Classics Imagine Buying an N.O.S. Buick GS Bumper and Getting a Running 1970 Buick GS 455 for Free

09:25  28 december  2017
09:25  28 december  2017 Source:   HOT ROD

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The GS 455 fired up and runs fine. Jason tells us the N . O . S . rear bumper that came with the GS is worth “about 0.” That means he essentially bought a bumper and got a running GS 455 tossed in for free . The N . O . S . rear bumper still wore its Buick tag.

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"I couldn't believe it when the guy called me," Jason Cook says.

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More than 10 years had passed since he left a note for the owner to call him if he ever wanted to sell his 1970 Buick GS 455. Fifty years old, Jason has been collecting Buick GS models since he bought his first GS, a Riviera, at 16 years of age.

"It's not even a hobby anymore. It's a lifestyle."

Ten years earlier, Jason's friend Bill called and said he had found a Buick GS close to where he worked. Jason drove 25 miles from his home in Long Island to Oyster Bay, New York, and sure enough, a 1970 Buick GS 455 with no plates was parked on a side street. The car looked abandoned.

"I knocked on the door of the house the car was sitting in front of, and an older woman came out and said that was her tenant's car. She would hand my number to her tenant."

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1970 buick gs . 2dr Sport Coupe 8-cyl. 350cid/315hp 4bbl. ,800 Avg. Value*. Get a Quote. Model Overview. Images are general in nature and may not reflect the specific vehicle selected. Buick GS ’ s went even faster in 1970 , with the introduction of the 455 -cid, 340-hp V-8.

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Jason went back several times over the next few years to make sure the owner got the note, because he didn't get a call. On one drive-by mission, he noticed the old Buick was gone.

Ten years later Jason got a call "out of the blue." He had to think for a couple minutes to recall the car because he frequently leaves notes when he is chasing old Buicks.

"He wouldn't tell me a price over the phone, so I said I would be there with my truck, trailer, and cash that weekend."

Jason found the Buick parked in a long drive, by a garage, "a few doors down" from the spot where he had found the two-door hardtop 10 years earlier.

"I'm looking at the car and he says, 'Oh, I have extra parts. '"

Jason says, "My eyes almost popped out of my head," when the seller walked out of the garage with an N.O.S. GS rear bumper with the tag still on it from Buick.

The car was rusty, but that bumper sparkled. Jason says he "really wanted that bumper." Meanwhile, the owner still would not price his Buick. He asked Jason to make an offer.

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"I said, 'I'll give you 700 bucks for the car.'

He said, 'I don't know if I can take that. How about $1,200?'

I said, 'How about $900 and you throw in all the parts and the rear bumper?'

He said, 'Fine.' So I bought the car for 900 bucks."

Having purchased the Buick, Jason turned his attention to getting the car out of the driveway.

"I am looking at the driveway and I am looking at the car, and he says to me, 'You want me to back it out of the driveway for you?'

"I said, 'It runs?'

"He said, 'Oh yeah, no problem.' He started it up and backed it out and parked it in the street for me."

Jason was dumbfounded to drive the rusty-looking Buick under its own power. The quarter-panels were rusted "almost to the floor," and the roof had "a lot of surface rust." He had purchased the Buick as a parts car and thought he was going to have to drag the GS 455 into the street and onto his trailer.

"When I was looking at the car I was adding up what I could sell the hood for, and what I could sell the engine for. The car had good bones. It had a good frame, good trunk and floors. It was just too nice to part out, so I wound up doing all the mechanical work and making it into a car again."

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