New french member and first american car !


Hello everyone, I'm French and I'm going to write in English, so please bear with me!

I've just bought a 1963 Skylark coupe with a V8 3.5L engine. For the most part, the car hasn't been restored, except for the ignition and the brakes.
Everything is original.
It drives well.
The converter has an oil leak.

I have to find lots of parts, so I'm hoping to find a good shop with reasonable prices that can ship to France.



Chuck Bridges

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Hello and welcome. That is a beautiful looking car. Glad she found a good home that will take care of her. Best of luck with her.


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Hello, Your English is great, probably better than mine.
CARS in New Jersey ( ships internationally.
You have a beautiful car.

Good luck,


68 wildcat

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Tres Belle as they say in Quebec. I would bet that car is very rare with power seats and power windows! I have never seen a Skylark that year with power seats.
Nice color combination. The added reflectors on the rear look out of place. Are they mandatory in France for some reason?

Enjoy your car, Gary in Montreal


Thank !
I've just take contact with oldbuickparts.

I have send that :
I want to pay the Customs Charges before seeling because if i pay at reception, it's 2 times more expensive! How much will it cost with the custom charges in add for my actually cart contents?

And they answer :
I'm sorry, but we do not know anything about other countries customs or duties, nor do we collect any for them.

Customs charges are a real problem for me in french. Each time I bought something in America, I must pay the double when it arrive at home!

Some company use FedEx international economic with the possibility to pay the customs charges before sending. It's really cheaper like this but lot of shop can't know that. I don't know how to do. I need so many parts for start the restoration.

Oldbuickparts have parts that I have no found in an other shop like front shocks. I will try to call this shop but I'm no sure that I can understand. My English is so bad!
Elle est belle ta 63 Skylark. Pour tes pièces tu pourrait peut être essayer OPGI. Il sont en Californie. Les pièces qu'ils ont sont fais pour les annèes qu'ils ont dans leur entrepot. Je suis certains si tu leur écris il vont être capable de t'aider a démailer ton problème de frais d'exportation. Bonne chance.

Nice 63 skylark. As for ordering parts. Did you try OPGI. They are based in California. They have parts for your car. They are pretty good at figuring things out. They might be able to help you with your export taxe and duty. Good luck.

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Thanks firsttimebuick,
I just ordered all the body joints from OPGI (door, window, windshield,...) I don’t know when I’m going to receive all this parts because commercial flights are stop with CODIV...
Customs taxes + shipping post = price of all the parts ! It's crazy !!!
What is your car?

68 wildcat

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You may want to deal with the kink in the heater hose before you get a leak. It will probably significantly reduce the heater output like that.


My gearbox is being worked on now by a specialist. He rebuilt it, but now, unfortunately, we have to change the disks inside. There are holes everywhere and it seems to have taken on moisture inside, which is strange.

@68 wildcat:
"The added reflectors on the rear look out of place. Are they mandatory in France for some reason?" All the 1961-1963 Skylarks that were sold in France have these added reflectors.

I changed the crankshaft seal, too. Unfortunately, the water pump was in a bad condition. I just bought a revamped one in the US, so hoping that'll arrive soon. I'm also going to change the radiator and the distribution kit.

Other things to do:
- Dismantle the tank to repaint it inside & out.
- Check the transmission because it's making a lot of noise.
- After all of that, I need to find someone who can restore the body. The doors are slightly corroded, there's corrosion around the trunk seal, and all of the window seals are destroyed.

Chuck Bridges

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Hi 68 wildcat,
This car was sold in 63 by GM France! Speed meter is in Kilometers! No in milles.
Here in Canada with my 66 Wildcat, I have to use a GPS to ensure that I am going the correct speed. My speedometer is in miles. I refused to put stickers on the dash for speed.

68 wildcat

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I had a 66 Chevelle SS and I always liked the simple taillights. Your year Skylark has the "square" version which I also love.



Hi Skycut63..
I just came upon this message from another member selling parts, perhaps this may assist you.. Complete information is found's 15 th thread below your thread.. Regards..

Aug 20, 2020

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1961 1962 1963 Buick skylark special parts collection - 1961 1962 1963 Buick skylark special parts collection
Hello, I haven't been on here in a long time. I getting ready to move again and have a bunch of parts i have collected over the past 20 years. Most of it earlier than later and as such have been stored in a barn for the past 10-15 years but are now outside since i moved 6 months ago. Lots of dust and pigeon pooo. Anyway, I have multiple 215 engines, drive train, transmissions, gaskets, sheet metal, chrome, interior parts, and a semi decent 62 skylark parts car. I do have some NOS parts also...
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Hello Fransois member.Nice car,and very nice pics.Here in Sweden is almoust time to put our Buicks to sleep over Vinter.Stubbe in Sweden.