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  1. Question on where the 60 series was in the 1926 line up. I see mention of a 70 series further up in this post. Was this a wheelbase issue? Size of engine smaller than a 70 series?
  2. Willis, The Toronado had a special version of the 425 already. The "hot" 425 was not available for the Toronado BUT the Toronado had an additional 10 hp over the Starfire 425. The Toronado required a special intake manifold and had a different degree of flow compared to the normal 425. This was due to hood clearance. A normall 425 would not fit in a Toronado. Toronado's had forged steel cranks, highly prized by Olds performance enthusiasts. There was no high performance version of the transmission. But, the transmission could take a lot of power. It was behind the 385 hp Toronado motor and the Cadillac's 429/472. Toronados also had no stiff suspension package based on my research. I could be wrong. But - again, Toronados were over-engineered EXCEPT for their brakes. The drum brakes were a big error. Single piston master cylinder and drum brakes on a new platform creating a ton of heat - not good. Toronados needed factory disc brakes or aluminum front drums from day one. Why Oldsmobile went through all the work to create the Toronado then forget to do the brakes is beyond me. True bean counter 101 thinking. So, a police pursuit package would likely include disc brakes, and this car does not have that. I also don't think a Toronado, a sporty 2 door coupe would be any good for modifying for police use. How do you stuff a handcuffed suspect into that back seat? The lack of a/c makes this a true oddball. I have never seen a Toronado without a/c and few Toronados were made in non deluxe build sheets. Personally, this is the Toronado for me. I switch my 66 Toronado that I restored from power seat to manual seat. In Iowa, a/c is not a requirement. We have about 9 weeks when a/c is nice, and this car is black, but I would rather have a non a/c "old" car to minimize maintenance and repair issues. The extra weight of the a/c system would not be missed either. In a Toro, I expect that adds 300 + pounds, and makes it easier to service that side of the motor. All in all, this is a neat car for the price, in my opinion. I rebuilt my 425 with the personal help of Joe Mondello, which makes for good memories. I suspect my 425 came in around 420 hp. Factory stock appearance. The motor ran well when I got it, had 105,000 miles and the valvetrain was due for rebuild.
  3. Well, I started a body off restoration on a 68 Riviera with a rust free body from New Mexico. Yes, the body was lifted off the frame, complete dismantlement of a bucket seat console car. It's not that I lost interest in the Riviera, but the complexity of the car caused me to reconsider. I did not feel I could get the car back together and running. I felt I would be chasing gremlins. The car was sold to me without an engine, but the TH 400 was there. Here is a summary of what I learned: 1. The wiring harnesses weigh several pounds and are complex. Try every electrical item and look for functionality. I removed all of the wiring harnesses, - yes including the rear and windows. Very complex and tight. 2. There are a lot of parts that are hard to get out. Like the power brake booster took me forever. Again, tight with a new for special tools and patience. 3. Tons of vacuum hoses. I would replace as many as you can when you get the car, one at a time. 4. The driveshaft is two piece as mentioned with if I remember a carrier bearing in the middle. I think there are zerts, and I would hit those quick with correct grease. This is one car I would definitely buy the best car. And, I have seen 68-69 Rivieras in nice original condition for $4000 to $7500. Not a lot of money to enjoy the hobby when you consider cost to restore.
  4. I posted a comment on his placement in the AACA General Buy/Sell. It caught my eye and I am not a pre war expert like y'all. I knew being a 1923, it was an early closed car. I was actually surprised they made 8700, but that should have been a clue of things to come. Colors are great, price is good.
  5. So, could this be original paint and therefore I wonder what the paint codes/names were. Willie Or Mike?
  6. Well, yes it did run....when it was new.
  7. Well that is nice but it has a 300 cubic inch engine. The 355 is the torque rating that you see on the air cleaner. Powerglides are for Chevy's, not worthy of being put in a Buick. I know you are selling this for a relative or to settle an estate, and have not done the research, so consider correcting these items on your ebay auction.
  8. I think this would be an awesome car if I were local. 1st, looks like good paint. Buff it out and live with it for $1000. I personally like all tans, browns, etc but I can understand if tan is not your cup of tea. 2. It's from the west, so likely has minimal or no rust. 3. A buyer can probably get this to run with the usual stuff. 4. Interior door panels look nice, so get some material from SMS and redo the seats and your done. 5. I see hubcaps, a +++.
  9. Larry That looks nice in black with those wood wheels. I am tipping the scales at 5'4" 145, so this car might work for me.
  11. Terry Where are you located?
  12. for sale

    Chris That is a phenomenal car, wow. This was at the dawn of the closed car take over era when slowly but surely closed cars outsold open cars. This makes it rare and archival for sure. Add to that great colors and condition and should be a bargain for someone.
  13. I am a big 74-76 Riviera fan. Both of these cars are good examples but the Houston ad scares me a bit. NO WAY I would buy or get into that car unless I was local. I have been burned too many times on long distance purchases with too many vague promises like this one has. I am impressed that the interior looks factory, and they say it was redone. The 75 with factory buckets in light saddle tan is pretty nice. I am not a white fan, but those years of Riviera wear white and light yellow pretty nice.
  14. I believe I have seen this car. At any rate, I love the colors. Obviously 50's, but tasteful for that body and interior.
  15. This car is in amazing condition. Excellent original interior and upholstery. Excellent body. This car is in amazing condition. It has a straight 8 engine and a 3 speed column shift. The fuel system needs to be cleaned up and the tires replaced. Take this one to the car shows. It has 35,000 miles on it. Call Bruce at 505 344 6930