusion of its use by Buick. The photo depicted is my car, sitting on a turntable, at the 1970 New York International Auto Show. Mr. Immke owned many such show cars over the years, this is not the only one to "escape" into the wild. I have been involved with Performance Buick's all of my life (59 years and counting). While this may not be as many years as you have accumulated, I assure you I know of what I speak. I have spoke at length with Denny Manner, the powertrain engineer that developed the Stage 1, Stage 2 and the Stage "3" 4 bolt main block. Again, according to Denny, the Stage "3" 4 bolt main was only give to certain racers and NEVER AVAILABLE OVER THE COUNTER OR FACTORY ASSEMBLY LINE INSTALLED. It was, so to speak, a "Skunk works" project, completed during lunch hours in the Powertrain Engineering Department at Buick. This is direct from "the horse's mouth", so to speak. There were less than 10 of these Experimental Block's produced by Buick back in the day. I am not meaning to call you out, but you just can't believe everything you read on the internet. I know the statements I have presented to be factual and direct from the person's involved with the projects directly and not from Google. Again, you just can't rely on everything you see/read on the internet. Inaccurate information is presented as fact all the time. The sources you cite are inaccurate in both horsepower and torque including the "fact" they cite that the Stage 3 was produced and installed in the Buick Blackhawk Showcar by Buick. Nothing could be further from the truth. TA Performance, of Phoenix, AZ, designed and built the powertrain for for Blackhawk. Buick hired TA Performance to develop the powertrain for the Blackhawk. TA Performance built the engine and delivered it to the designer/builder of the Blackhawk...Buick just paid the bill. Those are the facts, from those involved with the various projects. Google is just an assimilation of various posts on the internet. You can never take anything Googled as fact.
  9. . Sorry. No such animal. Stage 1 was factory produced, Stage 2 was over the counter only. There were plans for a Stage 3, but the only thing that ever came of that was a few experimental blocks (4 bolt mains) produced. Never factory installed (either Stage 2 or Stage "3"). I happen to co-own (with Duane Heckman and Mark Reeves) one of the experimental 4 bolt main blocks that survives to this day. They were given to a select few racers back in the day, according to Denny Manner, the Buick Engineer that developed them. Still a real nice Chevy...my aunt had a 65 SS convertible. Aqua, white top and white guts. Beautiful car. Sadly, only a 283/powerglide.
  10. Beautiful Chevy. But one question. What is a Stage 3 Buick?
  11. That would actually be an A-body 1970 California emission (49 state was different), 1971-1972 all A-body, windshield washer bottle. Overflow was on the passenger side of the car, this is mounted on the driver's side.
  12. I agree with Matt...this just reeks of scam.
  13. On my 64 Electra the knob pulls matched the interior color, Fawn in my case. I'm fairly certain the Riviera would be the same.
  14. The real attraction at Hemi Hideout is the classic neon. I'd pay to see that, not so much the mopars...
  15. Ain't nobody happy unless mama is happy.