Carguy67

1967 Buick Sportwagon GS400 'clone' done!

Recommended Posts

So the hard work is done and the 67 Buick Sportwagon GS 400 clone is ready to drive and enjoy. Newly rebuilt 400 BB and T-400 now have about 100 miles on them and so far so good. In our 95-100 degree weather the engine temperature is 190 -200 degrees, I tried the factory A/C several days ago for 3-4 miles at 30-45 MPH in urban setting going back to my house from downtown and it worked well but engine temp climbed to 210. 

I spent 4 long days working at the interior shop to get all the folding seat hardware put back together using all the special nuts, bolts, screws, etc. then added seat backs, and finally put the seats and hardware back in the car with shop personnel help. 

Interior Shop:
  • re-covered the 2nd and 3rd seats, (front bench seat and carpet already done),
  • made new side and odd shaped filler panels out of a dense black board and then covered them with the correct vinyl to match the seats,
  • recovered the wheel well humps and spare tire cover,
  • made new carpet to go between back of front seat and up behind the second seat,
  • all the flat metal pieces that are on the back of the 2nd and 3rd seats recovered in new carpet
  • new carpet on all other floor panels including the storage compartment cover and side panels.
  • I had previously refinished all the metal in black and had 8-10 pieces powder coated in black.
  • Installed all newly refurbished seat belts from Ssnake Oyl.
  • Then had the red pinstripes painted on.
  • I still have some minor odds and ends to do but car should be ready for the BCA meet in Brookfield, Wisconsin July 5-8
    Black is hot but sure looks good when cleaned and dusted:D

 

DSC_1772.JPG

DSC_1773.JPG

 

 

DSC_1779.JPG

IMG_2466.JPG

 

 

 

DSC_1775.JPG

DSC_1777.JPG

 

 

 

DSC_1784.JPG

DSC_1788.JPG

LowRes1.JPG

LowRes5.JPG

LowRes7.JPG

Edited by chuck nixon (see edit history)
  • Like 13

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd be smiling like a fox in a hen house every time I was driving that. Great job.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Outstanding. If I only had the extra garage space, a Sport Wagon like that would be there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Absolutely stunning Chuck! That is one tough wagon! Hope to see it in person someday! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Beautiful buick and very nice work! :)
I wish you a good road aboard this beautiful buick;)
Do you have pictures when you go to the exhibition on July 6th?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I will be taking pictures in Brookfield on the show field in the modified class.  With all the bad weather hitting the midwest I have decided to trailer the Sportwagon instead of driving it.  I have a 24' enclosed Pace and it will give me a sense of security if we run into high winds and wet weather or worse.  When you spend a decent amount of money and lots of time on a project you would hate to see it damaged by lousy weather.

 

Chuck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for all the positive comments, hope to visit with many of you in Brookfield.

 

Chuck

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Now that's how to "let's go places"!

Dan

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Saw it at the national meet this week....awesome car, Chuck!  Great to meet you, too.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is one impressive car - nice work!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks again for the positive comments.  I was overwhelmed by the positive comments about the SportWagon at the BCA meet in Brookfield even to the point that several folks told me it was their favorite car at the meet.  That included a gentleman who, while I was drying off the car Friday morning introduced himself and his 14-15 year old son and said " I just wanted to tell you that my son says your car is his most favorite car at the meet, and likes it better than mine!"  We had a good laugh and I shook the son' s hand and thanked him for coming and enjoying the cars.

 

Had several folks come by who wanted to talk about growing up and having a station wagon in the family and their experiences.  To see all the cars at the meet,  whether archival, restored, modified, or drivers, etc. plus meeting and talking with folks was well worth the trip from Texas. The SportWagon was trailered up and back  and other than having to buy 4 new tires for the trailer after a blowout in Oklahoma, the 2200 mile round trip was uneventful.

 

Wife and I look forward to BCA in  Denver in 2018 and in Oklahoma City in 2019.

 

Chuck

 

 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now