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  1. I actually prefer the looks of the standard seats for the 1971-73 Rivs. But I prefer the Custom interior for the other parts of the interior.
  2. It has been my experience if you wait for your shocks or struts to leak you have waited too long. But then again there are people who buy tires two at a time! lol.
  3. These control arm bushings have grease zerk fittings, unlike latter models which are more typical of most lesser GM cars. My 1964 Skylarks had this style too, but the 1965s die not.
  4. It is my opinion one should COMPLETELY rebuild or replace all suspension/steering components if one wants to experience how a car felt and performed like when new. Both my late father's 1964 and 1965 Riviera (both fairly low mile examples) I would never characterize as having a "jarring" ride. And my former 1967 Riviera GS was phenomenal in the ride and handling department. Rivs from 1963-1970 had basically the same suspension, steering and chassis. They did relocate the panhard bars in 1968 and again in 1969 as I understand for better cornering though. BTW, the main reason I switch from Ford (mostly Thunderbirds) to Buick, especially Rivieras, was because of the far superior ride and handling.
  5. I think I have seen your car up for sale on Ebay and elsewhere too. Not the same car. It is amazing two 1966 Riviera FS cars painted Iris Mist have been up for sale on the internet all this year with no sales as of yet.
  6. Looks like a 1966 MT 401 engine that have been stamped over. The seller won it at a Mecum auction in January for a shade over $25,000. He has been trying to flip it for over $50,000 ever since. He made a bad buy and now he wants someone else to make a double bad buy. He knows damned well what he is doing. I have contacted him a few times about this car. I understand his reputation precedes him. Here is the auction the seller won: 1966 Buick Riviera GS | K64 | Kissimmee 2021 (mecum.com)
  7. I personally would rather change my shocks and struts too often than to have less than a like new ride . I have had 3 1996 Rivieras, and 4 1998-1999 Auroras and I would say 80K miles is a benchmark for changing them, if not sooner. Why procrastinate if only to drive a car that does not give you enjoyment? Suspension seems to be the LAST thing people worry about. I make it a priority myself.
  8. I actually think the 1963 and 1964 are better looking than the 1965. I prefer the rear of the 1963/64. As for the front, well other than then novelty of the clamshells, I think the exposed headlights on the 1963/64 also edges out the 1965. I LOVE the huge glowing parking lights of the 1963/64 too.
  9. I have owned a 1963, a 1967GS and a 1971. The number one is 1963 to 1965. The 1965 GS being top dog, followed by the 2-4 equipped 1964. I think history and prices have proven that. The boat tail was a long time coming, but I think the 1971-1972 are now number two, a spot previously held by 1966-1967. I also think the 1971 and 1972 are the best mechanically speaking. The 1970 is the king of the hill performance-wise. Looks pretty good with the short fender skirts, but a bit of an old lady look with the tall skirts. It is a bit of an oddball style-wise, but not controversial like the boat tails. I think the 1973 rear looks better than the 1971 and 1972. But when it turns around, it loses its appeal to say the least. But MY favorite looking years are 1968 and especially 1969. Too bad the 455 was not developed until 1970! I think the INTERIORS of the 1966 and 1967 beat the 1968 and 1969, but I prefer the front end and front fender treatment of the 68-69. (have you ever scraped your head on the part of the hood that comes down to flank the grille on a 66 or 67?) Depending on body color, vinyl tops can add or subtract from the Riviera's beauty. The center console of the 1966-1968 are the nicest looking. The console shifter of the 1969 and 1970 are a bit clunky looking. And in every case the deluxe interior trumps the standard! But I am really into the cloth material of just about every year. But if I am not mistaken, after 1965 they were only available on bench seating...too bad. The cloth buckets on 1963-1965 are the most beautiful. I even prefer them over 1963 leather. In short no ONE year has it all.
  10. Now I hope to find a #2 condition 1968 or 1969 Riviera. I miss having an old car!
  11. So far I have owned a 1963 (not a fan of the Dynaflow) 1967 GS, 1971 and three 1996 Rivieras. I currently own two 1996 Rivieras. Here is my latest:
  12. I once restored a 1963 Wildcat with console and floor shifter. It was a 2 door hardtop but no A/C. I bought a junk 1963 Wildcat 4 door hardtop with A/C. I cannibalized it for the A/C. I had to switch out dashes, cut and weld firewalls and the whole deal. I ended up with a car that looked like and worked like it had factory A/C. Of course I am a stickler for the interiors to be original, so I found the correct vinyl and had the dielectric heat seems reproduced too. I think I would seek out a junk 1967 to 1970 Buick to do the same. But YOU would not have to do any dash or firewall work!
  13. The breaks my heart. How many times have I seen people put upwards of $50K in a restoration, but either completely ignore the factory A/C or do with this jerk did? And how many more times have I seen nice cars for sale that include this: "A/C needs to be recharged." Well I say to them THEN RECHARGE IT! The truth of the matter is the A/C needs much more than a simple recharge but the seller is trying to establish plausible deniability. When the buy finds out later the A/C needs $2000 worth of work! A restoration is not complete until the factory A/C is working as new. Even if it is a trailer queen for car shows, point off for everything that does not work, including the clock and the turn signal cancelling cam.
  14. It seems this windshield and backlight gasket issue is enough to dissuade anyone from getting into Reattas!
  15. I have a long list of pet peeves; but here are a few: 1. Wrong: I would rather be a hammer then a nail. This means one would rather be a hammer before becoming a nail. Right: I would rather be a hammer THAN a nail. People use "then" for "than" on every forum throughout the internet in epidemic proportions. 2. Wrong: It needs washed. Right" It needs TO BE washed. or: It needs washING. 3. Wrong: She gave the car to my wife and I. (the highly educated seem to get this one wrong all the time thinking that when any noun or pronoun is followed by an "and" an "I" must come next, even when in the objective form!) Right: She gave the car to my wife and ME. 4. Wrong: It is me. Or: They like Reattas just like me. (this means they like Reattas just like they like me.) Right: It is I. Or They like Reattas just like I. (this means they like Reattas just like I do.) That is just a few, but you get the idea.
  16. If you check out the theory of relativity, you will find that time slows down for the object approaching the speed of light. Actually, it even slows down for someone moving at all, even 60 mph, but that is not measurable. That is why all those science fiction movies have someone who has not aged much after traveling at light speed for a few years return to a world where decades or centuries have passed. http://helios.gsfc.nasa.gov/qa_gp_sl.html#time
  17. I have encountered plenty of rattle snakes in the Maricopa yard. One time when my daughter was around 10, she witnessed one attack a rabbit, she instinctively went to "save" the rabbit, but luckily I was close enough to her to stop her. Then I explained to her snakes, owls and coyotes are needed to keep the rodent (rabbit) population in check. She cried for a bit and then we continued to look for Buick parts.
  18. As you approach the speed of light, the clock slows down in the vehicle you are traveling in.
  19. Bah on Binks #7, I am a DeVilbiss JGA kinda guy. If the clear coat is merely foggy and not separating, all you have to do is wet sand with 1200, then 2000, and then various buffing compounds to bring it back to a mirror-like luster. If you want to skip the wet sanding, well then you will get a less than mirror-like luster, but still have a nice improvement. Yep, the new basecoat/clearcoat paints are a heck of a lot easier than the old lacquer and acrylic enamel paints. (flash time is much more important on these though).
  20. Thank you. I have been to Speedway in PHX only once. They had only Buick stuff. I was into 1964-72 Skylarks and GSs at the time, as well as 63-73 Rivieras. All I can say about them is they were VERY expensive. Hopefully the Reatta Farm in Tucson will not be as expensive for parts. I have been down E Illinois a few times, but never looking for Reatta parts. I just have not noticed them. I am looking into buying my first Reatta hopefully in the next month or so. So far I have owned 68 cars in my life. (my late father has owned more) I never owned a car newer than 1972 until 2006 when I bought my first 1999 Olds Aurora. I currently own a 1994 Buick Roadmaster Limited, and a 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham. The Cadillac Allante and Buick Reatta have been floating around in the back of my mind for years now. I am definitely more interested in the Reatta than the Allante. I am doing all the research I can to understand the weak points, the parts and repair issues of the Reatta. I wonder if it is possible to install a AC/Delco GM 12 CD changer in one? I suppose it would be easier with a 1990-91, but is it even possible with a 1988-89 while keeping the CRT? I am partial to the 1991, but my first will be whatever I can get easily and cheaply. It takes some experimenting for me to end up with my final version of a car I like. (example, had 6 64-65 Skylarks and 6 56-57 T-Birds, and 4 99 Aurora Autobahns). I used to do complete body off frame restorations on my cars, but when going to sell them, I would get about 60-70% return, so I am not going to do this anymore. The last car I made a profit on was my last 1956 T-Bird back in the 80s. Have any of you seen Desert Car Kings on the Velocity channel? They have a salvage yard in Maricopa, AZ, N PHX, AZ and in Black Canyon City, AZ. I used to frequent those places a LOT when I was into restoring 60s and early 70s cars. Their restorations are typical for a salvage yard, on the 1-6 scale, 1 being show, 2 being either excellently maintained original or nice driver restorations, they end up being around a 3, sometimes a 4 once you get it home and look really closely. That makes sense if you consider that they would make a LOT more money selling the parts of the cars they choose to restore. That is pretty much how salvage yards in AZ price the cars that run, they add up what they would make in parts and put that price on the windshield! One thing though, you at least get a rust free body.
  21. I would like to know the address too, as I live in Tucson. Can't find it on Google.
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