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  1. Regardless of whether it's a standard model being passed off as a GS, it looks like a nicely optioned '67. Just don't pay extra if it isn't a real Gran Sport. I absolutely love the Aqua interior with wood console! However, it doesn't quite 'go' with the shade of blue chosen for the exterior. I see it has the Buick rubber mats, but they're black. I imagine the original mats would have been aqua, no? But we shouldn't expect the original floor mats to last 54 years!
  2. Yes, it rains a lot here in Vancouver. But mostly in the winter. Summers are dry and days are long, so makes up for our dull winters!
  3. Here's my '65 Gran Sport. Bought in 1983 in Seattle, where it was sold new, and imported to Vancouver, BC, where it's been since. I bought this car when I was 24. Seeing and driving it today still excites me as much as it did that first day I saw her 38 years ago this month.
  4. Thanks Winston for your feedback. I'll tackle the sanding and polishing as you describe and hope for the best. Cheers,
  5. Winston is right about the seat foam - keep the original foams if at all possible. About 20 years ago I recovered the front seats of my green custom interior '65. I got supposedly original vinyl from SMS, and the upholsterer copied the pattern from the original covers. He did an awesome job. The back seat is still pristine. He replaced the foam in the front seats and this made me sit considerably higher than on the old seat. I didn't like it of course, but what could I do? Fortunately the foam has compressed over the years so the seating position is now lower. It used to bug
  6. Hi Winston, Good to hear you were able to restore your wood wheel center ornament, and for telling me how you did it. But, how do I tell if the cracks are only on the surface? It seems like they're inside the ornament plastic, not superficial. I'll take a closer look at the ornament tonight to see where the cracks are. Cheers,
  7. Is anyone currently reproducing the -R- plastic insert for the wood wheel? After 56 years mine is starting to show its age. Any ideas on where to get a replacement? Thanks,
  8. Thanks for the Interesting post Tom. It give us background into what goes on behind the scenes in shipping companies, and a reminder to pack well anything we ship just in case one of those inevitable jams happens when our package is on the belt!
  9. To 'resilver' the tail light housings in my '65 I just sprayed bright aluminum rattle can paint in there. It did help brighten up the taillights once done, and has held up well. I do like the idea of Titanium white though!
  10. Nice video of a nice build - not too far from stock but with tasteful custom touches. Its cool to see the hydro suspension in action!
  11. Hey Frenchie51 - 9 Grand?? OUCH! Just out of interest, did you ask Russ/Matt for a cost estimate of the rebuild BEFORE you gave them the job? I'd be curious as to what they quoted vs. the final cost. We all know that stuff can come up that wasn't apparent when the job was estimated. Was this the case with your engine? DId they rebuild the ST400 tranny at the same time? I've found that some of these 'specialists' will charge a premium because you have a less common car. 1st Gen Rivieras certainly fit this description. And the nailhead engine too. This isn't a small block C
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    Thanks Art for explaining how the 1-key system on the '64 worked. Makes sense now that I see the ignition switch had a raised section around the key slot. That allows for the switch to be turned to the Start position without the key in the switch. This 'feature' was dropped for '65 - AFAIK you must have the key to turn the switch as the key slot is dished so the switch can't be turned without the key.
  13. Hi XFrameXF - Deja vu... or is that a photo of my interior!?! Darn sure looks like it. I'll take it as a compliment. Anyhow, just so you know, the seat belt retractor housings pictured aren't the original ones - those cracked a long time ago. Esp. the passenger one. I could never get my wife to gently retract the belt into the housing by hand. Most times she would just let go of the belt and 'WHACK" it would rap against the housing. Sure enough this slowly destroyed the retractor cover, already brittle with age. So, about a dozen years ago I found repro ones that looked alm
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    Did Buick go to a 2 key system starting in '65? My '65 car came with 2 keys, one for the doors and ignition (the hexagonal one), and a second key (with rounded shoulders) for the glovebox and trunk lock. Is this correct for the year? For '64 and earlier, how would a valet start the car "without a key"? Telriv says the driver could turn the ignition to "OFF" and remove the key, allowing the car to be started without the key. Would the valet put ANY key in there and the tumbler would turn to start the car? Just trying to imagine how that would work.
  15. Thanks Tom and Ed. Duh - putting the solder on the bulb contacts makes total sense! I'll give that a try first and report back.
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