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Post by Dead Man on Thu May 09, 2013 12:34 pm

well guys ive had my eye on this car for a while now, at closer look its a 1976 Buick free spirit. how can i tell if its real, this one has no t tops and it has a v8 motor no tubo. the guy says its real, he has had it for sale for a good long time now but its off the road and out of sight. before i even think about getting it, id like to know if its legit.
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Post by thatfnthing on Thu May 09, 2013 1:43 pm

Probably one of the "replicars":

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Post by Limey SE on Thu May 09, 2013 2:00 pm

If you decide to get it heres the Motor just need the Turbo!!!

http://madison.craigslist.org/pts/3763755009.html

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Post by thatfnthing on Thu May 09, 2013 2:25 pm

That would be an interesting project -- to actually build a third one. They give enough details in the accompanying article to do it. Funky turbo plumbing "below" the carb though -- that would probably be the hardest to find.
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Post by Dead Man on Thu May 09, 2013 2:54 pm

yeah its deff got my interest, im gonna try and look at it with a fine tooth soon, they guy is asking 1800 for it.
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Post by 77mali on Thu May 09, 2013 3:31 pm

Is it a 75 or 76?

There were two different "Free Spirits"

The 75-
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Post by 77mali on Thu May 09, 2013 3:40 pm

Oops...nvrmnd...

turbo V6 was 76...LOL
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Post by Dead Man on Thu May 09, 2013 3:47 pm

they guy says this one is a 76.
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Post by 77mali on Thu May 09, 2013 4:00 pm

Got any pics? There are lots online to compare to. No T-tops & a V-8 would also make me very suspicious.

There was a guy @ a local show a couple of years ago that had a pretty decent 75 Malibu. Problem was he had script badges on the car that said "Limited Edition". Same kind of script as the Malibu's had though (maybe from the 80's like from a G body car). I went over just to ask him about the car & he was representing it as a "1 of 50 run" for GM executives- Kinda funny what people will say.
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Post by thatfnthing on Thu May 09, 2013 4:07 pm

77mali wrote:Got any pics? There are lots online to compare to. No T-tops & a V-8 would also make me very suspicious.

The replicars apparently came with V-8's, although the article said they would come with Hurst T-tops. So the V-8 wouldn't give me doubts so much as the lack of T-tops would.
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Post by Dead Man on Thu May 09, 2013 4:13 pm

i will try and get pics of it this weekend, only spotted it going down the road, it might be a pos when i get up on it lol. from what i can gather you can order them without the t tops or turbo. kinda like the 73 ss, only way to know for sure is the build sheet, as soon as i see the inside of it that will give me more insight.
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Post by ant7377 on Thu May 09, 2013 10:59 pm

Regals didnt get Turbos till 79. That car would have had a wheezer small v8 in it. Get a GN drivetrain for it.
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Post by Limey SE on Thu May 09, 2013 11:02 pm

76 Free Spirit/ Pace Car was the Test Mule for the Buick turbo motor and worked very well as matter of fact
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