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Category Archive: BUICK / OLDS / PONTIAC, Project Cars

What Makes A Cheap Beater Bad? Well, Bent Pushrods Don’t Help! The End Story On McCool’s Olds Wagon!

If you plonk down less than a grand for a car that supposedly runs and drives, you’re taking a risk and you know it. It’s why race series like King of the Heap, ChumpCar and LeMons draw...

Asleep For 33 Years, Flooded, And Now Rescued – Stage One Of Junkyard Digs’ 1968 Pontiac LeMans

It’s heartbreaking to think that this car has been parked in the same spot for nearly as long as I’ve been alive and breathing on this planet. Right about the time I was celebrating my...

The Cadillac Limo: The King Of The Heap Adventure – Part Titanic, Part Exxon Valdez…

(Photos: Author, Mr. Gasket, Shamrock Chop Shop) Well, that didn’t quite go to plan. And I’m pretty sure I know why. I had to go and say nice things about the 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood...

The Cadillac Limo: The Final Look At It’s Disgraceful Magnificence Before It Hits The Track!

Well, it’s been a minute since you’ve heard anything about the 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood Formal that I bought in the dead of night at the beginning of the year, and for good reason: not too...

BangShift Project Files: This 1978 Buick Regal Turbo Is Super-Clean…But What Kind Of Turbo System Is It, Again?

The son of forum member “Stiney” should be very pleased with himself…he’s the owner of one of the cleanest early G-body Regals we’ve seen in quite some time. The car...

The V8 Pontiac Firefly – Ten Pounds In A Five Pound Bag Right Here!

Mr. Wellwood is a shop teacher in British Columbia, the kind of shop teacher we all wish we had when we were in school. Mr. Wellwood drives a Pontiac Firefly…the Canadian version of the car we...

Rough Start: This 1972 Pontiac LeMans Is A Perfect Template For An Entry-Level Project!

GTO it ain’t, but when you’ve only got five stacks to make a fun second ride happen, you don’t get the luxury of being choosy. That’s what makes this 1972 Pontiac LeMans so...

Buicks Show Off At The Original Parts Group Spring Summer Series Opener!

It’s springtime in Southern California and our awesome BANGshift.com sponsor; Original Parts Group officially kicked off their Spring Summer Car Show Series over the weekend at the OPGI...

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...

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...

That’s No Aircraft Carrier: Take A Closer Look At The 1980 Cadillac Limo That We Drug Home!

We drove through a Halloween scene set in the middle of Nowhere, Kentucky to get it, we drove it nearly a hundred miles back home, and we lived to tell the tale. If you missed the story on how I...

Unhinged: It’s All About The Journey And Not The Destination When Picking Up A Cheap Car, Right?

It’s been about ten years since the last time I traded a couple hundred dollars for a rolling picture of bad decisions. That car was a 1981 Dodge Mirada CMX, a car I bought for two reasons:...