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  1. Rivdrivn-- It'.s funny but the grille is something I looked at and thought the squares was 69 . I'll admit my love affair with the first gen has caused me to not focus enough on all the others and the differences. I will be reading up on it now though !

    All --- The price was too right not to buy it , but driving it around this weekend has been an absolute dream. My wife didn't enjoy the 600 mile round trips in my 65 but she feels more comfortable in the 69. She said it just feels safer. Either way , I now have A/C.!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks everyone !

    Bill

  2. Hello everyone ,

      There has been an addition to my family. I got a call on Wednesday about a 69 Rivi that was for sale about an hour from home and within 2 hours it was purchased. Ironically my 65 was also purchased in September as well ( 2 years ago ). I wasn't  looking for another as I have been slowly getting the 65 to where it needs to be ie: full engine rebuild this past spring and all brakes redone. I've had to shuffle a few things around in the garage but she fits in perfectly. 

      69 had been sitting in a garage for the past 3 years but had a complete restoration and the only thing I will need to do is drop it back down to a reasonable height , it's sits higher than my son's S10 4X4 ,  and put some new tires on. Of course full tune and fluid change just to be safe.

    Bill

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  3.   I should have been more clear on the subject.  I realize it's not a Riv only thing but from September's 11th -13th there is an Autofest in Frankenmuth Michigan with an expected 2500 plus cars supposedly in attendance. I had assumed( we all know what that gets you) it was a fairly big deal that others knew about or had heard of it.

     

    I was just wondering if I could expect other Riv's to be in attendance . Sorry for the misunderstanding. 

     

    Bill 

     

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  4. Hi Everyone! 

      I'm getting ready for my first big trip with my car. My friends and I will be making the 7 hour trek to Frankenmuth next week and was hoping to see some Riv's and meet other owners. We plan on being there Friday afternoon right through till Sunday. 

      I am also looking for factory chrome wheels if anyone local might have some for sale! 

     

    Bill

     

    65 Riviera 

    White with/blue interior. 

  5. Is that rope holding the battery down.? The exhaust IMO also looks weird. I may be off base but it seems like a lot of money  for details like that to be overlooked. How does the lack of air-conditioning affect pricing on a GS? 

     

    Bill 

  6. Hi Everyone,

     

        Since becoming a member,  I've been working on the car and have about 400 glorious miles and counting. Since getting it though I've been thinking about some sort of air dam under the front bumper to hide suspension and give it a low slung look. Tonight,  while working away I came up with an idea that needs people's opinions. 

       Have a look at the pics although they are not the best.

     

    Bill

     

    P.S.  Some may notice the new skinny whitewalls instead of those big old whites.

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  7. RIVNIK,

    Thanks for all the info. I'm looking forward to my ROA sticker and all those mags. I have quite an appetite for reading (especially with the temps this winter and an unheated garage) about anything Buick. I 6never was one to follow the crowd and mostly driven cars/trucks most wouldn't have thought of. My sons Camaro aside , I also have a 76 Buick Skyhawk in the garage which is now on the back burner for the

    Riviera. When the temps start to rise , I'll be doing a full tune-up with the Petronix upgrade and order up tires. I'll definelty look into the FR380.

    Cheers, Bill.

  8. Hi all. With temps hovering around 0 F I've had lots of time checking out the forums and already found lots of info on getting ready for spring. I do have a few questions if anyone can help.

    1- my car has no seatbelts. Being a delete option, is it noted anywhere like the vintage plate?

    2- the wire hubcaps are all chrome but all others I've seen have black centre's. Could they have been stripped?

    3-I have a 63 aircleaner. Would this fit the Rochester 4jet? I've set it in but seems to hit the linkages.-Is a Carb spacer an option.

    4- the cloth interior is stained( don't want to know how). Any tips on cleaning without ruining them. They are in very good shape.

    Thanks in advance.!

    Bill

  9. Hi Jason, I'm not sure what protocol is whether to pm or email you or just post a reply here. As for the tires, I've been flip flopping on the tires but because they are bias ply I will definitely be replacing them. Going with big whites again? Probably not. As far as I can tell, this car is pretty much original (paint aside)so thin whites as close to original for replacements.

    Bill

  10. Thanks everybody. If I had the room I would have kept the 63 just because of the rarity of options but for me the clamshells are the cats @+'=/.

    Hey Randy. I am actually in Ottawa this weekend for my daughters Ringette tournament. Frozen north is correct. Brrrrrrrr! . Thanks Pat. I've sent my money and hope to here back soon from ROA!

    Cheers. Bill

  11. Hi Everyone.

    I've been a car guy all my adult life and have dabbled in many cars. About 10 years ago while researching Buick history " I love reading car stuff " I came across a boattail and thought what a beautiful car. It was further reading that I discovered the 65 and knew then it was the one I had to have. Everything about it ,the look, the engine, and the whole story around it was amazing.

    As most, work life, family life, finances all seemed to get in the way. My son and I are also building a 76 Camaro for his 16th birthday this September so money was flowing for that. Last August I found a highly optioned 63 Riv and although it didn't run and had a bad rookie body job I jumped on it for a price I couldn't refuse. New Carb, and tune up fixed the running but body was tough. As luck would have it a 65 came up for sale a week later but price was high. I watched it for 6 weeks and decided to call despite the price. The guy was very eager and I got it for half of asking price.

    To me, she's absolutely beautiful. Before winter hit I was able to have the Carb rebuilt and get it running perfect. In spring I'll give it a once over but shouldn't need too much with this forums help like headlights and exhaust.

    Sorry for the long post.

    Bill. Btw, sold the 63 and made a good profit.

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