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Af­ter read­ing the ar­ti­cles in the July

2018 is­sue (“Those ‘70s Cars”) I would like to show you a rarely seen ride. This is my tribute 1974 Buick GS Stage 1. I have a real one in the barn for a fu­ture project. I have been col­lect­ing parts for these cars for 20some years, and have only seen half a dozen or so ever. I’ve seen only three on eBay in those 20 years, and I bought them all. Buick was still in the game in 1974 with the GS and the avail­able 455 Stage 1 en­gine.

The car was built out of a 350 two-bar­rel Cen­tury that was go­ing to be cut apart for the parts. Close in­spec­tion showed ab­so­lutely no rot, the re­sult of its life in the SoCal desert.

I took the en­gine out for over­haul and de­cided to go a lit­tle deeper: in­crease the com­pres­sion to 9.5:1, square up the heads and block, gas­ket-port-match the heads, in­stall hard­ened ex­haust valve seats, race balance, and put in a cam with 0.480 lift on both sides. I used the stock carb (sent out to Carb Junkies for re­build) and stock man­i­folds. It has all the other op­tions of the Stage 1 with HEI dis­trib­u­tor, TH400 auto (Stage 1 man­dated), 3.42 posi, F41 sus­pen­sion, and 2½-inch ex­haust. It runs like a scalded dog. Most peo­ple that stop to look don’t re­ally know what they are look­ing at, or that GM made such a crit­ter.

I am very sat­is­fied with the re­sults. It’s not per­fect, but if it was, you wouldn’t drive it. And it was built to drive. Jim Tulsa, OK

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