surfgeek

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  1. Mitch, I think that was a different car, although very similar to this one. I remember it popping up on Craigslist in multiple cities. Somebody on one of the facebook groups even came forward and said they knew the real owner of the car and that it was definitely NOT for sale.
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    Halogen Headlights

    Wait, what? Where does the cap go in KongaMan's schematic? If this is DC what difference would a cap make?
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    Halogen Headlights

    KongaMan, just curious. How is the ground connection made? Also, how do you size the fuse on the wire going to terminal 30 of the relay?
  4. BTW, I just realized I posted this in the wrong thread. Meant to post in the for sale thread. Sorry guys.
  5. Listed as a 72, but I think it's a 74. Looks very nice. https://classics.autotrader.com/classic-cars/1972/buick/riviera/101007994#
  6. https://www.facebook.com/groups/BuickRivieraOwners/permalink/1696221787093676/
  7. https://spacecoast.craigslist.org/cto/d/73-riviera-boat-tail/6612277683.html Sooo, this one just came up for sale near me. I saw this car driving down the road once and it looked very good. It's been listed for sale on and off for the last year or so. I think they want a little too much money for it, but it sure does look nice and it's right down the road. It's making me reconsider whether I should expand my criteria to include 73s. I think I might go see it.
  8. I'm looking to buy a boat tail riviera, my preference being 72, 71, 73, in that order. Anyways, this 72 came up for sale: https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ank/cto/d/1972-buick-riviera-455-v8-low/6600461037.html. I called the number and got emailed some better pictures, I posted them here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmkwKkgS. Based on what I'm seeing so far, there are some dings and scratches here and there, the weather stripping seems like it's not in great shape, and I think I see some rust bubbles forming in the rear quarter panel when I zoom in. The person I spoke to over the phone said the car has 34K miles, but no paperwork to back it up so far (I'm thinking 134K). He also said he thought the car came from California but the VIN says it was built in Flint, Michigan (letter H on the VIN). I'm trying to get him to send me some pictures of the engine bay and the underside; I'll share those if/when I get them. He also mentioned the car has no factory A/C, which sucks because I live in Florida but I could live with it if everything else was right. Based on what I'm seeing so far I'm thinking this is a condition 3 car but maybe I'm being too harsh. According to Hagerty a number 3 car is worth about $13K but they were originally asking $21K, and last I checked it and it had dropped to $19.5K. Can ya'll out there with a keen eye look through the pictures and let me know what you think? Any red flags? Also, does anyone have any experience buying a car from out of state. For the right car, I would be willing to fly out to inspect the car and make the deal, but what about arranging for shipping? How does the money transfer work in that case? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
  9. Thanks rivgs. I sent you PM.
  10. Update on this one: https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ank/cto/d/1972-buick-riviera-455-v8-low/6600461037.html Apparently, the car DOES have factory air although I'm still trying to find out if it works or not. I got some additional pictures of the engine bay and the trunk which I posted here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/79632672@N06/58yjzk. Price has dropped to $18.5K, which still seems like a lot to me for what it is. I'm still leaning towards "pass" on this one but wanted some feedback.
  11. Probably not nice enough but here you go: https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/inventorylisting/viewDetailsFilterViewInventoryListing.action?sourceContext=carGurusHomePage_false_0&newSearchFromOverviewPage=true&entitySelectingHelper.selectedEntity=c8424&entitySelectingHelper.selectedEntity2=c8426&zip=32940&distance=50000&searchChanged=true&showNegotiable=true&modelChanged=undefined&filtersModified=true#listing=209626681 I called them. They are asking $18.9K.
  12. Wow, that's nice! Thanks Chris. Between plane tickets, hotel bills, import duties, and transportation costs this one might be a little rich for my budget, even with the favorable exchange rate. But yeah, that's the ticket right there. Beautiful.
  13. Thanks for the advice and CL links. I had seen the one in phoenix before. I was concerned about the look of the engine bay on that one. Seems to be a mess of wires running everywhere.
  14. Wow. I did not realize this. Mind. Blown.
  15. Well, I think the design lost a little bit of its purity with the revised front end for 73. One of things I like the most about the 71-72 cars is the rake of the front grill and how the whole car seems be leaning forward and moving even while standing still. It's just... striking, uncompromising and yes, totally impractical. As far 71 vs 72, these two are really close and I could go for either one. If I had to pick one I would go with the 72 because I prefer the egg crate grill over the horizontal bars and I'm not a huge fan of the trunk vents. I'm also a sucker for the optional front bumper guards, and I believe those were only available in 72. That's not to take anything away from the 73 car. It's a still a striking car in its own right, and in a way a more mature and refined interpretation of the same design. For instance I think the rear bumper treatment on 73's is quite handsome, and in some ways I prefer it to the 71-72. So if I had my pick I would go for a 72, closely followed by a 71. There is a bit more distance to the 73, but if the right one came along then who knows? Hopefully that answers your question. On a separate topic, why does there seem to be many more 73 models available for sale vs 71's and 72's, especially considering they were produced in similar numbers? Can somebody answer that one?
  16. Chris, that looks like a very nice car. Why couldn't it be a 72? 😭 I like the 73's just fine, but I'm afraid if I buy one I'll regret it every time I see a nice 72.
  17. Well, darn. I guess I'll keep looking. Thanks for the advice everybody. Hopefully I will recognize it when the "right one" comes along.
  18. How difficult is it to install an aftermarket system?
  19. Thanks Gabriel. I didn't know that was an option. This is helpful.
  20. Thanks for the feedback Ed and Gabriel. It's good to know I wasn't way off base. Emerald Mist was my best guess for the color too. I was hoping someone would have some insight on the quality of the paint job. You can see it a lot better in the high res pictures. Not sure why the link is not working, I just tried it and it seemed to work for me. Gabriel, by "companies that do the transfers," do you mean just shipping, or something else in addition to that?
  21. He's asking $45k on his website. https://www.primoclassicsllc.com/1969-buick-rivera-c-663.htm
  22. Couple of 66s: https://orlando.craigslist.org/cto/d/1966-buick-riviera-gran-sport/6580199274.html https://orlando.craigslist.org/cto/d/1966-riviera/6588890477.html
  23. Hello, I'm new to the forum. I've always liked Rivieras and I'm starting to seriously think about acquiring one. I'm far from a expert, in fact I've never owned a classic car but always wanted to so I'm just trying to figure out what kind of things to look for before diving in so I don't get scammed. Although I'm partial to boat tails (especially 71-72), a quick craigslist search in my area found a bunch of very tempting first gens. Can anybody shed some light on these or point out any red flags they see? I'm trying to avoid being the proverbial fool that is soon separated from his money. Thanks in advance. https://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/cto/d/1964-buick-riviera-wildcat/6571846995.html https://miami.craigslist.org/brw/cto/d/1964-buick-riviera-465/6566418982.html https://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/cto/d/1964-buick-riviera/6557305298.html https://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/cto/d/1963-buick-rivera/6562398432.html