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1977 Buick Electra Limited (had wrong model previously)

Discussion in 'Gearheads' started by PanhandleGlocker, Jul 18, 2020.

  1. PanhandleGlocker

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    My dad has one of these that’s been untouched for a few years now. Had a small (if you want to call it one) restoration in the early 2000’s. New carpet and seats and paint job. He drove it all over the United States and it makes me want to bring it back to its original glory. I read a little bit on them and this one seems to be a bit rare. This one has a 403 Oldsmobile motor under the hood. If I was to start restoring this car, what’s the best place for Buick parts? Does anyone else have any information they can add? Appreciate it, OSA.
     
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    Is anything really collectible from that smog emissions era? Even those vetted from 76-82 are kinda scorned
     
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    and I guess only 8,455 of them were produced in 1977 with the 403.
     
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    Realize that this will be a labor or love, that isn't a car that will fetch a large sum, even in pristine condition, so don't expect it to be an investment.
     
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    As already stated, the car has the most value to you. Reselling it (even after restoration) will most likely be a loss.
    Acknowledge it upfront and accept it for what it is.


    If you're still up for the project - then like any other non-collectable cars - I'd recommend scouring Craigslist for parts cars.

    Best of luck!!!
     
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    Man, this brings back memories of the 1979 Buick Estate Wagon Limited that the family had for a few years. Olds 403 4-barrel, GM 400 Hydramatic. People laughed when I drove it around town, but stopped laughing if I smoked an unsuspecting racer wanna-be at the stop light. Of course, I had to choose my battles wisely, but the end result was hilarious.

    Once I stopped at a performance parts shop to get a new air filter, and the guy behind the counter was surprised when I gave him the part number. He came out to look at the engine, and had the comment he’d only once seen a 403 in a full-sized Buick of the same vintage. Then he smiled and said, “You might try flipping the air cleaner cover upside down and see what happens.”

    I found it an odd comment, and forgot about it till a few days later, when I was at my buddy’s house. We popped the hood and looked closely at the cover, and it had a flat raised ring just inboard of the rim. When we flipped the cover upside down, the flat ring sat squarely on top of the air filter’s rim, with the rim of the cover now raised about an inch so that the outside of the filter was exposed. We shrugged, tightened down the wing nut, closed the hood, and headed out to the nearest straight section of road.

    We got into position, looked up and down the road to make sure it was empty, and floored it. Wow, what a difference in pickup, and we could hear a loud whoosh as air was sucked in through the narrow opening into the filter. We were thrilled and had some fun blasting up and down the road, but wisely I flipped the cover back right side up before I went home ;)
     
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    Great story, Perplexed.

    I only remember riding in my Dads car a few times when I was little. It was a fast car, but drank a lot of gas.

    I’m still trying to figure out if it’s worth messing with. The motor is what’s cool about it but I’m afraid everything else about the car is gonna be tough to do.

    Older Chevys and GMC’s you can find parts for all day long on certain websites. But I can’t seem to find a website that would even sell parts for this thing.
     
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    RockAuto.com maybe.
     
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