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Post by RacerS3 on Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:42 pm

Hello Everybody,
I have enjoyed reading the posts and viewing all the pictures. I joined the G3GM Forum last October, but this is my first post. I have had a few 73-77 GM A-bodies over the years. My first was a 1976 Laguna S3 I bought from my brother, who is also a G3GM member, followed by a 1973 Laguna, 1973 cutlass and the two I currently own a rough 1973 Malibu and 1976 Laguna S3. The 76 Laguna S3 is a clean car that was frame off restored in the early 90's when most of the parts were still available from the Chevy dealers. It's not a perfect car but the restoration has held up well over the past 20+ years. It has a 454, 4spd and positraction rear that all came from a very rough, very rusty 1973 SS 454 parts car. Now that this long winter is finally over, I am looking forward to getting the Laguna out for some fun.

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Post by thatfnthing on Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:51 pm

Welcome! As I'm sure you noticed, we also like pictures! :
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Post by RacerS3 on Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:55 pm

Thank you,
I did notice. I will try to get a few pictures posted.
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Post by driveit on Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:57 pm

Welcome!
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Post by RacerS3 on Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:07 pm

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Post by RacerS3 on Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:09 pm

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Here is a couple pictures, best ones I have at the moment.


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Post by thatfnthing on Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:13 pm

VERY nice!
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Post by RacerS3 on Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:17 pm

Thank you very much. I am eager to get it out again. It needs a good spring cleaning first.
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Post by chevellelaguna on Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:28 pm

Awesome looking Laguna great power plant combination too!!
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Post by dynchel on Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:37 pm

Reminds me of a 80's Monte SS.  Me likey. Welcome, and its about time you started posting... LOL.
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Post by LSANTI76 on Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:28 pm

Way Cool Troy! I really like your color combo,wheels,stance & of coarse the 454. Very Nice. What are you running for rear end gears?
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Post by BK-75 on Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:44 pm

Fantastic looking car, big block 4 speed combo even better! Welcome!
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Post by pila on Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:50 am

Great looking car for sure ! Very Happy 

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Post by Limey SE on Thu Apr 10, 2014 1:20 am

Welcome -ish Troy that's a great looking Guna Love the color and the wider tire choice makes the rallies look better that way, And 454 mmmmmmmmm tasty
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Post by Wallyuph on Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:46 am

Sweet ride Welcome
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Post by Darkcalling1 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:48 am

Awesome looking 'guna and a kickin drive train looks sweet.

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Re: New-ish Member - 1976 Laguna

Post by RacerS3 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:55 am

Thanks for all the great comments everyone. I really enjoy looking at the pictures of everyone's cars. This is a great site for a group of under appreciated cars. To answer LSANTI76's question: Right now the car has 3.73 gears in the rear, but that will be changing to either a 2.73 or 2.56 since the 4sp trans I am running now, a wide ratio Borg Warner T-10 has a very low first gear of (3.42). compared to a (2.50) or so that was in the Muncie before. That taller 2.73 to 2.56 rear gear will make the car more highway friendly while the low (3.42) first gear will make it easy to take off from a stop, and the 454 should have no problem powering through the wide gear spacing of the T-10 transmission.
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Post by driveit on Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:11 pm

Nice and clean already in the pics.
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Post by RacerS3 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:37 pm

Here is a picture of the rough 73 Malibu with a 307 that I bought out of a guys barn. You wouldn't guess by looking at it but it has a MINT! non-ac black dash pad, not even one crack, not even through the speaker holes, which is one of the main reasons I bought it." /> It is also kind of interesting because it is a manual steering and manual brake car. It also has a molded plastic piece bolted to the radiator support that blocks about a 1/4-1/3 of the radiator opening because the radiator is so small. Sorry, I forgot to take the for sale sign out of the window. Right now it is serving as a storage bin for any 73-77 parts I have.


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Post by chevellelaguna on Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:40 pm

A friend of mine at work has a 68 GTO with a T10 4 speed, with a 3.08 he cruises in 4th at 1,200 rpm @70-80 mph. You'll be really happy with that combo!
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Re: New-ish Member - 1976 Laguna

Post by 77mali on Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:58 pm

Thumbs up 
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Post by dynchel on Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:15 pm

RacerS3 wrote:" />
Where abouts in Ohio are you? There are a few of us (3 that I know of) that are in north east Ohio, hell lake Erie is about a mile from my house.
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Post by 1973montec on Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:26 am

very nice
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Re: New-ish Member - 1976 Laguna

Post by RacerS3 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:35 am

I am way over on the west side of the state in the northwest corner, in a small town called Bryan. I have had the Laguna to only a few local shows over the years and the local weekly cruise-in during the summers. The only other show I went to was the "Northern Chevelle Gathering" in Niagara Falls NY in 2004.
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Post by ant7377 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:56 pm

Was your black one ever for sale in Carlisle PA ? I saw one just like it for sale there back around the mid 90's .Same thing 454 4 speed.
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