So I had a 200 GP GT that was supposed to be my daily driver. I got it for 900 with a "blown" trans. Turned out to be a broken forward band. I ended up buying new bands and a few more goodies and dove into my first transmission. After getting it together successfully, I ran the hell out of it for about 6 months and I t-boned a 2016 escalade that turned in front of me. I was doing 45 and had almost no time to react. Of course the car was totalled.
After the insurance money came through I started looking for a gtp. To no avail. Every one that I looked at was beat to ****, rotted out, or clapped out. So I got in touch with someone who knew of more uncommon vehicles. He pointed me to the rest of the supercharged 3800 equipped cars. I found a Regal GS (how the granny slapper was coined is another post) for 1300. It was on the outer edges of a small town. No traffic aside from neighbors so it didn't get much curb appeal and nobody looks for Buicks around here anymore unless they want one specifically. It looked exceptionally clean so. I decided to make the hour drive.
All said and done I bought it. Rockers are solid. Rusty, but solid. Strut towers are solid as well. Has 240k. Decently cared for. Little leaky but not bad. After insurance I paid 60 bucks out of pocket. Not bad. Threw an autozone black cone filter on the throttle body to get a little more whine out of it that day and I removed the supercharged badge so people quit trying to race me.
I've since cleaned it up under hoodnto find the oil leaks, bought struts to replace the knocking rear ones, a valve cover gasket set, and an oil pan gasket.
I swapped all the exterior 194s to LEDs. The mirror maps and coat hook rear headliner lights too. Need to get more to finish the trunk, glove box and foot wells.
Also gave it a good wash, hard cut and a solid coat of wax. Few exterior blemishes but nothing horrible. The car is really nice. Only had it a few weeks
Sent from a flagged XT1254