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. Yea me neither. Looks groovy! Totally 70s! Nice to see this generation Riv getting appreciated. I've never ridden in one but bet its super comfortable and quiet. Congrats Frank. Looks to be in real nice condition. Let us know how it is once you get it home, what options, etc.
  2. Ed, Gaskets, lifters, rod and main bearings. Possibly the timing chain set also. I've known others who have been happy with falcon on basics.
  3. If I was the owner I would have been too embarrassed to publicize to everyone that I was foolish enough to have a nice old car but no basic collision insurance at a minimum. Being underinsured is one thing, not having any is another. At this mans age he would have had sufficient experience to know he should of at least had basic collision coverage. I see he had a special show display sign made for his car so this isn't his first rodeo. Maybe he just thought he would be lucky. Brad, Excellent follow-up on insuring antique cars!
  4. I'm not a big fan of a full blown kit but here you go. Before buying a kit you need to access the needs of your rebuild and that can't happen until its torn down and inspected, then decision made which way and how far you want to go. then if the kits contents matches up with your needs then its OK. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Buick-364-Master-engine-kit-1957-58-cam-pistons-gaskets-bearings-rings-/190801748934?vxp=mtr&hash=item2c6caba3c6
  5. Welcome and Congratulations on the 71 Riv GS AJ!! I saw that car and at first thought it was one I owned previously but was not. White with black top right? These are awesome cars. Right hand mirrors weren't too common. Don't think anyone is reproducing them. On rare occasion an original will show up on eBay. Try posting on the Buick - Buick Riviera Owners forum on this site with Riviera specific questions.
  6. Auction with some Old Buicks. April 1st Millersville PA right outside of Lancaster http://www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin/photopanel.cgi?listingid=2839809&category=0&zip=&kwd=
  7. Paul, there is a clearer picture of the spring in the chassis manual page 00-15
  8. Good catch Bernie. I accessed my 67 file by mistake when looking up the info. 430-455 is TS. Drop the T for the 63.
  9. AC Delco R44TS. Many choices on ebay to purchase. The plug under the A/C is not a problem. Just need the right combination of socket and/or extension. Edit per 60Flatop correction - R44S. (Not tapered seats)
  10. Think its on right but the bend right where it contacts the main shaft looks like almost a 90 and I'm not sure it should be bent that way. Maybe just a different design spring. Probably doesn't much matter. My 66 is not like that and the pic in manual does not appear to be like that either.
  11. Will be on top. 66 is on driver side rail across from tranny tail housing. The other is on driver side rail behind axle.
  12. Definitely satin. Semi gloss is ok as long as it's more on the lower gloss side. Same as you would use for engine bay black. Curious Ken. Did you find the hidden VINs stamped on frame?
  13. Just 2-3 years ago this would have sold for $1100 on ebay. For whatever reason the market has softened on them. I think its still a decent buy since it has all the parts. Problem with ebay sells these days the seller gets gigged 13% including on shipping cost after final value and Paypal fees are assessed.
  14. Never had a 1st gen or reason to look specifically at the pieces you are referring to but will guess it was probably an ABS plastic. That was my best guess for what was used in some similar areas on the 66/67 interior such as the shifting console.
  15. Jan, I found this source in the past when searching the subject on Chevelle and Vette forums. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1963-1972-voltage-regulator-1119515-restoration-service-/121794460679?vxp=mtr&hash=item1c5b83fc07 They convert to electronic. Anyone that knows me know I'm old school but an electronic regulator offers many benefits and no one knows its electronic because housing is left original. Voltage regulators were visibly date coded which is why the serious Vette, Chevelle, and Camaro enthusiasts look to rebuilding an original. I have heard the original Delco cover will bolt right up to some aftermarket regulators to help keep an original look.