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  1. Well Kevin, I do have a MIG welder and will use that to weld. I have built several dirt track cars and feel pretty good about my welding. I have repaired a front right corner on an old 87 Toyota Supra I used to own. I cut off the front right corner and spliced a good piece back on. I have just one spot that worries me with the roof and that is just the other side of the drip rail and under the actual roof. It is hidden and no way to get to it. I may have to cut a hole big enough in the roof to get at it, then repair that hole. Not sure but that is the option I see. I worry just a bit about making sure the A pillar lines up well enough that the windshield fits like original but I will take my time and do the best I can. As far as the windshield goes Steelco, I got this part from Big M automotive, www.bigmauto.com . I am not sure when they pulled the windshield from the car I got the part from but it appears to have been removed a while back. You can call them and ask though, they are very friendly and helpful. Thanks again. Russ
  2. Thanks Don. I did look at the post and it looks like it would have saved me some money. I already got a partial front roof piece from a wrecking yard in nothern California. I should have a good hood coming from them too very soon. Now comes the fun part of splicing it to the car. I have a pretty good book on how to chop tops of all types. It looks like a very good guide for cutting and welding the better part on. I have done other body work on cars before but this is a first for the windshield area and it has to be right! So, thanks again. Russ
  3. Thanks you guys. I checked out CTC and they do have many parts to choose from. The biggest positive it that it is only a bit farther than Dallas, 200 miles. I will call them and see if they have what I need. It looks like they may have a hood for my 64 from the posted pictures. Does anyone know if the roof/windshield upper setting and curves are the same in the 63,64 and 65 Rivs? If they are and can find a clean one, I will cut it off to splice to my car. Wow, this is great guys. Thanks a lot. Russ
  4. Thanks Mike. I live in northwest Louisiana. I had thought about an older car different make to try to fix the upper windshield but most of the older cars down here get crushed. The occasional one is rare but it certainly sounds like a good idea if I can't find a replacement piece for the roof. I did call Big M autowreckers in northern California and the guy sounded like he might be able to help me with the hood and the roof. I hope to find out this week. I did call Jim Estes about his 64 Riviera and WISH I lived closer. I would have prefered a non-rusty Riv to work on but he sold it and I told him that I was glad he found a home for it. So thanks for all the help, hints and advice you guys. Russ
  5. Rivnut, I know what you mean, timing they say is everything! I have had the car for over a year now but I race a dirt track car over the summer and just now finished that. I really want to get this car on the road and now I really got a good look at the roof, dismaying for sure but not overwhelming. I will keep up the search and work on the other stuff while hoping to come up with a fix for these 2 major items. Steeleco, your wife sounds like mine, way more practical than we are! No the back glass is still there but will probably remove it before painting it. Thanks for the encouragement. Russ
  6. My 1964 project is getting started again. It was a pain to get but I wanted it. It wasn't in bad shape, complete and still ran, although it has an engine knock which is not a problem for me to fix. My problems are with some of the rust. The floors are not bad but I will replace at least 3 of the 4 major pitted areas. The trunk is good as is the gas tank. The windows all raise except for the rear driver side, it was held up with wood when I got the car. My major problems are with the leading edge of the front hood and the upper leading edge of the roof! and both of these are really just surface rust. I am hoping to just replace the hood and would like to cut out the roof portion instead of tedious sheet metal forming and welding. Not going to get rid of this one, it is my first Riviera but I have restored a few other types of cars. So any suggestions, hints, good griefs or leads to pieces. Thanks Russ
  7. Damn! I would have given my left n&^ to have gotten the roof from the A pillars to half way back of the roof. Sigh. I have just the opposite problem as your major rust situation. The upper edge of mine is almost completely gone. The strengthening piece right under that fron edge is really pretty good, I am suprised that mine went the way it did. The rest of the car, other than the front floors, have only surface rust. If anyone reading this has a good upper roof, front edge even only 10 inches back would be good, I really would like to splice it in instead of all the thin metal welding that will be needed. Sorry to see yours go either way though, I be it was a happy car for a while.
  8. I have a 64 Riv that has the front part of my hood badly rusted. I would be very interested too. don't care about the color, just as rust free as possible. If you can please let me know about any good candidates. Thanks Russ Texas is close for me as for the earlier posting in Denton
  9. If you took out the shocks does the car move or more correctly, bounce up and down pretty good, with good motion or still stiff?
  10. How many have replaced their floors, which ones and how was the experience? Got a Flintstone on the passenger side, not bad but can't wait to see the driver side!
  11. bump...hope this is legal Russ
  12. Thanks Ed. I found the listing and will give Jon a call to find out what that one is like. I do remember measuring the butterflies on the carb I got and you are right according to specs it is a mid range sized carb, small. Russ
  13. I have tried to see the numbers clearly since I got it. After soaking it I find the numbers: 3826S. I know it isn't the loger set of numbers I have seen a lot have posted on other Carter carbs but these are it. It does have Carter and AFB in bold letter on it too. As for what it came off, the previous owner of the carb doesn't know but knew it was close to what I was looking for. RivNut, thanks for posting those pictures. I can see clearly what my carb does not have. Mine is damn close but not with the wheel that presses and activates the kick down switch. I do own a service manual but wish they had made a Haynes or Chiltons manual for the car too. I live in northwest Louisiana, Bossier City. I have other issues with the car before it is road worthy but at least I got it started. I will continue the work and searching these forums as I go. It's nice to know that I got this much from just a carb question. Thanks Russ
  14. Once again, great info! I, Like someone else posted or had in their bio earlier, have good general knowlege about cars but its the particulars and experience about the different models (Riviera) that makes picking your brains fun. I belong and have belonged to several different forums from the different cars I have owned and worked on. A few because of what I do know but most are for what I don't know. I do use the search for answers and get about 50% answers from that. I know some grow tired of repetition but most are good natured about it and have a little bit more to add to that same question each time. I've done it too but I am long winded..lol. I will read more carefully here and in my manual and figure more things out as I go but the one-on-one is more fun. I coundn't even find a diagram on the numbering of the cylinders for my engine. I noticed a different firing order on the smaller v8 compared to the 401 and 425. I guess I have the wrong carburetor then as that part of the linkage isn't right on my carb. I could be creative and grind this one off, find the correct one, grind it off that one and then spot weld it on my carb. Everything else seems ok on it though, except the accelerator pump plunger was a little too big from the kit and modify it some to make it fit. It is too snug to work properly still and seems to be closer to the plunger on the marine carb I see kits for. Still looking and learning Thanks Russ
  15. Thanks Jim for the link, excellent! I have a lot to learn about my Riv. I haven't found the cable for the kickdown yet. Let me ask you this. My car is a 64 with a 425. On the transmission selector it starts at park, reverse, neutral, D then L. Could it still be a 3 speed or could it even be the older 2 speed tranny? The A/C solenoid switch is what was on the car when I got it a few months ago. My car has factory air and the controls for it are sliders below the radio. It takes a while to know the different things on a car and I am learning. I sure appreciate the expert eyes. I did get a service manual for the car but haven't looked at more than just browsing through it but I do have a lift in my shop and will take a closer look at it tomorrow. Right now all I remember is the vacuum modulator on the passenger side which has a metal line that fits nicely to the rear fitting on this carb. I saw a speedo cable and what I am guessing is the electric lockout for not starting the car in gear. Thats it for now. It is not laying on the top of the engine nor is there a bracket hodling that cable. Thanks for the help and input so far. Russ
  16. I have a Carter carb back on my 64 Riviera but I am missing the parts mentioned. The arrows point to the 2 areas where the levers are needed along with the screws and any other pieces. Also the linkage is needed. The upper is a simple piece but the lower has the teeth that enables the idle to speed up when the choke is engaged, cold. I am sure it had the attachment that allows the a/c solenoid to speed up the idle when the a/c is turned on too. It is a Carter AFB. Thanks Russ
  17. Ok we are even, but again I refer you to MrEarls posting and how he understood the posting and how he wrote me as a peer, even though he knew more about the car than I did, as you do. It is the approach I didn't like. The guy before you said that you tell it like it is, well so do I. I am 58, and feel that when I come into someones house I should show respect and expect the same. I wasn't asking about opinions of Brittany Spears photos, I was asking about something we are both obviously passionate about. If 10k is high and you or someone you know has sold one in much better shape then I might suggest that you just say that. I understand sarcasm very well and I did say "The seats seem to be in good shape but they can't be original. " Anyway, thanks for the input and I know who to go to if I ever have any more questions about this 49. I honestly think it is a good car, very dirty but mostly solid. And I agree with you and the others that it is probably not worth 10k. Hopefully though, if someone does see this car and sees the original posting, just maybe it can be rescued for a much better price than posted and will live to maybe incite a passion for someone to see how beautiful cars were all those many years ago. Russ
  18. I am not an "expert" but I did stay at a Holiday Inn a long time ago. It is NOT my car! Can't you read? I realize I am not in my territory here but come on! I am not any type of expert with 49 Buicks. I do know mechanics and I do know British cars very well but if you were to list something I knew about, I never would have written back with the contempt and pompous attitude that you, the supposed "expert" have. I know there are experts about everything. All I am trying to do is sell a 1949 Bucik Special 4 door. Did I get any of that part wrong? I did acknowledge that the seats were probably re-upholstered, I acknowledged that the interior had issues with wiring. I also wrote that the price was very negotiable. I didn't say I asked for 10k, the owners did. What is wrong with asking any price for a car? If they asked for 100k or 10 bucks that is the owners discretion isn't it? Read MrEarl's posting and you will find a friendly comment and a friendly answer back from me. That is how to write in a forum. I know and have been around "experts" in forums and they are usually stuffy and full of themselves. If offered constructive advice in a non-derrogatory manner I would have responded back with the same. I read that I don't know what I am talking about and have no right to compare myself with Pete Phillips and TxBuicks. Lay off the critique some and let those interested in talking to the owners ask them about the particulars with the car! I am only the messenger! As far as the wording for the price of the car, I wrote, "He wants 10k for it but is very negotiable". I don't see how I could possibly have been any clearer in that less could be offered...unless of course you wanted to offer more! I would not have asked nor would I pay 10k for the car but I am not selling nor buying. Feel free to ban me from this site if you want. Normally I enjoy the many forums I have been a member of so this one was a bit of a surprise when questioned about things I have already answered in my postings here. Very simply put, I am not the owner. I offered to post the car for them for sale. They set the price, they are the ones to be questioned about the particulars. I am sorry to have ranted. I am a new owner of a 1964 Buick Riviera and will be asking many questions about it. THEN is when I will need the help from the experts and will accept any and all answers about that, pre-admitting my stupidity about that car. But I love its looks and want to get it back on the road. I do appreciate history and nostalgia. Thanks Russ
  19. In case you didn't notice the original posting, I said the the price is very negotiable. What part of that don't you understand? I am not going to get bitchy about this car but it has been sitting for a long time, it is mostly original. I am not an idiot, I know the upholstry isn't original mostly because of the colors but also the owners told me that too. You need to work on your communication skills and slow down your reading so you get evey word posted. Russ Ok, your turn
  20. Hello MrEarl. Thanks for the kind words. Yes the 49 and the other cars are located in Shreveport Louisiana. I will post the rest of the pictures I took. I hope they allow this many here. If not it may take a few posts but it will give you a better idea of the car. As is the usual case, when asked the questions you ask, I either don't remember or didn't get as detailed a look as I wished I could have. I do think parts of the interior have been reupholstered as the colors seems pretty much off color. The seats seem to be in good shape but they can't be original. I did notice that there was a rust hole in the gas tank and in the spare tire well in the trunk. Of course I didn't even think to look in the trunk (slapping my forhead) ! But I would say that the car does look original. The dash was complete, the engine bay had the air cleaner and wires all there. I do recall the owner telling me that the wiring was probably attacted by rodents but I don't know the extent of the damage with that part. Let me know what you think after looking at the pictures. I had the Riv I bought at home when I took these other pictures so most of them are on the lift at my house but as I may have stated before. My 64 Riv was by far the worst of the lot. There is paint bubbling and rust underneath. Not so bad that it can't be repaired but the 49 and the others all seem to have been kept under protection while the driving owners had them. Thanks again Russ
  21. Not right now. I am guessing it hasn't been run for those 25 years. I really could not say what kind of shape this engine is. Let me tell you a bit of my short history with these cars. This used to be a Buick dealership many years ago. I don't remember when it closed but I do remember buy a car from themback in the 70's. Recently the lot has been occupied by a guy that wants to show nice cars, 60's muscle cars mostly but some oddball Maseratti's and older coupe hotrods. Every 3rd Saturday he lets the local car guys meet there. He has it set up nice and a good atmosphere. I noticed the place just after this guy opened and took a quick tour around, inside and out. I saw the Buicks and one was a 1964 Riviera. I wanted it bad but he didn't own it. The original owners of the lot had these cars stored inside for quite a while, a 69 Riviera, a 68 Wildcatm an 84 Riviera and this Buick special. After a few months I had to get in touch with the owner, Ed Powell to ask about the 64 Riv. Longer story short, I did buy it, got it home and checked out the engine. It turned over, had 180 compression in all cylinders, without even starting it up yet. I mention this because I think all the cars were put up in running shape. The 64 Riviera that I got hadn't been driven since 87 or so. There seems to be a clash with the original owners and the guy that wants to buy the lot. I don't know why but when I talked to the owners to buy my car they asked if I new of anyone that might be interested in the other cars. I told them not really but I could post them and see what happened. They are probably going to sell the property by the new year. I am not positive but mr Powell is in kind of bad health, but does not want to let these cars go to the guy that wants the property. If you want to ask more questions, I can give you the number to call them and they can answer more of your questions and maybe enough that will give you a better idea what you might want to do. I wish it was easier, that they were running and I had better access. I actually think that a blanket buy for the 4 cars would be a great idea, but none of them are running right now. Let me know what you think. Sorry to be long winded. Russ
  22. For sale is a 1984 Buick Riviera convertable. The top looks to be in very good shape, no tears. The interior is red and again good shape. I am posting this for Ed Powell , the owner of Powell Buick her in Shreveport LA. This car as about 89k miles but we told it had only 10k on the engine. The best thing is the top and the engine. It has been stored for quite a while and the paint looks to be in pretty good shape. The was Mr Powells personal car so it was pretty well maintainded. If you ahve questions or are interested, contack me and I will get you the number for the owners and let you get more info on them They wanted 6500 but I think they are willing to negotiate for a bit lower. Let me know Russ Lawson
  23. For sale. 1969 Gold Buick Riviera. Another car owned by ed Powell, the owner of Powell buick her in shreveport LA. It is a 2 door, 430 engine, 4bbl carb. It seems to be in great shape, even though it is outside. The interior is really nice but the headliner is falling down in the back. I didn't have a trunk key unfortunately. The owner is asking 5k for it but I think that is negotiable. Not sure about brakes and fuel system but contact me and I can get you the number of the owners. Thanks Russ Lawson
  24. Three Buicks and one Wildcat for sale. Actually I am helping a family sell these. The man, Ed Powell ran a Buick dealership in Shreveport LA for very many years. I will be posting them proper on the roa site but not sure if 2 of them are elidgible. The oldest is a 1949 buick Special 4 door sedan, Straight eight engine. I have many pictures and can send them to you if you want to see them. He wants 10k for it but is very negotiable. Its been sitting for around 25 years. Ask any questions. I have more pictures but not near enough. I will send you all I have though and let you have the number of the owners if interested and see what you think after talking to them. It is nice and kinda wish I could buy them all, get them running and then try to sell them. but not sure if they are for that, so quick sale and maybe a way better deal than offered. This has been sitting insde for quite a while and are pretty dusty. Thanks Russ Lawson
  25. Let me know how to pay you so we can get this deal done please. Thanks Russ
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