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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. If your goal is original appearance blasting with glass beads will ruin the natural cast semi-rough finish. So many of these covers have been ruined by inexperience blast cabinet operators. In some cases of more severe oxidation yes using a more aggressive media will improve it but only because the original surface has deteriorated significantly. I would first remove the paint to see what the natural surface looks like. Use lacquer thinner or media blast with soda, walnut shells, or plastic media only. Once you see what they look like after paint removal, make a decision from there. It is nearly impossible to recreate the original finish after it has been altered. Preferably you don’t want to coat them with anything but again depending on how bad surface condition is it could get you closer to oringal appearing.
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    1967 Riviera tires

    Yes the H70 wide oval redline (BIAS) was only available with A9. I believe the redlines available in 67 were only in the bias H70 Wide Ovals version. Never saw reference or docs to indicate a redline radial was available.
  3. You may consider sending them to Apple Hydraulics. http://applehydraulics.com/brakes.htm. Before buying parts you really need to disassemble the calipers first to see the condition and what all will need done. Or just send them to Apple
  4. Randy has good point on the radiator. Since you have to drain coolant anyway, removing the radiator is easy (assuming trans cooling lines aren't frozen to the nut). I've done them leaving rad in but taking it out would also prevent accidental damage to it. Considering cost of a good recore today, best not to take the risk.
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    First let me say I am not an expert on value for this generation but since you are looking for a price with very LIMITED info provided, I will throw something on the table to eat and maybe others knowledgeable will pick at it. As noted by Pat condition is very important when it comes to value and rare doesn't always compensate for deficiencies. This is true for many Riviera's because restoration costs are high and some parts can be very difficult to locate. Even in highest condition under 50k miles the car "might" fetch $18k (outside of a big auction house) on a good day so we can work back from there. Also seeing what other 84/85 red convertibles sell for is taken into consideration. $8-11k is not uncommon for road ready excellent cars. Knowing 100k mi and will assume the car has not been maintained for safety and reliability typical of one that has not been driven in years. Assuming the top needs replaced, bumper fillers, trunk compartment has some wear and tear, and the paint has defects. Plus some options do not work including A/C, add the undetailed condition as shown in pics. I'd value it around $5000. Less if it doesn't run, drive and stop.
  6. Next to impossible to keep up with changing ebay rules. Reading the fine print has become oh so important. I would complain to ebay and they might remove the high volume seller label considering the circumstances being triggered by the auto relist. I don't know this is reason and believe me not sticking up for ebay but its a constant game of cat and mouse with sellers and buyers finding creative ways around ebay fees. Relative to the high volume seller snag I know there are people and dealers who would put up listings with a high enough price that it doesn't sell but not so outrageous they will still get some inquiries that can lead to a sell outside of ebay after the listing ends. ebay reaches a massive audience probably more than any other venue.
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    63 Riv AC flush and vacuum

    So it sounds like someone mixed 134 and 12. Is the system working now? I am curious how you know the mix is 22/78?? System could probably be evacuated and re-charged with R12 without a flush and be OK......but there is some risk involved in that. At this point it may be best to go ahead and flush to remove oil from the individual components through flushing process and start over. You only want to do this ONCE. A competent shop will know the process to flush. This is not a job you can do yourself because a special flushing gun and flushing agent is required. I'm not an expert but I would want to disconnect and flush the evap, condenser, muffler, and lines separately so it doesn't matter what order. Then remove and drain all oil out of the compressor/flush. After everything is cleaned, reinstalled with correct amount of oil, new orings on all joints, and new receiver dryer, a vacuum is pulled on the system for several hours then the system is left sit to see how long it holds a vacuum which determines if there are leaks. If no leaks then the system is charged and the vacuum is replaced by refrigerant thereby not allowing any contaminated/moisture laden air to enter.
  8. Just got latest Bugle and there it is again! Aqua Zephyr. I've said it before but that car just oozes curb appeal. Mike you are a great promoter and have done an amazing job getting your Riviera into the public's eye on the internet, magazines, and shows and that helps Riviera's get the attention they deserve. Much enjoyed the read. Very well written article!
  9. Hi an welcome to the forum. I'm not a 1st gen expert but that looks like a nice straight car. Being from PA I know what the underside typically looks like and this car does not look like it is from PA. Much better. That's not to say there isn't any rust not shown but the underside looks awful clean to me. I always look at the rear most portion of frame and body underside by gas tank. Those areas would typically have heavy rust scale barnacles if ran for say 5-8 PA winters and this car look real nice. If you need A/C, buy a car with a functioning A/c unit. Not worth the hassle adding either a factory or aftermarket A/C system. Lots of work and money. Easier to buy car with it already working. Also careful buying one that says "A/C not working just needs charged" Repairs can be very expensive to get a system working reliably.
  10. Mike, Call hotel directly per above or you can do it online with link provided Wyndham Gettysburg The host hotel is the Wyndham Gettysburg located at 95 Presidential Circle and our group rate is $119, single or double occupancy. This is an excellent price considering the quality and location of the hotel at the height of the season. Reservations can be made by calling 717-339-0020, pressing “3” and asking for “Riviera 2019”. For online reservations https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/groups/hr/riviera-owners-association. If you want to extend your visit beyond the 25th—29th meet dates you must call to do so.
  11. At first I was thinking its not likely there would be more than 1 manufacturer for this reproduction but as I look at the pictures closely, there are differences. Based on pictures, an obvious one is the unit from CARS comes with the crank seal and locating pins installed. The other includes but uninstalled. I would try to do a little more research.There are other slight differences in the castings. TA performance also sells a cover for $499. That's a big price difference and we know in most cases you get what you pay for. What would worry me is there are many corners that can be cut in aluminum castings some of which can't be seen like the quality of aluminum. It would be good to hear from someone who purchased and installed the cheaper one.
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    71-73 Big Car AM/FM Stereo 8 Track

    Tony, Sorry its sold