70 Electra

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  1. Great story, and beautiful car! Thanks for sharing. Evidence clearly points to it being a Curtice car. That makes it a one-of-a-kind treasure!
  2. Brand-new, never installed, 7-pc roof rail weatherstrip kit for 59-60 GM convertibles. This is Steele Rubber Products brand, the highest quality and most accurate reproduction rubber weatherstripping on the market. It is constructed using real molded rubber, with metal cores and threaded studs, just like the originals. Many of you know that Steele-brand rubber parts are the next best thing to NOS, and possibly even better since they are fresh and supple—not dried and hard as NOS often is. This kit is Steele part number 60-0546-65. It fits B-body GM convertibles from 1959-60, which includes Chevrolet Impala, Buick LeSabre and Invicta, Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 and Super 88, and Pontiac Catalina, Ventura, and Bonneville. It does NOT fit Olds 98, Buick Electra, or Cadillac convertibles because they have a slightly longer roof. It does NOT fit any other years—only 1959 and 1960. Photos available upon request, or just search Detroit Craigslist where a picture ad is listed. I bought this kit when I was replacing the convertible top on my 1960 Buick LeSabre. However, it turned out that the original weatherstripping was in such good condition that I chose to reuse it. (A benefit of having a 12,000 mile car!) In any case, I no longer need this kit, and would like to sell it to another collector or restorer that has use for it. I originally paid $360 for this excellent kit, and would like to get $250. Remember, this weatherstrip has never been installed, and is exactly what you would be getting from Steele Rubber Products. Free shipping to AACA forum members, if prepaid with PayPal. Please contact me by PM. Thanks, and Happy New Year!
  3. FOR SALE: Brand-new, never installed, 7-pc roof rail weatherstrip kit for 59-60 GM convertibles. This is Steele Rubber Products brand, the highest quality and most accurate reproduction rubber weatherstripping on the market. It is constructed using real molded rubber, with metal cores and threaded studs, just like the originals. Many of you already know that Steele-brand rubber parts are the next best thing to NOS, and possibly even better since they are fresh and supple—not dried and hard as NOS often is. This kit is Steele part number 60-0546-65. It fits B-body GM convertibles from 1959-60, which includes Chevrolet Impala, Buick LeSabre and Invicta, Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 and Super 88, and Pontiac Catalina, Ventura, and Bonneville. It does NOT fit Olds 98, Buick Electra, or Cadillac convertibles because they have a slightly longer roof. It does NOT fit any other years—only 1959 and 1960. Photos available upon request, or check out the picture ad in Detroit Craigslist, where it is listed locally. I bought this kit when I was replacing the convertible top on my 1960 Buick LeSabre. However, it turned out that the original weatherstripping was in such good condition that I chose to reuse it. (A benefit of having a 12,000 mile car!) In any case, I no longer need this kit, and would like to sell it to another collector or restorer that has use for it. Steele sells these for $360, which is what I paid. I'd like to get $250 out of it. Remember, this weatherstrip has never been installed, and is exactly what you would be getting from Steele Rubber Products. I'm located in SE Michigan, but will ship it free to AACA forum members, if you prepay with PayPal. Contact me by PM. Thanks, and Happy New Year!
  4. Hi Folks. I have a NOS RH quarter panel for a 71-2 Electra coupe. ( Maybe fits 73 also, with mods?) It's in great shape with minor surface rust on the outside and mint original black primer on the inside. No dents, or other damage. Note that section behind the rear wheels can be cut-off to use on a 4-door Electra. Was looking for $450, but willing to negotiate if it goes to a forum member. I am located in metro Detroit. No shipping, but am willing to meet up to 100 miles away, if item is pre-paid. Contact me by PM for pictures or any questions. Thanks!
  5. Pete, Sounds like the same/similar material that was used on Chevys and Pontiacs. A decent reproduction of this package tray "mesh" is available from repro places like Impala Bob, Year One, etc. Be sure to specify the "mesh" type (typically on Caprice), not the plain cardboard (typically on Impala and BelAir). You will likely have to order a tray large enough that you can cut it down to the correct 70 Buick size.
  6. Looking to buy NOS LH taillamp lens for 1970 Electra. P/N is 5963505 (second design) and 5962579 (first design). I am only interested in the chrome strip (must be excellent), so it doesn't matter if lens is first design or second design, or if the lens is cracked. Please, no used parts. I've yet to see a used one where the chrome strip is not pitted, peeling, or worn thru to the die-cast metal. I do not check this forum regularly, so if you wish to reach me, please use PM. THANKS!
  7. Looking to TRADE* my NOS RH quarter rocker molding (8700965) for a NOS LH side quarter rocker molding (8700966). This is the DIE-CAST rocker molding that goes behind the rear wheels on 69-70 Electra models. I might consider selling it, but would really prefer to trade for a LH piece. Please don't ask me to trade my NOS part for a used piece---I am looking for excellent NOS (same as my RH molding). I do not regularly check this forum, so please send PM to reach me. THANKS!! *sorry, the thread made me pick "sell" or "buy"--there was no choice for "trade"
  8. I am seeking the whereabouts of the two trucks shown in the attached photos, for possible use in a special display. Both were previously part of the 57 Heaven Museum, and were sold at Mecum auction in 2009. Does anyone know of these trucks, or who might own them now? 1. 1957 Ford F100 Styleline pickup. Yellow & white. 2. 1957 Mercury M100 pickup. Green & white Anyone with information on the location of these trucks (or similarly nice examples of STOCK 57-60 Ford/Mercury widebox pickups) is asked to send me a PM. THANKS!!
  9. Just reading this now, and felt obliged to respond. The difference in console is not between Invicta and Electra as Dick suggests.... It is between 60 and 61. The 61 console is narrower.
  10. Excellent! Thanks for the tip. I will get in touch with Bill. Thanks again, Greg
  11. I am trying to get in touch with the owner of the red/white '59 El Camino that was part of a "truck display" in the AACA Museum in 2008. I would like to ask him some questions about the interior of the truck. The AACA Museum has been contacted, but was unable to help. Attached are a couple of pictures of the truck. It has Pennsylvania antique plates, and I believe it may have received an AACA award in 2007. Seems like that should narrow it down.... I know there's not that many show-quality '59 El Caminos out there! Anyone with information, please send a PM as I do not check this forum on daily basis.
  12. I've had a number of cars with original bootwell. There's no question that the correct orientation is for the black cloth (the "brown" you see is faded black) on the upper surface, and the rubberized material is on the bottom (trunk) side. This original bootwell fabric was extremely thin and flexible, and reminded me of an old-fashioned rain coat. Unfortunately due to age and sunlight, the fabric would fade and the rubber would crack. Plus they are usually damaged or discarded during convertible top replacement---most shops would rather sell you a new bootwell, than go out of their way to preserve an original one! I have never seen a correct reproduction, and most seem to be made (inexpensively) out of inverted convertible top material (with black fabric "UP" and pinpoint-grain vinyl "DOWN"). While this probably works just fine, it looks wrong and is much to thick and inflexible.
  13. btt Still for sale. I've noticed a lot more interest in the 71-76 Electra's, so perhaps there will be renewed interest in this quarter panel.... Price has crept up to $500, which is still a hell of a deal for a NOS 2dr hardtop quarter panel. If you've got one of these cars, it is worth while to buy this "just in case". Note that my previous "Hershey offer" (made in the original posting) was from 2009, and I'm not sure if I will be going this year.
  14. and STILL looking..... Would prefer to buy outright, but would consider trade up/down for some of my 1970 NOS parts
  15. Was replacing a broken stab bar link bolt on my kid's 2002 Century, and found the stab bar itself was also broken (It's tubular, and therefore has "double thickness" at the connection to the link bolt---one of the two layers of metal cracked off). I'd never come across this, but perhaps because I am used to older cars with SOLID bars. A quick look at the internet enlighted me and I now realize this is extremely common issue on these cars with tubular bars. THE QUESTION: Do you really need to drop the back of the subframe in order to get the old stab bar out? This is what the service manual says to do. I can't believe that GM would tell the dealers to do this, if it wasn't necessary, but I'm looking for feedback from anyone that's done the job. I'd like to do this myself, for economical reasons, but am a bit hesitant to start unbolting the subframe from the body on a 10yr old car---especially in my home garage. Thoughts? Comments? Recommendations? Thanks!
  16. Was looking at the Buicks going up for auction April 21-22 at the Novi auction here in Michigan. Noticed there are two rare pre-war Buick Centurys in the sale. One is a 1940 Century Converible Coupe, Model 66C. It is one of only 542 made, according to my Buick books. This car belongs to a friend, and it seems to be a pretty solid car that still has the old heavy undercoating underneath. He has hardly driven the car since he bought it about six years ago. It seems to have a lot of original parts and details and he showed me the original data plate that shows it is a real 66C. I helped him put a new radiator, water pump and fuel pump on it several years ago. I know he also had the brakes done about that time and converted to silicone fluid. It had a cosmetic restoration in the early '80s, I think, and still looks really good on the road, but you can see the laquer paint has started to spiderweb in several places when you get up close. It would need to be restored to be a real show car, but it would sure make a great one. My friend says he even believes the front floor mat that has carpeted inserts is original. The other Century is a '38 Model 67 "Streamline Sport Sedan." That is the rare style with the smooth back. Standard Catalog of Buicks says 1,515 were made. I haven't seen this one myself but the owner of the '40 Century has and he says it is cleaning up pretty nicely after years of storage. The '38 owner had a guy get it running and driving for the first time in a long time. The interior looks amazingly nice in the photos on the auction company website. The guy who helped the owner get the '38 running says the trim strips missing in the photos are on the car now. I don't own these cars, am not personally interested in buying either one and don't know the reserves put on them. If you're interested in seeing them, try to get to the auction and judge for yourself their value and condition. Just wanted to share these with you other Buick guys because these must be a rare pair and although my own Buicks tend to newer models, I know these old Centurys were cool and fast cars. There are more details about the cars and photos here: 1940 Century Convertible Coupe http://www.classicmotorcarauctions.com/novi12/product.php?id=6183<O:p</O:p 1938 Century Streamline Sport Sedan (flatback)<O:p</O:p<O:p</O:p http://www.classicmotorcarauctions.com/novi12/product.php?id=6547<O:p</O:p See all the Buicks in the auction by clicking on the Inventory link from these pages. There were nine Buicks lined up for the auction last time I looked.<O:p<!-- google_ad_section_end -->
  17. Was looking at the Buicks going up for auction April 21-22 at the Novi auction here in Michigan. Noticed there are two rare pre-war Buick Centurys in the sale. One is a 1940 Century Converible Coupe, Model 66C. It is one of only 542 made, according to my Buick books. This car belongs to a friend, and it seems to be a pretty solid car that still has the old heavy undercoating underneath. He has hardly driven the car since he bought it about six years ago. It seems to have a lot of original parts and details and he showed me the original data plate that shows it is a real 66C. I helped him put a new radiator, water pump and fuel pump on it several years ago. I know he also had the brakes done about that time and converted to silicone fluid. It had a cosmetic restoration in the early '80s, I think, and still looks really good on the road, but you can see the laquer paint has started to spiderweb in several places when you get up close. It would need to be restored to be a real show car, but it would sure make a great one. My friend says he even believes the front floor mat that has carpeted inserts is original. The other Century is a '38 Model 67 "Streamline Sport Sedan." That is the rare style with the smooth back. Standard Catalog of Buicks says 1,515 were made. I haven't seen this one myself but the owner of the '40 Century has and he says it is cleaning up pretty nicely after years of storage. The '38 owner had a guy get it running and driving for the first time in a long time. The interior looks amazingly nice in the photos on the auction company website. The guy who helped the owner get the '38 running says the trim strips missing in the photos are on the car now. I don't own these cars, am not personally interested in buying either one and don't know the reserves put on them. If you're interested in seeing them, try to get to the auction and judge for yourself their value and condition. Just wanted to share these with you other Buick guys because these must be a rare pair and although my own Buicks tend to newer models, I know these old Centurys were cool and fast cars. There are more details about the cars and photos here: 1940 Century Convertible Coupe: <O:p</O:p http://www.classicmotorcarauctions.com/novi12/product.php?id=6183<O:p</O:p 1938 Century Streamline Sport Sedan (flatback)<O:p</O:p<O:p</O:p http://www.classicmotorcarauctions.com/novi12/product.php?id=6547<O:p</O:p See all the Buicks in the auction by clicking on the Inventory link from these pages. There were nine Buicks lined up for the auction last time I looked.<O:p
  18. Rilla, Thanks for thinking of me, but in the picture that you posted, I can clearly see that the chrome molding on the lens is badly pitted. (Please see "NOTE 1" above. In order to consider a used lens, it would need to have EXCELLENT chrome.) Thanks, Greg