NOS Parts Collected to Date

As stated in a January 6th post, NOS (New Old Stock, original parts that have never been used) parts can often be had for around the same price as reproduction parts, and sometimes even for less! This does however take patience, because the truth is, the stuff is getting harder to find all the time. Thanks to eBay, this search is made much easier… I just use eBay’s “saved searches” feature that automatically tells me via email when NOS stuff for 1960 Chevrolet’s is available. Using this handy feature, I’ve collected quite a few nice pieces for this restoration project. Many times I’ve found the quality of reproduction parts to be less than satisfactory. Sure, if you absolutely can’t find the parts in restorable condition, then there is no room to complain… however, NOS GM original parts are unbeatable!

The quarter panel flags that are reproduced look OK. They are cast in zinc or pot-metal, I’m not sure. They are then plated with gold, or something that looks like gold.  Compared to an original GM produced emblem, which was cast in aluminum and anodized in a subtle shade of gold, the reproductions look awful. If you are restoring your original aluminum emblems, notice that the red paint used has a very orange hue to it. No, the color is not faded, all four of the NOS emblems I have (a couple spares) are the same.  I never did get any installation clips with these emblems, so if you have any you’d be willing to sell, please let me know!  I tried contacting Trim Parts about buying the clips, since they are the ones (I believe) who reproduce the emblems, but they didn’t respond to my emails.  Bummer! They were cool when I asked about buying the retainer rings for my NOS hub cap spinners, but I guess not this time.

1960 Impala Quarter Panel Flag - NOS

1960 Impala Quarter Panel Flag - NOS


The Impala script emblems are available in reproduction and look to be of good quality, but I was able to procure a NOS pair from eBay for less money, so it was a no-brainer.

1960 Impala Quarter Panel Flag - NOS

1960 Impala Script Emblem - NOS


These NOS door edge guards are a dealer add-on accessory. I’m not sure I will use them. I got them because they were a good deal.

1960 Impala Quarter Panel Flag - NOS

1960 Impala Door Edge Guards - NOS


This NOS radio bezel was listed as a BUY-IT-NOW item for $50, so I had to act fast with it’s purchase. I figured it would cost more than $50 to have one re-chromed, and even then it wouldn’t be as nice as NOS so I bought it.

1960 Impala Quarter Panel Flag - NOS

1960 Impala Radio Bezel - NOS


These steering wheel chrome inserts (the boomerang, I like to call it) are also available reproduction, but I got this NOS unit for about the same price… so again, a no brainer.

1960 Impala Steering Wheel Insert - NOS

1960 Impala Steering Wheel Insert - NOS


Another item that is reproduced, but once again purchased on eBay for about the same price.  Unfortunately, one of the brackets that goes on the inside of the housing is incorrect. There are two right-side brackets, but no left-side. I’ll have to pull one from a junk housing I guess.  The emblem is the correct 283 v-8 style.

1960 Impala Grill Ornament and Emblem - NOS

1960 Impala Grill Ornament and Emblem - NOS


The windshield washer jar is an item that is not yet reproduced for 1960. You can get one for 1959, and I think it may even fit, but for the correct 1960 unit you need to find a good original or luck out and find NOS like this one. The lid is not NOS, it came from a separate eBay auction and is warped a bit, but I may get brave and try heating it slightly with a heat gun to flatten it back out.

1960 Impala Washer Jar - NOS

1960 Impala Washer Jar - NOS


Fingernail guards for the door handles. These are a popular dealer-added accessory. They reproduce these too, but this set of four is NOS and includes the screws.

1960 Impala Fingernail Guards - NOS

1960 Impala Fingernail Guards - NOS


Tail light lenses are something that is usually available reproduced. There was even at least two aftermarket companies making lenses in the 60’s and 70’s that made them. Look out for Glo-Brite, and Do-Ray. The Glo-Brite lenses are pretty crude, but I don’t know that I’ve seen any Do-Ray’s so I can’t speak for those.  I don’t have any backup-light lenses yet, those seem to be harder to find as NOS GM “Delco” or “Guidex” parts.

1960 Impala Tail Light Lenses - NOS

1960 Impala Tail Light Lenses - NOS


I’ve always liked the look of the 2-bar wheel spinners on the full wheel covers. Really makes for a cool look, especially with that plastic crossed-flags emblem in the middle.  Reproductions are pretty expensive, and over $300 for a set. The repro’s are actually pretty darn nice quality, but I was able to find a set of NOS units for once again, LESS money!  To my surprise however, the set I bought turned out to be missing the steel retaining ring on the back side. I emailed Trim-Parts, the company who makes the repro’s and they were nice enough to hook me up with a set.

1960 Impala Wheel Cover Spinners - NOS

1960 Impala Wheel Cover Spinners - NOS


I’ve got a few front license plate valance panels to choose from, most pretty beat up but one that is pretty restorable. But, as luck would have it… a NOS unit in the box turned up on eBay. I was able to purchase it for just a little bit more than the price of a reproduction.

1960 Impala Front Lincense Valance - NOS

1960 Impala Front Lincense Valance - NOS


Comments

NOS Parts Collected to Date — 18 Comments

  1. Dave, EXCELLENT work, I’m just getting ready to undertake a ’58 Biscayne (w/ BelAir trim) driver and your blog has given great tips and a lot of insight as to what I’m getting into.

    I’m on a business trip and just spent the last 2 hours following your build which the last entry is Jan 2010…PLEASE post more updates as I’ll be watching for them!

    Thanks for the inspiration!!!
    -Robert

    • Hi Robert, glad you like the blog! I haven’t had much time to work on personal projects for the past few months, so there hasn’t been a lot done to the car. I’ll be sure to post updates throughout the summer though as I work on it.

  2. MORE PLEASE!!!! I have been watching this from the moment it started like a long expectant mother and I just can’t wait for more to see how it’s coming!!! I am a Mopar fan myself, but the 59 and 60 Chevys are beauties!!! You are quite the car restorer, or is it just a labor of love!!! LOL!!! Never seen anything so thorough. Are you sure your not obsesive compulsive like me!!! LOL!!! Your eye for detail is unparalleled!!! By the way, with the Ermine white, I think the red interior would be soooo bad ass. Just like you said, red interior with the wheels painted red against the wide whites would be a match made in heaven!!! Thanks for posting this and keep me posted, Will in Colorado.

  3. Dave-just spent the better part of an hour reading thru your blog, thinking of how much work it might be to restore my 60 Belair 2dr post. Right now it is ratrod black after trading our VW Cabrio-gay as my friends called it for a real car. I have just completed doing the interior, and now have the air ride system to install, but until my kids appreciate the work of a paint job, I may leave it Tractor Supply Paint black. Thanks for all your tips, and I may check into your bike business next, I’ve got a thing for old Schwinn’s too!

  4. Hey how’s it going, I stumbled upon this forum while trying to find out what I had which is a NOS ( without the package -sorry ) 1 impala cross flags that seem to be anodized aluminum goldplated or whatever they did back in the 60s- I also have a perfect set of NOS 409 emblems guessing there for the front fenders and I’m willing to let go please contact me if you are interested via phone @5597087002
    Thank you !
    P.S. just noticed in the forum that you are into bikes – I have a 68 5spd orange krate along with about 4-5 other sting-ray/krate’s .

  5. I have a friend doing 60 impala 2dr. ht… he is looking for that nos washer jar .. if anyone wants to sell one let me know…thanx TOM

  6. Question about the door handle guards – I just bought a set for a ’60 4-door Impala, on eBay that were represented as NOS. They feel pretty light and are stamped with the “UNIVEX” on the back with part no.s 3769619, 3769620,3769621, and 3769622. Came in what appears to be an original box, but with that UNIVEX stamp, it seems like I have reproductions…Anybody have experience with these?

    • I have a set, but will have to dig them out to see if they say Univex on the back. I don’t imagine that GM made these themselves, they probably were outsourced. So you could be looking at authentic NOS parts, made by Univex with Univex part numbers on them, and they are still genuine GM parts.

      For the 1960 Chevrolet 4-door cars, the part number should be 988164. GM lists a part number 988163 for the 2-door cars. These are apparently the part numbers for the kits, not the individual parts themselves.

  7. Is there a person out there that knows where there is some NOS 1/4 panels for a 59 Impala Biscayne or super straight panels? I live in upstate N.Y.

  8. Hi,
    I’m searching parts for my 68 Impala 4door sport sedan, do anyone have quarterpanels with dog les (nos parts), front windshield/dash panels or rear wheelhouses?

    Thx for your help

    phil

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