Q.Can anyone help with finding part cars or parts like seats for a 1974 Chevy Caprice Classic? Mine is a convertible, but think hard top is the same, however I don’t know what years or models have the same parts. Please help!
A.Second Generation (1971-1976) Caprices 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 its convertible counterpart, it is likely the upholstery materials and design differed between the two. 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.
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 88s, Buick LeSabres and Pontiac Grand Villes) and can be an excellent source for parts.Knowing exactly what parts can be interchanged from year-to-year or even between makes and models can be challenging to learn. 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 that parts for the Studebaker you’re restoring were also used on early Mustangs and are available as close as your local parts store.
Enjoy the hunt and wrench safe,