Johnny Buick

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    Hello my name is John. I live in Sioux Falls South Dakota, however I originally come from New Zealand a few years ago. I am an automotive "shop" teacher and have previously worked in the trade. I have found Buicks and love them. I own four Buicks which include a 1963 Le Sabre 4 door hardtop, 1968 Wildcat Sports Coupe, 1969 Riviera GS, 1983 Riviera Convertible. I also own a 1965 Oldsmobile F85 Cutlass Convertible and want to sell this one.
  1. Hello Jason and Matt I did have a look at the after market people including Dorman and could not find anyone who had them. None of the known Buick parts sellers, (Cars, Buick Farm and Classic Buicks) have them. I will keep looking as they must be out there. I do not have a Hollandia parts manual for the Riviera to check out where the handle was used on other manufacturers? I will keep looking thanks for your advice and comments. Regards John
  2. Hello Everyone I apologise for not being more diligent and keeping on top of my messages. I will reply to those who have shown interest in the 1966 Wildcat. Because of the snow and winter weather here, I finally managed to get the car off the trailer where it has sat since late November. I can now open the doors and get to the car. Therefore as the weather gets above freezing here I will venture out and start taking off parts for those who I have agreed to supply. Thank you John
  3. Hello Everyone I am in the middle of putting my 1983 Riviera Convertible back together again and I am looking to find both front outside door handles. I have two sets however they are all "pitted". If anyone has a NOS set of a set which is in very good condition please let me know? The other alternative is the have these re chromed and therefore has anyone done this recently and if so by whom? Thank you. Regards John BCA # 46404 ROA # 14353
  4. Hello Everyone I was at the Granville Iowa auction where I met up with Roy. I was also talking to the person who brought the 1965 GS Riviera which from recollection hit the hammer at $1525. The buyer is from Sioux City Iowa and he brought it as a father and son project, as his son has just graduated from an Auto Body/Refinishing college in Iowa, He also brought a second 1965 Riviera, (it was a nice looking maroon car with a perfect set of spinner hubcaps) and he paid $200 for that car. I pointed out the GS to him and our concern with this car was that both front fenders were bent in the same place and it looked like the whole front end had been bent downwards. Because it had sunken in the mud we could not get a closer look to see the front suspension and chassis condition. Most of the cars there did not have a title, however the 65 GS did have one. I brought a 1966 Wildcat sports coupe because it had the period correct Argent wheels, (thanks Roy for your help here). Before I could collect the car it went missing and it took a few days for Mike, (the son of the collection owner) and the auction company to track it down and I was able to collect it. This person had brought 13 cars from the auction and will be looking to sell parts from these cars. He lives a few miles from Granville Iowa. If you want his name and phone number please get back to me. I will be getting back to those members who have asked me about parts from the 1966 Wildcat. Thanks John BCA # 46404 ROA # 14353
  5. Hello Roberta and Mitch I will get some photographs posted. It is still on the back of my trailer and the weather here has turned for the worse. It may be a couple of days before get your requests done. Thank you John
  6. Hello Everyone I recently brought a 1966 Wildcat 2 door coupe at an auction in north west Iowa. I want the Rally wheels from it and don't need what any other parts from the car. It is complete with a 401 nail head engine, transmission and rear end. Chrome is all there and most of the body parts are usable. If interested please get back to me, the car is now in Sioux Falls South Dakota.
  7. Hello Wildcatsrule Have you found your Wildcat? I have a 1968 Buick Wildcat which is in pretty good condition, it gained a silver at a BCA national meeting two years ago. It has 103,000 miles on the odometer and I have owned it for the last four years. It is not perfect 400 pointer, but it always turns heads when I take it anywhere. Please get back to me if you wish to see photographs. Take care John
  8. Hello Everyone Thank you for your comments, they are appreciated. Regards John
  9. Hello Everyone I own a 1983 Buick Riviera Convertible top and need to buy a new top for it. I was offered a top recently made by Aro 2000 and would like to ask for any feed back and comments about their products and quality? Thanks John BCA #46404 ROA #14353
  10. Hello Everyone I hope that everyone who attended St Charles made it home safely. It was a fantastic meeting and I will be looking forward to the next one. I am trying to find parts for my 1983 Riviera Convertible and hope that someone might have them for sale or could advise me where to go for them? These include; 1. The plastic drive belts for the rear quarter windows. Mine are OK, however since I have the car apart, I would like to replace them? 2. The front A pillar door seals and stainless steel moldings? 3. Rear quarter window belt lines? Thank you Regards John ROA #14353 BCA #46404
  11. Hello Is the cap still available for sale and if so what is your price? Thanks John BCA #46404
  12. Hello Everyone I hope that you have a great Memorial Weekend. I would like to ask for some advice and assistance in tracking down and buying all the rubber seals and window sweeps for my 1983 Riviera Convertible. Your comments would be appreciated. Take care. Regards John McCarthy BCA#46404 ROA #14353
  13. Hello Again I appreciate your comments. The car starts and runs fine, however it won't drive. Brakes and instrument panels seem to be working well while stationary. Rear quarter panels in front of the rear wheels are rusted out. The red leather seats and far from perfect. The car has been a daily driver for a college student and has not had much maintenance done to it, except for the front sub-frame being replaced. The headlights are stuck in the up position. Thank you for your comments. John
  14. Hello Everyone My name is John and I am a member of the BCA and ROA. Recently I looked at a 1988 Reatta which was for sale near Sioux Falls, where I live. It was what I describe as being "rough" and had done 157000 miles and the transmission had failed. On the positive side the engine sounded very good and the owner had fitted a rust free second hand front sub frame. He is wanting $500 for the car which has a clear title. I think that it would probably be best to relegate this car to a parts car, rather than fix it up. Is there a market for parts from this car that would justify the money which the owner wants for it? I have too many Buick projects on the go at present and while I have always admired the Reatta I would like to find a convertible, if I was going to buy one. I would appreciate your comments and advice. Regards John BCA#46404 ROA #14353.
  15. Hello Everyone It has been interesting reading what has been written. I support what the BCA has done and consider that it only can be positive and while the BCA has sufficient funds, why not do something like this for its members. I consider that the fee I pay to belong to the BCA is good value considering what we get in return. Other clubs and organisations, which I have belonged to have cost much more. The Bugle, while only a part of the BCA, to me is excellent and well worth paying the $50 membership fee a year for. With regards to the scholarship, I think that some of it could be tagged further and specifically to provide for and encourgae applicants with scholarhips to the likes of McPherson College who offer Automobile related restoration courses and to Technical Colleges for Automotive courses. I teach Automotive Technology in a High School Academy and I worry about the future of the Automobile service industry, as to the cost and quality we get from vehicle repairers. If we don't start attracting more people with a higher standard of education, in the coming years you will not be able to afford to have your car fixed at a "shop" and there will be few around who are capable of doing it. Technology is moving fast and we need people with different skill sets now and for the future, than what we did 10 years ago. What better way to attract these people to the industry than offering then a small financial donation in the form of a scholarship. Thank you John McCarthy BCA#46404