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What We See and What We Now Have in Buick Cars

what you seeLooking a little closer at the 1970 Buick GSX on behalf of your Thunder Bay Buick Car Certified Service Dealer, we find even more interesting details to toss your way.  “Standard on GS models were functional hood scoops that mated to dual air-cleaner intakes. For the really power hungry, Buick offered the 455 Stage I performance package.”

There were things they did to change the making and inter-workings of these Buick Cars in Canada. They added a much hotter cam with even bigger valves that hat stronger springs and ported heads. The carburetor jetting was revised and improved upon at the time as well. Torque stayed the same for these Buick cars in Canada, but Buick put the horsepower at 360. The test being done at the time on these Buick Cars, rated them at over 400 hp.  Why would they sell these cars short? Well, maybe some didn’t feel the need for such power?  Afterall, more power means more fuel typically and back then did people really feel the need for this type of power without the efficiency that some of the modern day engines are able to provide?

One of the best things to share and discover on behalf of your Buick Car Dealership in Thunder Bay is the cost for packaging and how much less it was back then.  “A bargain at just $199, the Stage I package included a Positraction 3.64:1 axle and performance modifications to the available three- and four-speed manuals and the automatic.”  Hard to fully imagine all that these Buick Cars once were, it is also great to know that they had all that they had even to the consumers of this era.  Back in 1970, many of us were not even born yet and many more of us were not old enough yet to drive.  It is interesting then to compare what we know of today’s modern day Buick cars to those from 1970, don’t you think?

Looking Back Seventy Years Ago at This GMC Truck

1955Looking back in time, we are able to write on behalf of your Thunder Bay GMC Truck Service in ON and chat about some of the coolest trucks from our past.  The 1955 GMC Suburban pickup was the most recent truck in the spotlight for us and we already discussed much of what made this truck tick under the hood over seventy years ago.  “Of course, the 1955 GMC Suburban Pickup was a fully functional truck. It rode a 114-inch wheelbase and had a 6.5-foot-long cargo bed. The sturdy full-parallel frame boasted six crossmembers instead of the previous GMC pickup’s four.”

In addition to the above, these trucks also had expanded track dimensions along with both front and rear leaf springs that went up in length as well.  If you were reading any reviews 70 years ago regarding these Thunder Bay GMC Truck, you would learn, also, that the 1955 GMC Suburban Pickup ran with the standard 248.5-cid, 125-horsepower six that had been used since 1953. And, finally, we would be remiss without a discussion, or at least a mention of the one thing that everyone ooohed and ahhhed about back then and that is the introduction of any new trucks in the V-8 category.  “Big selling points for both Chevy and GMC’s 1955 truck lines were their first-ever optional V-8s.”

Did you know that GMC wasn’t meaning to create a masterpiece when they introduced the Suburban in 1955?  That’s right.  GMC intended its pickup as a promotional piece that would lure customers into showrooms, which would explain the single-season production run of only 300 units (one source claims 326). “GMC’s was the new 287.2-cid powerhouse from Pontiac, good for 155 bhp; the Cameo’s 265-cid Chevrolet V-8 was rated at 145 bhp. Like the Cameo, the Suburban could be ordered with any of four transmissions: heavy-duty three-speed, three-speed with overdrive, four-speed manual, or four-speed Dual-Range Hydra-matic.”

1970 Buick Cars

1970Writing today on behalf of your Thunder Bay Buick Cars Dealer in Canada, we come across an oldie but goodie in the world of Buick Cars in Thunder Bay.   Let’s slide all the way back to the 1970’s, shall we?  “General Motors surrendered itself to temptation in 1970 and lifted its 400-cid limit on intermediate models. That unleashed some of the quickest automobiles ever to come out of Detroit.”  In the Buick Car category, the 1970 Buick GSX was among them, doing its part to make this the pinnacle year for American muscle cars and making way for these Buick cars to eventually be sold and popular in Canada and other countries as well.

At the forefront of the rush to power amongst all of the car companies was none other than Buick cars.  Its performance offering was again based on the midsize Skylark, which got fresh styling that added two inches of body length on an unchanged wheelbase for the 1970 model and was amongst some of the most sought after Buick cars in Thunder Bay as well as most anywhere that sold Buick Cars.  “Replacing the GS 400 and its 400-cid V-8 was the GS 455, named for its new 455-cid V-8.”

Under the hood, the new set up for the Thunder Bay Buick cars, offered not only advantages of displacement, but had bigger valves, better heads, and a hotter camshaft, and its rating came in at 350 bhp. Its prodigious 510 lb-ft of torque (at a subterranean 2800 rpm) was exceeded among production cars only by Cadillac’s 474- and 500-cid V-8s, no one else’s new cars even came close back then.  Back then it was standard for these cars to get functional hood scoops, GS models that is.  These went along with dual air-cleaner intakes.