1965 Buick Wagon Resto-Mod “Billy Goat”

Owner: Ed Lagache

Work Performed:

  • Clean and paint engine compartment to prep for new engine.
  • T/A Performance 455C.I. Big block w/aluminum heads
  • 200R4 Art Carr Overdrive Transmission
  • High performance headers and exhaust
  • Convert vehicle to FAST Fuel Injection
  • Install new water pump and all cooling hoses
  • Install new radiator and electric fans
  • Fabricate wiring harness, pressure and return lines for fuel injection
  • Install 140 Amp Alternator
  • Custom custom tilt steering column assembly
  • Heavy duty shocks and springs front and rear
  • Install vintage air kit
  • Fabricate a/c hose for special routing
  • Relocate a/c & heater thru firewall
  • Fabricate cooling vents at dash
  • Install new gauge pack at dash

Briefly about the project

This family cruiser was Ed's childhood car. He set out to restore the trusty wagon to be safe and reliable. He also had aspirations of towing a small Airstream travel trailer and realized that the tired 300C.I. original engine was not going to give him the power he needed. Since his dad was the original owner he felt obligated to keep the power plant Buick. So he went with the performance built big block 455CI Buick engine mated to a 200R4 overdrive transmission. He also went with the FAST Fuel Injection System for improved drivability and fuel efficiency Ed also wanted modern a/c and a better vent system inside the car. He wanted it to look clean and stock both at the engine compartment and at the dash. We gave Greg Sisk the task to integrate the new a/c hoses with the existing piping and make it go through the firewall like it belonged there. The overall result is a unique car that has features that look original but never came on that car. This classic wagon now moves like no Buick Wagon from 1965!

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