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Category Archive: BUICK / OLDS / PONTIAC, Project Cars

BangShift Project Files: The DisAstre Is Fresh Out Of The Paint Booth!

Forum member “Hoffbug” has been busy on his project car, a 1977 Vega that is using the nose and tailpan from a 1976 Pontiac Astre and parts from a Cosworth Vega. The idea is to run an...

The Limousine: We Get The U.S.S. D’Elegance Back To A Roadworthy State And Assess What’s Next!

Back in January I went in with a couple of people on the mother of all bad ideas, a 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood Formal limousine that had a three-digit price tag and looked like a five-digit trip to the...

Counting Pennies: This $500 Chevy Monte Carlo Will Be Built For $5,000!

By now you should be pretty familiar with the Rough Start finds that I put up each week. The premise behind these Craigslist hunts is simple: for $5,000 you should be able to have a running, driving...

BangShift Project Files: We Check In On A 1966 Ford F-100 Packing A 427 Side-Oiler!

When we say we have all manner of builds in the BangShift forums, we mean it. From my low-buck junk to Hemi Joel’s seriously high-end Duesenberg straight-eight rebuild and everything in...

Project Raven Imperial: The 360 Rebuild, Part Two – Work Progresses, Grinds To A Halt, Progresses Again…

When I last left the build on Raven’s 360ci LA Mopar, I had gotten the ugly truth about the piston rings I had on hand: they were junk. Piston #1’s top ring had broken in half and just...

BangShift Project Files: A Barn-Find 1979 Pontiac Trans Am That Is Being Brought Back To Life

Sitting in a barn, covered in dust…yeah, the barn find dream is nice, isn’t it? We’ve seen the pictures of the GTO left in the barn, the Superbird parked out back, or the Mach 1...

BangShift Project Files: TheSilverBuick’s Pontiac OHC Six – Can You Say “Turbocharger”?

One of our more prolific residents of the BangShift Forums is Randall Burns, better known as TheSilverBuick. How to best describe Randal…hmm. Well, he’s got a level of genius that my...

Project Raven Imperial: The 360 Rebuild, Part One: Diving Into The Deep End Head-First

I want to say something like, “I rolled up my sleeves and took the challenge head-on” or something similar here, but here’s the truth: up until yesterday, I was staring at a bare...

Raven Imperial: Cleanup And Early Wiring Work, Because Masochism Is Easy

With the 360 sitting at a machine shop waiting in line to get it’s camshaft bearings installed, there was absolutely no reason to not get to work on the other sections of the 1983 Imperial...

BangShift Project Files: A 1966 Ford F-250 That Is Being Blown Apart For A Fresh Build!

Working to the point where you can retire is the ultimate goal, isn’t it? You’ve squirreled away your hard-earned money, put in your dues and now you’ve got plenty of time to sit...

BangShift Project Files: A 1968 Chevrolet Camaro That’s Destined For Drag Week

Halfway through February, and we’re already starting to see the crop of Drag Week 2018 hopefuls getting their rears in gear and getting their projects sorted so that they can make the call when...

The Joys Of The $600 Beater: Watch As This Big-Block Cordoba Gets A New Lease On Life!

There is a generational gap between accepted cars in mainstream gearhead terms. Between roughly 1974 and the late 1990s, there is a pretty large swath of cars that are ignored for one reason or...

BangShift Project Files: Project Ares, A Cheap-Build Craigslist BMW Project That’s About To Get Blown

Buried in the BangShift Project forum is the $5,000 Challenge file. The goal is simple: five grand total to go from nothing to hot rod. Anything goes, and who knows…at some point you might...

Unhinged: There’s Always A First Time For Everything, And You’re About To See A Lot Of “Firsts”…

The tone of voice that came through the phone was absolutely incredulous. “You’re telling me you’ve never rebuilt a carb before?!” Chad couldn’t believe his ears, but...