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Offline Dangling Unit

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Y88 Questions
« on: July 21, 2009, 07:34:11 PM »
I purchased this vehicle a few days ago. It is painted brown; no stripes; no decals; just brown. When I looked at the car, I didn't pay much attention to emblems and such, that would be tell-tale signs of a Y88. I told the oldest (15) to start pulling the interior out, and as he was doing it, I started looking at the emblems, T-tops, etc., and I had a gut feeling it could be a SE. I had him pull out the rear seats to get to the build sheet, which to my surprise, was still there. Another surprise was the Y88 code on the build sheet. For $1600, it has a little corrosion, but not too bad for a numbers matching Y88. The build sheet does have the Y88 code and matches the VIN. It is not a WS6, though, and it's an automatic.

This changes what I was planning on doing to the car. I'm restoring the body and interior to the Y88 specifications, but will probably rebuild the chassis and powertrain to something more desireable. I won't do anything to the car that I cannot easily change back to original, i.e. no body or frame modifications. The original parts will be retained, in case I want to do a concourse restoration in the future.

Everything I've read says the Y88s had black exterior window trim; however, mine is chrome. I understand someone could have changed this, but I don't see the RPO codes (B77/B89) for black exterior trim on the build sheet. Is this common?

The cowl tag states 62B (Camel Tan) for the interior, but the build sheet states Buckskin. Is this because Buckskin was cancelled in '77, but orders for Y88s were taken in '77?

I can understand fading of the gold accented dash and steering wheel; however, my dash is silver. All of the gold would've had to fade off. I see no trace of gold on the bezel; however, I can clearly see it on the steering wheel spokes. Is this common, or is it a factory error or someone replaced it with the incorrect bezel?

I'm sure I'll have further questions later on. Thanks!

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Re: Y88 Questions
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2009, 07:39:51 PM »
Sounds like a previous owner has replaced some of the factory parts
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Re: Y88 Questions
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2009, 08:38:03 PM »
When I got my Y84, the gold on the bezel was almost completely gone but if you remove one of the black bezel trim rings (i.e. tach trim ring) it should show the gold under there. I doubt it's a factory error.

Again, my Y84 is supposed to have black window trim but in areas it has faded and it's showing chrome so I figure the chrome window trims must have been painted black for the special edition cars instead of producing seperate trims.

I can't help you with the interior color but your guess that buckskin was cancelled in 77 makes sense to me but I'm sure someone has a better explaination.

Sounds like a great find... rules are PICS?!

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Re: Y88 Questions
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2009, 09:17:54 PM »
When I got my Y88 the dash appeared silver. It wasn't until I popped off the trim rings that I found the gold. Pop a trim ring off one of your gauges and I'd wager that you'll see the same. Randy Combs is the man when it comes to refinishing these with the correct gold tint!

In regards to the window trim - yes it should be BLACK. Over the years it chips off, happening to mine currently due to the way I store the car, and would show as chrome. Easy enough to fix - got black?  :)

As for the interior color...did the car come cloth or vinyl? I believe both should be camel tan but there were mid year / mid production changes on these cars so anything is possible.

I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will chime in but before they do....Where's the Pics??? :)

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Re: Y88 Questions
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2009, 10:50:29 PM »
Some people also didnt like the gold dash and would replace it, or sand it off, in my case it was sanded off.

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Re: Y88 Questions
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2009, 11:33:17 PM »
To be perfectly sure. Id do a PHS on it. Then you can tell 100% if it is a Y88 or not. Pics would help also ;D ;D
Were crazy about pics...
Does the T Tops have a Gold Tinit to them. I know someone could have changed them but if it does then your closer to being sure.

Hope this helps!



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Re: Y88 Questions
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2009, 11:36:08 PM »
I would like pictures

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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2009, 08:06:56 AM »
check Hitman's site for Y88 cars, should be able to learn alittle more.
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2009, 11:49:06 AM »
check Hitman's site for Y88 cars, should be able to learn alittle more.
Perfect! I almost forgot about tha\t.


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Re: Y88 Questions
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2009, 01:09:01 PM »
It's a Y88. It has the gold emblems throughout, gold mirrored T-tops, and the build sheet states Y88 Spc Ed T/A Gl.

So, the window trim is suppose to be black, but it's just painted black over the base model's chrome trim? Whoever painted the car brown must've polished all the black off, because I see no traces of black. They also painted the tail light plastic brown, instead of leaving it black.

The interior is custom cloth.

I'll have the wife send me the photos, so I can post them. I hope you guys don't do anything dirty with the photos. If you do, don't tell me. :)
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Re: Y88 Questions
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2009, 07:51:04 PM »
Cant wait to see the pics.

Dirty things like what?  ::)

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Re: Y88 Questions
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2009, 07:55:45 PM »
Like was mentioned ,sounds like a good find .

 
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 hope you guys don't do anything dirty with the photos.

^^^ now who would do a thing like that ?    :D

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Re: Y88 Questions
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2009, 11:40:57 AM »
Here's the build sheet. It scanned better in color, but was too big to attach.

What I don't get is why was it ordered with a 2.56 rear end? Highway? Pffff....

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Re: Y88 Questions
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2009, 11:54:44 AM »
Ohh so it came with the custom/deluxe interior? Then it should be Lombardy cloth - camel tan in color :)

Same as mine. My seats are shot and I don't like the lombardy cloth so what I'm going to do is get the hobnail cloth. But that's just me. Same reason mine has the camel tan carpet instead of the gold carpet...I liked the camel tan better.

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Re: Y88 Questions
« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2009, 06:17:34 PM »
Sweet got any pics of the car?


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