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Post by bucket on Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:38 pm

So I'm seriously considering purchasing a '73 SS station wagon but I figured it would be good to ask questions before I buy, as I know very little about these 70's cars. My background is 60's Impalas, squarebody trucks, 3rd gen Camaros and 80's FWD GM's... an odd variety, but none of the '73-'77 yet.

But anyway, the car in question is what appears to be a nearly original SS wagon that is a little rough. It's black with silver lower striping and the interior is black vinyl. The factory turbine wheels are present on the front, but there's just some S10 wheels on the rear. All the SS badging is there, along with the SS dash bezel (however, idiot lights and no tach). With the exception of the LR door, the paint is original as far as I can tell. It's a 350 car that supposedly runs if you pour fuel down the carb.

...And on to my questions finally. It's a 3-seat wagon, but the rear glass does not have the wing windows. It's my understanding that the wing windows were standard equipment on a 3-seat wagon. Was the rear seat likely added at some point in time? The next question is parts availability. The door weatherstripping is shot. Is there anything available new? I couldn't find anything in a quick search. And of course, there's rust. Most every panel needs repair, but the LR quarter kind of resembles swiss cheese. From what I'm seeing, nothing is really available. How close are El Camino quarter panels to the wagon quarter panels? Obviously the entire front half is different, it's the rear portion that I'm concerned with. Thanks for any insight.

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Post by 76classicwagon on Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:17 pm

Go to gmheritage. You can look up the standard and optional equipment and all specs. It’s a wonderful site for research. I would be very cautious. No way to confirm by vin number. Should have blacked out headlight trim rings and taillights. Black grill and had he suspension. Yes all 8 passenger wagons had the rear wing windows for fresh air. Check the site out. Dave
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