New Member Help! 1978 Buick Electra Limited

Discussion in 'Wet behind the ears??' started by Reg Davis, Jun 20, 2021.

  1. Reg Davis

    Reg Davis New Member

    My 93 year old, still driving Dad has been driving Buick’s since the 50’s.
    Of note 65’ & 68’ Riviera convertible’s. A 74’ Electra convertible, 76’ and 78’ Electra hardtop limited that he still has, and still under 100,000 miles, with original engine. Unfortunately, it seems she’s at that point where she’s starting to wear down a bit. But my dad refuses to give her up, but finding quality parts has been painstakingly slow and costly. Recently having to go through 3 EGR valves to find a compatible one. And just last week having to pay $1900.00 to seal a leaking radiator, carb spacer, intake manifold gasket and vacuum delay valve. The parts total was approx $500, labor and sublet labor, the rest. This took approximately 3 weeks to complete. Supposedly they had trouble locating parts. Here’s my question, does anyone know of a repair shop or service station in Northern California that works on vintage Buick’s or a company where I can get genuine GM, Buick parts? I’ve ordered several off eBay that was junk. Second question. My Dad insist that the vacuum delay valve was not an original component on the Electra, as the car is still idling high. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Even though I’m still reluctant about his continued driving, it supports his feelings of independence. And his 88 year old girlfriend loves going on Sunday drives in it
     

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  2. Dragdoc

    Dragdoc Well-Known Member

    93? I’m sure he has stories to tell.

    Russ at Centerville Auto is a nailhead guy, but perhaps has a shop suggestion for your ‘78

    nailheadbuick.com
     
  3. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    Your best bet for a quality part is original equipment. If you have a factory parts catalog (with the illustrated ‘half’) then you can search the web by GM number. You can also call a friendly dealer and ask them to run a number on locator. (They generally are too busy to look it up for you but will check it if you have the number). It also helps with used parts (often used OE is better than new aftermarket) and can help you find what other vehicles could be donors. Lastly, some items like carburetors NEED to be rebuilt by qualified professionals, not replaced by ‘crap in a box with a warranty’.
    Patrick
     
  4. Reg Davis

    Reg Davis New Member

    Thanks so much Patrick! Much appreciated! It’s still idling high, so back to the shop. Now they’re saying the EGR valve might be faulty. This is the third, two from autozone, one from Napa Auto. Now he’s talking about just replacing the car. I’m thinking, great finally a new worry free car, then he sends me a picture
    Yes he does, but needs to stop telling folks how I was conceived in the back of a Buick. The visuals I really don’t need.
    Thanks again Patrick
     

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