JZRIV

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    Live life daily by solid Christian values. Same ones our country was founded on but unfortunately are fading. Have a wonderful wife who likes Riviera's, loves to ride the 48 Indian Chief and do anything outdoors in the country where we live including riding her horse. No kids. I like American history and traveling by road trip in the USA whenever possible. Always attracted to anything with an engine especially pre-1970. First motorized machine I was the operator of was a Sears 3.5hp mini-bike at age 6. After that I was hooked, riding, repairing, buying and selling dirt bikes, then cars and was mostly self taught as no one else in the family was a car nut to guide me. Dad taught me to do the basics like tuneups, brakes, exhaust, etc on cars but being from near the depression era, he sees a car as a tool to get from point A to point B and no need to do anything other that what was necessary to keep it on the road. At age 17-19 I was full into the hobby and built a 4x4 Pinto. Dad sold me his rusted out 70 Bronco for the chassis and tolerated this project but know he felt it was a waste of money and time but probably figured at least I was at home and not out getting into trouble. No interest in todays stick and ball sports nor idolize movie stars (well, except for Clint Eastwood). Haven't played video games since Pacman in the early 80s! Didn't go to college but attended trade school during high school for Industrial Electricity which launched me into plastics manufacturing at age 17 in 1979. Except for 1 year as a heavy equipment operator after a plant closure, I've worked in all aspects of plastics manufacturing except sales.
    With Gods blessing I'll be able to retire around 65 and see more of the country by car.....and Indian with my wife.

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  1. Beautiful color. Doesn't look like an original 68 color. Maybe an SCO. Kinda looks like it could be shadow turquoise.
  2. JZRIV

    To resonate or not?

    I would never put them on unless planning to have judged at BCA show.
  3. I ran 89 and sometimes even 87 in my 73 without any problem.
  4. 1997 Suped Up Riviera https://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/cto/d/97-suped-up-riviera/6578718167.html 26 in rims. Alligator skin interior
  5. Typically you'll first notice worn steering linkage while driving the car as you will find the need to correct often to stay centered in your lane. With wheels on ground (engine off) have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth repeatedly changing direction just when they feel resistance. Lay under car in front watching for slop in each joint. It may help to have the front end on ramps. Everything should move together from the steering box to the tires. There will always be a small amount of steering wheel movement before the tires move. Not sure how much is normal. Maybe 3 inches in rotation watching a point on the steering wheel rim. Another test mainly for the tie rods you can jack one wheel at a time off ground and have friend do a push-pull action on wheel left to right while watching the joints for play. There should be no movement of wheel in this test assuming the person is not pushing and pulling so hard the opposite wheel on ground is moving.
  6. 66 GS complete. Get price down some and its a killer parts car. Many highly sought after parts. https://stlouis.craigslist.org/cto/d/1966-buick-riviera-gs/6568953512.html
  7. Thanks for posting Ken. I had the pleasure of meeting Hardy on occasion and always felt he was a man of great character. He will be missed but will live on through those who’s lives he touched.
  8. JZRIV

    Transmission

    I would look at having yours rebuilt. Parts are available and fairly inexpensive for the TH400. They are pretty simple to rebuild by todays standards so hopefully you can find a shop that can do it. Another reason to rebuild is your trans is stamped with a VIN to match the car. Even if you bought a used transmission, you would want to have it rebuilt anyway due to the unknown condition of a used one.
  9. I would use the PF-24, WIX equivalent or a NAPA. WIX and NAPA was same manufacturer filter last time I checked. I've been using NAPA and WIX filters for many years on cars and AG/Excavating equipment and many others I know do as well. Not sure exactly what you are referring to when swapping filter type based on a perceived diameter. I would not recommend that. For the authenticity minded you can get repop decals to make a filter look like the original painted Delco PF 24 but even that is not 100% correct as factory. When the car was delivered originally the filter would have been painted engine color. They also repop a painted PF-24. I used to paiunt my filter every time I changed it on my 67 GS but that eventually got old! https://www.ebay.com/itm/GM-AC-Delco-PF-24-Engine-Oil-Filter-Decal-Sticker-Buick-Chevy-Olds-Pontiac-NOS/272096207997?hash=item3f5a32a47d:g:jaEAAOSwFqJWj9hL:sc:USPSFirstClass!15068!US!-1&vxp=mtr https://www.ebay.com/itm/correct-classic-AC-Delco-PF24-Oil-Filter-67-74-Buick-Olds-442-Cutlass-GS-Skylark/253055719085?hash=item3aeb4bd6ad:g:vj4AAOSwawpXrpsa&vxp=mtr I have seen many debates for filter brands and very few are based on factual scientific test data. Usually just hyperbole. My take is for the way most of us baby our cars and not put many miles on them between oil changes filter quality becomes less important. Filters designed for synthetic users where extended change intervals are applied buying the premium filter such as NAPA Platinum does make sense as they are designed to hold more dirt. Otherwise they are a waste of money for the average hobby car enthusiast. IMO of course.
  10. Drum brakes. Definitely looks like wheels from a 71-78. In addition to touching fins on brake drum they are so close to brake back plate in rear that traditional type wheel weights attached to rim edge will get knocked off.
  11. Your English is fine Sebastian. Welcome to the forum. Getting the parts and restoring the original a/c system to function properly will be expensive. $2000 USD min and that does not include labor if done in the US. Since the system has been left open to atmosphere every component must be removed tested and cleaned. The wheels may be 71-78 vintage based on the centers on them. If so they will rub on the brake drum fins because wheel back spacing is different between 66-70 and 71-78 wheels. Common mistake on these cars. The car looks nice and straight in pics.
  12. Well, given a choice I'd probably take the 4 legged wildcat. I actually like Gassers but.......that's, ahhh grotesque. Poor thing
  13. If you are after like-new feel, the upper and lower control arm bushings should be replaced at a minimum as KongaMan mentioned. It could be a variation in perception/definition with your mechanic of what "OK" is. He is probably looking for any sign of visual degradation or wear that would cause a safety or significant handling concern. I'm generally not one who says automatically replace original parts but in the case of rubber suspension bushings, particularly on the front end, anytime I replaced all it made a significant difference. That old rubber will be like a brick ESPECIALLY in a southwest climate. I would be hesitant to replace coil springs based on what you are looking to accomplish. The ball joints should be inspected with close scrutiny as they are a critical part of achieving that "like new" feel as well. For example, In PA we have an annual safety inspection requirement. Just because a ball joint(s) may pass safety inspection, it does not mean they still provide as-new performance. Only means it is not in a condition that poses a safety hazard. Clear as mud huh