Long Roof Elitists

Does your G body have 4 doors AND a tailgate? Can you haul a canoe on your roof and your gear for a cross country road trip in the back? Do you wonder why people drive CUV's instead of the glory that is the wagon? If so, you are in the right place!

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While digging around in my hoard, i ran across a cargo cover from a bubble caprice wagon i used to have (91-96 caprice, roadmaster and 91-92 custom cruiser). I wonder! So i set in in my wagon with the caprice adapter brackets and it fits. Well, almost. The covers are spring loaded and in this... Read more…

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Longroof79
Longroof79
Thank you for that tip, Joe,
What a cool add on. I'm sure trying to find one in the local junkyard will be a bit of a challenge.
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oldsmobile joe
unfortunately you are correct in finding these hens teeth parts. if you do, the color choices are slim, two shades of blue, two shades of tan and a maroon (oxblood?).
an alternative would be to get a roll up window shade and mount it inside on some custom brackets. you might even be able to pick a more agreeable color, matching or contrast.
Longroof79
Longroof79
The maroon / oxblood would be the closest match to my interior. Although not a dead match, but close enough. It's rare enough finding any wagons at the junkyard these days. How many of the whale bodied Caprice, Roadmaster, Custom Cruiser wagons do you see on the streets anymore......hardly any? These cars have also become almost non-existent.
As for the rear shade. I have an '81 Foxbody Capri hatchback that also has the rear shade. It reminds me very much of the old style roll up window curtains.
Oh, and thank you again for posting the pics of the curtain.
MJScarangella
Wagons are so scarce. My Dad sold his '82 malibu for $50 in the late '80s. I'd like to reunite with a similar car in the future - unrestored. They must have crushed most of them - darn shame.
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Longroof79
Longroof79
Yeah, it doesn't seem that long ago that these cars were commonly seen on the streets (and junkyards). It was easy to pick up parts cars as well. They've gotten rather sought after these days, but I'm sure one will turn up in someone's driveway or yard that needs love and attention. I'm sure many of them got crushed, which makes the cars rarer. Good luck in your search.
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One upgrade done to my Lemans wagon is spindles from a 2001 Blazer. While it was apart the uppper and lower control arm bushings were replaced with Moog parts. The coils and shocks are from Advance Auto and a rebuilt close-ratio steering box from NAPA was used. The allignment shop charged a lot... Read more…
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liquidh8
liquidh8
Good point, if the shop provided a printout, that would help.
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dennis petrowsky
I have looked everywhere but cant find any specs on that allignment job. Does anyone have the correct specs for this conversion?
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oldsmobile joe
the conversion doesn't change the alignment specs. use the specs for the model and year of your car.
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Wgns-r-cool. i have a 1978 Pontiac Grand LeMans wagon. It has a rebuilt 305/turbo 350 combo. It runs pretty good although it has a 2.41 rear gear. I would like to upgrade the rear. could an f-body 8.5 rear be modified to work?
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dennis petrowsky
I appreciate the welcome. I am new to the computer world and dont yet have a scanner/printer. Idont know how to post pictures either. Im sure Ill learn. I do have a copy of GM gbody upgrades from S/A books. The reason I asked about the 8.5 fbody rear is I already have a 3.08 posi rear. The 7.5 rear in my wagon is a factory posi. I am not sure what ratios would work with that carrier. I am trying to get the mechanicals sorted and then focus on the body/paint. My wagon is a Safari model but the vinyl woodgrain is trashed. The 305 in it is bored 0.030 over with flat top pistons and #416 HO heads and an RV type cam. It should make a nice cruiser.
Longroof79
Longroof79
Dennis,
That's okay. We all can't be sophisticated computer nerds. I feel that if you already have a posi rear, adding a 3,08 gear will still be an improvement over the stock 2.41 gears. Being a cruiser and not a drag racer, you really don't need a rear to sustain high torque. Why waste the money if you don't have to. That's my opinion. Again, it all depends on how the car is used. I have a mild 355 SBC in my car, TH350 trans, and a GN 8.5 rear with 3.08 gears. The way I drive it, I don't beat on it, nor do I massive burnouts.
I'm more into longevity than putting my car thru undue punishment. It's also meant to be more of a cruiser than a racer.
Keep us up to date on your continued progress. As for the woodgrain, there is aftermarket woodgrain vinyl available. I would personally replace it once the car is painted.
What part of the country are you located?
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dennis petrowsky
Longroof79 I live in Johstown Pennsylvania-about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh. How hard was it to find a GN rear? There are no Gbody cars in salvage yards up here.
Longroof79
Longroof79
We have several members in the Pittsburgh area. To be honest with you, I purchased the GN rear over 30 yrs ago. My friend actually found it in a local boneyard up in NY. He picked it up for me and brought it home in his big Buick Estate wagon. I guess you can say I lucked out. I changed out the 3.42 gears for 3.08's. I did this prior to taking a road trip out to the midwest. It helped tremendously.
Finding G-body cars in the junkyards these days are like looking for a needle in the haystack. Some parts of the country, they may be more prevalent. Down here, it's like forget it.
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I purchased a 1985 Oldsmobile cutlass salon from a guy he is said it is a 442 the vin has the 8th number 9 but it has the chrome panels around the bottom it doesn’t have the original front or back hood was the chrome panel a option or he was trying to clone it to be a 442

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blk7gxn
blk7gxn
Hi Ray!!

Welcome and nice ride! You might get better activity on your post if you posted it under "general discussion" ...the long roof elitist are for wagons only.

It looks to be someone trying to clone a 442 perhaps. I personally never seen a 442 with the chrome on the bottom, NOT SAYING its not possible by any means, GM did some wacky things in the past and consistency was not one of GM's priorities or strong points for that matter lol...Ill post a link to help you navigate to the "general Discussion area" . Again, WELCOME to the G body Family!!
-Will

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liquidh8
Kinda forgot about these groups!
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Longroof79
Longroof79
Yeah Jim, me too. I stopped seeing this group come up. I'm glad it's still there. Hopefully we'll see more activity.
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liquidh8
liquidh8
Same here, it stopped popping up.
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I have an 1983 Malibu Wagon. I finally fixed the rear gate and window. They open and i installed new shocks to hold up the window, originals from (Rock Auto ) cheep. I am in the process of replacing the window sweeps inside and out. Not as easy as I would like the rears are a little tricky... Read more…
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nkula
nkula
eBay is where I got mine. It was still available earlier this week (on eBay that is )
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Longroof79
Longroof79
Thank you for that information. I didn't even think about looking at Ebay. That might be the way to go. Thanks again.
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Longroof79
I figured I'd put this out there to the wagon community. My friend who is working diligently on a Cutlass Cruiser wagon is trying to locate a pair of rear bumper fillers and the rubberized gaskets for the roof rack runners. His car is nearing the paint stage. If anyone knows of or comes across... Read more…
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Hello all, Newbie here. just acquired an 83 Booneville wagon. It has 14 " wheels on it with wire wheel hubcaps. Anyone know what factory Pontiac mag wheel types will bolt on? Many thanks
njtileguy
njtileguy
As long as the bolt pattern is 5 x 4 3/4 there shouldn't be a problem with a factory mag.
njtileguy
njtileguy
njtileguy also you can post this in the general forum and get more responses

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