68-69 wish list

Discussion in 'Repro Parts' started by matt68gs400, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. matt68gs400

    matt68gs400 Well-Known Member

    I polled a group of 68-69 peeps on FB and this is what was listed for wish list reproduction parts:

    68-69 wishlist items

    Center console floor shifter
    Side dome lenses or sail panel light (no tri shield)

    GS Fan shroud
    Radiator core support
    Full radiator support
    Rear quarters
    Dash pads
    Chrome trim, exterior
    Vinyl top trim
    Headlight bezels
    Tail light lenses

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  2. David G

    David G de-modded....

    The problem with almost all 68/69 model year specific items, is that volume doesn't justify the expense to reproduce, and the high resale price IF reproduced. The 68 rear interior courtesy lenses were made several years ago by Duane H, and it took forever for them to all sell. And we found the 68 housings were not even all the exact same specs! Some were shorter than the lenses that were made, so they wouldn't fit.

    Yes, it would be great if all these items were available, no doubt about it. I'm not trying to discourage it, but this gets kicked around every few years.
  3. Dalton69Skylark

    Dalton69Skylark Well-Known Member

    I'd like to find somewhere that also reproduces the '69 GS hood. A lot on that list can be found through OPG now. I have 1969 chrome trim I'm willing to part with, all but the drip rail moldings. But even those I saw in an OPG catalog.
  4. Dalton69Skylark

    Dalton69Skylark Well-Known Member

    Reproduction front inner fender wells would be awesome to find. especially the passenger side, given the battery issues we have.
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  5. Max Damage

    Max Damage I'm thinking about it!

    How about the steering wheels since we are dreaming...
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  6. john.schaefer77

    john.schaefer77 Well-Known Member

    My buddy with a '68 has been going crazy looking for outer wheel houses.
  7. Max Damage

    Max Damage I'm thinking about it!

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  8. ribuick

    ribuick Well-Known Member

    Same here, they dont make them, anywhere
  9. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    As David pointed out, there simply isn't enough demand.
    1. Fenders- if you're patient and willing to pay, you can find clean ones.
    2. DS inner fenders that are rot free are a dime a dozen (LOL). Passenger side is very tough to find.
    3. Thumb groove steering wheels- as these are also used in the 1970 models, may be easier to get someone to reproduce these.
    4. Floor shifter- tooling costs, etc. Can one sell enough to make a profit? Probably not. The easier way to go would be machined aluminum or carbon fiber with chrome plastic plating.
    5. There's a fiberglass reproduction of the fan shroud. It's "good enough".
    6. Radiator support- demand isn't there.
    7. Full quarters- since AMD had a hard time selling off their stock of full size 70's, no way on the 68-69's.
    8. Dash pads...
    .... I can go on.

    I will say that if you're in the 68-69 game long enough, you WILL find ALL of the above parts along the way. Many NOS, many very clean originals, etc. I can say that even as of this month, I am still getting leads on NOS 68-69 parts, even though I don't own a 68-69....
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  10. Max Damage

    Max Damage I'm thinking about it!

    I think the Dash pads are available. I have to also say that there is MORE available today then there was 30 years ago for these cars. Perhaps new manufacturing technologies will allow for lower cost reproduction of some of these parts in the future?

    Or maybe I am just dreaming.
  11. 68 Skylark cust

    68 Skylark cust French Canadian Member

    I've bought a pair back then ... Any chance that some still around ? I regret I didn't took 2 pairs
  12. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    There's a reasonably priced rust-free fender that's been on here for a long time & the guy is even willing to ship. Doesn't bode well for anyone repopping them... I sold a pair of rust-free fenders about 10-15 years ago and they weren't exactly an easy sell. Hector (@carhex) has had some '68-9 stuff for awhile now too...

    IMHO, core support patch, RF inner fender patch, and maybe rear outer wheelhouses/lips are the only parts one could even hope to make $ on reproducing.

    If anyone knows Eldon Gladfelter (he's on FB & belongs to at least one stepchild group on there), you could ask him how the repro '68(?)-9 BBB fan shrouds he was going to make are coming along? Ask him who he "borrowed" the perfect one from to use to make a mold and tell him I'd like to have it back someday - It's only been 30+ years:). Maybe by now he's getting closer to makin' 'em, lol. Or, maybe it's the one currently installed in his car in which case tell him to f-ing pay me for it! Hope I never see his car in a show. Be a shame if something happened to that shroud (no, I probably wouldn't...). Gotta be worth what, $3-400 now? PayPal is sdjs1971@yahoo.com.
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  13. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    Aren't the dash pads just a cover?
  14. Roberta

    Roberta Buick Berta

    I have an NOS inner rear fender but to repop would take more than it could profit.
  15. Buicksky

    Buicksky Gold Level Contributor

    I will dream along with the rest of you.
    1. Quarter panel pot metal chrome trim.
    2. Trunk pot metal GS and Skylark trunk trim.
    3. Shifter pot metal chrome and Black plastic handle .
  16. 69GS430/TKX

    69GS430/TKX Silver Level contributor

    $#@& HOOD HINGES (1969 ones were a one-year-only thing) please!
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  17. 69 GS 400

    69 GS 400 Well-Known Member

    I wonder how many were saved compared to the hood ? I have seen more 69 GS hoods on 68,69
    Skylarks than 69 GS cars.
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  18. Pro69GS400

    Pro69GS400 Well-Known Member

    If anyone has any of these lenses I would definitely be interested in a pair
  19. Ken Mild

    Ken Mild King of 18 Year Resto's

    You saw 69 drip rail moldings in OPG catalog? I'd be suspicious that they might be for other years and they think it also fits 69. They advertised the 3 piece cowl screen inserts as 68-72. I called them up and told them while it might fit for 68 and 69 they are not correct. They didn't initially believe me. I asked them to go look at their own 69 on the showroom. They went and looked and were like "looks like you're right". How hard would it be to repro a stamped screen mesh? They've known about it for years now but still push the 3 piece insert.
  20. 69GS430/TKX

    69GS430/TKX Silver Level contributor

    Answer: probably not many. I know that when I located a '69 GS at a junkyard, and I removed the hood from it and bought it, I didn't even think about getting the hinges too. I now regret that, of course, because my original '69 hinges finally wore out, and when I replaced them with the hinges from my '68, I learned the dirty secret about the difference between the 2 years.

    I bet a lot of the guys who put a '69 hood on a '68 car--without also installing '69 hinges-- didn't realize that they could have prevented a lot of headaches, due to the '68 hinges not raising the hood as high as '69s.
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