This 1971 Buick GS Stage 1 455 is a prime example of the benefits of storing a classic car. The vehicle was purchased in 2001 from the original owner. With original paint, 54,000 miles, factory chrome and interior, this car is what many would have considered a true “survivor”. Although this vehicle remained remarkable condition for over 30 years, several years after it was acquired by its second owner, the car underwent a complete restoration to return it back to the condition it was in when it was purchased new in 1971.
circa 2004 – 2 days out of the paint booth
If your familiar with car restorations then you know that this can be an off and on process that extends over many years. This particular restoration took place over 9 years and was carried out in a section of the same building where Seekonk Car Storage is currently located. Over the course of this 9 year restoration the vehicle was stored in the premium car storage section of Seekonk Car Storage when the car was not being worked on.
The restoration recently came to end in August of 2013 and even though 9 years has gone by since the restoration process began the car appears as though it was restored yesterday. The flawless glass finish paint job, detailed chassis, engine compartment, un-restored chrome bumpers and replacement pearl white interior show no signs of deterioration typically found on vehicles stored for long periods of time.
Below are photos of the car taken in August 2013.
Over the weekend I decided take our 1969 Camaro RS SS out of storage. But unfortunately it’s not 100% ready to go. There’s still a bunch of little things that need to be done to get the car back on the road for the summer. Having more than one classic car is great, however the downside is making the time to maintain each car. This one in particular never really got finished from the restoration work we did on it about 5 years ago. Still on the “to do list” is the installation of a new passenger side mirror, gauges under the dash to monitor the temp and oil pressure, new top and vacuum lines for the vacuum operated hideaway headlights.
Latching a Top that Was Left Down During Storage
This particular car is a convertible, and since the top is not in very good condition we leave it down all the time, even during storage. I do not recommend that anyone does this by the way. It is very difficult to get the top back up if it is left down for a long period of time. If you do leave the top down, when you try to put the top up and latch it to the header bar, the top will seem like it’s too small for the car. Sometimes what I do in this situation is back off the top hooks to extend them out closer to the header bar. By doing this you should be able to grab the header bar with the hooks and get the top latched again. After you get the top latched, take one side off at a time and turn the hook in a few turns and re-latch it again. Keep doing this until the top fits the way it did before you left it down.