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Post by Tom77 on Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:48 am

Bought my wife a 74 Buick Century Luxus she had one in high school. Got it for a steal kid was going to crush it. No engine or trans and needs a floorpan and rear bumper but other wise in good shape. Now my question is the rear bumper cant seem to find one. What other cars fit this besides of course my Malibu. (too heavy to change back and forth for shows LOL) and second does anybody out there have one they are willing to part with? Will post some pictures later cant do it on work computer.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:58 am

Nice save, Tom! I'm familiar with these cars as I've helped find parts for a guy in FL doing a '76 Regal restoration. One of the yards I frequent has a dozen or so '73-'77 Buicks that are mostly intact. And, maybe 3-4 are '74/'75's that share the same rear bumper (Regal/Century/Luxus). Couldn't tell you off-hand whether the bumpers are good, as I rarely bother with them. Be happy to check on them once we get thru this coldest part of winter and I can get out there again.

Of course...if you want to spend the big money, you could probably find a nice one at Desert Valley Auto in Phoenix. I'll be down there in about 10 days and always take an afternoon to run over there to browse the yard. I could at least inspect them for you.

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Post by Tom77 on Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:07 am

Desert Valley is terrible I used to live in Phoenix. As we are just starting on this build please keep you eyes open when in the yards. Can is going to be a driver so not real picky just want something better that the cut up one on the car. Thanks for responding.
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:35 pm

Tom77 wrote:Bought my wife a 74 Buick Century Luxus she had one in high school. Got it for a steal kid was going to crush it.

And the pictures are where, sir? slap
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Post by dynchel on Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:49 pm

Roadcaptain S3 wrote:
Tom77 wrote:Bought my wife a 74 Buick Century Luxus she had one in high school. Got it for a steal kid was going to crush it.

And the pictures are where, sir? slap
They are Facebook....
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Post by Limey SE on Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:31 pm

dynchel wrote:
Roadcaptain S3 wrote:
Tom77 wrote:Bought my wife a 74 Buick Century Luxus she had one in high school. Got it for a steal kid was going to crush it.

And the pictures are where, sir? slap
They are Facebook....

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Post by Tom77 on Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:10 pm








Been busy here are some more. Been looking it over to see what we need. So far it needs a full floor pan and all brake lines besides the obvious. Only real rust is on the lowers behind the rear wheels. Rest is from where the kid hit it with a grinder.
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Post by 73ss on Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:12 pm

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Post by Tom77 on Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:40 pm


Saw that one years ago forgot it was out there. Thanks The wife likes the 455 idea guess thats where this one is going.
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Post by pila on Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:39 pm

Looks good in the pics !!  My aviation partner has a '78, & not than nice !

His has the original 305 Chebby in it, and we replaced the trans with a Th350, in place of the TH??? !

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Post by ant7377 on Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:21 am

Looks good,nice and complete. Good you saved it. My cousin had one brand new in red with black top long time ago.
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Post by knightfan26917 on Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:22 pm

Very cool, Tom ... glad you saved this one, particularly from the crusher ... my goodness, I can't imagine crushing that!


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Post by Tom77 on Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:20 am

Scored a 455 with turbo 400 last night. Have to drive to Carbondale IL to get it saturday. Oh boy 8 hr round trip. What we dont do to keep the wifes happy!
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Post by Tom77 on Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:01 am

Anybody know what floorpans fit this car? Cant find one for it. Thanks in advance.
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Post by crice63 on Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:35 am

Holy cow, that avocado interior is a dang time machine. I feel like I need to check the shag carpet for beer can pull tabs.

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Post by Tom77 on Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:00 pm

Sorry they all fell out through the holes in the floor. LOL
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:45 pm

I'm not so sure there IS any significant difference between floor pans on Centurys/Cutlass/Chevelle.  I cut out the entire floor pan from a rust-free '76 Regal on the assumption I could use part of it for floor pans if needed once I get around to pulling up the carpet on the Laguna.  My Hollander interchange manual doesn't list floor pans, either.

BTW...I remember when paisley print was the big fashion statement back then...lol!
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Post by Damon23 on Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:05 pm

The seats are jammin. One of the reasons I like the mid/late seventies cars is the interiors and graphics you could get on them.

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Post by Limey SE on Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:22 pm

Tom77 wrote:Scored a 455 with turbo 400 last night. Have to drive to Carbondale IL to get it saturday. Oh boy 8 hr round trip. What we dont do to keep the wifes happy!

Ok THAT'S IT ..... Leave some stuff here ..... Stay outta My Backyard My Friend LMAO J/K I will love to see your Plans....If not keeping Bench Would love to get it from Ya

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Post by Tom77 on Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:36 am

OK now remember this is the WIFES car so here are the plans to date. She may always change my mind later. 455 freshen up with a cam of course. T400 rebuild with a kit of course. Interior original with black carpet once holes fixed. Exterior color silver with deep green rally stripes w/ghost flames same painter that did malibu. 15" buick rally's with the centers same color as the rally stripes. Raised white letter tires. Thats all for now. No time frame yet still moping up the Ambassador.
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Post by newmexguy on Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:01 pm

www.V8buick.com can be a source for Buick colonnade parts. There were a pair of clean '75's in an East El Paso (TX) yards a few years ago, but aside from a pair of bumpers I sent to a restorer in the upper Midwest, nothing else sold.

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:07 pm

I follow V8buick forum just to see what those guys are up to. Seldom see anyone with a '73-'77 posting up on it. It's all about Skylarks.

I've tried saving parts from these cars before they were crushed...but, there just doesn't seem to be any demand and so I've given up.
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Post by Hs1973 on Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:17 pm

I belive the floors are the same as chevelle. It is going to be a sweet wife cruiser when done. I love the interior and it looks to be in good shape. Im happy you saved one more, it should be against the law to crush a Nice car like that.
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Post by knightfan26917 on Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:19 pm

Tom77 wrote:Scored a 455 with turbo 400 last night. Have to drive to Carbondale IL to get it saturday. Oh boy 8 hr round trip. What we dont do to keep the wifes happy!

LOL! 8-hour road trip? That's nothin'. Wink

Congrats on the score ... I know a few people in that area of IL.


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Post by Tom77 on Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:39 pm

Hours wasnt bad but Carbondale got bad ice on the trees could hear them falling while we loaded the engine. For any of you who feel like a good laugh the wife and I started a youtube channel on this project and some other things we are into. Its at Americaniron Addict on you tube. Be kind first try at this. Old dog learning new tricks.
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