1967 - 1997 Riviera

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  1. The 1941 is my favorite pre-war model for many reasons. Just my two cents, but I believe all 1941s should have fender skirts. To my eye at least, and with those spears added, they give the finishing touch to an already sleek design and make it even sleeker.
  2. Since you stated that the vibration is an "...intermittent shimmy...at all speeds, usually lasting 10 to 30 seconds before smoothing out again", and you've performed an inspection of tires, suspension and steering without pinpointing the problem, you might have what is known as a natural frequency or "beat frequency" vibration that is emanating from the drive line.
  3. My 1999 Silver Arrow came from the factory with Michelin tires. So I'm not so sure that they were a 1998 model year option only, unless they were just using-up leftover 1998 Michelin tires for the last, 1999 model year. They were very good tires and I think the wear rating on the sidewall was the same as the Goodyear Eagle LS tires that were factory installed on my 1997.
  4. Some questions for you: 1) You had to expect this one sooner or later. What kind of oil are you using in your engine? 2) Have you decided whether or not you will add an oil bypass filter to the engine? 3) You mention in your post that your car is "All waxed and polished from the show!" What kind of wax are you using? The black sheet metal is lustrous, like I remember cars being when I was a kid. 4) After driving it for 700 miles, do you have any second thoughts about not putting radial tires, instead of bias tires, on it?
  5. I find the good old fashioned Victor mousetraps, baited with a small chunk of smelly cheese and a dab of peanut butter, does the job. Mice can't resist the peanut butter and they are DRT - dead right there. Use to use D-Con years ago until one time a mouse ate some and then went behind a couch to die instead of going outdoors. The growing odor of his corpse led me to him. A retired exterminator told me that when mice get inside your house you can’t just clean-up the turds you find. You now have to wash down & disinfect all the surfaces the mice came into contact with. The reason why is because every 10-12 feet that they travel…they urinate. You can’t see the dried urine. But he would freak people out by turning off all the lights in their kitchen and then shine an ultraviolet black light on the floor. There would be streaks of dried mice urine all over the place. And don’t forget that their feces contain pathogens that are a danger to humans, like the Hanta virus. I saw an episode of Forensic Files that told the story of an outbreak of the Hanta virus on an Indian reservation in New Mexico. Fourteen people died, and it was traced to a wet spring & summer that then provided abundant food for an explosion in the mice population. No wonder the ancient Egyptians worshipped cats.
  6. Yes, it seems that there has been a continuing discussion of just what owners of these great cars, who want to DRIVE and enjoy them, can do to deal with reducing engine RPMs while attempting to keep up with todays interstate speeds. A recurring idea is to either swap-out the ring and pinion set to alter the axle ratio or swap a rear differential pumpkin entirely. Doing so will reduce the low end grunt needed to pull away from stops or easily climb grades. Not the best way to make use of the straight eight's available torque. Forget all that. Overdrive is the answer, if you can afford it and can get a quality installation done by someone who is knowledgeable and really knows the proper way to do a retrofit. You can have the best of both worlds by maintaining the around town driveability - which is still where you spend most of your driving time anyway - and the desire to keep up with todays vehicles while reducing engine stress on long trips. Plus better fuel mileage, lower oil consumption, less engine noise and longer life between engine rebuilds. A look at new cars being made today and the manufacturers' wide adoption of overdrive should tell you something.
  7. I also really like that two-tone paint scheme of Lancaster Gray over Monterey Blue. With whitewall tires added, I would describe that color combination as "Blue Jay."
  8. I own the "James Bond" 1999 Silver Arrow: number 007 out of 200. It was one of the six sold in New York state, but was not sold to any Buick executive and it has the power sunroof. The car was sold in March of 1999. This all would lend credence to the observation that they were not made in any kind of chronological or VIN number order. When I get a chance, I will have to get back to you with my car's VIN number as well as the name of the original dealer that sold it in New York. I have all the original "stuff" that came with it - key ring and special floor mats already mentioned - and including the original exterior cover that is still it its box, never used. I was a $38,000.00+ car when sold new. Oh, one more thing. I have special vanity license plates for it. They read "LASTRIV."
  9. Nice...Nice...Nice. Please keep the whitewalls when time comes to replace tires. They would be appropriate for an M.D.'s car.
  10. Since I don't know how to send a personal e-mail, I will just post my parts wish here. I need both the passenger and driver's side front fender trim moulding that goes around the perimeter of the fender wheel opening for a last generation Riviera (1999 model). They look like satin finished aluminum with a thin, attached, black rubber welt. The original GM part number is #16637393 for the front driver's side and #16637392 for the front passenger side fender. Ideally, new condition is what I need. I live in Illinois. If you just learn of someone who has these trim pieces and didn't bring them to the meet, but is willing to provide you their phone number so that I can contact them, that would work just as well. Thanks!
  11. Now that is an interesting solution for getting the ethyl alcohol out of gasoline, at least for small batches. And since alcohols, whether ethanol or methanol, are hygroscopic - meaning they absorb and are miscible with water - they also corrode ferrous-based fuel line components by carrying water into and through the fuel system. This is why, for small engines used in lawn & garden equipment, one should always run them until they are completely out of fuel before putting them away for the winter.
  12. Not normal. Didn't come from the factory that way. My concern would be a fire starting and ruining all your hard work and less about oil dilution, although, make no mistake, that is also important. I'm with Mr. MCHinson on this because my first thought was the old & original gaskets that are not compatible with modern gas containing ethyl alcohol. I thought you said you had this carb checked out by Mr. CarbKing who installed modern gaskets in it for you? Float level may also need attention, as others have stated. Please take care of this gremlin before driving any further - for your own safety if nothing else.
  13. On the subject of top color, there is a plus to keeping it the original black, as far and $value$ goes to a collector down the road. But...here is just my two cents. A convertible is meant for summer driving, whether the top is up or down. Therefore, I believe all convertibles should be a light color: white, cream yellow, light green, champagne beige or, in your case, the best color for 53 Skylarks, reef blue. (I never understood why someone would own a black convertible. Would be like a rolling frying pan.) The top should then be WHITE, not black, for the reason already mentioned of the heat absorption on sunny days. The original buyer may have regretted choosing black after driving it awhile. Plus, I doubt you will be neglecting regular cleaning of the top after you spend dearly for a new one properly installed. Plus, I think the inner wheel wells on your car should correctly be painted white. If you want to see what a 53 Skylark looks like finished in reef blue, with a white top, white wheel wells and a blue & white interior, you can find one posted on YouTube. Just type in "1953 Buick Skylark" to view one that was later auctioned off for north of $100,000.00.