Swap Meet for GM
Buick, Pontiac, Olds and Cadillac Only
John Gunnell - March 07, 2014 10:33 AM
J & G Relining can restore Buick and Pontiac aluminum brake drums and others.Photo by John Gunnell
Vendor Jim Struck takes a year to build his $425 GM reproduction neon signs.Photo by John Gunnell
Chicagoland Chapter of Buick GS Club was signing up new members.Photo by John Gunnell
There wasn’t a Chevy to be found. This was for the Buick, Olds, Pontiac and Cadillac crowd. No bow ties.
This show is probably the best virtually undiscovered treasure-trove of GM parts anywhere in the Midwest, if not the entire country. The 2014 event was a 23rd annual shindig at the Kane County (Illinois) Fairgrounds deisgned to break the cabin fever. You really don’t see a lot of hobbyists coming long distances to this show probably because of winter weather and the fact it’s only a 6-hour-long swap. It starts promptly at 8 a.m. and is just about totally over by 2 p.m.
However, a lot of GM collectors are missing the boat by not being here. Every year, there are vendors with truckloads of NOS parts for B-O-P cars and Caddies. There are also at least two vendors with exquisite collections of Pontiac, Cadillac and Oldsmobile automobilia who travel from Michigan. There are a couple of major Buick parts vendors from Illinois.
For those who need rare OEM parts restored or restoration supplies, several regulars show up with just what they need. J & G Brake Drum Relining (www.jgrelining.com) comes down to promote its refurbishing of Pontiac eight-lug wheels and finned Buick brake drums. Metal Finishing Supply Co. (www.metalfinishingsupply.biz) will sell you glass blasting beads or 80-pound bags of aluminum oxide (or a blast cabinet).
. Each year, a different marque club plays host. This year, it was the Illinois Valley Oldsmobile Club (www.oldsmobileclub.org). Clubs honoring all four GM brands set up in the center of a huge, modern fairgrounds building that has two giant exposition halls. The Kane County Fairgrounds hosts the three-day Race & Performance Expo (www.raceperformanceexpo.com) on the same weekend. This year the events did a little cross promotion, which helped the body count at both venues.