Radiator top plate.

Discussion in 'Classic Buicks' started by Andrew Sury, Dec 28, 2019.

  1. Andrew Sury

    Andrew Sury Well-Known Member

    My 72 has a stamped steel rad plate, my disasembled 70 has a plastic plate. Which is right for a 70?

    Andy
     
  2. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Depends on the build date of the '70.

    Plastic radiator cover, clear top overflow tank and pointed gauge lenses were part of the "early build" cars - cars assembled before the 1st/2nd week of January.

    As January rolled on, they switched to the metal radiator cover, black cover overflow tank and flat lenses.

    Of course, this isn't entirely set in stone, as my car is considered an early build but has flat gauge lenses as opposed to the pointed one.

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  3. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    During mid year 70 they switched seat knobs from chrome to black.
     
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  4. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Mine are chrome.

    My rear sail panel courtesy lenses are later production as well.
     
  5. Andrew Sury

    Andrew Sury Well-Known Member

    I'll get the build date on the 70 when it stops raining. Just went to drive the 72 on the trailer to take it to work to part it, and the skies let loose. Even though the 72 is roached the interior is nice and the top is down. I know both cars have flat faced lenses on the gauges so my guess the 70 is a late build.
     
  6. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Pictures of the cowl tag may help.
     
  7. Andrew Sury

    Andrew Sury Well-Known Member

    Looks like 4th week, January
     

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  8. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Yep.

    Not sure how the plastic cover ended up there but weirder things have happened.
     
  9. Andrew Sury

    Andrew Sury Well-Known Member

    I bought the car as a roller and a ton of parts in the trunk. The top plate, fan shroud, 4 row rad, long arm rests, all the chrome, mint bumpers, and a 6AL setup. But it has Chevy mounts in it. I got it from a shop that does high dollar builds for alot of sports figures. It was a lien car. Sumbody ran out of money at a very expensive shop. But besides the title, there is zero pedigree on the car. In the end it will be a high end clone. The drivetrain going in is all 72 Stage 1.
     
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