Locating Parts for a Caprice Classic

Q.

Can anyone help with finding part cars or parts like seats for a 1974 Chev Caprice Classic? Mine is a convertible, but think hard top is the same and I don’t know what years or models are the same please help.

A.

Second Generation (1971-1976) Caprice’s share many of the same components. Although year-to-year styling components did change, including items like: grilles, taillights, trim and interior upholstery. While you are correct in assuming the 2-door sedan Caprice, shared the same seat frame as it’s convertible counterpart, It is likely the upholstery materials and design was different between the two. As convertibles of the period would often receive the solid vinyl or leather interiors, to protect the interior in the event the top was left down.

Chevrolet_Caprice_Classic Your 1974 does share most of the same parts between the 1973 and 1974 models. But don’t limit your search for parts there… Your car also shares many parts from its B-Body cousins (Oldsmobile Delta 88’s, Buick LeSabre’s and Pontiac Grand Ville’s) and can be an excellent source of parts.

Knowing exactly what parts can be interchanged from year-to-year or even between Makes and Models, can be challenging to learn. But fortunately the guys at Hollander’s have us covered with their interchange manuals. If you’re serious about restoring cars, this is one resource that will pay for itself! Check out the Restoration area at: www.hollanderinterchange.net . I know personally they have saved me thousands over the years and helped me locate parts, I thought I would never find. With a set of these in-hand, you’ll even discover parts for that Studebaker you’re restoring were also used on early Mustangs, and available as close as your local parts store.

Where to look? As I’ve said to others the hunt is all part of the journey of restoring an old car. Online sites like ebay.com, craigslist.org, and car-part.com, can make the hunt easier, as well as attending local swap meets, vintage salvage yards (yes, they’re out there), or even as simply as letting fellow enthusiasts know what you’re looking for.

Enjoy the hunt and Wrench Safe, Mark

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5 Responses to “Locating Parts for a Caprice Classic”
  1. Jack

    Try the larger salvage yards in Tucson or Phoenix Arizona. Nothing rusts there so there are lots of old cars and parts available.

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  2. Brian Reuck

    If you’re in Southern California Pomona Swap meet and Long Beach Hi Performance Swap Meets.

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