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Post by dcastine on Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:58 pm

Hi Guys - been a lurker while I've been looking for the right car, I think I found it. I'm located about 12 miles north of Fenway PAHK (spelled to reflect our phonetics here in Beantown).

The car - a pretty rare and documented '74 Laguna S3, built in Canada (have the GM doc's), 454, M21 4spd, 3:73's (orig 3:42's), no A/C. The engine is a handbuilt 454 with 1,500 miles and has some enhancements, it's estimated to be pushing about 500hp/500lbft. The original 454 is included with the deal. The previous owner may or may not have been a member on this forum, although I know he was on Team Chevelle. The body and paint have been redone and it looks real nice. I'll need to kick up the interior a bit - once the car gets here I'll make my shopping list.

Me - I'm 52, self employed, just finished putting my two beautiful daughters thru college, and I've been married to a great gal for almost 30 years. My garage has had its share of Mopars and C3/4 Corvettes in it over the years.

One of my first cars was a 73 SS454/4spd Chevelle back in the day when I'd think nothing of throwing studded snows on it and driving it all year round. It was crushed in the 80's...(sigh). My Mom had a one of these S3s in the late 70's - I have always thought they were great cars. Below are a couple pics of the car and my fat A$$ next to my 67 GTX.

Looking forward to getting active with the group - be well, and thanks in advance for your help! Beer

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Post by Limey SE on Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:11 pm

OH you have 2 great cars there and welcome aboard and glad you joined up

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Post by 77mali on Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:57 pm

Welcome Dave. Nice laguna...Oh my Gawd...It's wicked pissah! I also suffer from living in the peoples republic of Taxachusetts! LOL. Do you ever bring your cars up to Skip's or Kitty's cruise in's? I would have noticed the S-3 for sure but have not had any time to go to either yet this year...working my butt off to get my Mali on the road B-4 the snow flies.
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Post by dcastine on Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:30 pm

Mali - I'm always at Kitty's, but the Laguna isn't here yet. I've had a bunch of cars up there over the years... most recently my 340 Duster and my GTX's (two 67's and a 68)...







I've since sold the Mopars - the Duster went to TX last week.
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Post by dcastine on Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:37 pm

Limey wrote:OH you have 2 great cars there and welcome aboard and glad you joined up

Limey - thanks, but I sold the GTX last April - it lives in Iowa now.... so may cars, so little garage space!
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Post by Limey SE on Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:40 pm

Well you ended up with the right one IMHO anyways so its all good

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Post by 77mali on Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:43 pm

Cool. Maybe I'll see you there...although at this point I'll probably be riding on up in my mini-van Shocked and I am working Sat's & Sun's on my car and at night w/ the mosquito's. If i don't drop dead...I'll definitely find you...not to many of us up here that are into these cars...although I am seeing more and more A-body's out and about.
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Post by laguna454/4spd on Thu Sep 08, 2011 6:22 pm

nice car i ve seen these pics some where befor on the internet again nice car and welcome aboard you couldn't have picked a better site just a damm good bunch of people here and ready to help in any way if i can help out in just let me know good luck with the new toy
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Post by Laguna 74 on Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:41 pm

Welcome aboard Dave, my kind of car.. I picked mine up last year down your way, northern Mass.
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Post by dcastine on Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:36 pm

Thanks guys !!
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Post by 77mali on Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:28 pm

Dave...
Which of those engines in the pic are you putting in the laguna?
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Post by dcastine on Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:36 pm

The one in front is 1,500 miles old and is in the car now (500hp, cam'd up nice) the original motor is on the stand in the background and needs a rebuild. I want to repaint the new engine to look more traditional, although I do like the valve covers - I'm looking for a black aftermarket air cleaner to match it. I have the 454 Crossflags to put on it as well. Got my plates today, the car should be here on Tuesday!






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Post by 77mali on Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:13 pm

500? That's a bit of a beast. Nice.
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Post by Limey SE on Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:24 pm

Why not Satin Powder coat the one you have ?? For you know how it looks already on there

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Post by jerry46765 on Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:52 pm

That is a good looking car.
So you just got the car and already pulling the motor?
Rock On.

What heads are on that beast?
500 is pretty good for a dual plane intake.
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Post by dcastine on Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:10 am

I'm getting the car next week, the new engine is already in the car with 1,500 miles on it, the 500 number is an estimate I'm sure (sellers tend to embellish a bit don't they?) - the motor is built for low end torque so the dual plane was a must. My GTX was 480 lb ft as rated from the factory and was plenty fast for me (factory 375hp). I don't know much about the heads, here's a couple pics the seller sent me of the engine - maybe you guys can tell me?



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Post by dcastine on Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:50 am

The Laguna got here yesterday, a day early. The seller also threw in a bunch of parts (Complete black non AC Dash, two engine stands, a new engine hoist, engine leveler, grille, a complete set of GM manuals including part number books, every receipt worth of parts he put into the car, extra tail lights, and the original #'s matching 454). The car was filthy so I washed it and put the new Corvette wheels on it. She runs real strong, needs some interior work and normal detailing but for what I paid for it I can't complain at all - I'm real pleased... get ready for the questions! Thanks in advance for your help Thumbs up











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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:13 am

Kick as G-Machine...

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Post by Limey SE on Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:19 am

WOW That thing is Clean as heck I would say you got a deal with all parts you got extra

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Post by dcastine on Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:29 am

Thanks guys, I'm pretty pumped.

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Post by Limey SE on Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:32 am

What wheels came on the car that you didnt like ?? OH NO he is asking about wheel again LMAO

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Post by dcastine on Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:48 am

The original white 15x7's with 225/70's on them.

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Post by Limey SE on Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:50 am

you know you could keep a skinnier wheels up for the drag racer look but, looks killer the way it is !

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Post by Limey SE on Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:54 am

AND I love the Laguna DOESNT have the Bumperette's on the nose or Rear, my personal opinion ONLY but never liked them

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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:57 am

Man, do I love me some 15x7s. Such a classic look.

I hope DUDE won't ban me for saying that Wink

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