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1967 - 1997 Riviera

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  1. Whatever you do, please do not scrap the engine that is in the car now.
  2. Yeah, that is a really cute buggy you have there! The contrasting colors of the white tires & wheels against the "Bluebird" blue body and black fenders is very eye catching. Is that a picnic basket on the running board? Imagine going on a summer picnic in 1910 with that, and with your wife wearing a typical long, white cotton dress and big white hat that women wore back then.
  3. "... I'm also curious about your conclusion that old low octane fuel is less volatile than modern higher octane fuel when I know for a fact the higher the octane rating the higher the flash point temperature of the fuel and the slower the flame propagation. High octane fuels were developed to prevent detonation or preignition in high compression engines. The 31 Buick engines were all around 4-5 to 1 compression ratios and today's gas lawnmowers have higher compression than that. A bigger concern for modern higher octane fuels in our low compression engines is completing the combustion cyc
  4. Wow...That is SHARP!...SHARP!!...SHARP!!!
  5. "Then painted with durable tractor implement paint and applied some graphite paste lubricant before re-assembling." I have read others on here mention that you should not apply any kind of lubricant between the individual leaf spring elements because the surface friction that exists between adjacent leafs as they flex helps them do their work. Just saying.
  6. Have you checked your return springs to see if they are binding or have lost tension?
  7. To make a long story short, in 1994, two PhDs at the Battelle Institute, doing Tribology research for, and funded by, an engine manufacturer, determined that break-in is still essential for long, trouble-free engine life, despite modern manufacturing methods. The manufacturer wanted to build an engine they envisioned could operate continuously for 1,000 hours under full load, at wide open throttle, without failure. They determined that proper break-in required: 1) Initially using a lighter weight or viscosity oil than would be used in normal operation, say 30 weight ins
  8. The last time I had to repair something made of wood back together again (a trash bin), I used a Super Glue variation that was supposed to have some flex in the joint after it cured yet still remain tightly bonded together. I injected the glue into the pre-drilled holes, put in the brass screws and used a clamp to hold it all together overnight. After more than a year of rough usage, it is holding tight. So there must be some modern glues one can use that will solve both problems of the wood framing remaining bonded tight, yet not so rigidly that they won't flex a little bit.
  9. I don’t own a nailhead Buick. Since that engine design was last made in 1966, I’d like to ask a novice question. Just where is a new timing chain sourced from these days? A few years ago, we bought square drive chain for our scheduled machinery overhaul from a vendor who sourced the chain from China (which we were not aware of.) In a very short time after installation, we were experiencing drive failures and jams because the chain had stretched like salt water taffy. We took the links to a lab and found that, while they were the correct steel analysis we specified, they were not he
  10. I normally don’t like dark colored convertibles because, to me at least, the dark color defeats the car’s purpose of keeping cool on sunny days. But I’d have made an exception for this car. Just look at the mirror shine of the navy blue paint in the video. With all the fires happening, I hope it left California just to avoid being burned-up one day.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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 reaso
  16. I wonder where he got the R-12 refrigerant to recharge the AC?
  17. 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 affo
  18. 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."
  19. 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 -
  20. Nice...Nice...Nice. Please keep the whitewalls when time comes to replace tires. They would be appropriate for an M.D.'s car.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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 f
  24. 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
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