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  1. Plus, you'll have access to the most recent cars for sale in the classifieds.
  2. I did the "blue dot thing" to one of my early acquisitions (I bought a 63 for $200 with a 63 w/ 65 engine and trans poorly done.) It turned out okay once I was able to come up with a '65 shirter to replace the Pontiac cable shifter. Dyed the interior so it was all one color an put a Maaco paint job on it. I was a nice 20 footer for someone to have fun in. The Dynaflow will remind you of Ford's recent attempt of equipping some of there cars with a CVT - Constant Velocity Transmission. If you've ever driven a Ford Five Hundred or a Mercury Montego from around '05 or '06, you'll know how it feels. Here's how Ford describes it. - The Basics of the Ford CVT Transmission The CFT 30 is designed so the engine will always operate at optimum efficiency. Power flows continuously throughout acceleration and there are no discrete gears. Same with the dynaflow. Put it in drive and go from 0 to 120 and never feel a gear change. If you don't mind the poor gas mileage, it's probably the nicest transmission for your Saturday night "cruise in." No matter how fast you're going, the engine is always at its most efficient point - no upshifts or downshifts. It's very inefficient because of all of the fluid couplings, no real gears to speak of. Well tuned and driven properly, you can eek some mileage out of them, though. Ed
  3. Some yellow shows up in the damage to the fender and where the fender bolts to the inner fender. If it's spent it's entire life in the high desert of eastern Colorado, it should be fairly rust free.
  4. Blue dot tail Lights? Shades of the 50's. Just not right on this car.
  5. But that's probably for a 6 cylinder Chevy.
  6. See the EU stamped on the data Plate? This body was built in Euclid, Ohio then shipped via truck or train to Flint, Michigan where it was mated to a chassis that was built in Flint. That chassis would have the rear end installed where it was built in Flint. Only options installed at Euclid appear on the data plate. Ed
  7. The 63 starter is different only in the length of the nose. The 63 nose has to be longer to reach the starter gear ring. On the 63, the gear ring is part of the torque converter rather than part of the flex plate as found on most other cars. And, yes it is heavy.
  8. Pyrite AKA fool's gold - it's aftermarket. No "gold package" in 1995. In previous years, the gold package had to do with a different color (goldish) cladding on the lower body and aluminum wheels that were painted gold between the turbine fins. Here's a picture of a last generation Riviera with the optional factory chrome wheels.
  9. The tops of the heads don't sit horizontal like the nailhead; it's the way the valve covers are stamped that gives it an allusion. Look especially at the geometry of the pushrods as compared to the valves. In the 215, they run sort of parallel to each other with the valves on the exhaust side of the head. Conventional rocker arms. In the nailhead the form an X, like the intakes on a Chrylser hemi. The nailhead does have a hemispherical combustion chamber but all of the valves are in the intake side of the head. Look at the "backwards" action of the rocker arms.
  10. 331 V8. Must have swapped the nailhead for a a Dodge Red Ram Hemi or an early Cadillac.
  11. NOT a nailhead. Totally different design. This design was finally sold to British Leyland and became the base for the V8 used in the Land Rover which finally upped the displacement to 5.0 Liters. It first appeared in 1961 and was last used by Buick in 1963; the nailhead first appeared in 1953 and was used through 1966. Mickey Thompson raced a stock block 215 at Indy. The same block, with different heads, was used by Oldsmobile in the same era. Very light weight at just over 300 lbs. A nailhead weighs close to 650 lbs.
  12. http://row52.com/Vehicle/Index/1G4GD22K6S4706961 Contact one of the "pullers" listed and see if they won't pull it and ship it to you. Ed Or check out some of the other ones shown http://row52.com/Search/?Year=1995+-+1999&V1=&V2=&V3=&V4=&V5=&V6=&V7=&V8=&V9=&V10=&V11=&V12=&V13=&V14=&V15=&V16=&V17=&LocationId=0&ZipCode=&Distance=50&MakeId=96&ModelId=1296&Page=1&IsVin=false
  13. "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." Who really knows what is correct? If they ran out of blue ones, they weren't going to shut down the line just for that so they'd probably grab chrome ones. If it's this controversial, no one looking at your car is going to know either. Isn't the little escutcheon that surrounds the knob chrome plated?
  14. In one of the really early issues of the Riview (when it was typed, photocopied, and the pages were stapled together in the corner and the club was a 63 - 65 club) there was a reference to some OE shocks from other makes that would cross to the Riviera. One was from a Dodge pickup. I don't know the year or whether it was front or rear. If you know anyone in the parts business, ask him if you can look through his Shock Absorber \book. It will give all of the dimensions for each shock. Find the one for the Riviera then you need to manually start cross-referencing to see what has the same compression, extension, and what kind of mounts are on the bottom and the top. Ed