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GSX hits some snags on its way to the 'Bricks'

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(08/19/10) - The work that goes into restoring some of the cars you see on the bricks is just amazing, and the restoration projects don't always go as planned.

One example is a 1970 Buick GSX we watched come off the frame in January.

It's back on the frame, but as Karen Gatlin reports, it won't make Back to the Bricks.

Its owner, however, has a new deadline in the not so distant future.

A quick recap on the 1970 Buick GSX owned by Roberta Vasilow.

There were only 678 of these cars were built. Hers is number 14.

In January it looked like this. Here it is in February.

Then April and then June.

Last week, it was evident it would not be ready for Back to the Bricks. "I want it done and done right, and it takes time. That's why we're a little bit behind schedule, but that's okay," Vasilow said.

Steve Caruso owns Caruso Performance & Restoration. "I was really looking forward to debuting this car there. I mean, that was the whole goal all along."

Steve took weeks to fill holes on the bottom of the car. Finally it looked like this.

Then in June, the chassis was reassembled. The engine, transmission and the suspension were in place and the car went back on the frame.

At the time, Vasilow knew they were pushing the deadline.

"Just hope we can make it," she said.

Caruso is going for authenticity. "The original assembly manual that they used on the factory floor had all the parts numbers, has all the two letter codes, had all the information. This DU on the steering box is the original code. This steering box is very specific to 70 Buick GSXs."

The body now needs the front clip, the doors, the trunk lid and the spoiler. Once the parts are on, it's time for primer and paint.

Fast forward from June to early August. Caruso is still preparing for paint because he encountered some unexpected problems along the way.

"See, I got this nice and level right now. When we first bolted these fenders on, this fender was about a quarter inch below the hood," he pointed out.

"The hood has an arc to it and these fenders were flat. For whatever reason, they made a whole bunch of them like that, and they're all out in the field. There's a brace under here. You have to drill all the spot welds out and actually pull this up and reweld it together."

Although it won't make Back to the Bricks, Vasilow has a new goal for its debut. "Pure Stock Muscle Car Race on September 17th."

If something happens that first day on the track, Vasilow says what was fixed once, can be fixed again.

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