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  1. 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 3 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
  2. 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
  3. There is a Facebook group site for 63-70 Rivieras and frequent Rivieras for sale that seem to move quickly. You might consider putting it there and of course the Riviera Owners site here in the Buick forum. Great looking car and good luck with the sale, Chuck
  4. When you clean them off will you look on the back of the rim or the inside where the tire goes and see if you can find some numbers and letters. There should be a three number code like 853, 895, etc. In line depending on he code you find. Chuck
  5. Today I got a call back from Coil Spring Specialties and they are making a front set to lower the car 1.5 inches. I should have them in 7-10 days and then we see what it looks like. They are taking the 'stock' front springs back and giving me credit. Stay tuned.................... Chuck
  6. Hi John, are you back from vacation yet? thanks, Chuck Nixon 817 233 1470 chucknixon67@gmail.com
  7. Well, we raised the car on a two post lift, loosened all the front suspension bolts, put the car on the ground, then drove it around the block, came back and measured the height front and back. The result was very little change. The front is still 1.5 inches high and back is slightly high but could come down when front comes down. Spoke with Central Springs Specialities, St. Mary's, KS where I bought the new springs and they are going to make a front set to lower the front 1.5 inches. Hopefully sooner than later I will get this Riviera back to stock height and enjoy the ride. Stay tuned............................🤕
  8. You are right, see my earlier post on whether they are plumbing pipe caps Chuck
  9. You may be right, these may be plumbing caps that someone got creative and welded together to raise the springs. The inside of the bottom 2 1/2" one has threads inside so it could have been made to screw onto a 2 1/2" pipe. Gotta give someone credit if they are plumbing caps and they figured out how to use them without replacing the springs that may have been sagging or they wanted the car to ride higher. I have a feeling the were there and the restorer I bought the car from for some reason left them there when he replaced the springs. Hopefully we find some sort of spacers at the top of the front spring pocket and we remove them or, like you recommend I am going to buy 2" lowered springs. Chuck
  10. Let's continue this mystery. Below you will see the 'made in China' spacers that were under the Eaton rear springs we took off the car and replaced them with the Coil Spring Specialties rear and front springs. With these spacers off the car the rear came down to 28" where it is supposed to be (+5/8") from the chart. But, since the front is at 30:" once we get the front to 28" the back may come down another 1/2" to 5/8" and level out. Here's what we are going to try next. The week after next we are going to put the car back on the two post lift, loosen all the bolts, on the front suspension, let the car down and put the full weight on the front and rear. We will see if the front end comes down with loosened bolts. If so, we will tighten everything while the car is on the ground. If it does not come down we are going to lift it up and take out one front spring and look up into the spring pocket at the top and see if there is a spacer sitting there we did not see when replacing the springs. With the rear spacer shown below we are wondering if a previous owner wanted the car to sit higher or was sagging and put the rear spacers in. If so then did they put front spacers in and we did not look for them when putting in the new springs, Whats interesting is I now have two complete springs sets that are essentially brand new, one from Eaton and one from Coil Spring Specialties. May have spent $450 for the Coil Spring Specialities front and rear springs I did not need especially if we find a spacer in the front or the car settles after loosening bolts. Stay tuned.............................. The photos below show the spring spacers that we took off the rear axle and you can see there is a 1.5" and 2.5" setting. These were made in China. No telling how long they have been on the car. Chuck
  11. See my response to pervious post. I think we try the loosen and tightening with weight of car on the suspension and see what happens. Eaton has springs in their catalog that lower the car up to 2 inches but it would seem one could get OEM spring replacements to work!
  12. The car was restored 8 years ago with Eaton springs with correct springs based on Eaton catalog. Both back and front were sitting high when I bought the car a couple of months ago. Essentially the car had zero miles since it was restored. So I bought new springs from Spring Specialities and they were installed Friday. They back came down since we took out the 2 1/2” made in China spacers under the Eaton springs. The Eaton springs would probably have worked by removing the spacers. The final tightening was on a two post lift with suspension unsupported. We will evaluate the concept of tightening with weight of the car on the suspension, interesting concept. thanks
  13. See my post above in Post War Technical about the front end of my 1969 Riv being 2" too high after new springs replacing new springs put in during the restoration. Looking for ideas and comments. Chuck
  14. Installed new springs on the 1969 Riviera I recently purchased even though the springs in the car were new during the restoration of the car. It sat too high in front and back. The back had 2.5 spacers 'made in china' that we removed and the back came down to 28" which is 5/8" high according to the Buick Chassis chart but it might settle a bit and looks good. BUT the front is still a problem. We put the correct new front springs in and it still sits at 30" which is 2" high according to the Chassis manual. The springs we took out were Eaton and I have a receipt for them when purchased during the restoration. The car sat 2" high in front with the Eaton springs and now still 2" high with Spring Specialties springs. No improvement to lower the car in front. Eaton makes a series of springs that will lower the car 1-2" in front and I am wondering if that is my best bet to get it level and back to stock. I guess if I really wanted to spend a lot more money and did not care about the originality of the car I could have an air suspension installed and adjust it as I see fit. I can't stand lowered cars but I know that is the culture among a lot of Riviera folks. I am a 'Senior' and want to keep the car stock. Not sure the Eaton springs that lower the car would still give me the stock ride I want. So, any thoughts about why the car is sitting 2" high in front with two different sets of new springs from two different Brands? I thought I would call Spring Specialties and see what they have to say. Chuck
  15. Found a very nice #903 Rallye wheel in my 'Stuff'. Made for 1971 -1987 Buicks, It is a 15 x 7, 2 1/8" center cap diameter, 4 3/8" back space, can be used with disc brakes. Wheel is very nice and could be used as is on a nice driver, chrome is very good shape. $85.00 plus $50 shipping and I will refund balance between actual shipping cost and $50.if actual cost is less than $50. Chuck chucknixon67@gmail.com
  16. THANKS John. Iets chat when you are home. Sent you a PM Chuck
  17. You are right and I have now elaborated more on the wheels characteristics in the original post🙂 Thanks
  18. Good question, See my edits to the ad and the charts I provided. Chuck
  19. Ed, in the last several months there have been several charts published on this forum about wheel sizes, codes, etc. I took one of those charts and converted it to WORD and have shown it below. You can see the #11 wheels highlighted in yellow and they are 15 x 7 with a back space of 4 1/4". They covered years 1980 -1987. I should have included this info in my listing and will go back and edit it now. Chuck
  20. See my posts above in Buick Forum Buy and Sell section for one #895 15 x 6 wheel and one #903 15 x 7 wheel Chuck
  21. SOLD. I have three #11 Buick Rallye wheels for sale. #11 wheels are 15 x 7, have a 4 1/4" back space , a center cap diameter of 2", and were for 1980 - 1987 years. According to chart these are usable with disc brakes. These are nice but could use repaint. I have had them tested on tire machine and they are true without vibration. $200 for all three and $50 a wheel shipping in 48 continental states. I have more close up photos of the wheels if you email me. Chuck chucknixon67@gmail.com
  22. I have one nice #895 Buick Rallye wheel for sale. This wheel is 15 x 6 , center cap diameter of 2", back space of 3 7/8" and could be used with disc brakes . It is listed as years 1971-1985. It could be used as a very nice driver wheel, paint is nice as is the chrome. $85 plus $50 shipping to continental 48 states. Chuck chucknixon67@gmail.com
  23. I put this item here to see if anyone out there would have the parts I need, I am sure these are rare and perhaps not available but had to see. I recently removed my steering column to have it rebuilt and had no ideal the throttle/spark advance were actually broken sitting on the wheel. I took the photo below before I started removing the steering wheel but did not look at it and when I removed the wheel the parts fell to the floor which totally surprised me. When I look at the photo now I can easily see the cracks where the parts were broken and could have been that way for years. In the photo below you can see three cracks that again I did not know were there until I loosen the part from the steering wheel and everything came apart. I bought the car 2 years ago but have not driven it much due to the difficulty in turning the wheels to the left. I have the column back after being rebuilt by LARS and I am looking forward to putting it back in the car/ I suppose I could evaluate having the parts welded back together but thought I would ask if there are whole ones I could buy. I will put an ad in Wanted to Buy. Thanks for any advice or pointers one can give me. Chuck
  24. Appreciate your comments. iI have discussed the process with my powder coater and he described His process virtually the same as you did. He has a special tape he talked about when he does a light blast to create the surface for the paint to bind. And the tape is heat resistant for the oven baking process. The owner of the company is a real quality guy and has done nice work for me for 10 years+. I amazed when I visit the shop and see the variety of projects he is working on. I am waiting on some suspension work to be done on the Riviera so the 4 weeks works with my schedule. Thanks again for the interest, Chuck
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