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  1. The black one is a driver, the silver one has had a frame-off restoration...so they really aren't comparable. I think the driver has a 425 and the resto has a 401. Different level of quality there for sure.
  2. I had a very similar issue with mine. It has been sitting since 84 or so. I had never had a car with front drums, so it was a little bit of an adventure now knowing exactly how they should feel. Eventually i was thinking of doing the disc brake conversion on the front. My problem turned out to be the lines. I resurfaced the drums, new shoes all the way around, and got a new master cylinder. I could get the brake pedal hard, but was having the same problem with the brake pedal. It turned out i had either garbage in the lines or they had collapsed. I troubleshot this by disconnecting all the brake lines and running compressed air through them back and forth until i could find the problem areas. I found two garbage spots that had stoppages and ended up replacing hard lines and learning how to flare ends. After sitting for 30 years i suppose it is normal to expect some things to be plugged up. Anyway, you might try troubleshooting with air and see if you can find any of the hard lines plugged up. A decent bender and flaring tool are not too expensive and the brakes are definitely a high priority to get right. After re-doing my lines and such it now stops like a champ. Yea, it isn't like 4 wheel disc, but it actually isn't bad at all. The brake pedal feels like it should on just about any other car now that all the lines are in good shape. p.s. - Jim is right on the money. I replaced all the flexible hoses. They were dry rotted and looked like garbage from the outside, so i knew they were likely crap on the inside as well. If you still have problems after that then you will have to troubleshoot the hard lines from end to end and work back towards the middle until you find the bad spots and can determine what has to be replaced. My problem areas were at the last turn to the gas tank and and about halfway down the passenger side of the car(which was a easy straight piece to replace). Redoing the line sections i had to deal with was fairly cheap, even if you consider the cost of tools. I think i got the flexible lines from rockauto.
  3. I look around from time to time to see if anyone is making them again and saw this manufacturer come up. http://www.distinctiveindustries.com/catalog/custom-door-panels/rear-quarter-panels/621-896. Does anyone know anything about these guys? I'm going to keep digging and see what i can find, but i thought i might hit you guys up as well. 9 times out of 10 if i hit on something like this they were throwing it out there to gauge interest or have since quit producing them. Worth a shot. I'm still months away from getting to the rear quarters on my 64, but after replacing the majority of the floor and having to fabricate a few pieces myself having decent patch panels for the quarters would definitely save some time. Never mind, after some checking it is the interior vinyl wrapped quarters as they do only interiors.
  4. 300k for that piece of engineering....definitely not for me. As to what the riddler award is for...i guess i don't get the whole spirit of it. I don't really think yanking out a nailhead and throwing in a crate motor is exciting engineering, but i guess we each have things we would change and things we wouldn't. I would have been 10x more impressed had he kept the original nailhead and improved upon it. The frame change is nice, but a nailhead with aluminum heads that could breathe better paired with the turbos sure would have been showing off your engineering/fab skills more in my opinion...and would keep the heart of the original car. And yes, that would be beyond my meager skill level before anyone asks. Definitely lots of work, but 300k, still can't get over that.
  5. To those that think no one remembers...that isn't true. Maybe they are dwindling, but those heroes still inspire people. I grew up on WW2 stories from my grandfather and great uncle and share them whenever i get the chance. My grandfather's brother inspired me to join the Marines and i hope my passing on the stories to others did the same. As long as people keep telling the stories none of these people will be forgotten, even if no one remembers specific names. They were still part of something bigger than any of us will likely have a chance to be involved in. I can only hope these guys know that some of us draw daily inspiration from their stories and use them as a signpost on how to live our lives.
  6. Everything i touch electric-wise on my 64 turns to dust if it is plastic. I have just about given up trying to save connectors. Garage is garbage and i plan on replacing all the wiring and plugs/connectors myself. Even the ones i salvaged i do not feel good about from a safety/common sense point of view. 50 year old connectors are going to be junk and likely need to be replaced right? Yea i'm sure rewiring the whole car is going to be a blast, but the electrical is not something i would want to half-ass.
  7. My 64 did not come with keys. I pulled the trunk lock cylinder(took just a few minutes), took it to a locksmith, and 4 hours later i picked up a set of keys for the car.
  8. i also got floorpans from rockauto. I think c2c produces them. Rockauto sold them for 52.50 a piece i think and i ended up needing 3 of the 8 pieces available. Now if only they had quarter panels i would have been set.
  9. My next question would be : how do we order a copy of that review? Sounds like good information for anyone considering the swap.
  10. I wish mine was in that good of shape. That being said, i am going to take mine a different direction. I definitely like the flat black look, but more for ease of use than any custom look in general. The $169 paint job article in car craft or hot rod(can't remember which) looked pretty damn good. I am not a big fan of the lowered/bagged look. I think they looked fine with a normal stance. The interior is pretty nice for sure, but like someone had said, if you're going to customize it, why use off the shelf stuff and so forth. I saw someone that had peeled the wood trim off and used something to turn the aluminum backing into a brushed look. That was pretty neat. As for the motor, well it's personal preference i'm sure, but why not use the motor it came with? I realize not a lot of people work on nailheads any more, but even when mine dies i will more than likely rebuild it and try to keep it going. All in all still a nice looking car, just not exactly what i would do if i had that kind of cash to shell out. Kind of sad that it didn't sell, but at least that lets us know where we are with values if you go that direction.
  11. I am in the same boat with a 64 Riviera. Rust is everywhere. I think everyone has a different breakover point on what they choose to undertake. Heck, i wasn't even a Buick enthusiast when i found my rust bucket, but it screamed " save me!" when i first saw it. Taking something that is not working or is in bad shape and getting it back into running/working condition just seems like a logical step to me. I don't have a problem with people only working on profitable/easier cars to fix, but there has to be some satisfaction with bringing some cars back to life that you know are destined for scrap or eventually turning to dust on the spot. I'm a mechanic by trade, so fixing broken stuff is in my nature to some extent as well as gaining knowledge of new or older information. Saving an old car provides plenty of both. I took on my 64 Riviera with zero thoughts on profitability. I assume i will be driving the car. If i sell it in the future it will not be numbers correct, matching battery tray, whitewalls, etc. I hopefully will get it to the point of being a nice safe car that looks good and that i enjoy driving to work every day. I have no vision of it sitting in a museum or some hoarder's garage collecting dust. With my level of experience in body work that shouldn't be a problem. I'm a total noob in body work, but i'm looking forward to learning on the fly. Everyone has to start somewhere right? Just trying to do my part to be a positive instead of a negative in life i guess. I salute anyone fighting the fight against rust and decay on these old cars. Seeing other people post their trials and successes helps the rest of us and keeps me plugging. Hell a few of these day zero to finished posts have convinced me to go all the way and pull the body off, try electrolysis, etc. As i have heard often, there are two ways of doing something - right and again. Hopefully i get it right the first time, but if not there is always again.
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