RIVNIK

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    reside in Orlando,Fl...owned 65 RIV nearing completion after 20 yrs of restoration....orig.blue/wht int, now silv/ blk int....
  1. Question: Is the interior trim on 1st gens (around the glass & pillars) made of stainless or is it chromed ? Mine was painted black either at the factory or by a previous owner. If it is stainless I will try to strip & polish it....If it is chrome then it was probably painted for a reason. Thanks RIVNIK
  2. Success! Double nutting the studs as Ed suggested proved difficult in the tight confines, but I was able to unbolt the valance & tip it down enough to get the grille out with them in place. I put pieces of duct tape on the valance to prevent the studs from scratching it. It took a little prying and manipulating. Then I removed the studs from the new grille and it went in easily. Thanks for the advice! BTW.... the grille I recently purchased came bolted to a valance which had beed blasted & painted Riviera sea foam green. It is in absolutely NOS condition if anyone is interested get in touch....I promise you a terrific deal (.there are several on Ebay in terrible condition for ridiculous amounts) . RIVNIK
  3. Thanks Gents! I'm on it! Drew
  4. Somebody help me ! I'm replacing the grille on my '65. I vaguely remember having it off the car (20 years ago or so) & assumed it was a snap......must've been in a dream. After removing the bolts that attach it topside, & the nuts holding it to the bumper filler/valance, I see the grille will not tilt forward enough to clear the overhanging fenders on either side. Q. if I remove the bolts which attach the filler plate to the fenders & crossmember,will I be able to get enough clearance? Will it help to remove the bumper? (It doesn't look like it interferes in any way) Or.........If somebody could come over & do it for me just this first time while I look over your shoulder, then I wouldn't have to bother you about it anymore. Thanks, RIVNIK
  5. Greetings! Good news! Bob from Scanlan Classic Auto Veneer will be back to reproducing interior wood kits for the 1st Gen Rivs soon. Send him some business if you can. RIVNIK
  6. Eureka! Thought I had checked Cars Inc. but must have been having an old man moment. Proper dimensions, complete with the little tips, a little expensive, but what'cha gonna do? Thanks for the reply Ed RIVNIK
  7. Sorry, don't know how that old message went through....That problem was properly addressed ..........Anyhoo, I can't seem to find front side glass run channels for my '65. Not listed at Steeles, Cars, Classic Buick, or OPGI. Anyone know a source? much appreciated RIVNIK
  8. Greetings! We could be facing the end of an era of sorts for Riv owners. Most of us in the process of restoration have relied on Clark's over the years to supply us with quality repro parts. Whenever I need something I usually go to Clark's 1st, and have always been pleased with my dealings
  9. Greetings Mike, there are several on Ebay, unfortunately they are part of trunk release system sets ( some complete & some incomplete) and are all overpriced. Contact Gene Guarnere at ABANDG@AOL.COM. You will find his ad in the Riview club mag. For years he has been my go-to for quality used Riv parts. Never been disappointed. RIVNIK
  10. Thanks, Clark's! Glad you were watching. If those items ever come back I'll be placing an order immediately!
  11. We could be facing the end of an era for Riv owners. Most of us in the process of restoration have relied on Clark's Corvair over the years to supply us with quality repro parts. Whenever I need something I usually go to Clark's 1st, and have always been pleased with the parts & service. My seat covers, carpet, trunk cardboard, & many other items all came from Clark's. However, after years of putting it off, I recently decided to break the piggy-bank and spring for a new set of interior wood paneling & a new shifter lens. I had always assumed they would be waiting for me whenever I got ready for them. WRONG!!....... As some of you may already know, Clark's has discontinued those items & probably some others. Hard to tell, as it looks like they won't be updating the Riv catalog either. This makes me very sad, not only because a company that specializes in Corvair parts but also supplies Riv owners was a gift from heaven, but also because I can't find those items anywhere else, & Clark's apparently doesn't want to reveal their sources. Their reply to my inquiry was polite but definitely not helpful. Does anyone have info on the source of these items? I realize I can make my own paneling, but Clark's carried full peel & stick sets with factory style pin striping, something which is not easy to duplicate. Someone was selling a similar item on Ebay for years, but that listing has also disappeared. Got info? RIVNIK
  12. I had the same symptoms.......Rear axle bearings stopped the vibration
  13. Success! Thanks ED! I removed the nuts holding the steering column and dropped it til the wheel rested on the seat. That gave me plenty of room to repair the damaged circuit & replace the bulb.....took all of 5 min. This after spending a crazy amount of time trying to work through the fusebox door. From now on the only thing I will ever fear is actual fear itself..... Hey! What a great saying! I think I'll write that one down! (Could use a slight rewording I guess.) Anyway, once feeble instrument lighting is now spectacular. This is one thing that has bugged me about the Riv since I bought it 25 yrs. ago. Problem solved!! Thanks to Roadmaster, Shmiddy, Ed , and everyone else who threw their $.02 in. Anyone considering switching to LEDs, I assure you will not be disappointed ! RIV(beat)NIK
  14. Thanks ED! I got out my little mirror on a stick and spotted the offending circuit, on the lower right bulb position( adjacent to steering column). I could possibly repair it, (like I did two others, in place) by applying a dab of gel superglue with the tip of a long wooden skewer. However, in order to get to it I need a little more wiggle room. If I loosen the two bolts securing the steering column, will it drop down maybe an inch or two? Thats all I would need to have a straight shot at a it.
  15. Thanks ED Ive had mostly good luck with OPGI over the years mainly because I know their reputation and choose what I buy from them carefully. A decent used part is always better than a repo that doesn't fit. Not sure if I would trust their circuit board. Actually the circuit wasn't broken on mine....the end of one of the circuit's "fingers" that feed the bulb receptacle was loosened & scrunched up by one of the contacts, more than likely through repeated use. It was the most accessible socket and I was using it to test polarity on the LED bulbs&recepticles before installing them in the other sockets. I would test the bulb-recepticle in the easy-to-reach spot, then move it to the hard spot, & it wouldn't work. It took quite a while of pure dumbfoundedness before I realized that the receptacles themselves were reversible( Ill say it for you, "DUUUH") . What an idget! As most of us know when working on an old car sometimes you only have about three chances to mess with something before it finally breaks. Exactly my concern with the dashpad. I removed the screws and it didn't want to budge with moderate effort. Guess I have no choice but to go out & give it a harder tug. Im not sure how durable the clips are which hold it in place. I suppose they're anchored in 50 year old foam like others Ive seen. Any advice? Will keep you informed of my progress Drew