1967 - 1997 Riviera

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  1. 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.
  2. 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."
  3. 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."
  4. Nice...Nice...Nice. Please keep the whitewalls when time comes to replace tires. They would be appropriate for an M.D.'s car.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Mr. Moran- I can't provide you with a picture, but if you go to the website GMPartsonline.com and enter the part number, 16637393, it will take you to an exploded doagram of the fender showing the moulding as well as the mounting clips.
  10. I need a wheel opening molding for the front, driver's side fender of a 1999 Riviera. That is the aluminum and black rubber trim piece that goes all the way around the perimeter of the fender wheel opening. The original GM part number is 16637393. Although long discontinued and unavailable from a Buick parts department as new, somewhere "out there" someone must have one that they are willing to part with for the right price. Heck, I even have a few brand new trim pieces that I'm still sitting on. Also, I could use the front passenger side molding if anyone has that too. The GM part number is 16637392. Thanks!
  11. I think you hit the nail on top of the head, as shown in the seventh picture of post #1327, where you have the original spring on the left and the replacement on the right. The diameter of the coils in the new spring look like they are greater than the original. That alone will affect the spring constant (or the spring "k' factor in physics.) Also, notice how the coils of the original spring get closer together as you move down the spring to the bottom and the replacement spring's coils are all equidistant, top to bottom? The Buick Engineer's designed them that way on purpose to provide greater support as the applied load increases. You can see the very same characteristic in the springs that are used in your valve train. I would get a dial caliper and measure the diameter if the coils on both your original and the replacement springs. If the new ones are greater, I would contact your supplier and ask them for a refund of your payment for sending you the improper replacement spring set. An experienced, knowledgeable and careful coil spring manufacturer, would not have done that.
  12. Now that you've received the last major elements for completion of the interior and, thereby, your restoration, I suppose it wouldn't hurt to mention that now is not the time to rush things in an attempt to just finish the job in a hurried fashion. Your documention of the restoration project shows a careful and deliberative effort in every aspect, big and small. A rushed job now just to get it done may be very tempting, but you've waited patiently this long to surmount the last hurdle, and a continued careful and "attention to detail" method will pay off in a top notch interior job. After all, you've missed the entire summer season of touring and a chance to enjoy the hard won fruits of your labor. Nothing left now except a chance to enjoy driving your beautiful 37 Buick through the exposive fall colors before being put away for next year.
  13. v.milke- Did you decide to re-do the color back to the original Century blue and Empire blue?...with the grey whipcord interior? I think that would be a very sharp looking car. Even sharper than what it is now.
  14. So was it that filters were standard equipment on the higher grade models of Buicks, and optional (or just not available) on the lesser grades, or what?...