Any other owners of a CLASSIC Buick Park Ave?

RAlanMace

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Mine is a 1977 Park Avenue with only 55,000 mostly highway miles on it. It came into my possession in April of '09 with only 45K on the odometer; the original owner was my grandfather's sister, a little old lady who didn't even drive it to church on Sundays. She only drove it on trips, it was always garage kept (though not climate controlled), and was in like-new condition when I got it. Had to replace the transmission, a couple hoses etc. but other than the poor gas mileage of its 403 V-8 (about 14 mpg) I love everything about it. Just wondering if there are any other owners of an older Park Avenue like mine and how they feel about it.
 

Kato_77

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7BA79EFD-250D-4D39-A4FB-377C93785D99.jpeg Hello, I’m new to the community! I have my father’s 1977 Buick Park Avenue, Forest green. Pinstripes and Rub Stripes are coming off. I’m thinking of just taking them all off for a cleaner look. What do your all think?
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2007LucerneCXL

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Those rubber strips my have been done by GM, sometimes by a dealer to dress it up or if the vehicle had a door dings, sometimes by owners, they also came in various colors. The strip should be on the front fender, check other 77, which is a lead into the rest.

If looking to remove them you may have some phantom strips as the rest of the vehicles paint may have been faded just something to be mindful of.

Consider if looking to keep it oem style find the replacement prior to removal or if wanting to remove check if the paint is going to be discolored and decide from that point.
 

Kato_77

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Replace the rub strips to protect those beautiful doors. :cool:
That’s prob a good idea. But she stays in a garage and only comes out when it’s not raining or snowing. I also do not park her anywhere. Just go out cruising. Ut I am leaning towards replacing the rub strips. Thanks for the advice.
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Kato_77

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Those rubber strips my have been done by GM, sometimes by a dealer to dress it up or if the vehicle had a door dings, sometimes by owners, they also came in various colors. The strip should be on the front fender, check other 77, which is a lead into the rest.

If looking to remove them you may have some phantom strips as the rest of the vehicles paint may have been faded just something to be mindful of.

Consider if looking to keep it oem style find the replacement prior to removal or if wanting to remove check if the paint is going to be discolored and decide from that point.
2007LucerneCXL,
That’s a good point about the paint. I think I will replace the run stripe. Maybe chrome, black or maybe white to keep with the vinyl top. But I think pinstripes will go. I hope the paint is not too different underneath.
 

BuickGirlFromMars

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View attachment 35207 Hello, I’m new to the community! I have my father’s 1977 Buick Park Avenue, Forest green. Pinstripes and Rub Stripes are coming off. I’m thinking of just taking them all off for a cleaner look. What do your all think?
My car is a trim below yours, limited, so not quite the same.. but 77. However, YOU dont have an OG park avenue either, an OG park avenue was 1975 as an appearance package of the electra. in 77, yours, you were a trim park avenue of the Electra, which both of us have.
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The real first model park avenue was 1991.

If you wanted to split hairs lol. Nice car

I would personally remove yours only because I dont think a darker green is complemented by them like a lighter is
 

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As BGFM vehicle shows the front fender spears on the rubber strips it's something that makes it look proper. As far as the rest it's a matter of taste, I really like a clean vehicle, but there is just something to seeing a blast from the past in it's original state as reminder of what use to come out of Detroit good or bad depending.
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BuickGirlFromMars

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As BGFM vehicle shows the front fender spears on the rubber strips it's something that makes it look proper. As far as the rest it's a matter of taste, I really like a clean vehicle, but there is just something to seeing a blast from the past in it's original state as reminder of what use to come out of Detroit good or bad depending.
even the bad still had much about it that was good. Look at fords.
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This old 77 LTD is conveniently both green and 77 like the buick(LTD came first in my ownership) but its, i found out not long ago, one of the largest dimensionally cars sold in the american market. its beat by a cadillac or two, low volume productions, but to my understandiing is either the biggest or top 5 of largest american sedans.

It wasnt a superb automobile, esp the aftermarketh aving NOTHING.

but it did some stuff right.
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18mpg on the freeway,
Good stability, balance
low oil consumption that fit under the spec in owners manual despite age, excessive uses of a flamboyant color
saginaw power steering

It wasnt a FCA product, etc.
that exhaust doe
 

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My father is the original owner and bought it new. We took it in long trips and was not daily driven. He had covered the seats so they are still immaculate. I did take off his 40 year old steering wheel cover. Lol
 

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2007LucerneCXL,
That’s a good point about the paint. I think I will replace the run stripe. Maybe chrome, black or maybe white to keep with the vinyl top. But I think pinstripes will go. I hope the paint is not too different underneath.
I had a similar decision to take with my Chevy. Eventually I decided to remove all the stripes and protectors.
Of course, I didn't pay much attention to whether original or not. But I liked the clean look.

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