Pat Curran

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About Pat Curran

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  • Birthday 04/07/1953

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    Serious car hobby buff since 1972.

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  1. Welcome to the world of vacuum headaches! Cool car though.
  2. 65 Boattail

    I like it!
  3. Not to mention the frost finish between the flutes!!
  4. '63 glove box question

    It certainly is! The holes were pre-drilled from the factory but in every case where I have seen these in a car, none ever had screws in the holes. This thing fit snug and you really didn't need screws to hold it in place.
  5. '63 glove box question

    Just as an FYI, originally the top of the liner was not supported by any fastener and they began to sag in the middle. Buick issued a narrow metal sleeve about the same width as a door edge guard that fit over the top edge to help prevent it from sagging. It worked really well. You will see some first gens with this sleeve and others without. Either one is correct. I remember years ago when first gens were available at your local junk yard and I collected several of these sleeves when I found them. I don't have any left though.
  6. I did a quartz conversion on my 69 and it was silent with no noise at all.
  7. FYI, Hemmings posted an article on their blog today about DeWayne. It is a nice little write up.
  8. I don't think the FWD in a Toronado makes that particular car more attractive, particularly if it needs to be restored. I like the Toronado (first generation at least), but on average, they bring less money than the Riviera.
  9. I would rule out other possible reasons first before dropping the transmission unless it has been properly diagnosed that that is the source of your issue. What are they saying is the cause?
  10. As a charter member I have seen the ROA grow and prosper since its inception. I have every issue of the newsletters and Riviews and it is interesting to compare the original typed by hand and photocopied newsletters to the publication that we have today. I have been a member of other clubs over the years and enjoyed the publications that were distributed but the Riview stands out over the others. The enthusiastic membership makes a big difference and Ray Knott as well as the current and former board of director members deserve a big hand. Collectively, it has enabled us to "share the pride" which was and still is the mission of the ROA.
  11. Sorry to hear this. I could see some burned out hulks of classic cars on the news coverage and hopefully Steve had good insurance and can find another Riviera.
  12. FYI, Chevy offered two styles of this wheel cover but they are very close in appearance. The Corvette's had a recessed plastic emblem in the center cap just like the Riviera. There is another Chevy version where the emblem is not recessed and the emblem is a flush mounted aluminum piece that was glued on. It was standard on the 1972 Monte Carlo Custom which was a one year only offering and also optional on other Chevy's.
  13. My engine made smoke and after a few hours of running it in a closed room, you couldn’t find the door!!
  14. I love my American Flyer that was a Christmas present from my dad back in 1958! Still have it!
  15. Seafoam, I was thinking the same thing. The Riviera was built to compete with the Thunderbird but the T'bird came standard with what I consider a deluxe interior. But, like what has been stated above, the base price gets customers in the showroom and then the sales pitches begin to unfold. The common phrase in the car business is that there is a butt for every seat. Oldsmobile took the same approach with the Toronado. They had a deluxe interior option as well and many were sold that way. The Strato Bench was used across all GM brands back in the day and if you wanted a bench seat, it was certainly the way to go. Beginning in 1967, it was even available on the Chevy Caprice and Impala Super Sport and you really don't see many of those around today or even when they were new.