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About alini

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  • Birthday 01/21/1971


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    Retired Air Force Crew Chief, worked EF-111, A-10 and F-15 aircraft. Retired from QA Chief Inspector after 20 years 8 months. Three trips to the desert, one year remote to Korea. Stationed in England, Tucson, Hampton VA, Las Vegas NV

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  1. If you are looking for a shop to restore your car, you will be investing 100K easy. I simply rebuilt my car, but every system needed to be touched, by myself outsourcing only the transmission and I only spent 762 hours. I talked to a few folks who thought that was fast, a shop told me they cant do a car in under 1000. Basic shop rate for almost every shop in the country is $75 an hour, so thats $75K in just labor. I spent 23K in parts. A show room perfect Riv MAY get you that kinda money back....its your pocket book.
  2. How about the built in feature on the first gens. you can not lock your keys in the car. You have to use your key to lock the door. If you push the door lock down and shut the door it unlocks itself
  3. Random hose...

    Correct, trace it back to the vacuum canister and you can cap that line.
  4. You can take blue painters tape and cover the paint so you don't scratch the paint or get anything on it
  5. I found out later on in life that my ancestors were coachbuilders. Pretty well known at the time coachbuilders. They even made a body for the 1914 Indy 500. So guess it's in my genes im actually a retired Air Force fighter crew chief. I worked F-111's A-10s and F-15s. I now work in the inspection section here on base. Taking apart fighters That are due scheduled inspections and replace all sorts of components. I just have to have wrenches in my hands
  6. Im a wrench turner, I admire the workmanship in a car regardless of make or model. I lean more toward Chevy/GM products but I complement anyone with a nice ride that did the work. I rebuilt a Riv just because it kinda fell in my lap and I was biting for a project. I ended up becoming knowledgeable about them mechanically, but the Riv wasnt for me, Im more muscle and less luxury
  7. Rivieras have a small market, not many people WANT a Riviera. They are heavier than most cars of the error and were a luxury car not a muscle car. The value of a car while these guides produce a starting point for pricing, having just sold my car and had it appraised, car value is set between buyer and seller. You can build a car all day and ask $60K for it, but if no one wants to buy a Riviera for $60K it wont sell. How many times have you seen a car for sale for under $20K and it doesnt move? Quality of the car, condition, colors, chrome, glass, wheels all affect their value. Now you can spend the time of putting a 4 Speed in, easy or not. You just reduced your sales market by that much more. You have hundreds of car buyers in the world, a handful want a Riviera and even less than that would want it with a four speed. If you are doing it for yoursel, by all means good luck and cant wait to see it. If you are doing it to try and increase the sales value of a the money. Put it into brakes, paint, interior, redo the chrome, those are the things people see and will sell a car for more money I have yet to see a Four speed in a RIv personally but I believe someone had. You can put anything in a car with enough work and budget Im working on putting a Hemi in a PT Cruiser right now
  8. I took a closer look, they are the same pieces just assembled differently, so you need to flip the it over. Better to get parts from a loaner car
  9. If the rear windows are working with their switches your breaker is fine. If the passenger window is moving its possible the short is still in the drivers door but the wires from the drivers switch to that side is part of your problem too. I would disconnect your battery, remove the door skin on the drivers side and check the wiring. Im suspecting its rubbed against the window track over time and is now shorting out.
  10. #1 you said a window quit working....which one. If its one of the rear windows or passenger window did that work with the switch at that location and just the drivers switch isnt working?? #2 if the seat still moved its not the breaker The seat motor/transmission is pretty easy to disassemble and clean contacts. The grease gets gummed up, so good cleaning should make it work much better. The seat switch is pretty weak and wears out over time, maybe check it as well for proper travel and continuity. Dont be afraid to take the door skin off and check your harness. With the remote mirror watch the cable and disconnect it from the door panel before you start. If you dont have the remote mirror just pull the panel PS the windows work all the time, so if you do have a bad contact its going to drain your battery
  11. Guess that's where my old car is. At midnight hot rods. New owner is gonna get some things changed. They had an open house yesterday just wondering if anyone was there
  12. I did a two inch drop with coil spring specialties springs. With stock exhaust I had about 3 3/4 inches of clearance but my exhaust could be tweaked a bit and could have 4 inches of clearance. I only scraped on high speed bumps
  13. The crank system for a power window and manual window are exactly the same. You just need to remove the manual shaft which is riveted in and the motors bolt to it But you have to wire the car for it
  14. And don't be afraid to apply a little bend here or there at the mounting tabs or along the track . Just don't muscle it that you kink it. The adjustment studs aren't very long so it's tricky
  15. If it's binding now with the interior panel off it's really gonna bind with the door panel back in Do you have the exterior molding and fuzzy in place? mount the exterior molding and with the window full up adjust the upper most forward points so the bottom of the glass touches the fuzzy. Then adjust the rear to set your angle without up. Then slowly incrementally lower the glass adjusting the lowest point of the track