Brad Conley

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  1. I am personally in the exact same position as you, although my first two are boys (now age 19 and 16). The boys had their requirements (sporty, good looking, two doors, a Buick ) and their mother and I had ours (ABS, dual air bags, modern, reliable, safe, a Buick of course, etc). What we ended up with is a 1995 Riv with the supercharged 3.8 engine. It has about 55,000 miles and is in beautiful shape with just one prior owner, a little old lady! We paid about $5300 last year for the car. I do not believe personally it is "too fast" for them and they have been warned of consequences of any "errors in judgement". I am an Insurance Agent and can assure you while a last gen Riv is somewhat higher than a Century, it is NOT that much different. I personally would rather have them in the Riv than just about anything else. Last gen Riv's are wonderful cars that can be bought at a great price.
  2. KG8S checking in! 'Berta, going to be another special event station in '08?
  3. The Buick 400/430/455 is not related to any other engine produced by GM. No parts, except the odd nut, bolt or seal, will interchange between the big block Buick and any other engine. The big block Buick and small block Buick were from different engine families and few, if any, parts interchange. V8 Buick is a great source of Buick V8 information. See: www.v8buick.com .
  4. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">A few one thing that looks wrong it the air cleaner. Weren't the 71 and 72 GS's different sizes on the intake and the 70 was square on both? </div></div> Air cleaner is correct for a '71. '72's had the A.I.R. pump and required a different setup on the drivers side, which became triangular in shape because of the placement of the A.I.R. pump.
  5. Rob, Don't look in the engine paint, this is regular car paint in a spray can. It will work fine, don't worry about it not being "high heat". I've driven the Skyhawk to full operating temperature many times since it was painted and it still looks great. Here's a link to duplicolor's color match page where you can see the DSGM440 is a body color for the 1994 model year: http://duplicolor.anthonythomas.com/match2/match_maker.cgi . Here's a link to Auto Color Library: http://autocolorlibrary.com/cgi-bin/search/searchpic.pl?1994-gm-pg01.jpg . Look for paint code 43 on that page. It looks much more green than it shows on the last link, see my attachment in my last post for a good look at the color. I swear, it's right on the correct color.
  6. If it is an original engine, it should be a metallic aqua blue color, not the GM Corporate blue. Below is a cut and paste from V8Buick.com where I discussed the unique 1975 engine color: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- As far as the color, Buick used a metallic aqua color on their engines in 1975 and 1975 only. 1967 through 1974 it was Buick Red, 1975 was this odd ball one year metallic blue-aqua-greenish color and in 1976 they, as all other GM divisions, began using GM Corporate Blue, a light blue color which was non-metallic in finish. Both Phil and I, given the fact we both have 1975 model cars, have been looking for the correct color paint for our engines. I stumbled upon the Dupli-Color paint that is almost perfect, so close no one would know the difference unless they had the two colors side by side. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The color I am talking about is Duplicolor Bright Aqua Metallic with item number DSGM 440. Here's a link to the thread in question: http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=...75+engine+color
  7. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Hello. I have a 54/55 Roadmaster Convertable proto-type. Has anyone ever gone through the authentication process with Buick? I am trying to reach out to them. Any help and support would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Doug. </div></div> Hi Doug, I too have a "special" car and can tell you it is not easy to get information out of Buick. I spent two years writing letters, sending photos, chasing dead ends to get my letter from them. And that was back in 1980! I don't want to discourage you, but the Buick of today is a very different animal than even the Buick of 1980. You need someone on the inside that is willing to spend some time digging for you. Most, if not all, the people that were around when your car was new are at least retired if not deceased. Buick is now a marketing division of GM and as such, the people that may know something (if their still around) are scattered among many different divisions of GM. I just kept writing...and writing. I finally got the name of the person in charge of shows, display's and exhibits for Buick and he was kind enough to send me a letter about my GSX and autheniticated the car as a factory show car. Good luck to you!
  8. Not only post the VIN, but also the infomation from the Data Tag located underhood on the cowl (drivers side). There will be much information there that can BEGIN to tell if the car is a true GSX or not, but the only true way with a 1971 is with the buildsheet.
  9. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">As I recall, there were many "under the skin" mechanical differences in those old "H-bodies" than you might imagine. I didn't realize that until I had a customer that inquired about interchangeability of parts from car line to car line or whatever. Seems like there are some "GM H-Body" webrings or groups that might tell you exactly what these year-to-year or division-to-division differences might be. Other than that, you'd probably need a complete donor Skyhawk to move everything over to the Monza with. But, if memory serves me correctly, the body differences went farther than just outer sheet metal??? As in complete different instrument panels (which would be basically bolt-in anyway), for example? Remember, too, that this was in the early stages of the consolidation strategies that GM is using now. Each carline division was still pretty much calling their own shots back then, with less cross-line use of anything other than engines, transmissions, and rear axles than we see today. The other side of the proposed conversion is that it could later cause confusion for a later owner of the vehicle--namely in buying common replacement parts for it. Most auto parts operations are not keen on how to decode a GM VIN or know what might equate to what in the product lines. Not to mention the time and expense investment that will, most probably, never be economically recovered. Your time, your money, your vehicles . . . your judgment call. Just some thoughts, NTX5467 </div></div> Well, since I have a 1975 model Skyhawk and also bought one brand new back in 1975, I guess you could say I'm somewhat of an "expert" on these little cars. The Chevy Monza and it's "clones" were all pretty much the same, depending upon year. In 1975, the first year of the H-Special body, only very minor trim differences were evident between the Monza, Skyhawk and the Olds Starfire. Mostly they were things like pinstripes, decals or, in the case of the 1975 Olds, a slightly different front facia. Of course, the badges were specific to the make and model. In later years, each model had their own front facia and sub-models (Monza Mirage, Monza Spyder, Olds Starfire GT, Buick Roadhawk, Buick Nighthawk, etc.). The basic structure was the same across all models, with some differences if the car was a single headlight model or had the "sport" front end. I could get into much greater detail (ie: difference in transmission tunnel height between 1975 Ste. Therese built cars and later Lordstown built cars), but I'm sure you get the drift. You mention the instrument panel as a possible difference. The 1975 hatchback models all had the same style instrument panel, which was a modified Vega design. Starting with the 1975 1/2 Monza Towne Coupe and then the hatchbacks begining in 1976, a completely different instrument panel was used, which will not interchange with the 1975 hatchback model instrument panel. They are good looking little cars with decent performance and economy. It was too bad they were constructed with such poor steel, as they rusted into the ground almost as soon as they were delivered. I have attached a photo of my 75. It is almost exactly like my first Skyhawk I had at age 17. Ahhh, those were the days...
  10. Dollar to a donut it's the battery. A battery with a bad cell will cause the symptoms you describe. I just had to replace the battery in our 99 Park Ave Ultra with exactly the same symptoms and it was only 1 year old (and still under full warranty thank goodness)! Take the car to an AutoZone or Advanced Auto Parts. They will test the charging system for you at no charge with an analyzer that will pinpoint the problem.
  11. Thanks for the kind words Brian as they are much appreciated. Yes, I paid $1850 for the GSX "Prototype" in 1978 from a good friend of mine whom is today, believe it or not, still a very good friend. I had to borrow something like $2200 or so, as the car needed tires in the worst way. My payment was a little over $78.00 per month for 3 years and being a student and working part-time at Kroger's, I really had no idea how I was going to make those monthly payments. Kind of funny today, but believe me, it was not at the time. Brian, the INVOICE was the $3372 figure, not the sticker price. The sticker would have been much closer to $4000 or so. I never really did a look-up for the exact sticker price for my car. That would prove interesting, I'm sure. If you enjoyed the article in Hemmings, you will also enjoy the feature that was shot in Bowling Green for My Classic Car with Dennis Gage. It should air sometime next season, but I do not know exactly when. That was a real interesting experience, for sure. Mr. Gage was VERY nice and professional, making me feel at ease while the feature was shot. While I deal with people everyday, shooting a TV feature is something I had no experience with. Mr. Gage was very helpful in this regard, actually making it fun. Concerning the Centurion I own, yes it was John's car at one point. I have not restored the car at all, preferring to leave the car a nice original that I'm not afraid to take the kids to Dairy Queen in. It fills that need perfectly and really is a joy to drive. The 71 model you spoke of is a beautiful automobile that I have seen on several occasions. Words cannot do it justice. Thanks again for you kind words. Brad
  12. Adam has done a wonderful job with the registry. Of course, I'm kind of partial to the Hunter Green '72 pictured above...
  13. Harry, While not exactly in Hilliard, there is a shop in Marysville (only about 20 miles from you) that does excellent work. The owner is a long time Buick tech that does fine work at a reasonable price. Name is Hometown Auto. 937-642-8223 and ask for Ron (the owner). Ron worked for H.I. Huffman Buick Pontiac in Marysville for years and when they closed, he leased the old building that housed the dealership and opened his own shop. I won't let anyone else touch my cars, even for oil changes. Honest as the day is long. Tell him Brad sent you...
  14. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">hi the link just took me to halloween costumes . . . would you check the link again?? thanks </div></div> Same here...Halloween costumes.
  15. Jeez, $29,000 huh? Keith, still interested in mine...heck I'd throw in a Skyhawk or something for that price.
  16. Rocket motor???? You'd probably get better response from the Oldsmobile board for a "Rocket" motor. Believe it or not, both Buick and Olds had a 455 cid engine (Pontiac too, but that's another story). Nothing and I mean nothing will interchange between the 2 (3) engines, save maybe the odd bolt or nut. Buick never called their engines a Rocket as that was Oldsmobile's marketing tagline for their line of engines. Just jerking your chain a little...
  17. The transmissions were calibrated differently, at least for 72 models. My '72 with the "Performance Group" (as it was listed on the order sheet)included a transmission coded "BU" on the tag of the transmission. The camshaft was also different on these cars according to Denny Manner and were "in-between" the standard 455 and the Stage 1 cams as far as lift and duration. In my Parts Catalog (04/81 edition)the part number for a standard '72-'74 455 was 1239629; the '71-'74 Riv GS & Centurion with Performance Group was 1237664 and the '69-74 Stage 1 was 1383853. Obviously the heads were different than standard 455's, as they contained the larger Stage 1 valves.
  18. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Am I correct in thinking that your '72 Centurion convertible was part of John Weber's collection of Centurion convertibles? If so, I remember seeing it in Indianapolis at the 1986 Buick Nationals. These are beautiful cars. Any photo of that one you would care to show all of us? </div></div> Yes, I am sure it was one of his cars. I believe it was the one he "didn't get to" as it has not been restored. Photo is a scan from <span style="font-weight: bold">Buick Muscle Cars</span> again, as I don't have a good photo of it on this computer.
  19. Thanks Brian. I appreciate the complements. The Hunter Green 72 Centurion Convert in that book is mine also. It is a very nice original car. Never been monkey'd with. I have, in all, 17 Buicks. Everything from a 64 Electra that was my first car, to my 2004 Rainer. Could say I've got it bad...Buickitis that is.
  20. OK, here's a resized photo of the GNX. It's still big, but not as much.
  21. Ouch, that one came out MUCH bigger than I planned. Sorry!!
  22. Here's the GNX Prototype. It was built on a 1986 Grand National chassis by Buick for display at car shows and other events and as such was treated to a high quality paint job by Buick. All of the special GNX parts are there, but they are pre-production prototype parts with engineering numbers hand etched onto each. I bought it several years ago from Byron Scott, a former Buick engineer who purchased the car from Buick upon his retirement. Scotty is a great guy who's passion runs deep for Buick. Added in edit: I'm going to resize the photo of the GNX and post below. It was huge! Sorry!
  23. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Brad, thanks for posting the excellent photo. It appears that you have some other prototypes or "one-offs", so we would be interesting in hearing (and seeing) more about those as well! </div></div> Sure, Here's the black GSX. It was the only one produced in code 19 black with the gold stripes. Story is a guy wanted a black car with gold stripes or he was going down the street to buy a Chevy. Car was delivered to the dealer with all the GSX decals and such and the red pinstripes, but the dealer painted the gold. It has been documented as a true GSX via the buildsheet found in the car. Photo is from the book <span style="font-weight: bold">Buick Muscle Cars</span> by Bill Holder and Phillip Kunz. Photo is copyright 1996 by Phillip Kunz.
  24. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">If you get to see Brad's GSX Proto up close, you'll be blown away. It is absolutely perfect. </div></div> Thanks for the kind words, Adam. Here's a better picture (I hope). Sorry if it's a little big...
  25. Geez, where does one begin....I drive a 99 Park Ave Ultra as a daily car. Wonderful car. Power, grace, handles well, but has no "pizzaz"(? sp). NOBODY notices you driving it. Bland as could be. Great car for undercover work. <P>On the Tiger Woods subject and the current advertising campaign: I could personally care less if Tiger was the "offical spokesman" for Buick, and that hokey line..."Its all good" is just plain stupid. Who thunk that up? What a joke.<P>I believe what all of us are trying to say is that we really want "content" in a vehicle, not some hokey new advertising campaign. Give us substance. Give us a car (or SUV or whatever) that we would all feel proud of driving, one that wears the Buick tri-shield proudly.<P>As an aside, I am in the market for a new vehicle. I have driven the Rendezvous. It does NOTHING for me. The right beginings are there, but that thing needs a REAL motor, like the 3800 or better yet the 3800 SC. It will not get out of it's own way. Pathetic. I am the "target" for most everybody (44 yr old male making a comfortable living). I've driven the Tahoe/Yukon's, the Navigator, the Lexus and the Toyota Sequoia and many other SUVs. You know what, Toyota BLOWS away the competition. Smooth, quiet, powerful, not bad looking, WONDERFUL interior. What fit! What finish! What a vehicle. AND it holds some resale value!!! That's a new concept at GM, resale value.<P>I have ALWAYS driven a GM vehicle from day 1. Yes, there has been other makes float thru from time to time, but my car has always been a GM vehicle. To be truthful, I'm not sure it will be next time unless something is done, and done soon.