Pat Curran

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    Serious car hobby buff since 1972.

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  1. You certainly don't want to be on a lower level or below grade to avoid potential flooding. I wouldn't want to be on the very top either. Depending on how many levels there are, a floor or two from the top would be my choice and I would park as close to the center of the structure as I could. I would also avoid parking near stairwells and elevator shafts.
  2. Pulling the door skins is a relatively easy job as they are bolted on. Removing them is the best way to service any of the mechanics inside the door. You should also be able to see where the Riviera script was mounted on the fenders by removing the access panel and looking inside. These are mounted with speed nuts and can be installed without removing the fender. You can purchase body and shop manuals from most of the literature vendors that advertise on the internet and Hemmings. They will be invaluable.
  3. Back in the 80"s I almost bought a set of white NOS mats for my 64 Diplomat Blue with White deluxe vinyl interior. Marc Smiley had them advertised at Classic Buick's but I never saw the mats in person. I don't recall if they were from a 63 or 64 but obviously they would fit. I thought they would look stunning with a white interior but a pain to keep clean so I never went through with the purchase.
  4. Ed, I am not sure where the engraving was done and I wasn't implying that the actual dealer did the engraving but I believe they installed it. I have seen 2 different styles over the years with some consistency. I have seen some that were actually engraved and I have seen some that look like a silkscreen with black letters. I have seen both examples on original owner cars and I have owned several myself with both types. A form (card) was included to be filled out (I have an original blank card in my collection). I will have to dig it out to see where it is mailed to or what the dealer instructions are.
  5. These were engraved and installed by the dealer at the time of delivery. It is possible that this car remained on the lot after the new models came out.
  6. The grain looks close to the one offered by GM in the 60's and early 70's. The bubbles under the vinyl would be a concern though. You never know what you are dealing with until you get a look under it.
  7. It can be difficult to find a complete set in nice shape at a reasonable price. The emblems can be swapped out so don't be too concerned with that. If you find a set for a 64, the black finish between the turbine vanes can be removed very easily as well.
  8. Not 100% sure but I believe these are from a Skylark or Special, maybe 1964? If so, they are 14" and will not fit the Riviera which is 15".
  9. The one pictured is correct for a 63. The 64's were painted black between the turbine vanes and had the "R" medallion in the spinner. Love these covers!
  10. Emblems

    Most of the repro ones on offer have the capital R with the top of the R closed (no space between the slanted verticle line and the curved top). Buick switched to this style in 66 and the replacements from Buick for the 63-65 began to appear as the original supply dried up. This is an acceptable replacement. If you are a purist and want to retain a period correct look, have your current ones re-chromed. This applies to the fenders only. The rear ones on the 64&65 did not have the space. I have not bought any of the reproductions so I can't attest to the quality of the current offerings.
  11. The 69 Camaro canister is very close to the Riviera and they are being reproduced. The major difference is the vacuum inlet nipple is curved on one of them and the other is straight. Once the hose is on, most people wouldn't notice the difference.
  12. The mechanical parts remain in good supply. The bumper fillers are available from the aftermarket but most reports that I have read claim that they need some tweaking to fit properly and are a bit of a pain to replace. They don't come pre-finished so you would have to paint to match.
  13. You can google both on the internet by year and compare photos and features. You may also want to include the Oldsmobile Toronado in your comparison. Each one had its own distinctive looks as well as dashboards and interiors. You can look up period road tests from Motor Trend and Car & Driver from back in the day. From a mechanical perspective, you may want to avoid the Eldorado with the HT4100 V8 engine which was plagued with issues. This engine was not available in the Riviera or Toronado.
  14. The 1979 and 1980 had the Oldsmobile 350 V8 and the Oldsmobile 307 V8 became available for the 1981 model year and remained in production through the end of the 1985 model year. Reliability has been good as long as the engine has been properly maintained. The 350 offers a bit more power which is a plus in a car of this size. Acceleration with the 307 can be described as "leisurely" but adequate enough to get the job done. These cars are very comfortable and stylish cruisers. Make sure all the electronics are working as designed. Another area to examine are the bumper fillers which have become brittle and discolored with age. Do your homework and buy one that has been well cared for with low mileage. There are usually several for sale with less than 20,000 miles in Hemmings or on the internet. Prices are still reasonable for a nice example. Keep us posted!
  15. 65 trunk finish

    Of all the 64's and 65's I have owned over the years, the trunk floor was always the same color as the body. Buick did not use the spatter paint that was common in many GM cars of the era.