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  1. FWIW, KYB's published spec sheet shows no shocks with a front mount to fit the 63-65 Riviera. In fact, the mounting tab on the KG4550 appears to be the longest one they make.
  2. Except that blue might be wrong.
  3. Vol. 1 No. 2 notes that the rear shock from a 1980 Chevy C-10 will fit.
  4. Interesting stuff when you start poking around a bit. For example, the KYB rear shock references to a 1993-98 Toyota T100. When you look for other shocks that fit that vehicle, you find the Bilstein 24-021289. Similarly, the fronts also reference to the Belair, Corvette, etc. And again, there are Bilsteins listed for those applications (part # 24-009461). Unfortunately, Bilstein doesn't seem to have their specs readily available, so it's not clear exactly what you'd be getting or how well they might fit the Riviera. If they do work, though, they are widely available for substantially less than the Bilsteins that are quoted for this car.
  5. As an additional factor, only the Electra and the Riviera offered chrome knobs. BTW, the 64 Color-Trim Book shows all Rivieras with chrome knobs (irrespective of trim level), while other models clearly have colored knobs in the illustrations. IMHO, go for the chrome. They just look better.
  6. To be fair to KYB, they don't list those shocks as fitting a Riviera. It's just a happy coincidence that they're so close. If they did change them to fit, they might no longer be suitable for the original application -- which probably sells a lot more than Riv shocks ever would. As for forking out $400 for other shocks... It's not a choice between quality and junk here; it's a question of value. Are the Bilsteins three times better? I dunno. But I do know that whatever shocks I install are more than likely going to be the last shocks I ever install on this car. If I get a satisfactory ride out of them, it's not clear what the justification is for tripling my cost. Or to put it more bluntly, why should I pay someone just because he went to the trouble to make something I don't need? That ain't the way the free market works.
  7. For $400+ a set, Bilstein should send someone out to install them for you. This is the problem: there aren't any great options. Monroes are too soft, KYBs don't fit without finagling, and the Bilsteins are absurdly priced.
  8. I was looking at doing exactly that. The problem is that the bases may not be interchangeable between brands. That is, the base on the donor shocks may not fit the new shocks. If they do fit, though, a ball joint press might do the job nicely.
  9. I generally don't like half-assing things or jury-rigging parts to make them fit, but, man, those Monroes are soft. I may have to make a shim/extender for the KYBs to capture the whole head of the bolt.
  10. The KYB KG4550 (left) and the Monroe 5759 (right) side-by-side. It's pretty clear that the Monroe has a longer tab. The KYB tab length is 3.38"; the Monroe is 3.75". Anyone know the center-to-center distance on the mounting bolts? The KYB is also noticeably firmer. You can compress the Monroe with gentle pressure; you have to lean on the KYB to get it to move.
  11. They've been down for a few days with backend problems. The name server that points inquiring minds to their site isn't responding to requests, so they're effectively hidden from the world. You can still reach them by phone.
  12. IIRC, you can operate these trunk releases with lung-generated vacuum.
  13. No idea if the paint in the OP is correct or not, but that's a nice looking car regardless.
  14. $47K might be a heavy lift for a car with replacement wheels, carb, transmission, etc.and a modified engine.