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    reside in Orlando,Fl...owned 65 RIV nearing completion after 20 yrs of restoration....orig.blue/wht int, now silv/ blk int....

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  1. I have also had this problem on my '65. My leaks were coming through the holes from the trim strip below the rear glass. They are a bit of a pain to access, but after removing the trim piece & applying a generous blob of silicone to each hole & stud the problem was solved.
  2. Don't know if it will help with this particular problem, but Classiccarwiring makes a beautiful laminated & color-coded wiring schematic for the '65 Riv, which I have found very helpful over the years. Can be purchased on eBay. Everyone should have one as it is a work of art. check it out!
  3. Congrats Lil! I will forever rue the day I sold my '73. Although I love my '65, it has nowhere near the drivability of the '73. Its been years, so I don't quite remember the battery placement, but if it's anything like the '65, correct battery size is very important because of hood clearance problems. I use Amsoil Zrod motor oil in my old cars. It is formulated for hot rods & classic car engines. & if you're ever in need of one I have a very nice driver quality rear bumper for your '73 that is gathering dust in my shed. Good Luck, Drew
  4. thanks Rivman, As can be seen in the pics, those look like two different products. Verrrry interesting!
  5. Maybe Rivman knows something we don't, but I can't find it in the post he mentioned. In my opinion that trim was custom made. If you google '73 Riviera images you will not find it on any of the pics of hundreds of '73s. if so, whoever fabricated the trim knew what they were doing. Frankly, in my opinion, the car will look better w/out the trim pieces & the two tone paint. The body styling on the '73 is so distinct & well defined it doesn't need anything extra to enhance it. &BTW, if you are restoring this car I have a rear bumper in very good driver condition you may want. It can be had for a song (but shipping from Fla may be a little pricey).Anyhoo, good luck w your project! Drew
  6. Thanks for the reply Rivman, gonna try something like that one of these days.
  7. hey Rivman! Q: How do those speakers sound behind the seats? And can I presume you've found an equally clever way to mount two in the front? If so, this could solve a problem Ive pondered over for a long time!
  8. I agree you should keep the trim. & (not to seem like the opportunist) I have a nice driver quality '73 rear bumper if you ever need one. Good chrome, no dents, only some minor scratches on the corners. It can be had for a song, however shipping from Orlando could be expensive. Drew
  9. Which handles much better on winding mountain roads.
  10. Ed! Why'd you have to go and spoil the mood w that pic! Actual babies don't belong here! Ugh!
  11. Wow! I thought I hit the wrong button for a sec! Can anyone make out what it says on her right rear fender?
  12. Hey Gene & Ed! If you will send me your wive's contact info I will make sure they are well cared for after you're gone. Let them know I'm financially secure, relatively good-looking (at least compared to you two), live in sunny Fla.(which is where they're heading anyway), & still have a few good yrs ahead of me. I hope this will bring you both peace of mind about their future. Of course they will have to help figure out what to do about my wife. She's a good one but not a great source for Riv parts. One must have priorities, you know. I anxiously await your response, Drew
  13. I replaced mine w LEDs, including the console lights. Most are accessible without much trouble, the instrument cluster bulbs being reached through the access panels on either side of the column(although its a tight squeeze). If you have Homer Simpson hands they are more easily reached from the top by removing the dash-pad, but that can be a risky procedure for a 50yr+old pad. Bulbs are available on eBay in a variety of colors & intensities.Go with the brightest white & I think you will be satisfied w the results. One unfortunate side effect is they make the stock radio lights & shift indicator lens look yellow in comparison. I replaced the shift indicator bulb by wiring in an LED strip. The result was only a slight improvement due to the decrepit nature of my PRNDL. One of my biggest Riviera related regrets is not buying a shift indicator lens from Clarks before they discontinued carrying them. (I call on someone out there, maybe our good friend Schmiddy, to figure out how to restore this item, as they seem to be made of Unobtanium.) As for the clock, Im not sure if the bulb is replaceable. I replaced my clock years ago w an oil pressure gauge, which I highly recommend. I usually disconnect the battery when not driving so It was only right twice a day, & having an oil pressure gauge right in front of me is pure peace of mind. Anyhoo good luck. Drew
  14. Man, you guys are on it! thanks for the info.