Sigh, Where to begin lol.
I can finally say this GS will finally get the restoration it deserves!
The car is an original GS.
Here is the real story starting back in 1997.
My Dad had many 63-65 rivs in the 80s and 90s. As he got closer to retirement he wanted one really nice riv to have at the end if you will. Found one in Ravenna OH and him, myself and a buddy drove down to see from WNY. Got there and looked at the riv and he liked it and made the deal. Come to find out they ALSO had a 1 owner, 65 red/black GS but they weren't selling as it was the now deceased husbands car and they were going to redo it. Car needed a totally resto and sittng many many years.Long story short I convinced my Dad to buy it and then had to convince them to sell it. Long story short deal was made(2500!)
The cleaner riv got new paint and tiding up for a driver.
The GS went to a local guy we new for a Rotisserie resto. To make this long story a little shorter the guy was a complete hack that actually had his house foreclosed during the process. Had the car a total of 11 or 12 yrs. Finally my Dad just picked the car up as it was at about 90%. Pretty sure he sabatoged the car subtly behind pick up( steering wheel fell off in driveway, both carbs were tuned wide open, etc)
Anyways my Dad was so angry he just parked it in the driveway and left it. (Actually sued and got a judgement but guy really Doesnt have anything)
I was only about 35 then but was starting to make decent money and had the idea that I would have someone he didn't know buy it and then I would restore it the right way. Well along comes the guy that wound up buying it(the guy with the CL ad) and ruined my plans!!! A few yrs later my Dad actually died suddenly without a riv(did have a new GS vet but always missed his rivs).
Over the last few years I started bugging the guy who had the riv to sell it to me so I could restore it right. He drove it regularly but always parked it outside. Off road in winter but just in driveway.
Well last yr he told me he was selling and wanted 20k. I was going to offer him 8 or 9. He put on CL and went no where lowering every couple of months. When he was down to 13 we talked again and told me he would take 11 and I told him he had to be under 10. Couple months later he told me 9 and I went to look and almost pulled the trigger and offer him 8. Told wifey and she flipped out when I told her I wanted to put another 30-50 into it to make it perfect for Dad. I have his Vette and bought back his Riv SA#25 a few yrs back too. ( neat story if you google it) So she was mad I was going to buy another car he had that I won't drive. I tell him I pass and I just can't buy it and wish him well. Month or so passes and he tells me he had a Guy out west trying to send a check to buy it and details sounded VERY sketchy. Car was down to 7500 now which didn't make sense as it is a real GS and everything matched except the block( more to that story....) and just had a frame off albeit a not so good one a few yrs prior. He then started to tell me he would really like me buy it because he knows I would make it right. I'm on the phone talking to wifey and he texts me I can have it for what he gave my Dad for it. 6k!!!!!
I told her I have to do it and she reluctantly agreed!!!!!!
Seemed like the car was meant for me to have it back all along!
Anyways will be picking up weds or Thursday and bringing home.
He has all the original badges and extra parts to make complete plus a bunch more my Dad had. Interior is back in the car and near perfect. Car is still very solid but def needs to be done right. My Dad had the engine rebuilt by some renown buick guy . All I remember is his shop was at the top of a very tall hill and way east of buffalo. Want to say Albany area. What we don't know is what engine was in car when my Dad bought it. Was it blown back in the day and someone put a 66 block in there? Did the scumbag restorer switch it or blow it up? There Was rumors he was driving it.
Everything else matches as should and has been checked out in the past by a couple knowledgeable ROA members in the WNY area. I think it just had a 66 block in it for whatever reason when my Dad bought it.
Anyways after this incredibly long story which I hope goes through, I will have many many questions and know I'm at the best place to have them answered!!!!!
Have a good one and God bless!