RivRider

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  1. I need an outside drivers door handle for my '72 Riviera
  2. What a great bunch of pictures of some extra special cars,that sure was a once in a lifetime find.It's too bad the " barn find hunter" didn't pay you a visit before they left,I see he was in Savannah in his first episodes and I'm sure your find would have aired on the show (on computer only).If you all haven't seen it yet it is worth a look,sponcored by Hagerty Ins.,just goggle Barn Find Hunter. It's been so rainy here I watched all 13 episodes and can't wait for the next.By the way,was that a headlight dimmer on the dash of the '63? Next you got to let us know of progress on the '38 when it happens. Nice under the hood helper you got there,I've got one too.
  3. No, I love it,wish I had it this weekend because of a couple old broads hitting on me at our bar this weekend that didn't want no for an answer!
  4. I agree on not paying for water until it comes to distilled for my old girls.the ones with tires that is.Nice tee shirt!
  5. When you get your radiator ready to fill and if you have hard water in your area,use distilled water to mix,it will give you a lot less trouble in the future.Up here in the northeast we have very hard water so I always use distilled and add just a table spoon of vegetable oil,really keeps it from build up inside.Looks like you're making progress.
  6. That is a real beauty,glad I'm not the only one naming cars,my '60 is called "Elvira" 'cause she's all black and Elvira would sure look good behind the wheel,although she'd probably look better behind the wheel of yours!
  7. You really should try my method on that paint,might surprise you,pick a fender and give it a whirl.Do you know if it was repainted ? If it was,the sanding would be the way,if not that old paint should come back.Stay away from that lacquer thinner.Take a look at my '60 LeSabre "Elvira",she looked a lot worse than yours before I started,I should have taken pictures after dust and before my clean up.
  8. You might want to try one of my old tricks for bringing back old paint,used on all 80-something of mine,wipe it down the whole car with kerosene,adds oil back to paint and loosens any overspray.Then go back and rub down the whole car,terry cloth towel dampened with kerosene,this will remove dead paint .Then wash with good hot water and Dawn dish soap.Then polishing compound,old Dupont #7 works best using quite damp cloth and keep re-wetting,in straight back and forth rubbing,this allows you to fill in any minor surface scratching with circular polishing later.When finished use a damp towel to remove excess compound one section at a time and dry with another towel right after.Then go at it with wax.My Grandfather taught me this with my first car,'63 Impala SS convertible,the dark maroon paint looked like it had never been waxed and turned almost white,after doing this it looked like new again.On the chrome I use 0000 steel wool,made for polishing metal,a lot less messy,especially inside where you don't want all the goop of liquid.Try a small section with both these tricks,don't be scared,I never ruined one yet,that's why "Elvira" looks so good,you might be surprised and less invasive than sanding and less work. By the way,another beautiful 4dr. saved,good luck and keep us posted.
  9. No,I'm up in N.E. corner,twenty miles below N.Y. border just off Rt.81 up in the endless mountains at 1800 feet.
  10. When I did Elvira I used polishing compound,Dupont #7 first then wax and I forgot how nice that old lacquer paint was to work with,if not real bad you can always bring it back.Then the tooth brush and soft bristle scrub brush to get in the cracks and trim.Then I found Turtle Wax Ice that doesn't leave all that junk,several new ones like that out there,does a nice job.Where are you at,if I get Elvira going this year,it would be nice to see them side by side
  11. Looks like you've got got her all shined up,I love that color,really stands out in the sun.
  12. Better thin out the herd,found your Riv in Simponsville,SC,check out on www.classiccars.com.put in Rivieras,first page. Only 2 hrs away.
  13. Shucks,I new you would get hooked on that beauty,looks like Helen and Elvira will be sticking around.When I get my Riv back on the road,I'm am going to make a road trip down to see your Buick farm later this summer.
  14. Did the storms miss you,we had hail last night when the barbecue chicken was about half done,first of the year,good thing we had the grille and beer under the roof.
  15. Sounds like we're building a party at Mr.Earls!! Can't be too many other places with such a collection of Buicks and characters in one place.It will only take me 14 hours to get there unless I bring the Riv,cut it to about 10 or 11.
  16. I prefer a good cold beer if it's hot outside or tequila and oj if its cold out,I do landscaping too,but prefer shinning old metal.Looks like if they where all running you could fit more in the barn!! Easier to maneuver.
  17. They just keep getting better looking!! If these gas wells would get to pumping,I would retire and come down to help just for the fun of it,got a spare room?
  18. Very nice new pictures,in my opinion that is the best looking Buick ever made,that will stir up some members but I think a lot would agree,stunning and odd at the same time especially from the rear,although my Riviera comes in a close second for oddities.Nice work,keep us informed.
  19. Don't be scared,that is how I did the last 4 engines,three that worked and one on the way.The '68 LeSabre took 8 quarts on top of the 6 that was in the pan to start with,added every few days until it wouldn't take any more.Six months later it was running! I let it drain for a day before refilling,a lot of smoke that cleared in 15 minutes and it's still running today out in Illinois,till she comes home. Good luck on however your trick is,everyone has one.In fact the guy with the graveyard is the one that taught me this one.
  20. Fill her right to the top of fill hole till it won't take anymore,then add to it as it seeps in,then when you're ready to try getting loose put a small heater under the pan and let it warm the whole engine,makes a big difference when warm.An oil dip stick heater will work as well.
  21. I just started reading your story and couldn't stop,just realized I'm late for supper,that is a gorgeous car,my first baby sitter was driving one exactly like that,wish I could find the picture of it.She had that car 'till I was in high school and there was nothing left of her. Keep up the posts,I'll be watching. By the way I used to send cars to your neck of the woods back in the '80s,every see a '55 Sedan DeVille in tan with dark brown roof cruising around? Had an Elvis plate on the front when it left here, that was the last one I sent over,it was at the time your government decided to get in on the act and started the big tax on them,my contact there was so mad it sat at the docks for 6 months until he finally paid equivalent of $1800 US dollars when he only paid $4000 for the car,you could probably add another 0 to that dollar amount today. The one before that was a '55 Lincoln Capri. Good luck with your ride and keep us updated.
  22. And do I remember correctly that the points on these have to be set with a gauge? My Riv is hard enough to get to but at least it has the window,I have a flexible allen head driver and an old Hastings meter to do that one,real nice,I can get exact with the meter.Has the settings to do the carb as well.
  23. As I don't know my models from that era can you tell me how to identify or send me a picture.I am sure there are a few up there,a few years back he needed some money and had an auction there and sold only cars up to '40,over 1000 cars left that weekend pre '40,they had to make a road out of the backside of the property to get them out because they where the first ones in.There where people there from around the world,as me and another of his buddies did some major advertising for the auction months in advance and he made close to $900,000 that weekend,took over a month to get them all out.The saddest part about this yard is that at least 3/4 of the cars there where driven in !!! Some of them in the back now are parked so close together that you have to walk across cars to get through,a lot of the nice ones are on blocks but most are disappearing in the dirt.One that I have been trying to talk him out of for almost 40 years and he still won't let go is a '49 Kaiser Vagabond Traveler Wagon camper special.Very few made like this,back seat folds down,rear tailgate drops,rear widow raises and there is a snap-on cover to extend the back for using to go camping,the left rear door doesn't even open because the spare tire is bolted to the inside of door.There where a few sedans made like this also,but I don't think they came with the rear enclosier. Also a '59 Imperial with a stainless half roof that is one of the few undercover,sitting next to his last purchase that he drove back from Colorado 15 years ago,a '59 Desoto. I'll get back to you soon. Dan
  24. Good idea,seems harder every year to work under the hood of any of them for some reason,couldn't be that retirement is getting closer (for me) is it ?
  25. I thought I would let you know,it's almost time for a graveyard trip,did you and "Mr.Earl" come across the missing parts yet? I need a tailgate for my Blazer and the 3 feet of snow we had three weeks ago is almost gone.I'm taking my camera to get some pictures of this amazing yard to post here,there aren't many left in this part of the country,although I do know of another that has around 1500 cars from the same era,just discovered he has 80 Hudsons.I found out this guy just started selling some parts.Both of these yards where owned by men that hardly ever sold anything,every time I went to the big one I tried to take something with me to trade because they where both the type that said "no,I'm going to fix that one someday" Back to your Buick,is that an original color? She sure looks great.I'm still hoping "Mr.Earl" decides he doesn't have room for that '38!! Did you see my post about Marvel Mystery Oil,every body has there own tricks,but I've rescued three stuck engine so far with it and hoping for number four "Elvira" this spring