Johnny Buick

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    Hello my name is John. I live in Sioux Falls South Dakota, however I originally come from New Zealand a few years ago. I am an automotive "shop" teacher and have previously worked in the trade. I have found Buicks and love them. I own four Buicks which include a 1963 Le Sabre 4 door hardtop, 1968 Wildcat Sports Coupe, 1969 Riviera GS, 1983 Riviera Convertible. I also own a 1965 Oldsmobile F85 Cutlass Convertible and want to sell this one.

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  1. Hello Bernie Thank you for taking the time to reply to my request and for your comments. What you are saying matches up with what I have on the 1983 Riviera and I will take your advice on the paint description. Thank you once again and good luck with your projects. Regards John ROA # 14353 BCA # 46404.
  2. Hello Everyone Happy New Year to you and your families and greetings from a very cold Sioux Falls South Dakota. I am currently working a 1983 Buick Rivera Convertible, which I recovered from New Jersey last year. It is a flood survivor from Hurricane Sandy. There is quite a bit of work to do on it and fortunately I have had the benefit of two donor cars to get this work to happen. I am currently cleaning the floor pans, (inside and underneath), and I am trying to work out what the finish on the car was originally on these parts. I am told that GM used an under sealer, (body Shultz) and then it was painted with what? When I removed the gas tank the paint on the above floor pan was a "silvery/gray" color and looked to be in very good original condition. The inside of the car looked similar in places under the carpet. I have looked through my car manuals for this car and it mentions using Acme Gravel Guard #559 which I can't find online and/or Tuff-Kote #1077 which seems to be a gray rust prevention paint? Can anyone shed light on what the finishes were and the color for a 1983 Riviera? Thank you Regards John ROA #14353 BCA #46404
  3. Hello Everyone Such a tragic loss and Adam will be missed by all who knew him. Sadly taken when so young. Adam had Buick Knowledge and skills well beyond his years. Rest in peace Adam.. Regards John
  4. Hello Everyone Thank you for the comments and for taking the time to reply to me. I contacted Bill Squires and he seems a very pleasant person and he gave me a price and date when he could do it and as it turned out Bill was one of the most competitive quotes. I then contacted the other companies who were recommended by the members who got back to me. Their prices varied from between $1800 and $2300 for the 1400 mile trip. A colleague at the school where I teach suggested that I start an auction on "USHIP" and see what others have to say. This I did and the auction produced 10 replies, (bids). They all started around $1850 and after two days they all lowered their prices to $1650. It is almost as there was someone coordinating them. I did my own homework and worked it out that I could haul it back myself, (I have an older pick up truck and trailer), for around $1200 and this is probably what I will do, as there is a problem with the Riviera in that it does not start and run and is stuck in park. It appears that the car hauling companies did not want to deal with these sort of problems. However thank you once again and for the next few weeks it is back to work on my '68 Wildcat, as I get it ready for Denver and after that Cedar Rapids. I hope to see all of you at either of these meetings. Take care John BCA # 46404 ROA # 14353
  5. Hello Matthew Thank you for the message and for the name. I will send him a message Regards John
  6. Hello Everyone Greetings from Sioux Falls South Dakota. I would like to ask if anyone could recommend a reliable car transport company. I have just brought a car from the East Coast and would like to have it transported back to South Dakota. It does not have to be an enclosed transporter? Your advice and opinions would be appreciated. Thank you John BCA #46404 ROA #14353
  7. Hello Everyone Can anyone tell me what the correct color of the carpet is supposed to be on my 1983 Buick Riviera Convertible? The current carpet in the car matches up with Oxblood, however I am told that this was a 1985 color only and not used in 1983. Where do you go to buy carpet for the convertibles, as it is different from the coupe and no one seems to have carpet sets for them? Thank you John BCA #46404 ROA #14353
  8. Hello Everyone Here I go again with my 1983 Riviera Convertible. I have been looing around trying to find out if there is any information among the members as to how to touch up and refinish the "yellow" pin stripping which surrounds the dash panels. I have three different sets of panels, however none are what you would say is in show quality. My local parts people cannot find any pin stripping tape which is that thin, (about 1/32 inch). I am hoping that there is someone out there who has had success with this issue? I imagine that the original panels were photo etched? Thank you John
  9. Hello Everyone Thank you for your comments and for the contacts. I will get onto them and see what happens. Regards John
  10. Hello That's one very nice "cat"! My wife likes it too. Is the price like telephone numbers, (ie lots of digits)? Take care and good luck selling it. John BCA #46404
  11. Hello Everyone The shop which I have used in the past to chrome plate plastic parts has closed down. Therefore can anyone suggest a place which can do this type of work? I am looking for someone who could re-plate the egg crate grille on my 1983 Riviera. Has anyone had this done and how did it turn out, as most of the plastic chrome work which I have had done have been on smaller parts and not so intricate? It would be nice to find someone who has a NOS or a top quality second hand one for sale, however ---. Thank you John BCA # 46404 ROA # 14353
  12. Hello Matt Thank you for taking the time to get back to me. My 1983 Riviera has a push button release type handle and not the flip type which Dorman show. I have sen the handles off to a Plating Shop which I use in Minnesota and I will let you know what his quote is for re-plating them. This shop is the best one which I have found and have used for Zinc Die cast stuff, (pot metal). Thank you John BCA # 46404 ROA # 14353
  13. Hello Craig Have you had any luck with this website and Lewis? It seems that it is all quiet on the Western Front? I have two Riviera Convertibles and would like to see the work which Lewis did, which is fantastic and needs to be continued. It would be a shame to lose this data and information. Any comments from the forum would be appreciated. Regards John BCA # 46404 ROA # 14353
  14. Hello Jason and Matt I did have a look at the after market people including Dorman and could not find anyone who had them. None of the known Buick parts sellers, (Cars, Buick Farm and Classic Buicks) have them. I will keep looking as they must be out there. I do not have a Hollandia parts manual for the Riviera to check out where the handle was used on other manufacturers? I will keep looking thanks for your advice and comments. Regards John
  15. Hello Everyone I apologise for not being more diligent and keeping on top of my messages. I will reply to those who have shown interest in the 1966 Wildcat. Because of the snow and winter weather here, I finally managed to get the car off the trailer where it has sat since late November. I can now open the doors and get to the car. Therefore as the weather gets above freezing here I will venture out and start taking off parts for those who I have agreed to supply. Thank you John