1985 Buick Regal – The Reincarnation

It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again with This ’85 Regal

Sometimes when changes occur in our lives, they all seem to happen at the same time. Like the old saying goes, when it rains it pours. For Gary Craddock of Louisville, Kentucky, a lot of those changes bottlenecked all at once. The end of a relationship, starting a new job, and buying a new car. Well, actually the last part isn’t completely true. Gary’s first car was an ’85 Buick Regal, so when he purchased this one it was like revisiting an old friend. Although the car was not running and was originally intended as just a driver, it took on a life of its own concurrent with Gary’s life starting over in certain ways. It seemed only befitting that the car be named “Born Again.”

At the time, Gary was actually working on a ’66 Impala. When Gary put in a new 350 engine, he put the chromed accessories intended for the Impala on the Buick motor and that sort of started the domino effect of the car going from mediocre driver to show-worthy low low. The block was also punched .30 over, given a 650-cfm Edelbrock carb, and tied to the original 350 transmission. It’s also painted to match the car.

For frame and suspension duties, Brent Greer (owner of Pitbull Hydraulics in Louisville) provided four of his pumps, an Adex super-duty dump, and fully wrapped the frame. The upper A-arms were given 2-inch extensions and adjustable tubular training arms were also installed. Ten batteries power the 12-inch cylinders in the back with 8-inchers in the front. Four switches raise everything up to view the totally chromed undercarriage done by Nice & Easy Plating in San Diego, California, and reinforced rearend. Street Toys Customs in Jackson, Mississippi, did the hydraulic installation.

The Buick’s roof and quarter panels were fiberglassed for strength and emblems were completely shaved. The entire car was also gapped and body panels made wider so they’re not chipped while hopping. It was all shod in DuPont Molten Bronze by Maurice Andrews at Street Toys who also did the House of Kolor patterns and murals. It all rolls on 13×7 LA Wire wheels and Firestone rubber.

Interior appointments were kept pretty faithful to stock and include the 60/40 split bench recovered in saddle brown leather by Little Joe’s Upholstery in Jackson, Mississippi, and an LA Wire steering wheel. The dash and some other components were dyed to match. A Kenwood touchscreen head unit with two 6-inchers and four 10-inchers by Extreme Auto Sound in Louisville ensure that things go bump in the night.

So while things looked a bit uncertain in Gary’s life at one point, it just goes to show you how things can start over for the better with a little perseverance. His lifelong lowrider obsession has not only helped culminate in this car, but those of you may have also seen his stroller “Reborn” in a previous issue of Lowrider. Gary would like to thank his mom and dad, Devin, Phil, Brent, Maurice, Walt, April, and his Individuals family for their support. What’s old is definitely new again.

Tech Specs

Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 1985 Buick Regal

Vehicle Nickname: Born Again

Owner: Gary Craddock

City/State: Louisville, Kentucky

Club: Individuals

Engine: 350 with Edelbrock carb and 350 trans

Body/Paint: Roof and quarter panels were fiberglassed, emblems shaved. Gapped and panels widened. DuPont Molten Bronze by Maurice Andrews at Street Toys who also did the House of Kolor patterns and murals.

Suspension: Four Pitbull Hydraulics pumps, Adex super-duty dump, and fully wrapped frame. The upper A-arms extended 2 inches and adjustable tubular trailing arm. Ten batteries, 12-inch rear cylinders, 8-inch front cylinders. Four switches, chromed undercarriage by Nice & Easy Plating in San Diego, CA, and reinforced rearend. Street Toys Customs in Jackson, Mississippi, did the hydraulic installation.

Interior: Saddle brown leather

Sound System: Kenwood touchscreen head unit and speakers

Wheels/Tires: 13×7 LA Wires / Firestone 155/80/R13