Added to the fleet: 1963 LeSabre wagon

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by The Big Guy, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. The Big Guy

    The Big Guy Nailhead Nation

    I just scored this '63 LeSabre wagon off eBay. I think it oozes cool. It's had a recent repaint on a rust free car, some interior work, and some re-chroming. It has factory a/c and factory tilt wheel. Odo shows 89,000 miles. My plans are to refresh the engine and a/c system, add fuel injection, replace the slushbox with a 4-speed AOD, split the front seat and add power seat tracks, and change to different wheels and tires. The guy that does my work is backed up, so it won't happen right away. I'm really excited about getting it, and now the wait begins.

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    The seller stated it had a 394, but the specs I've found show that it should have a 401. Which is correct?
     
  2. sriley531

    sriley531 Getting Carried Away....

    That's slick!!!
     
  3. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    A 394 was an early 60s Olds engine.

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    The seller stated it had a 394, but the specs I've found show that it should have a 401. Which is correct?[/QUOTE]
     
  4. bill lagna

    bill lagna Well-Known Member

    BEAUTIFULL !!!
    I like you idea about the 4 spd and wheel change.
    Also do the 2 x 4 set up !!!!!
    KILLER
    Bill
     
  5. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    Nice! Going to be a great cruiser with the overdrive. As Jim stated, 394 was an Oldsmobile.
     
  6. Smokey15

    Smokey15 So old that I use AARP bolts.

    You guys treed me. Nice looking wagon. What rims/tire combo are you considering?
     
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  7. BYoung

    BYoung Stage me

    I agree, it does ooze cool!
     
  8. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    Oh, and I may be interested in those "spider caps" when you get new wheels :D
     
  9. The Big Guy

    The Big Guy Nailhead Nation

    American Racing Torq Thrust in 17", silver center with polished rim, blackwall tires

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  10. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    Those will look great, hard to beat them or Cragars. They seem to look good on anything. I got to thinking about it while I was on lunch, and I bet the seller meant "364" as in a 364 Nailhead, which I believe is what an earlier car would have from the factory, but yours should be a 401 if I'm not mistaken..
     
  11. PCUB

    PCUB PCUB

    Looks like an "honest" car; drive and enjoy after you personalize. The way it should be.....
     
  12. OHC JOE

    OHC JOE BUILDIN A 1970 GSX CLONE

    That's a sweet looking wagon
    Congratulations.
    Now no sleep until she's in the driveway
     
  13. The Big Guy

    The Big Guy Nailhead Nation

    It does have a 401. I was also looking at an Olds Dynamic 88 with a 394. I confused myself.
     
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  14. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    I can dig it!!! 20181018_182426.jpg
     
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  15. The Big Guy

    The Big Guy Nailhead Nation

    The car arrived today. Much too cold to try to clean it up. It's pretty much as the seller said it was, with a few minor things. I had planned all along to keep the original motor, just refresh it. Now I'm going to try to salvage the original a/c compressor and use it. Still will ditch the carb and go to fuel injection. And the more I research it, and the more that I learn how difficult it is to swap it out with something else, I'm leaning towards keeping the Dynaflow and sending it off to be rebuilt by someone who knows what they're doing. It appears to be a solid car, and the paint is good.

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  16. The Big Guy

    The Big Guy Nailhead Nation

    The wheels/tires that came on the car were much too small, and IMHO butt ugly. So I upgraded to a set of 17" American Racing Torq Thrusts. The tires are the same overall diameter as what came on the car stock.

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  17. GranSportSedan

    GranSportSedan Puppet dictator, wife has all power

    I love it. Definitely not your run-of-the-mill classic car.
     
  18. Houmark

    Houmark Well-Known Member

    Nice car.. I would paint the inner circle in the rims white, just like the roof..
     
  19. Smokey15

    Smokey15 So old that I use AARP bolts.

    Wow! Big improvement. Good choice.
     
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  20. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    Looks good. Great choice on the wheels and tires size.
     

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