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Unobtainable Parts Question (Convertible Vent Window Struggle)


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Hi again, I’m grateful to have a group of professionals who’ve been at this antique car game for a long time and have run into my problems before.

 

I am at my wits end on this damn ‘47 Buick Super passenger vent window frame. I have called yards from New York, to Oklahoma, Idaho, Tennessee, Montana, Philadelphia, etc. etc. since I got this car in July.  
 

I bought a 1950 vent window frame off eBay thinking I could message it in some how. (you all know how that turned out). I’m starting to come to the sinking feeling I’m not going to find an original.

 

what do you concours guys do when you run into this problem??? And before you answer, I’m far from rich lol. What are my options here? Thank you for looking at this post.

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I am not an expert on this era of Buicks but a little research seems to indicate that 1942-1948 are the same basic body style, so it is likely that those years all use the same vent windows. You might try expanding your search to those other years. Also, Doug Seybold specializes in that era of Buicks. 

He can likely help you and could at least confirm if those years all use the same vent windows.

 

From an old Hemmings article online, I found this contact information for him:

Doug Seybold Restoration Specialists 2761 Clark Parkway Westlake, Ohio 44145 440-835-1193

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Thanks guys, I did get some info from a cool member who showed me years and models that fit, and when I talk to yards I start with “I’m looking for any 1942 to 1948 GM convertible right side vent window”. That same guy told me about Doug but I need the broken parts in hand. I have only the broken bottom, no other parts. Here’s a pic.

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1 hour ago, MCHinson said:

I am not an expert on this era of Buicks but a little research seems to indicate that 1942-1948 are the same basic body style, so it is likely that those years all use the same vent windows. You might try expanding your search to those other years. Also, Doug Seybold specializes in that era of Buicks. 

He can likely help you and could at least confirm if those years all use the same vent windows.

 

From an old Hemmings article online, I found this contact information for him:

Doug Seybold Restoration Specialists 2761 Clark Parkway Westlake, Ohio 44145 440-835-1193

Hey, I just called Dougs number and he answered... it’s 7 PM in CA, this guy is still working in his shop in Ohio lol. He said he can help me! You guys rock, thank you! MCHinson, that car in your thumbnail is baddass man

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14 hours ago, Miguelg510 said:

Thanks guys, I did get some info from a cool member who showed me years and models that fit, and when I talk to yards I start with “I’m looking for any 1942 to 1948 GM convertible right side vent window”. That same guy told me about Doug but I need the broken parts in hand. I have only the broken bottom, no other parts. Here’s a pic.

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Suggest one last phone call to Weeklys Auto! Grand Forks, ND next to Grand Forks AFB. GOOGLE MAP THEM AND B AMAZED. Hope that helps. Got my convrt only ash trays and holders from a 47 there. Good luck!

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I am helping my brother Ed, sell parts from a 47 Roadmaster convertible and he has both vent frames in very good condition.  Please call Ed at 440 655-9824 if your still in need.  He has many other parts in a range of condition. 

 

Stay safe, 
 

Jim

 

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6 hours ago, Killshot169 said:

I am helping my brother Ed, sell parts from a 47 Roadmaster convertible and he has both vent frames in very good condition.  Please call Ed at 440 655-9824 if your still in need.  He has many other parts in a range of condition. 

 

Stay safe, 
 

Jim

 

Hey I just saw this and texted that number even though I know it’s really late it’s 10:30 at night here in California. I just didn’t want to miss this. Thank you for this!

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