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  1. 1965 Riviera Gran Sport for sale. Matching numbers car undergoing a body-on restoration. I estimate 80% complete. Solid western car that had no body rust or corrosion before restoration started. The car runs and drives. Here are some of the highlights of the restoration: - Engine rebuilt in 2010 and was completely checked over before restoration started. Plenty of power that would see the front nose lift when the dual 4 bbls kicked in. - Original Cater 4 bbl carbs rebuilt and re-calibrated. - New high efficiency radiator, GM A/C compressor, PS Pump, rebuilt original alternator, power booster, new master cyl, rebuilt original A/C condenser, rebuilt original heater core and reproduction GM DELCO battery (1965 period vintage) - Original BS code transmission rebuilt and shifting well. - Original 3.42 posi rear end rebuilt - New Waldron 2 1/4" GS exhaust system that fits beautifully and sounds great. - New brakes - Rebuilt original AM/FM radio with new speakers and rebuilt power antenna - Complete NEW wiring harness after using my original harness as the template for their Riv harnesses (the original was that nice) - All front end parts, GS springs, bushings replaced with the correct pieces. Needs front end alignment of new pieces and brakes bled. - New body to frame bushings where needed - All body and sheetmetal prep work, paint and panel fitment done by Everett Garage here in San Diego...they specialize in high $$$ woody surf cars. - New dash top and glove box bolster by JUST DASHES in Van Nuys - New rear package tray covered in correct vinyl (with defrost) by Clarks Corvair - Completely rebuilt dash assembly that took THREE original Riv dashes to make. Same for the center console. Installed and wired by ex-GM electrical specialist here in San Diego. - Black 80/20 loop carpeting installed along with professionally restored kick panels. - Date coded Buick Rally wheels - Re-chromed bumpers - 5 clamshell lights. Originals working and others available as spares or replacements. Four are very nice What needs finishing? Headliner installed (not included), back glass (included), seats with original seat covers (included), door panels installed (originals included), stainless trim installed (much of it already professionally polished and all parts included), ribbed GS rocker panels installed (included), windshield installed (not included), I'm selling the car to finance another muscle car purchase that I can't pass up. I'm offering someone who's willing to finish the car the chance at owning a $100K investment for much less than market value. I have over $50K into the car. This is a great deal considering the last vehicle like this was offered on ebay and went to $65K and didn't meet reserve. 60+ bids. Recent auctions are seeing these cars head north of $120K...and appreciating fast. Take a look at the photos and be the first one to grab this deal. Its headed to the public market at the end of the week. Solid offers over $45K considered. Thanks for your consideration Carl 760-822-5040 San Diego, CA
  2. I bought the fiberglass repro form Clarks and had them cover it in the correct vinyl...nice. I can provide some pics soon. also...I have LOTS of correct BLACK vinyl for the early rivs. I bought of bunch extra and have a big roll if you need. The roll looks 5' wide and lots of feet long...let me know if you need some at a reduced price Carl
  3. all my GM guy backed out on the clamshell repair after he dropped one and got scared...drag. I have 5 clamshells that I can use to make one good pair...does anyone have resources for repairing these units? please advise thanks
  4. I replaced mine with the complete unit from went together well with the only problem being my addition of Dynamat, then the pad, made for a tough go of installing the dash and related pieces. but its in now. I let it sit out in the sunshine and let it get really went in well as long as nothing else is in the way.
  5. front fenders are on and headed to the shop on Friday for alignment and hood install
  6. by the way, i initially bought a new one and compared it to my old weighed about 1/3 of what the original one did. Considering was NO sediment in my original core that weight difference is a real statement of quality. Rebuild your parts...dont buy cheaper replacements if you can help it. Especially since some of the parts on your valuable RIV have date codes and GM part numbers on them.
  7. I had a local radiator shop rebuild both of mine.Flushed them, repaired a crack on the neck of my original and then pressure tested them. find a good used one...take it to a reputable rad shop and have them work it over. Since you asked originally i'm still trying to find my spare...maybe the wife sh*tcanned it...i throw her cooking magazines out when shes not looking and shes always looking for a way to get me back
  8. I had two rebuilt for my project 65 and still have one laying around if you're interested. in any event, find a used one and have it rebuilt...don't buy new
  9. thanks for the kind words on the project. i took the advice of others on this site, as well as the suggestions from Clarks, and had the fiberglass tray covered in the correct black vinyl while at their facility. With the help of my interior guy we popped a hole for the rear defroster and installed that. The fit and finish of the package tray REALLY stands out. I'd advise anyone to get this done. No real problems installing the tray AFTER you get over the idea of cutting a hole in the new tray and vinyl covering. The plastic components surrounding the dash, doors, seats and console were shot with a PPG paint by my body shop guys. i believe they used a plastic etch primer and then the paint. Just a note to put things into perspective...look at the photo of the took THREE complete Riviera dashes to restore my original which was already in pretty good shape. These cars are crazy expensive to build and my ex-GM technical guru says this was the most complicated dash and wiring job he'd ever seen on a GM car...and he's seen them all...being a GM Western Region electrical specialist.for 25 years.
  10. eric thanks I once took a test drive in a 1974 Super Duty Trans Am down Ogden Avenue in front of Borg Pontiac. All I remember is tire smoke and the green and white DG police cruiser.
  11. Here are some pics of my 65 GS that is slowly coming together. I hope to have the front fenders and hood on by the end of the month and the bumpers and glass in soon as well. Final vacuum lines and A/C wiring needs to be done before the windshield goes in. Restored dash and passenger bolster was done by Just Dashes in Van Nuys and the rear package tray is a fiberglass unit that was covered in correct vinyl by Clark's.
  12. Hello All I have just completed the under-dash electrical/AC/Heater restoration and I have some left over or duplicate parts. Additional pics can be provided if you need. the pics show the following: - Dash pieces include original Gran Sport NON A/C glove box dash assembly, plastic access covers for underdash (fuse panel, etc) - A/C and Heater ducts. Most of mine were dried out with cracked tabs. I used a bunch of parts to get mine right and these are the decent ones. - vacuum actuators original used in working condition and a coolant valve. - 2 slide switches from the dash one is a tow position and one is a three position - AC Condenser that was pressure tested, and reconditioned. Brass final inspection tag affixed. I had two and had them both done at $120 each. This one is nice and is ready to go. All for $200 plus shipping from 92028 tnx Carl
  13. ...a nice note from the nice lady at Waldron's... Hi Carl,<o:p></o <o:p></o I now have the individual pricing! Thanks for beingpatient! <o:p></o <o:p></o A set of the 1963-65 Buick Riviera tailpipe hangers isavailable for $65.00.<o:p></o <o:p></o Thank you very much for your support and have a fabulousday.<o:p></o <o:p></o Sincerely,<o:p></o Ruth <o:p></o wow...that's $32.50 per tailpipe hanger...that's steep!
  14. <o:p> </o:p> Waldron's Exhaust is now reproducing the complete set of6 hangers for<o:p></o:p> 1963-65 Riviera's! I have attached a photo for you totake a look at. The set of hangers is available for $265.00.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Please let me know if you would like to place an order! <o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Kind regards,<o:p></o:p> Ruth <o:p></o:p>
  15. Jeff that's great. i'll call u to order a couple. OPGI only has the 73 tag available and I was going to go to one of the chevy sites ; Classic Industries I think had them for the 65 but would prefer to support you guys thank you Carl
  16. I agree with Rivnik on the vanity plates...but each to his own. Here in soCal the trend is going to vintage license plate frames and cast dealer scripts. The collectors are all snapping them up from junkers that came from dealers in the area. Hot Rod magazine even had an article on the craze a while ago. The baddest Buick dealer in the west (on earth???) was Reynolds Buick in West Covina. They're still around so I tried to talk them into reproducing their cool original license plate frames but they made t Shirts instead. Check out both items below
  17. FYI...the tags are virtually the same from 63 to 73 and are a great addition to the underside of the evap for that super correct look. not easy to see but still cool to know the GM tag is there. The key here is the last group of numbers on the left side...mine was -65B...indicating the evap is from a 65 vehicle. I have two evaporators and both of them have beat up tags likely from shoe tip scuffs and other abusive passenger activity that has occurred over the years. Ebay has several of these listed from 66 up to 70 and listed for Chevrolets. No 65. I cant imaging the tag would be different for a Buick. Classic Industries has this one for 1965 trucks
  18. Yes, Silver Cloud (buick) or Palladium Silver (Pontiac) AKA Cortez Silver (Chev i think). No other adders, just the factory paint code mix. PPG brand primers and paint. Take a look at the photo below. this is the car after the paint was stripped and before any sanding or primer. you can see where the paint ends at the body seam and the satin black starts in the middle...same think on the driver side, of course.
  19. thank you! the micro dents in the front of the fender and on the hood were confined to an area of 2'x2' and the little dents look like they were made with a knitting needle and a hammer. Maybe a pissed off ex-wife and/or girlfriend (?). The sheet metal guys spent 2 days with a dolly and bondo.
  20. what are the stamped letters on the Harrison tag off of the 1965 under dash AC unit? I think mine says... VA 21 65B...could be wrong on a few digits here No chance of reading anything on the right side of the tag
  21. Well...i think it started in late 2011 or early 2012. Its all a blur now. The car is receiving a lot of original and NOS parts and is looking good. The engine was evaluated before the rebuild as the previous owner had the motor freshened up a year before i bought it and my local mechanic said he couldnt justify a rebuild. THe car ran well before the resto, especially after the same mechanic went through the carbs, so the motor has been the only thing that hasnt come apart. I did have the original BS transmission and the 3.42 posi rebuilt along with a the drive shaft. There was no rust on the car when we started but i still managed to put $12K into the body work largely due to the hood and front fender that looked like it was hit with a 12ga shotgun. The body filler did a great job of covering the BILLIONS of little dents in the sheet metal...the guy that helped me strip and sand the car now has a right arm the size of a 55 gal drum. I did some investigating on the history of the car and found a PO that stated "I never owned a green Riviera...but i did have a white one with green interior". The car started life as a Verde Green/Verde Green car, was converted to a white/green car and is now being restored as a Silver Cloud/Black car. THe previous owner also claimed 47K miles on the car in 1993. Odometer said 79K on it when i bought it but the speedo and Odo wasnt working at the time. My GM mechanic rebuilt the speedo, odo and clock resetting the ODO back to zero for the resto. By far the biggest PIA is the A/C system as there are so many parts and items that deteriorated from moisture and heat. The car used 3 dashes to create one good one. My GM mechanic says he never has seen so many parts go into one car...he obviously hadnt worked on too many Buicks or Cadillacs. Lots of work left to do.
  22. The car is in now with my GM boys where the AC and electrical wiring is being installed. I'm eager to hear the engine fire and get moving on installing the front end sheet metal and the clamshells.
  23. Mike that would be great. i think i can fabricate them and then dip the ends in plasti dip to duplicate the originals. one other question...what is the color of the bracket that mounts under the throttle kickdown switch, curves around the coil and bolts to the intake manifold with two bolts. engine green? Cad silver or underhood black? please advise and thanks again