New to the forum... brought my 80' Regal with me

ArnoldSTL

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Sep 3, 2022
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Hello from metro St. Louis!
I am the owner of a 1980 Buick Regal Limited and joined the forum seeking advice and ideas for my car. I inherited this car from my father who in-turn was given this car for the cost of a tune-up,... no really. The car had belonged to my great aunt but had been tucked away in a garage for nearly a decade before my great uncle asked him to tune it up and see if it would run. Sadly my dad passed away in the fall of 2015, he left the car with me hoping that my son and I would take it on as a project car. In spite of what the plates say this is a mid-west car it only spent about 6 years in California. While in California my father began work wanting to build it into a GN clone. It's currently riding on an all new suspension and all new brake system. He also installed an electric radiator, otherwise she's stock.
I'm not certain that I want to build this into a GN clone as much as I'd like a nice show car. I like its current appearance, that said it will need new paint and the leather interior is ready for retirement. I'm already in possession of like new buckets and rear seat, but will be on the lookout for a floor shift console, seat belts (needed for bucket seats current setup is split bench) and interior trim panels. I'll also be seeking advice on what to do with the motor and transmission, 0-60 could be timed on a sun dial.

Thanks for reading!

3.8L
3 speed automatic
 

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Turbo Zach

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Beautiful car. Make it what ever you want it to be. It is your car. I daily drive a 81 Century with a 3.8, so I understand. I inherited a 70 Nova. I have spent a lot of time and money changing that car to a street car. We call it my inheritance or Grampas car! At the end of the day it is yours and if you don't make it what you want you probably will not drive and enjoy it.
 
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airboatgreg

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Nice ride. Start enjoying and think about what you want to do with it. It'll come to you
 
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SS_Malibu

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Welcome to the GbodyForum!
Nice car. Your dad left it in good hands. I'm sure he will be proud to see the car continue to enjoy life no matter what route you take. I always try to make any changes look as if factory would have done it had they used good stuff. It looks like it belongs there but any who knows, knows it don't. Everyone else just thinks that's the way it came.
We are here to help however we can. Enjoy your car!
 
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Streetbu

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Welcome and nice car! My only suggestion, is come up with a plan and stick to it. Sounds easy right? Spend some time thinking about what you REALLY want out of it. Looks, performance, etc. Figure out what it will take to make that happen, and stick to your plan. That's where most of us get derailed.
 
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abbey castro

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Plans are paved with good intensions! Leave it as is, clean the engine compartment, wheel wells and so on. Or...... do what we all do f.... with it! It is a never-ending quest to finish the unfinishable!
 
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