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    Got an old lady that is a fairly regular customer. She was driving one of those Electras up until pretty recently, the brake lines rotted thru and when a shop went to lift it there just wasn't anything left underneath of it. Pretty sad, because the car looked great up top and I don't think she had a lot of miles on it. She's driving a newer Focus now.

    My one neighbor has a '91 Pontiac Bonneville SSE that she has had since new. She does not drive it more than a few times a year since she inherited her mother's '97 LeSabre. I kinda want that Bonneville. I have a soft spot for that era of GM "garbage" because they were kinda funky and they are what were all over the roads when I was a kid. Being a few miles from the tech center, this is/was GM country here.
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    I like those early to mid 90's GM's too. Especially a Park Avenue, so many gadgets inside and the interior looks like a cockpit to a space ship or something. Shame they're FWD.
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    We've got a few people on the Beretta forum that use Hagerty, and I've considered it too. It's tough for me to move away from Allstate though.

    These late 80's big body FWD GM cars have started popping up all over my area in the past few years. I got lucky and snagged tail lights from a '90 Ultra at LKQ, really rare and factory tinted. Need to clean them up and install them still. I love those early SSE's too. The only car of that body style to boast the massive 22mm solid rear sway bar! Mine is like 13mm... Haha.

    Here's a few pics of the old Buick too, lol.







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    Yep, add a few model years to that Park Avenue and the interiors got really awesome. Then like most cars, by '97 or so the interiors began to become flaccid.
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    My load leveling suspension actually still works too! Haha. I do love my seats too, comfiest dang seats I've ever had in a car...

    Sooo... This happened tonight, haha.



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    Popped the top. Looks much better already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerekTheGreat View Post
    Popped the top. Looks much better already.
    It's not hateful. Pretty rusty on the passenger side, but not bad for having 200k on it. The top of the roof under the vinyl is more like dirt than glue now, haha.

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    I'm still here! Just trying to get Tapatalk to log me in properly is fun.

    I have plenty of pictures, just Tapatalk and Photobucket are really limiting my options!
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    Last summer I finally finished my slick top conversion, it's good enough quality for now, could use some work, but I'm much happier with it. Bondo was required!





    Mid summer this year I finally refinished the underside of my hood. I'd been meaning to do this for years. Gotta love Rustoleum...







    Late this summer, changed all my cluster bulbs to LED's, had to use blue to match the interior of course.





    Just over the weekend I also installed a 15" wood Grant wheel to replace the 13" vinyl wheel I installed a few years back!





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    The woodgrain wheel looks awesome.

    On the instrument cluster, right side. What gauge was optional there. Man it’d be cool to get a tach to fit there.
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    He lives and so does the car! Still looking good. Although blue is the hardest on your eyes at night, certainly not a color I'd self apply.
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    Nice!!! Was your vinyl top held in place by the sides; by the top of the window frames; and bound together by staples in the center of the roofline? I see you took off the plastic hold downs at the bottom of the rear pillars. Wish I had done that with my Malibu

    On my 1978 Malibu; the vinyl peeled back from the rear pillars. I had enough of it and ripped it off. No glue or anything else like on the box Panthers. Underneath where the staples were; was a lot of rust as the staples wore down the roof metal. Hopefully Chevy did it differently with the B-bodies.

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    Looking good.
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    Thanks everybody! I'm glad the old forum is still alive too!

    I've always loved the wood wheels, I loved it when I had one in my '85 Vic. I wasn't a fan of it in 13" and the 15" just feels right. Giggity. I'm also not sure a gauge came there on these, each one of those little squares is a dummy light, lol. Maybe it was just for symmetry... I'll have to ask on the Caprice page.

    I'll tell you what's crazy about the blue gauges, they don't bother me one bit, but in my other car I have red gauges and I swear they make it harder to focus at night.

    There seemed to be a little bit of glue under the top too, but not much. Maybe it just seemed like glue, but it ripped clean off lol. No staples either! All that really held it down was all the trim, for the most part at least. Mine had more rust on the sides of the top, the actual roof was fine. I also ground all of the studs off and bondo'd it all smooth.

    My new wheels just came in today too! They're rather bland but I'm excited. Had them shipped to the parents since they're both retired, and the lady and I work full time, so picking them up later this week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by murphmobile2 View Post
    Thanks everybody! I'm glad the old forum is still alive too!

    ...I'm also not sure a gauge came there on these, each one of those little squares is a dummy light, lol. Maybe it was just for symmetry... I'll have to ask on the Caprice page.

    I'll tell you what's crazy about the blue gauges, they don't bother me one bit, but in my other car I have red gauges and I swear they make it harder to focus at night...
    Great way to pass the time, these forums are

    Yeah, I'd like to know if there was something optional, please let us know what they say back at the other forum.

    There are a lot of varying factors between the two cases that are accounting for that. Like maybe the gauge faces that accompany the red lights are white or the letters are. This will cause some of the white to be reflected back toward your retinas, resulting in strain.. My case in point is that you try this: Get a blue light (a dim one) set up with a switch or something. Have an alarm clock with the old school red display plugged in as well. Get that room nice & dark and then sit in it for about 20 minutes so your eyes can adjust to the darkness. After that time has elapsed, look at the red display first. You'll notice your eyes don't strain or hurt/adjust. Look toward the blue light, then turn it on and report back. There's a reason laptops & cellphones have the option to reduce blue coloration at night
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    So it looks like my cluster is about all the fancy it can get, lol. But... They had an optional cluster with fuel economy on it. I've gotta find one of these now!



    I did also finally get my new wheels in the mail, classic black D window wheels! 15x7 and 15x8 of course!





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    So much good space for cool gauges... but 1970’s GM and their MPG gauge! I remember reading about something similar in the owners manual of my mom’s 76 Cutlass. I want to see oil pressure and volts!
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    Oh, that's neat. Probably just an unmarked vacuum gauge. I believe Lincolns had that too, although they used lights; red, yellow and green.
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    Good to hear from you! Looks like you've made some nice progress. I think it'll look sharp with those wheels. Now you just have to lower it
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