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65 Riviera trunk jack set up

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15 minutes ago, Riviera63 said:

I hope this helps.

 

Great stuff, thanks, Bill. That's what I need to see. Should be an easy DIY fix...of sorts...

 

 

Later,

 

Mike Swick

Edmonton, AB

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Yes, the base is used to hold down the spare on the rear shelf. Look at the 2nd picture I posted up above.

 

Bill

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The big hook is not part of a 1st generation Riviera jack.  Looking closer at the jack, I don't think it's a Riviera jack either. Luckily you haven't had to use it. ?

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19 hours ago, RivNut said:

Looking closer at the jack, I don't think it's a Riviera jack either.

 

Thanks, Ed, I think you're right that this isn't the correct jack. The post is actually a square tube, and from the picture Bill posted (post 24), the base of the jack appears to have a triangular shape. Tough to tell in most pictures, but the support post does look decidedly different than mine. couldn't figure out why the support brackets in the trunk have a triangular cut out for a square tube even though when I put it in the brackets it sits very solid... (Once again... doh!!!)

 

Oh, well, at least now I know right from wrong, and I now have another correct part on my list to try to find...

 

Thanks again, for the input, much appreciated.

 

Later,

 

Mike Swick

Edmonton, AB

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13 hours ago, MikeJS said:

 

Thanks, Ed, I think you're right that this isn't the correct jack. The post is actually a square tube, and from the picture Bill posted (post 24), the base of the jack appears to have a triangular shape. Tough to tell in most pictures, but the support post does look decidedly different than mine. couldn't figure out why the support brackets in the trunk have a triangular cut out for a square tube even though when I put it in the brackets it sits very solid... (Once again... doh!!!)

 

Oh, well, at least now I know right from wrong, and I now have another correct part on my list to try to find...

 

Thanks again, for the input, much appreciated.

 

Later,

 

Mike Swick

Edmonton, AB

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Mike,

  The Rivs were supplied with both a triangular solid shaft version and a square tube. Each jack was made by a different supplier. Both jacks are specifically listed in the parts book and identified by supplier along with their specific base. Cross it off your list...LOL,

Tom Mooney

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20 hours ago, 1965rivgs said:

The Rivs were supplied with both a triangular solid shaft version and a square tube. Each jack was made by a different supplier. Both jacks are specifically listed in the parts book and identified by supplier along with their specific base. Cross it off your list...LOL,

 

Tom, good day, much appreciated.... based on what I've learned from my short time on this forum, I'll take YOUR word for it... thanks.

 

For what it's worth, I spent a bit of time on the net, and although jacks, etc have been discussed in this ROA forum on numerous occasions, I didn't see anything along these specific lines. What I did find on the 'net was some google book references related to Chevelles, and the GTO... From the Chevelle "Restoration Guide (edited for brevity) "... "three different racks were used: a t-shape rack... a rounded keystone shape rack... and a square rack"... similar text in the GTO, but no reference to the square rack.

 

Although it can be tough to tell, it appears that the most common "Riviera-jack" was the a rounded keystone shape rack. [EDIT: Re-read Tom's reply- most common for Riv. is t-shape...??] There is/was a gentleman that appears to have dedicated a significant amount of time of his life on this subject trying to nail down the "correct jack" for Camaros that wrote... " "The more common keystone cross sectional tube jacks made by the Universal Tool Co. (stamped "UN" on the up-down lever with a 2-digit date code stamped on the RIVET HEAD". He has listed the various manufacturers (Universal, Walker Manufacturing Co. Auto Specialties Co. and Ryerson & Haynes, and how they mark their jacks.) My jack has no discernible markings whatsoever, 34" long, and again, fits pretty tight in the brackets. Does a known stock factory Riv-jack have any markings?

 

In another on-line discussion related to Chevelles, apparently the plant that the car was made at could be equipped with either the 'hollow' or 't-post'. Both Baltimore and Flint used the hollow and Kansas used the t-post. Again, this is Chevelle, and I'm not sure which rack they are referring to as 'hollow'. but I suspect all various GM brands could/would procure parts from various vendors in different regions, thus various designs, as long as it met the hook mechanism and capacity specs. My Riv' came outta Flint, sold at a dealer here in Edmonton Canada. ("Ya, ship those crappy jacks to Canada, they'll never know the difference...?)

 

Nonetheless, I appreciate the input. My car's never gonna be judged by anyone but me, but I always like to know the "rules" before I bend 'em... And although I have no fear in using a bumper jack for safety reasons, with my luck, I could see myself roadside with flat tire, AND my bumper laying on the ground, and me with a broken leg from trying to kick myself in the ass... . Seriously, tho' I will be looking at some other form of emergency jack to keep in the car that's been discussed elsewhere in the forum...

 

Thanks again, guys, much appreciated.

 

Later,

 

Mike Swick

Edmonton, AB

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Mike,

  This is the page out of the `65 parts book which describes the jacks. You will notice, although there are 2 bases described, there is only one listing for the actual jack. But...there are quite a few jack part numbers listed in the descriptions of the two different bases. I didnt take the time to examine all the listed part numbers (I did this as a little research project 3 or more decades ago) but take my word for it, I have owned many `65`s and they have been equipped with two different style jacks. Maybe one particular style was not available as a service part or perhaps Buick just mistakenly omitted it from the parts book?

  You will notice I have notes in the margin. These notes are based on actual part numbers which appear on paper tags on the original components which I noted based on cars in the fleet. If one has a car which is in original and decent shape in the trunk area these paper part tags, with numbers, usually hold up pretty well.

  Hope this helps,

  Tom Mooney

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