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  1. In the fall of 2021 the Savoy Museum will open in Cartersville, Georgia, 43 miles Northwest of Atlanta up I-75. A major benefactor of the museum and a car collector Jon Oscher purchased my 1932 Buick 67S in May 2019 from an ad in the Bugle and told me it would eventually end up in a museum in Cartersville. I had no idea it would be such a comprehensive facility and today I received the first newsletter from the museum. Low and behold our 1932 Buick is on the cover as a part of the permanent collection. We purchased the car out of a warehouse in Connecticut in 2005 , had Jesse Morton owner of Academy Classic Autos in Forestville, CT restore the car over 3.5 years. It turned out to be Concours quality restoration which we had not planned on but in the end enjoyed showing it all over the country at BCA national events, AACA national and regional meets and half a dozen concours. We also made lots of wonderful Buick friends. By showing it we were introduced to the Buick world and I am now a brain washed Buick guy currently owning six Buicks from 1921 - 2019 having sold three over the past couple of years. The museum will open in the fall of 2021 and since I can't post a PDF here that I made of the newsletter go to savoymuseum.org where it shows some of the detail. If you would like more info in the newsletter email me at chucknixon67@gmail.com and I will send you the PDF. If you are in Georgia in the fall of 2021 take a side trip and see the exhibit of cars with more than 300 in storage or in the museum. Chuck P.S I have included a few photos of the car from my files.🙂
  2. The November-December I issue of Antique Automobile Magazine features Buicks, one on the cover and a dynamite 1958 Caballero Estate Wagon in a 7 page restoration article. If your are on this site I am assuming you are an AACA member and get the magazine but if not I could scan it and post it. Chuck
  3. 😁 Just received my new box from Tom and looking forward to getting into my 69 Riv. Chuck
  4. I just replaced all four coil springs on my 69 Riviera this past summer. You can search for my posts here to see the discussion. The car was restored 8 years ago and then sat in a storage building. It really was not driven at all. The coil springs were replaced at that time 8 years ago and I have the EATON receipt for the springs with model numbers from the supplier. When I bought the car in May out of storage It sat too high both front and rear. I bought new front and rear 'stock' coil springs from Coil Spring Specialties(CSS). The car also had 2.5" spacers at the rear springs that had been added to the car at some time to boost the height, perhaps when the original springs sagged over time. I removed the spacers and the with the new CSS springs the car dropped in the rear to the factory specified height. The front with new springs was still 1.5" too high above factory dimensions. I contacted CSS and they offered to make a set of front springs that would sit the car 1.5" lower than stock so that is what I did. We installed them and the car sits at factory height at all four wheel openings. I can't explain the front sitting at stock height with lower springs but it does. Before Spring replacement May 2020 2" too high front and rear After Spring replacement front and rear August 2020 Factory height . Hope that helps Chuck
  5. I have the buckets seats and mini console already in my car, I have bought all the parts to swap the column and console. I have some work to do to get the column ready and paint the column and console the correct color for my interior. I will keep notes and photos when we get started and done,
  6. Took a look at their web site and they show at least 4 rear bumpers, one loose and 3 still on cars so I will call Monday morning and see if they are still there and if so how much for one. thanks Chuck
  7. Just found out the rear bumper on the restored 1969 Riv I bought last May has previous damage that was fixed by brazing. The chrome shop I am using has concerns about re-chroming it after my recent self inflicted tangle with an overhead door steel door frame. I am wondering if one of you Riv folks here has a nice rear bumper laying around waiting to be re-chromed and installed on my 69 Riv. If so, let me know and how much would it be. Thanks Chuck chucknixon67@gmail.com
  8. So just three days after I got my 1969 Riviera leveled with new springs and the newly chromed and painted wheels with new tires mounted on the car I am backing the car out of my mechanics shop and stupid me I managed to rake the right rear quarter panel against the shop door steel frame opening. The frame did not move but the bumper and fender sure as hell did ! This is a car that has been completely restored with a beautiful Twilight Iridescent Blue paint job that I had just bought. Needless to say I was sick to my stomach and I did not want to get out and look after I pulled the car forward into the shop. My mechanic and his helper looked with shock not believing I had just messed up my beautiful car. So, after I finished accepting the stupidity I drove the car to my friends body shop and we assessed the damage. He gave me an estimate and I forwarded it to Hagerty. They came through the next day with a deposit to my bank account (less my deductible) and I went to work taking the bumper off. By the way, notice there are no bumper bolts on this Riviera's bumper. As part of the Riviera design process they came up with a neat hidden method to mount the bumper. I just had to remove all the taillight parts and then remove the back third of both sides of the exhaust system including the resonators so I could get to the mounting bolts. Once I got to the bolts the bumper came off and I took it to the chrome shop to remove the dent and re-chrome (even though it had been re-chromed during the restoration). I ruined the red round running light but thankfully a Buick buddy on V8Buick had an NOS light", the body shop took in the car and began work last week. The big dent in the quarter panel popped out with one firm smack with a fist from inside the trunk so we did not have much to repair with bondo etc. I had three very small bubbles at the bottom edge of the truck lid and when they removed them found they were caused by tiny rust spots left on the edge during restoration, they did not go through the metal. So they repaired the bubbles, applied the paint then clear coated the whole trunk and the full quarter. I picked up the car today and I must say it looks great. The fact that I had more than 1/2 gallon of the original Twilight Iridescent blue paint made the color match much easier. The white tape is holding the taillights sort of in place so I could drive the car to and from the body shop. I am now waiting on the bumper to be finished, I get to put it back on, and then I am back in business enjoying the car. Moral to the story: First: with a new car get accustomed to the width and length before driving in tight spaces Second: when your car does not have a passenger side mirror carefully depend on your other two rear view mirrors and don't guess Third: always ask you Buick buddies for support when needed especially hard to find parts By the way, before I was offered the NOS light I bought several other used ones so if one of you 68-70 fellow Riviera owners every need a light contact me. So, a happy ending to what could have been a much worse situation. Think positive! Chuck P.S. Working with Admin to try and rotate photos
  9. I will get back with you Monday or Tuesday, waiting on photos of another light. What would you want for this one? Chuck
  10. Thanks again guys for the kind words, the full length console and console tilt wheel steering column parts are being collected and will probably be installed sometime between October and the end of the year AFTER IT COOLS DOWN. Set a record today in Dallas/Fort Worth of 106 degrees. Chuck
  11. Thanks, I have several offered so let me get back to you. Chuck
  12. Paint is Twilight Blue Iridescent GM 1969 Riviera color #51
  13. f anyone had a decent spot light/mirror combination for mounting on the drivers side of the front window of a 1921 Model 45 Touring I would be interested in purchasing if it is for sale. Thanks Chuck
  14. f anyone had a decent spot light/mirror combination for mounting on the drivers side of the front window of a 1921 Model 45 Touring I would be interested in purchasing if it is for sale. Thanks Chuck
  15. If anyone had a decent spot light/mirror combination for mounting on the drivers side of the front window of a 1921 Model 45 Touring I would be interested in purchasing if it is for sale. Thanks Chuck
  16. The car had a brand new set of Eaton OEM springs in it when I bought it that had been in it for 8+ years but no mileage on them. They did not drop sitting there for 8 years. The Coil Springs Specialties OEM springs were 1.5 inches high like I said above. The Eaton sales person I talked with about 4 weeks ago said once in a while they saw cars with new Eaton springs in them that were too high and no one could explain it. I thought the restorer had originally put heavy duty front springs in the front and I thought the Coil Spring Specialities OEM springs would bring it down to OEM height but they were still too high. We shall see how it works out after I start driving the car for 4-6 months. Chuck
  17. Coil Springs Specialties in Saint Marys, Kansas sold me an OEM set and then when we were still 1.5 inches too high they made the 1.5 inch shorter ones and gave me credit back for the OEM springs. I am gathering all the console and steering column parts to make the car a console shift. It has buckets and a small console now. Always something to spend money on! Chuck
  18. Pate Swap Meet, LLC <webops@pateswapmeet.com> ANNOUNCEMENT - AUGUST 22, 2020 View the Announcement Page In Your Browser 48TH PATE SWAP MEET THE OCTOBER DATE HAS BEEN POSTPONED! Due to the crowd-size restriction imposed by the State of Texas not being lifted in time, October 1st through the 3rd dates for Pate Swap Meet has been postponed but will return at our regular time in April of 2021. Click Here To See The Video and the Full Announcement We deeply regret the need for this action but the health and safety of our visitors, vendors and volunteers must come first. When the initial government restrictions were imposed and forced the postponed of the Pate Swap Meet from March to October, we had good reason to believe that we could conduct a safe swap meet in October. We had made our plans to cope with the threat of COVID-19 and still have a safe event. Unfortunately, the spike in COVID-19 cases that started in June and peaked in July threw a wrench into our plans. During this spike, crowd-size restrictions were temporarily reimposed in the plans to open Texas. While the health statics in Texas have greatly improved and are continuing to do so, the numbers haven't dropped fast enough or to a level that has convinced the Governor of Texas to lift the restrictions yet. We have talked with officials from the Texas Motor Speedway and were informed that, due to the restrictions not being lifted or relaxed, the Speedway was forced to cancel all outdoor activities for the month of September being held at the Speedway. The currently-in-force restriction limits gatherings to ten people or less and that means that our set-up volunteer crews could not begin their usual set up during the last seven days in September as we needed. Further, in order to hold the event starting on October 1st, we have to make firm contractual commitments to the Speedway and our suppliers by September 1st and begin the distribution of Vendor Packets. For reference, we were expecting over 200,000 people to attend the Pate Swap Meet during its run. Although the health statistics in Texas continue to improved (see the charts below) we DO NOT envision the Governor of Texas lifting or relaxing these restrictions by our September 1st deadlines or even in the coming weeks in time for us to hold the swap meet in October. This forces us to postpone our October event. However, the Pate Swap Meet will return at our regular April dates in 2021. The next Pate Swap Meet will be April 29, 2021, through May 1, 2021. The move-in and set-up date for Pate Vendors will be Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Pate Vendors currently holding space orders for the October event may rollover their spaces to the April Pate Swap Meet. Please let us know your intentions by completing the form below. Click Here To Rollover Your Vendor Spaces Any Pate Vendor who wishes to cancel their spaces orders will receive a refund. If you wish to cancel your space order, please complete the form above PLUS call our Registrar, Ms. Gail Moore, at (713) 649-0922 to confirm your cancellation and make final arrangements. We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience this postponement may cause. © 2020 - Pate Swap Meet, LLC Chuck
  19. pateswapmeet.com ANNOUNCEMENT - AUGUST 22, 2020 View the Announcement Page In Your Browser 48TH PATE SWAP MEET THE OCTOBER DATE HAS BEEN POSTPONED! Due to the crowd-size restriction imposed by the State of Texas not being lifted in time, October 1st through the 3rd dates for Pate Swap Meet has been postponed but will return at our regular time in April of 2021. Click Here To See The Video and the Full Announcement We deeply regret the need for this action but the health and safety of our visitors, vendors and volunteers must come first. When the initial government restrictions were imposed and forced the postponed of the Pate Swap Meet from March to October, we had good reason to believe that we could conduct a safe swap meet in October. We had made our plans to cope with the threat of COVID-19 and still have a safe event. Unfortunately, the spike in COVID-19 cases that started in June and peaked in July threw a wrench into our plans. During this spike, crowd-size restrictions were temporarily reimposed in the plans to open Texas. While the health statics in Texas have greatly improved and are continuing to do so, the numbers haven't dropped fast enough or to a level that has convinced the Governor of Texas to lift the restrictions yet. We have talked with officials from the Texas Motor Speedway and were informed that, due to the restrictions not being lifted or relaxed, the Speedway was forced to cancel all outdoor activities for the month of September being held at the Speedway. The currently-in-force restriction limits gatherings to ten people or less and that means that our set-up volunteer crews could not begin their usual set up during the last seven days in September as we needed. Further, in order to hold the event starting on October 1st, we have to make firm contractual commitments to the Speedway and our suppliers by September 1st and begin the distribution of Vendor Packets. For reference, we were expecting over 200,000 people to attend the Pate Swap Meet during its run. Although the health statistics in Texas continue to improved (see the charts below) we DO NOT envision the Governor of Texas lifting or relaxing these restrictions by our September 1st deadlines or even in the coming weeks in time for us to hold the swap meet in October. This forces us to postpone our October event. However, the Pate Swap Meet will return at our regular April dates in 2021. The next Pate Swap Meet will be April 29, 2021, through May 1, 2021. The move-in and set-up date for Pate Vendors will be Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Pate Vendors currently holding space orders for the October event may rollover their spaces to the April Pate Swap Meet. Please let us know your intentions by completing the form below. Click Here To Rollover Your Vendor Spaces Any Pate Vendor who wishes to cancel their spaces orders will receive a refund. If you wish to cancel your space order, please complete the form above PLUS call our Registrar, Ms. Gail Moore, at (713) 649-0922 to confirm your cancellation and make final arrangements. We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience this postponement may cause. © 2020 - Pate Swap Meet, LLC
  20. FOUND A REFLECTOR, thanks for looking. Thanks in advance for your comments/help Chuck
  21. I can finally reveal my 1969 Riviera I bought in late May. The car has been completely restored inside and out and all mechanical running gear including new springs, front and back. The car also had steel wheels and hubcaps. What was immediately noticeable was the car was sitting too high, see the first photo shown below. It was 2.5 inches high in the front and 2.5 in the rear. The end result to get the car back to original factory height was to remove the 2.5 inch spacers someone had put in the rear springs and order front springs that were 1.5 inches lower than stock springs. We installed a new set of stock front springs when we installed the rears but the car still sat 1.5 inches too high in the front. By installing the 1.5 inch below stock spring height in front today the car is now at factory level. Also installed the four rallye wheels I bought and had re-chromed and powder coated. With new Firestone 78 R 15 whitewalls the car now looks original. Looking forward to driving and showing the car. Chuck
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