1960 Invicta - What would I be getting into?

Discussion in 'Classic Buicks' started by Dorsai, Nov 21, 2019.

  1. Dorsai

    Dorsai Member

    As I mentioned on my intro post the other day, I'd really like to get a '60 Invicta (or Electra, or LeSabre) to use as a daily driver. Just how bad of an idea is this?

    As an example of what I'm thinking about, someone on that thread mentioned that the '59-'60 cars are unique when it comes to suspensions. Unique in what way? Am I not going to be able to get shock absorbers?

    For that matter, what does parts availability for the Nailhead look like? Are things like alternators and water pumps still available, or is it all rebuilds and junkyard scavenges now?

    Finally, if maintaining the original engine is impractical (or I get a car without an engine to begin with), how amenable are these cars to swaps? How much power could I put in there if I wanted to go down that path?

    Educate me, please!
     
  2. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Any old car can be made to be dependable. I put a bunch of miles on my 60 and never had a problem...but I spent 2 months making sure it was up to the task.

    Engine or driveline swaps are difficult because of the torque tube design, as opposed to an open driveshaft. So if you swap the engine, the transmission won’t work with anything else...so you have to swap that, and as a result the driveshaft and rear end need to be changed. Keep it simple and drive it as it came from the factory. Forget about disc brake swap...the Buick finned aluminum drums are monsters and stop really well when the system is in good condition.
     
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  3. Dorsai

    Dorsai Member

    I suspected as much when it comes to swaps. Which is OK, as that's not my preferred direction in any case.

    I've heard good things about the brakes on these cars. How's the availability of parts for them?
     
  4. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Which parts? I don't recall any standard wear items being hard to find. Lots of specialty vendors out there for reproduction stuff, too. Sheet metal is a different story, though.
     
  5. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    You'll be good.
     
  6. 68 Wildcat

    68 Wildcat Dash Riprock

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  7. Dorsai

    Dorsai Member

    Fortunately, my budget is well north of $4500. :D
     
  8. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    If you are on Facebook, check out "1960 Buick Universe" group.
     
  9. cluxford

    cluxford Well-Known Member

    I've daily driven this since 2013. 1961 Lesabre. I do roughly 15,000 - 18,000 miles per year. Suspension is the same as any 59-64 GM. Mine's air bagged and I love it.

    My vote. Do it.

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  10. Dorsai

    Dorsai Member

    Wow, that’s gorgeous. What color is that?
     
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  11. mobileparts123

    mobileparts123 Well-Known Member

    I have all the mechanical parts for the 1958 - 1960 Buicks.
    Brakes, Front End, motor mounts, fuel pumps, water pumps, ignition, electrical and a whoooooooole lot more...
    U.S.A. made, not Chineseum... That part is solved...
     
  12. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    I also drive old stuff everyday. It's a lot more enjoyable than sitting in an appliance with all the other people. I actually look forward to the drive to and from work.
     
  13. WQ59B

    WQ59B Well-Known Member

    ‘59-60 has threaded bushings. By ‘64 they were rubber. Suspension arms don’t interchange with other GMs... there’s a bunch of differences.
     
  14. cluxford

    cluxford Well-Known Member

    Yes that is correct. I should have been more clear. Style and design of suspension is the same (X Frame). But yes many parts, especially Chevy, do not interchange with these Buicks. Some olds and Caddy stuff does.
     
  15. cluxford

    cluxford Well-Known Member

    I'll get the paint code
     
  16. Dorsai

    Dorsai Member

    I'd appreciate it. I've been thinking of red as my first choice, but that's a great shade of blue.
     
  17. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

  18. cluxford

    cluxford Well-Known Member

    It's Laguna Blue

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  19. mobileparts123

    mobileparts123 Well-Known Member

    Cluxford ---
    Don't know what fake news automotive catalog you can't read -- but NOT one single front end part for 1958 - 1960 Buicks will cross with Oldsmobile or Caddy parts, NOT one.

    Not Upper & Lower Ball Joints -- 1958 - 1960 Buick ONLY.
    Not Upper Control Arm Shafts & Bushings,
    Not Lower Control Arm Bushings,
    Not Inner & Outer Tie Rods,
    Not the Center Link & Idler Arm, etc., etc.

    Have no fear, Dorsai, I have you squared away when you need.....
     
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  20. cluxford

    cluxford Well-Known Member

    Well that’s what happens when you believe the so call experts. I was told they did by two Wrecking yards when hunting some parts. Thanks for the correction.
     

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