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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 20th, 20, 3:52 PM Thread Starter
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Laguna Pics

Not really a build thread yet, but there have been some requests for pics of my Laguna. I have a completely stock 1975 California complete with baked interior! Then it spent 10 years in Michigan sitting under a pine tree without cover! It is in need of a restoration and will eventually get one, right now I have it on top of a 4-post lift in the back corner of my shop as I am currently working on a 1978 Chevy C20 Camper Special (my wife's choice) and a 1978 GMC K25 to be used at my home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I need to get the GMC up north this spring so that is my current priority.








The Laguna has the original 350 4-bbl and still sports all of the original California emissions equipment. I had been kicking around building a 383 to really wake it up, then stumbled on a complete LS1 - sold the 383 just in time to find out the LS1 was also sold. Found a nice looking 400 block only to find out it had an 8" crack in the valley area that went from a water jacket to a lifter bore - 200 # of scrap. My son reminded me I have a 427 sitting under the Laguna that was going to be put in his 1966 Caprice - he sold the Caprice as a roller and I still have my 427! I will most likely put that in the Laguna along with a TH200-4R I have laying around. I bought the Laguna because somehow my son talked my wife into giving up the 1969 Grand Prix I bought her - my son used it in his wedding and his wife got attached to it. My wife was fine giving up the GP because of the Camper Specail - I wanted the Laguna because I have always want one!



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Nice fleet, from the Camper Special with Exterior Decor 2-tone & swing-out camper mirrors, of course the GP, and nice Laguna. It looks like you got a solid & complete one which puts you miles ahead. No vinyl roof, which is a relief. Usually you have to remove them to fix the bubbles underneath, and the window moldings get trashed in the process. Swivel buckets!

In '75 you could go with or without side striping. Non-stripe Lagunas would have the same wide rocker & lower door moldings as the Malibu Classic, but only in 1975. Buckets were optional in '75 (unlike '74 when they were standard).

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Swivel Buckets - console, Economy gauge package. Engine fire up right away, little puff of smoke and a little piston slap, but it doe have 150K on the engine. Original Y-Pipe to the converter, which is also original, rest of the exhaust has been replaced. It is solid, but need some TLC.

The GP is original except a paint job - no rust and no bondo! The Camper Special is a local vehicle that was owned by an RV dealership, used to transport 5th wheels to local sites, then stored during the winter when the owners went to Florida! the GMC is an Arizona truck, a lot of the AZ dessert keep falling on me when working on the underside, but no rust!
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Thanks for the pics Tom, brings back lots of memories. I was born and raised in Lansing, and lived there until 2001. I had 2 '74 Lagunas, one maroon with white stripes, maroon interior and one brown with white stripes, tan interior , both 350 w auto trans. Both cars had swivel buckets and console. Fun cars to drive. Hopefully you can get to yours soon. Terry
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1974 chevelle with 73 laguna nose sbc 357 Brodix IK180 heads Comp Cams XE274H Edelbrock RPM airgap 650 AED double pumper, M20 muncie, Truetrac with 3.73s
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Terry, I am a Yooper living in the south! I see you are in Sacramento, spent some time there in the Air Force almost 40 years ago - do not miss the smog Nazi's! I do have a place in the UP where I plan on retiring, has plenty of room for my toys!

Justin, if I can stumble across a good set up like I did and missed, I will jump on it! My son still feels that LS is the way to go because that is what his generation expects. His friends call me on Old School Grandpa, yet I am the one they come to with mechanical issues - they know computers. I like that the younger guys actually look up to me and my years of experience, it is only fair I listen to them. I have a couple of years before I get back on the Laguna, the braking system failed as I was putting it in storage so it is really time to go through the car before I put it back on the road - give it what it deserves.
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I built my sbc when I was 18, swapped in the 4 speed when I was 17. Just turned 21 two weeks ago and it’s time for me to go LS T56 for me to build a BUDGET “Pro-touring” car. I think that’s we’re the enjoyment comes in, when you have a car that gets good MPG and has an OD to take on the freeway.
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Really nice fleet you got there.Both the Lumina and the GP are great cars and the trucks ain't no slouch's either
Considering that Lumina sat out in the Ca sun then under a Michigan pine tree it don't look so bad,consider that car lucky Does the GP have buckets/console or the bench seat ?

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GP has buckets and console. The base 350 HP 400 (10:1 compression) and TH400 with the factory ratchet shifter, it really hauls when you get enough octane, cornering needs to be worked on! It is the original engine, exhaust has been replaced with Ram Air Restoration Long Branch manifolds (2.5" outlet) into 2.5" duals. I have heard it described as a "long hood GTO" since they shared the same base driveline.
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GP has buckets and console. The base 350 HP 400 (10:1 compression) and TH400 with the factory ratchet shifter, it really hauls when you get enough octane, cornering needs to be worked on! It is the original engine, exhaust has been replaced with Ram Air Restoration Long Branch manifolds (2.5" outlet) into 2.5" duals. I have heard it described as a "long hood GTO" since they shared the same base driveline.
I did some very helpful suspension upgrades and it actually handles super flat. I did new bushing all round, new Global west offset A-Arm shaft to be better alignment, Viking double adjustable coilovers in the front with big sway bars and Bilstien shocks in the rear. Surprising handles really well and it’s nice when you can stuff huge tires in there things easily.

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