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About jprrbo

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  • Birthday 06/17/1958
  1. The love of my life for almost 42 years, my wife for 40 years, 2 months, and 19 days, Rhonda Ruth Bowyer passed away June 21, 2017. Our daughters and oldest granddaughter rode with me as we took Rhonda’s cremains to the luncheon following her service in our Riviera. Rhonda and I rode home alone together following that. When I’m gone my and Rhonda’s cremains will be mixed together and we will ride between our daughters past a few of the places we frequented when we were dating, and past the Muskegon Blockhouse where we went on the evening of our first date, and where I proposed to her. We took our first ride together in any car in this car on the afternoon of August 31, 1975. God willing we will take our last earthly ride together in this car together, when He so decides. And then I won’t care what happens to it. I’ll be with Rhonda.
  2. It's not the same picture as the one that sold. My grandfather had zero parts for my car. He was preparing to trade it for motor home when he passed away. I "stumbled" on 4 NOS RH and 2 NOS LH bezels. One pair is now on my grandfather's car. I've sold one of the RH and will sell one more RH. Then I will sit on the additional set just in case, or for bartering material, or if I run across another '68 Riv, or??
  3. It's not the same one. Now listed at no reserve.
  4. 1384683 1968 Riviera Remote Mirror Gasket needed.
  5. Sorry for not replying sooner. I've been away from my computer over the holidays. This frame was on my '68 Riviera when my father inherited it in 1972 from my grandfather (who purchased it new). When my father registered the car in 1973, my grandfather's plates were hung on a nail in our garage, with this frame. My dad sold me the car in 1975 and a couple of years later I saw the stainless steel rear license plate frame mentioned in the '68 Riviera brochure. The light bulb clicked on and I went over to my folks house and retrieved the frame. It is 4 pieces that expand and then are pushed into place around the plate. I have "assummed" that it is the dealer installed frame. I would really like to know if it is, or isn't. If it's not then I would like to get one that is correct. I would also like to find NOS, or near perfect, rear tail light bezels (mine are re-chromed) and I would like to find an NOS, or near perfect, gasket specific to the Riviera (I believe) for under the outside mirror. Any help would be very much appreciated.
  6. Is this one of the rear license plate frames that were dealer installed on 1968 Rivieras? It is listed in the big silver Riviera brochure on the page with the engine photo, and it appears to be on the Riviera road tested in Car Life back around late '67.
  7. '55 Nomad Photos

    1955 Nomad photos
  8. Thanks very much for the input. Now I have some good starting points.
  9. I've attached some additional document images. The notes on trading the 1968 for a 1970 Riviera lead me to believe that my Grandfather was disenchanted with this car, I believe due to vacuum headlight issues as they were inoperable when my father inherited the car. My father didn't care much for the car either, as he was a cars-are-just-appliances type of a guy. Then I get it, and I don't like it initially either. The poor car had to grow on me. Rob J - The car was repainted in the winter of '91-'92. Many of the bright pieces have been re-chromed. I had the front seats reupholstered and the carpet replaced. Irlforfun - I mean no disrespect to T-Tops. They are awesome on period Trans Ams, Grand Prixs, Camaros, Corvettes, Cutlasses, etc. So I should not have added the "(and t-tops faded)" to the sentence. It would have just plain been wrong to do that to this car and, if I had followed through, I am sure the quality of my conversion would have lead to the demise of the car. Riviera Documents 2.pdf
  10. My Grandfather bought this 1968 Riviera new from Palmer Buick in Oak Park Illinois in March of 1968. He traded his 1964 4 door leSabre in on it. I have his hand written notes from last minute negotiations between Palmer and another Buick dealer. I remember well my Grandfather and Grandmother visiting us in the summer of 1968 with this car and taking my brothers and me for a ride in it. My Grandmother passed away in August of 1972, and my Grandfather was distraught. He followed her in late September and my father inherited it. My father sold it to me when I turned 17 in 1975 and bought a brand spanking new Ford Pinto. I'm sure he was thinking about gas milage; 1) He'd get much better gas milage and 2) I wouldn't be traveling the countryside as much trying to feed the Riviera. In 1975/76 my friends all had Mustangs, Chevelles, Camaros, Cutlasses; and I had a Buick Riviera. I never intended to keep it long term, but months turned into years, turned into decades, and the Buick grew on me. Luckily my dreams of cutting t-tops in it (the rage in the late '70s) never materialized before I matured (and t-tops faded). These photos were taken in summer of '06. I took my driver's license test in this car, drove it to highschool, took my wife-to-be on our first date in it, honeymoon, brought our newborn home from the hospital in it. I have my Grandfather's original paperwork for it. My Grandmother's sunglasses and hairbrush are still in the glove box. <!-- google_ad_section_end -->
  11. The cruise control in my '68 Riviera is all there. The green relay light comes on, but nothing happens. Any suggestions? This is the last item on my car that is not functioning properly, and I would really like to sort it out.
  12. My Grandfather's 1968 Riviera

    Yes, I still have it. The photos were taken in '06. I should have mentioned also that my father bought a new Pinto after he sold me the Riviera. Needless to say that the Pinto is long gone (I think it lasted about two years). I took my driver's license test in this car, drove it to highschool, took my wife-to-be on our first date in it, honeymoon, brought our newborn home from the hospital in it. I have my Grandfather's original paperwork for it. My Grandmother's sunglasses and hairbrush are still in th golve box.
  13. Let's see if I can post this picture; My Grandfather bought this 1968 Riviera new from Palmer Buick in Oak Park Illinois in March of 1968. When he passed in September of 1972 my father inherited it. My father sold it to me when I turned 17 in 1975. http://photos.aaca.org/files/8/1/5/0/6/dsc00095.jpg