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About kreed

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    Des Moines , Iowa
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    Buick Riviera 1963-1973

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  1. I have to pass on this interior - a little gaudy IMO but if the owner liked it , who cares ? Suspect Elvis would have liked it . To each is own. KReed ROA 14549
  2. Not sure if it is customary or not but decided to go the extra mile and hope that it "sticks" . Lots of sore finger tips sanding in and around all the mounts! Undoubtedly areas that will never be seen by anyone but ... I would know if they are not done right - call me crazy . Thanks Jason - decided to go with satin black after all the advice above and here locally. Re: hidden VINs on frame , didn't know there was such a thing but will definitely look now. Appreciate everyone's help and suggestions .
  3. Thanks to all for the advice - leaning very strongly to satin black . Just finished 320 grit today - frame smooth as glass . KReed ROA 14549
  4. Just got my 65 chassis ready to paint and am debating satin black vs gloss black . Was the original finish satin black ? Finding that the gloss black is twice as expensive and suspect it would be harder to repair chips. Would appreciate thoughts . Thanks Ken Reed ROA 14549
  5. Finally getting started on 65 GS restoration and want to rebuild my steering gear box . Would appreciate any suggestions . Found a couple of places - one in Oxnard called Rebuilding Factorty and another in Washington state called Red Head - review as are good for both but wondering if anyone has any suggestions . Thanks KReed ROA 14549
  6. Sorry about that last picture-here's a better one
  7. Finally got done with the '72 last week just in time for the World of Wheels Autorama in Kansas City where she made her first public appearance . Few pictures of us setting up on the day before the show . Lots of very nice cars . Two other interesting Riviera's -one '65 restomod and a ' 67 low rider . Retirement fund now depleted - Ramen noodles rest of year . Appreciate Gordon and Susan Wolfgang dropping by to visit . KReed ROA 14549
  8. Anyone going to World of Wheels in KC this weekend ? Finally got the 72 done and will have it there . Would love to see some ROA members there . KReed ROA 14549
  9. Thanks for the advice - headed to Rare parts tomorrow. KR
  10. Restoring my 65 and want to rebuild my center link . Does anyone have any recommendations for someone who does thiis sort of thing or is there a rebuild kit available for first generation ( not sure Inwould have the know how to do it myself correctly though) . Thanks for your help . KReed ROA 14549
  11. Car pulled from auction - either decided to take the standing 100k Offer or something wrong with car . Suspect the former since they didn't want to lose the guy with " 100k " offer when the auction stalled at $45 K - guess we will never know . KReed ROA 14549
  12. Just talked to one of the salesmen at Fast Lane a couple of hours ago. He said the phone has been ringing off the hook on this car - 37 phone calls this morning . He says " it is completely correct in all aspects " and " the best Riviera he has ever seen"( for what that is worth) . He further said that "my boss just put a note in my desk with a standing offer of $100, 000 ! " - Assuming the auction doesn't go past that amount ( again for what that's worth!) . Maybe lots of smoke but wouldn't surprise me to see it make that mark if indeed it is as nice as it looks but who would bid a $100K for something they never saw in person . Learned my lesson last year in Phoenix at Goodings when that one went for $121,000. When two people with money want something , price is not an object . In fact , the salesman mentioned the Gooding car as a price s ource for where they priced this car . Hang on Riviera GS owners! KReed ROA 14549
  13. That is one gorgeous 65! Love the black/black combo . You made a good buy - couldn't possibly restore one for that price . Invariably you will find a few things to tweek once you get it but looks like all the major things are in good shape . Enjoy and welcome to the forum. KReed ROA 14549
  14. Thought I would update a couple of pictures as the front clip has been going on the last couple of weeks . Lots of tweeking yet to get the gaps and everything lined up before we install the grill and headlights and bumper . Never appreciated how many "movable parts" in a front clip ! Move one and two other go out of alignment . Also had a scare today - apparently the solenoid on the starter locked up as they were moving it and fried ignition wires in about two minutes . Fortunately there were two people right there and could pull the wires out while one was is disconnecting the battery . Brand new AC Delco starter - guess you never know ,huh? I have the feeling that parts today are not as good as they used to be . Anyway got all the wiring redone and will replace the starter tomorrow with another "new " one . I had the original wiring harness refurbished but think I will go a different route with my 65 GS , namely Painless or something similar . If anyone has suggestions, I would appreciate it. Thanks KReed ROA 14549
  15. Remember the Gooding auction exactly one year ago when this 65 GS went for $110,000 plus commission = $121,000- world record I suspect . I had registered to bid but never had a chance to raise my paddle as two guys in front of me kept their hands raised continually with bids starting at $50k and going up in $10 K increments until it hit $110 and the other guy bailed ! Very nice car with most everything correct except a few minor things ( carpet color and few little things under the hood that were no big deal) . When I went to look at it the day before the auction , there were 5-10 people going all over this car the entire time I was there . Should have not even registered to bid after seeing that . Nice ones bring the bucks and the 1st ,2nd and 3rd Riviera's have a bright future for appreciation over the next few years IMHO. KReed ROA 14549