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Username Post: Glove Box 'STUFF'        (Topic#354218)
Swifster 
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12-04-18 07:09 PM - Post#2753395    

Nothing is truly empty in a new car. Trunks had spares, engine compartment had a free bottle of windshield washer concentrate and interiors had floor mats. The glove box had an owners manual.

But what else came with the owners manual? I'm mostly interested in what came with '63's, but I'm sure the '61 thru '64 cars all had their little bits of paper treasure.

I'm guessing the cars came with the following;

Owners Manual
Plastic Bag to hold the Manual
Radio Instructions
Warranty Card
Cruise Control Instructions
Seat Belt Instructions
Pre Delivery Inspection Sheet
Battery Warranty Certificate
Tire Warranty?

Anything to add? Stuff from other years?

I know many people put receipts for service work in there, as well as sales receipts for the car and maybe a window sticker.

Tom

1963 Chevrolet ?
$121.00


Edited by Swifster on 12-04-18 07:11 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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japete92 
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12-05-18 06:48 AM - Post#2753450    
    In response to Swifster

I do not recall anything other than the owners manual (no 'bag').

We were expected to be smart enough to operate the am radio and the seat belts (which were not on most cars).

Pete



 
Verne_Frantz 
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Verne_Frantz
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12-05-18 12:23 PM - Post#2753487    
    In response to Swifster

  • Swifster Said:
Nothing is truly empty in a new car. Trunks had spares, engine compartment had a free bottle of windshield washer concentrate and interiors had floor mats. The glove box had an owners manual.

But what else came with the owners manual? I'm mostly interested in what came with '63's, but I'm sure the '61 thru '64 cars all had their little bits of paper treasure.

I'm guessing the cars came with the following;

Owners Manual
Plastic Bag to hold the Manual
Radio Instructions
Warranty Card
Cruise Control Instructions
Seat Belt Instructions
Pre Delivery Inspection Sheet
Battery Warranty Certificate
Tire Warranty?

Anything to add? Stuff from other years?

I know many people put receipts for service work in there, as well as sales receipts for the car and maybe a window sticker.



In these years, no cruise controls were installed at the assembly plants, so that instruction would not be there. The pre delivery inspection sheet was filled out by the dealer and not shipped with the car. It was rare that the dealer left it with the customer. All the warranty information was in the Owner Protection Plan booklet. No separate warranty cards.
In '63, the plastic bag for the owner's manual was used. Other years used a paper envelope. Other items shipped in the glove box were a small booklet showing the available dealer accessories that could be purchased, a folding top instruction pamphlet if a convertible and the license plate attachment screws (which of course, the dealer used before the car was picked up.)

Verne




 
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12-05-18 03:48 PM - Post#2753517    
    In response to Verne_Frantz

In addition to the above my 61 conv. had the radio delete plate in the glove box. I guess the mechanic at the selling dealer, Kenny Ross Chevrolet, Pittsburgh put it in there after he installed the radio.
impala

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Aussie_Chevy_Nut 
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12-05-18 07:17 PM - Post#2753536    
    In response to Verne_Frantz

Also if fitted with a Hazard Flasher there would be small instruction tag hanging from the knob. Also, in the Australian delivered Chevrolets that had the Pontiac style dashboard, my dad's glove box contained the radio delete plate. ('64 Belair) The Aussie radio was locally designed and made to fit in the Pontiac style dash. There was no air conditioning, but our car had leather seating, seat belts, rear window venetian shades, P/S, p/Brakes, 283 with p/glide.
We used to keep water cool on those hot summer days with a canvas water bag that was tied to the front of the grille, very effective.
John




 
Verne_Frantz 
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12-05-18 09:09 PM - Post#2753556    
    In response to Aussie_Chevy_Nut

The Hazard flasher was also a dealer installed item so no card would have been shipped with the car.

Verne



 
fander 
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12-20-18 08:20 PM - Post#2755167    
    In response to Verne_Frantz

Picture of the Owner Protection Plan Booklet. Complete lubrication every 1000 miles. Differential check, transmission, power steering, brake fluid, grease, clean battery cables, battery water, tire pressure, etc. Oil change was 4000 miles though.

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Swifster 
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12-22-18 01:09 PM - Post#2755287    
    In response to fander

I like these and actually have the original one for my '64 Studebaker Commander. These are the one item that doesn't get reproduced and I really wonder why. There was an intact, unused one on Ebay for $950 (for a 1963). Too rich for my blood...


Tom

1963 Chevrolet ?
$121.00


 
junky 
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12-22-18 06:45 PM - Post#2755321    
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I had found a number of them in a drawer at a closed Chevrolet dealership, and I sold almost all of them at Carlisle for $100 each. I thought that I was ripping them off, but the Corvette people thought it was a deal. Only wish that I had all of them today. They would probably sell quickly at $500 each, since the Corvette people seem to have very deep pockets.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
Swifster 
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12-22-18 10:22 PM - Post#2755338    
    In response to junky

I'd gladly pay $100. But being just an 'average' guy, $500 would be too much. I'd be happy if I found one for a four door hardtop.


Tom

1963 Chevrolet ?
$121.00


 
junky 
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12-23-18 08:16 AM - Post#2755355    
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  • Swifster Said:
I'd gladly pay $100. But being just an 'average' guy, $500 would be too much. I'd be happy if I found one for a four door hardtop.




NOS parts are like any other commodity. The value goes up and down, depending on the state of the economy, and how people perceive the future. I have seen wild price swings in even gold, from a low of $235 in December 1970 to a high of $2196 in January 1980. Then back down to $375 in February 2001, and back up to $1800 in July 2011. It has steadily been dropping ever since and today the price fluctuates around $1250 per ounce.
If the economy is good, and people are flush with cash, spending for trinkets goes up. When there is uncertainty in the economy, then you see the down turn. My opinion is that today, you could sell a NOS warranty booklet in the $200 range, but not much more. This time last year, $400 - $500 would have had a lot more buyers than today at that price.
When looking at the Barret Jackson & Mecum auctions, I don't see the high prices that were the norm just a few years ago.


Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
Verne_Frantz 
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12-23-18 08:17 AM - Post#2755356    
    In response to junky

  • junky Said:
I had found a number of them in a drawer at a closed Chevrolet dealership, and I sold almost all of them at Carlisle for $100 each. I thought that I was ripping them off, but the Corvette people thought it was a deal. Only wish that I had all of them today. They would probably sell quickly at $500 each, since the Corvette people seem to have very deep pockets.



It's odd that a dealer would have extra copies of the Owner Protection Plan booklets. They were shipped with each new car and were to be filled out by the dealer when the car was sold.

Verne



 
Swifster 
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12-23-18 12:19 PM - Post#2755394    
    In response to Verne_Frantz

I can't state that this is wrong for the time period. I worked at a couple GM dealers in '84 and '85 and due to auto theft, just about anything that was in the glove box you could get thru the parts department as a replacement. Now, I'm not saying this was true in the early '60's, just saying...

Tom

1963 Chevrolet ?
$121.00


 
Carl1962 
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12-23-18 01:41 PM - Post#2755403    
    In response to junky

There's a couple of those NOS owner protection plans on Feebay for $825 each.

Cheers, Carl.

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Verne_Frantz 
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12-23-18 01:48 PM - Post#2755405    
    In response to Carl1962

  • Carl1962 Said:
There's a couple of those NOS owner protection plans on Feebay for $825 each.



YIKES amoly!!



 
Carl1962 
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12-23-18 04:04 PM - Post#2755414    
    In response to Verne_Frantz

  • Verne_Frantz Said:
  • Carl1962 Said:
There's a couple of those NOS owner protection plans on Feebay for $825 each.



YIKES amoly!!



Ironically, there were three of these for sale by the same seller for a long time, one of each edition (1st, 2nd and 3rd), now there's only two for sale so my guess is one of the cashed-up Corvette guys bought the 1st edition. Another way to make an "original" car again.

Cheers, Carl.

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WarrenL 
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12-31-18 08:10 PM - Post#2756191    
    In response to Carl1962

The owners manual packet is actually a specialty of mine.
Prior to 63, they used a paper envelope for the owners manual items. Switched to the plastic envelope in 63.

Yes on the protection plans. There are 2 editions for 61 and 63. The 63 first edition has a yellow cover. 2nd edition is pink.

Yes on the seat belt card. Believe I have seen them back to 62?

There was an owners manual correction page for 63. Something to do with the 409 and/or tires. I should have one.

I've seen a number of pre delivery inspection sheets with the owners manuals. There were multiple copes and I think the owner was sometimes given one and the other copy put in the car's file.

Battery warranty pamphlets were last used in 61 as I recall. Not sure I've seen one with a 62 set.

There was a warranty explanation brochure that was mailed to owners after they bought the car. You sometimes find that with the owners manual. They mailed them 61-65. 61 has a key pictured on the front.

I've also seen a small hang tag for wheel cover removal instructions. I'll have to find my pic of it.

63 was the first year for the accessory pamphlets.

There were 2 different radio brochures. One was an am/fm radio instructions. Not sure if that started earlier than 65. There was also a booklet about FM radio stations. The back cover folds out depicting a map of the US with various FM stations pointed out. Think it was only used in 64 and 65. Maybe 63.

And a yellow FM reception hang tag. Hung on the radio knob. Don't see many of those but some were stuck in the owners manual packet after being removed.

I've found some license plate hardware in packets over the years. That's something I collect. Sometimes only one set was used if the car required only 1 plate.

That should cover most of the items you will find in the owners manual packet from these years.



 
Swifster 
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12-31-18 09:05 PM - Post#2756195    
    In response to WarrenL

Warren, this is the type of 'STUFF' I was looking for. Not that I'm going to do a straight restoration, but I do think these things are fascinating. As a collector of license plates, I'm curious about the hardware. Are these screws or bolts? Thank you for your informative post.


Tom

1963 Chevrolet ?
$121.00


 
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