Wouldn't You Really Rather Have A Buick?
Posted 31 December 2008 - 02:57 AM
Here's the new chassis next to an unstretched one that's going under a '65 Grand Prix (note the Pontiac wheels and engine).
Here's all the parts marshalled together for final assembly. This conversion went together quite nicely. All I had to do to the Buick interior was to remove the floor and it dropped right onto the Chevy floorpan. To stretch the chassis, I cut right across the trans mount on the Buick chassis. That crossmember is how much you stretch the frame. I originally had it in the same position as the frame it came off of, however, the Buick has a four- speed, so I had to dismantle the frame and put the crossmember further back to accept the Riv's transmission. The second crossmember was cut from between the frame rails of the Buick chassis and mounted in the same spot on the Chevy frame. The engine compartment was removed from the Impala body and stretched a scale 5" between the firewall and fenderwells. The seats were raised up with some wheel inners from the parts box and the console was removed from the old floorboard and installed on the Chevy floorpan.
The body is painted Dupli-Color Milano Red from their Import Colors line, and I used the same color on the engine. As soon as I get the proper diameter solder, I'llbe able to tie in the exhaust (and I'll add the driveshaft at that time).
That's the old Buick chassis next to the new one.
This was a fun project. This Buick had always been one of my favorite models, and I was glad that I could pull of the switcheroo on the frame to give this car what I feel it deserves. Full frame, poseable steering and full engine compartment detail. Plus, those Pegasus wheels and wide and wider Gatorbacks from a Corvette are just the icing on the cake.
Posted 31 December 2008 - 04:46 AM
Posted 31 December 2008 - 05:30 AM
Yeah, George, we used to build the darn things here (old Buick Main, Hamilton and James P. Cole). The bodies were finished at Fisher 2 on South Saginaw street (GM shuttered it and turned it into a yuppy mall twenty years ago) and trundled off to Buick on car carriers. Now Buick City is leveled, and for the last four years has been a vacant wasteland. The 445 name was taken from the engine's torque rating. The engine was the old nailhead maxed out to 425 cubes. The one in mine has the two quads.
Geeze Harold, that's BEAUTEEFUL!!!! I remember them BIG ol' monsters prowlin around wit 445 WildCat's in 'em. GREAT CARS! and a GREAT MODEL of a great car! You dun gooood!!!
Posted 31 December 2008 - 06:12 AM
Beautiful car Harold! Great job also of lengthening the chassis from the '67 Chevy..............hard to tell where you made the cuts unless you told us.
1965-66 were the pinnacle IMO of GM's styling prowess with the '61's coming in a close second!
I bet if they had that same styling panache 20 years ago as they did then........they might not be in the mess they're in now.
Posted 31 December 2008 - 07:11 AM
but that's a really cool...BUICK!!!
Love the wheels, they're perfect on this one.
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