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I am sure this has been talked about many times but I am finding very limited information on it. I recently purchased a 1968 buick lesabre and the front suspension is very tired. So i am looking to change the springs but cannot find anything to replace them with.
 

Next is the trunk, is the only way to get into it by using the key?
 

and next is hood hinge there were not any with the car. Has anyone retrofitted later year hinges that worked? 1965 skylark hinges seem similar but also hard to find. 
 

sorry if this has been talked about. I used the search function and have not found anything concrete.

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1) For springs I would check with Eaton or Coil Spring Specialties.

 

https://www.eatondetroitspring.com/findmyvehicle/

 

https://coilsprings.com/classic-cars/

 

2) As Chris said, remove the back seat to get access to the trunk.  You may be able to use a ratchet wrench, socket and long extension to unbolt the latch from the lid.  Or, rig something to allow you to turn the latch release where the tang attached to the lock cylinder protrudes.  Turn the tang CCW about 1/4 turn to release the latch.

 

3) Hood hinges may be interchangeable for the '68 - '70 LeSabere.  Maybe someone on the forum with access to a Buick parts book of Hollander manual can confirm that.  I would check Ebay and then Buick sources such as:

 

https://buickfarm.com/?s=hood+hinge&post_type=product&type_aws=true

 

https://www.dvap.com/salvage/1968-buick-le-sabre-4-door-ht-68vu4898b/

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Look in the glovebox. The car might have a power trunk release button in there which can be used to pop the trunk lid open.

 

It could be either vacuum or electrically operated; GM was using both styles in late 60s.

 

Use a mity-vac vacuum pump for vacuum trunk or the car battery if it's electric.

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For the 1968 Buick big cars, the hinges are the same for LeSabre, Wildcat, Electras, and Rivs.

As of the 05-72 or the 1946-72 Buick Chassis Parts Book, the part numbers were 1387100 rh and 1387101 lh.  

While the hinges were the same for all 1968 large Buick models, the springs are unique to LeSabre, as the others used a different (probably stronger) spring.  But they should work, just have to make sure the hinges are lubed well for minimum internal friction.

 

Eaton Detroit Spring was (and probably still is) the supplier of GM and other current vendors for front springs.  Just tell them about the car's equipment (engine, factory a/c, etc.), although you can order then online, and get the ones for "factory ride height".  The advantage of using their website is that on the top menu bar, on the page with the part numbers and specs, at the rh end of that upper bar is a car brand Logo, click on that to bring up a sales brochure!

 

Good luck,

NTX5467

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Thank you guys, the links are much appreciated. 
 

My kids and I built a 66 gmc together. And now we are building “the Batmobile” as they are calling it. So I will definitely be sending one of them into the trunk to try the latch. The previous owner somewhere along the lines “tubbed” and rounded out the rear wheel wells to fit drag radials so we definitely have our work cut out for us. Overall the car seems healthy and mostly rust free. Has a SBC 350 instead of the Buick. But we are on the hunt for another big block or if we are lucky a buick 350
 

 

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We had a '68 LeSabre 400 coupe. That was back when my Peacoat was fairly new. The owner did a tuneup on the car and if wouldn't run smoothly afterwards. I know I paid less than a hundred bucks, threw away the new Champion spark plugs and put in AC's, all it took.

 

In these parts it is nice to have a tall wife. They can brush the snow off the car roof easily. We were just talking about that yesterday.

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Oh, don't forget, the salesman said the '68 had a new longer hood.

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On 1/14/2024 at 6:57 AM, EmTee said:

1) For springs I would check with Eaton or Coil Spring Specialties.

 

https://www.eatondetroitspring.com/findmyvehicle/

 

https://coilsprings.com/classic-cars/

 

2) As Chris said, remove the back seat to get access to the trunk.  You may be able to use a ratchet wrench, socket and long extension to unbolt the latch from the lid.  Or, rig something to allow you to turn the latch release where the tang attached to the lock cylinder protrudes.  Turn the tang CCW about 1/4 turn to release the latch.

 

3) Hood hinges may be interchangeable for the '68 - '70 LeSabere.  Maybe someone on the forum with access to a Buick parts book of Hollander manual can confirm that.  I would check Ebay and then Buick sources such as:

 

https://buickfarm.com/?s=hood+hinge&post_type=product&type_aws=true

 

https://www.dvap.com/salvage/1968-buick-le-sabre-4-door-ht-68vu4898b/

Well i can confirm 1969-1970 hinge will not work, mount bolt pattern is not the same. But I will get crafty and find a way to make them work. 

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