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About Riviera63

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  • Birthday 03/26/1954

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    Stevens Point, WI 54482
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    Working on our Buick Riviera, reading, watching my Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers, walking and do-it-yourself projects.
  1. Thanks for responding. That looks like a good system for chips where the paint is gone down to the metal. I was looking for something that one could rub on to remove or blend in more superficial scratches. The paint is still basically intact but discolored or marred.
  2. I am looking for a recommendation for a good scratch remover. Thankfully, it is not for my Riviera but, for my wife's car. My head swims with the number of different products available for whatever application you happen to be shopping for. They all of course claim to be "the best". If someone could recommend a product that they have used with good success I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks. Bill
  3. The felt strip goes on the outside. It runs along the chrome strip that sits on top of the outer door skin. The rubber strip (mine had a V configuration) with the chrome edge goes on top of the interior door panel, open side up. You may have to do some modifying along the front edge by the vent window to make it fit. The rubber strip configuration actually is not like the original, which was felt also. I have been in contact with Repops, a company that makes these to reproduce them correctly. I sent my originals to them to use as a pattern and I should be getting the new product any day now. I have attached some pictures showing the rubber strip installed on the inner door panel, the rubber strip alongside the original(you can see the bottom leading edge of the replacement is deeper than the original, I had to trim so that it would fit down snug, the opening by the vent window is not as deep as the rest of the door) , the original felt strip and the new version that we got. I hope this helps. Bill
  4. Center Arm Rest eBay

    I have some pictures from when I refurbished a rear center armrest from beginning to end. I can post them for you if you would like. The upholstery I used was from Clark's. Let me know and I can dig them out and post. Bill
  5. Bob, Thanks for the compliments. You are fortunate as your trunk looks very solid and rust free. Your trunk prep looks great. I can't wait to see how it turns out, so please do send a picture. Bill
  6. Bob, The only place I needed to put adhesive was on the wheel wells. I scraped, cleaned and degreased as much as I could on the wheel wells and put on the adhesive. They have stayed in place just fine. You don't have to get every last bit off and certainly don't need to get down to bare metal. The rest is held in place by the cardboard, the spare and gravity. The other areas I scraped and cleaned again as much as I could and laid the material down. I did put a very thin rubber sheet under these areas to prevent any possible leaching of any contaminants I happened to miss. I think the rubber sheet helps keep things in place as well. So far everything is intact and in place. Bill
  7. Bob, I only have one experience with a trunk liner of the cloth type that the Rivs have. When I replaced mine the only place I needed to put any adhesive was on the wheel wells. I scraped as much adhesive, grime dirt, etc. as I could off of the wheel wells, cleaned with degreaser and wiped it down with a parts cleaner solution. I sprayed on adhesive and laid those pieces down. The rest of the trunk I scraped and cleaned as much as I could and just put the other pieces in place. They are held in place by the cardboard, the spare and gravity. I did put a very thin rubber sheet down underneath to prevent any possible leaching of contaminants missed by my cleaning. I also think that the rubber helps keep everything in place. Bill
  8. Bob, Good idea. Remember to use it under the transmission if you store your car for an extended period. Even a transmission that is not leaking under normal driven conditions can burp out the fluid when sitting for an extended period.This is not an indication that the transmission is leaky or bad. It is normal and just something that these transmissions do when sitting for awhile. Bill
  9. Ed, When I purchased my Riv I went to my local Firestone dealer where I had been getting tires for my collector cars for years. The last set I purchased before this set was in 2003 and they were Firestones. I had no idea in that time span how hard it had become to find whitewall tires. The only tires he could find in his network of vendors was a tire from China. They are SUNTEK 225/75R15's. I was not going to pay the outrageous prices that Coker and some of the other vendors want for their tires. These were very affordable and so far I am very happy with them. I have been on several long trips with these tires including a 2200 mile jaunt to the ROA Convention in Colorado. I currently have 8000 miles on this set. My car rides very smoothly and handles well on these tires. From the experience I have had with these Chinese tires I would not have any qualms about trying out those that are in question. Bill
  10. Ed, You are correct. This was on display at the BCA National Convention. It is a beautiful car. One of the first things we noticed though was that the positive battery cable was on the wrong side. We didn't have the heart to tell them. On Sunday we were parking at the entrance to the hotel to go in and check out as they were trying to load this car to be trailered home. They were having a heck of a time as they could not keep it running long enough to get it on the trailer. Let this be a lesson: Riviera are meant to be driven! Bill
  11. 65 jack install

    When I got my car I bought 5 new 225/75-15 for my car. I regretted getting that size for the spare. In my 63 it was a bear to get to fit on the shelf. I finally followed the advice of a fellow forum member and let the air out of the spare and carried a small electric portable compressor. That helped but, it was still pain to get in. I finally went out and got a good used tire of a smaller size. It slid in very easily and I didn't have to climb into the trunk to get it to it as I did before with the larger size. I figured the tire would not stay on that long if I did get a flat so a used, smaller tire won't matter. With the cover on you can't tell. I had the half cover from CARS and it fit the larger size but, with a struggle and looked OK. With the smaller spare the cover also goes on much easier and has a better fit and look. Bill
  12. 65 jack install

    Here is a picture showing the spring hook and jack. I hold my lug wrench with velcro straps. Others have used rubber bands cut from a bicycle inner tube. Don't feel bad. I struggled with the same thing when I got my car. Looking at the pieces, how hard can it be? I had to ask one of the Riv gurus on how to get mine installed. Hope this helps. Bill
  13. In each of the pairs of years 59 &60, 61 & 62, 63 & 64, 65 & 66 they followed that pattern. The "tell" is the same dash in each of those pairs is the same. As mentioned the 67 was a redesign year. I owned a 67 Impala fastback when I was in college. It was a great, reliable car. My step-dad was the service manager at the local Chevrolet-Buick garage. Back in those days we got to order a new car every year for our family to use. The only hitch was that if someone wanted to buy it we had to let it go. If that happened we got to choose any car off of the lot. The 67 Impala we ordered was a nice car and it got snapped up pretty quickly. We replaced it with a Buick station wagon which was cool because they had the panoramic windows in the roof. Another good memory of car ordering was in 1970. That was the year the 454 came out. We ordered a 4 door Impala with the 454, 4 bbl. set up. Probably a pretty rare combo. Bill
  14. Bob, The drip pan is a good thing to have and they are very inexpensive. You should be able to pick one up at your local parts store. I picked mine up at O'Reilly's. Even if you get all of your leaks taken care of it would be a good idea to get one to put under the car when you store it for the winter or any length of time. The Dynaflow when not used for an extended period can burp out up to a quart of transmission fluid. The drip pan will save you a lot of clean up. I did not know about this phenomenon when I stored my car for its first winter. I was more than a little panicked when I went out in the spring to start it up for the first time and saw this huge puddle of transmission fluid on the floor. I was very relieved to find out this was normal and all you need to do is top of the fluid and drive. Bill
  15. My car is in having the "Riviera Rattle" taken care of. They have dropped the tank as they could see the inlet/outlet of the sending unit is hitting the trunk floor. The "Riviera Rattle" has been solved. They found 3 areas where the rattle was occurring. The tank was rubbing back near the fuel filler neck. (pictures 1 & 2) The sending unit inlet/outlet was making contact with the trunk floor (pictures 3 & 4) They used different clamps that would not protrude as far up as the old clamps and they put topper tape along the top of the fuel tank to create some separation between the fuel tank and the underside of the car. They also ran a new ground wire from the sending unit for me. (pictures 5-7) To fix the frame rattle they just put rubber fuel line around the metal line as suggested earlier in the thread to keep it from rattling. I am glad this has been resolved. While not a problem that will keep you from driving the car it is one of those annoyances that drives you crazy. I hope this will be a help for others suffering from this problem. Bill