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