cjp69

1966 Buick Riviera GS 15,548 Original miles on ebay

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Lordy! After looking at this cars engine bay, I see at least an item or two I need to correct on mine. Thanks for posting Chris. wonder what the reserve is. Its a pretty low optioned car but GS, A/C, and deluxe interior are nice. Apparently very well kept in dry garage probably climate controlled..

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Time capsule.  I'd be afraid to drive it or touch it.  Love the color.

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Sweet Ride. What do you make of the valve cover drivers side not having the typical 66 dent in corner?

 

PS: does anyone have one of those valve cover breather caps in the picture? I am interested in buying one for my 66 Riv.

 

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Wow!  Even the exhaust manifolds look like new!  This car needs to find a 3rd owner just like its first two.  I wish I had the means (and space) for this one...

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I believe the dent was for California emission cars only. So not 66 Rivs would have it.

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Well, I think it was for California, yet on all 66? Mine purchased in WA has it...

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6 hours ago, Chimera said:

Sweet Ride. What do you make of the valve cover drivers side not having the typical 66 dent in corner?

 

PS: does anyone have one of those valve cover breather caps in the picture? I am interested in buying one for my 66 Riv.

 

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All 66 should have dent. Looks like an earlier valve cover. Besides no indentation, there is no oil fill cap either in addition to breather. Would need to ask about that. The air cleaner snout is turned the wrong way??  

Exhaust manifold gaskets have been installed. Some other areas have been attended to as well. As with any 66 GS of significant value, a buyer would want to verify the BS trans.

i do not see a limited slip lube tag on the differential cover. 

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9 hours ago, oldstyle said:

I believe the dent was for California emission cars only. So not 66 Rivs would have it.

The "dent" was to accommodate the new AIR pump, which in `66 was required on all `66 Rivs except the dual quad cars sold in California, but the same valve cover was installed on `66 GS cars sold nationwide.

  Tom Mooney

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12 hours ago, Chimera said:

Sweet Ride. What do you make of the valve cover drivers side not having the typical 66 dent in corner?

 

PS: does anyone have one of those valve cover breather caps in the picture? I am interested in buying one for my 66 Riv.

 

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  Tom

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On 5/10/2017 at 0:01 PM, cjp69 said:

This car looks too "new" in several areas to be absolutely original...it has been "massaged". I am not doubting the stated mileage, but it has been "massaged" too thoroughly to be an unquestionable model for very specific original details. Beautiful Riv, would love to add this to the garage if I was a buyer....is that Riviera Red? 

  Tom Mooney

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Already hit Reserve at $12k. Nice to see a reasonable reserve!

 

One item that caught my interest and appears untouched or at least very likely untouched is the bracket for the A/C POA valve which is clearly gold cad.

I have never seen any indication even on back side under screws etc, where this bracket was ever gold cad on other 66-67s Ive done. Always made them silver cad. Same with other pics I have of low mileage cars.

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6 hours ago, JZRIV said:

Already hit Reserve at $12k. Nice to see a reasonable reserve!

 

One item that caught my interest and appears untouched or at least very likely untouched is the bracket for the A/C POA valve which is clearly gold cad.

I have never seen any indication even on back side under screws etc, where this bracket was ever gold cad on other 66-67s Ive done. Always made them silver cad. Same with other pics I have of low mileage cars.

Bracket stands out as looking too new to my eye...maybe an Eastwood kit detail/touchup? Maybe not...

  Tom

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OK trustees, what year is this issue? ( Looks like one I got in 1990 :P)

 

 

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On 5/11/2017 at 7:21 PM, 1965rivgs said:

Bracket stands out as looking too new to my eye...maybe an Eastwood kit detail/touchup? Maybe not...

  Tom

Been scratching head trying to figure out why wrong carb, valve job, new cam, paint, rear axle work but now with latest pic added to listing think cat is out of bag. Maintenance document shows 91450 (mileage entry) "packed front wheel bearings". So its likely 115k. Many things explained if this mileage entry is correct. Also says clutches were removed from rear due to chattering. Can't just remove clutches as there is nothing to support the side gears so who knows what was done. Maybe just removed preload springs so its still posi but buyer wouldn't know until cover was removed. Think still a decent car but man, theres going to be some unexpected findings once buyer take possesion.

 

PS - Paul The dust cover on the Riview was from the 1995 meet artwork so most likely that issue in pic is early 1995 up through May/June.

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Awesome forensics guys!

 

One can see a ROA members name, one Mr. Robert P*ke

Whomever is selling this car for Mr. P*ke is not doing him big favors?

He is taking photos of images from a flatscreen display. Photos of photos - creepy.

I wish all well, regardless.

 

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 I agree that a lot of things were replaced which makes things suspicious.  But the extra zero is probably a misprint.  How can you suddenly put 80,000 miles on the car in one year given the maintainance track record?

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The invoice for the wheel bearings at 91K is dated 1971.  I can see putting an additional 25,000 miles on the car in 45 years.  Someone is definitely not doing his friend any favors here.

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Not sure about miles, but it does say in the writing photoed that, "THE REAR END IS NO LONGER POSI TRACTION." 

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I'd be a little puzzled by a car that needs a new cam and the valves ground after 9000 miles.

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Feel like you guys should be detectives on forensic files. You can wear roa badges and everything. 

 

 

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On ‎5‎/‎13‎/‎2017 at 7:42 AM, rapom said:

 I agree that a lot of things were replaced which makes things suspicious.  But the extra zero is probably a misprint.  How can you suddenly put 80,000 miles on the car in one year given the maintainance track record?

Or,

 

The owner just left the first digit off (8) when he recorded the mileage, and then when the mileage turned over the new digit (9), he wrote it down, and continued just writing 4 digits until it turned again.  I do something similar in my checkbook log, I only write down the last two digits of the check instead of all 4, and then write down 3 digits when I get to a new third digit. 

 

More likely though it is a misprint, and should be 9,145.0, which would be 68 miles in the two week time span.

 

I have asked for photos of the log book back to when the car was new, hopefully this will help us solve this!

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26 minutes ago, cjp69 said:

Or,

 

 

 

More likely though it is a misprint, and should be 9,145.0, which would be 68 miles in the two week time span.

 

I have asked for photos of the log book back to when the car was new, hopefully this will help us solve this!

Based on the other entries, I can see your point.  

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8 hours ago, cjp69 said:

 

More likely though it is a misprint, and should be 9,145.0, which would be 68 miles in the two week time span.

 

My thoughts exactly 

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here is the mileage log

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