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  1. Hey Billy, That’s great news! Enjoy the car. If you think 1989 taint old, try turning up with something built in 1997! Age is in the eye of the beholder. Well done and post some pics of you first cruise night! cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  2. Hi TA Kerry, I made that assumption myself and didn’t recognise the other cars. Please reconsider your idea of taking a break, I consider your posts well worth a read and would be disappointed if you did not post! cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  3. Doug, my immediate thought was the same, that the aftermarket wheels were taller/larger diameter causing the problem. However checking the tyre placard today shows the PO used the same size 225/60 R16 as the original equipment tyres. Given some allowance for variations in manufacturers, the opening in the wheel well is not even close to accommodating the tyre. However the depth would be fine. And the handbook leads you to believe it was never intended to fit in there β€œStore the flat tyre in the trunk as far forward as possible” with no mention of it fitting the wheel well. Photos below, Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  4. Wow! How ridiculous is that. A friends 2017 Mustang convertible has similar, a compressor and a can of stuff! He ended up buying a space saver spare and a jack. And what were Buick engineers thinking that a peewee little tyre would be safe to drive on at 65mph for 3000miles. That’s what the owners manual states, but I ain’t gonna risk it. For a start look at the two tyre diameters side by side. What about safe steering and handling? No doubt by incorporating a lightweight space saver spare, the improved fuel economy and efficiency is what this is ALL ABOUT. And no doubt it would be marginally cheaper than a standard spare, though that could be debated if it was a standard steel rim. Given its location in the trunk floor, there is no space saving at all! Anyway, pictures and enough of my ranting! Rodney ☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️
  5. Don’t normally comment on the For Sale advertisement but Adam’s comment made me delve deeper. In my opinion the Evil Bay photos are poor, taken within the dealer premises and not out in the sunshine with a decent background. Could only find interior photos on the dealer site and again lots of close ups but not many giving the full interior. OK, so the photos didn’t excite me, but wherever you looked, the Buick looked down at the heel. Everywhere the photos were taken indicated work to be done. Differential oil leaks, fuel leak at the tank, untidy engine bay with green paint peeling from a black rocker covers. Appears to have some rust starting in some areas and under chassis area looked tired. No mention about the top working or video (that I could find) of it running or driving. I found the continental kit spare wheel heavy and ugly and not necessary given the spare in the trunk. Look, am not an expert in these Skylarks but this one presents poorly for such a highly desirable convertible. No wonder it never reached reserve! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  6. Hi Sebastian, that should give a noticeable difference in ride and handling given the poor state of the original bushes. Well done! And the rechroming of the grille and fog lights, and painting the internal intake parts is superb. Interesting that France allows the California license plates to be displayed. Or is that another can of worms! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  7. What were the Buick engineers thinking. Did they come back from a heavy lunch and sign off on the drawing of the rear trunk compartment three parts full! Read on for the full story. ☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️ OK had a little surprise today at our local Classic Cars N Coffee ….. a flat tyre! No big deal as this tyre gave trouble a few days back with a loose valve stem, however held air pressure while in the garage. But not today. And the Carpark location was dry and flat and safe. Had previously made sure that the jack was working, where it needed to be positioned. And had substituted a handy bar and socket (see photo) that fitted the Dayton wire wheels as an ordinary cross style wheel brace is too fat! And it gives better leverage too to undo wheel nuts torqued to 100 foot pounds. After installing the temporary spare (which looks so silly) discovered that the flat tyre does NOT FIT IN THE SPARE WHEEL WELL! What do you do if you have a boot full of luggage and passengers. Leave them on the side of the road! Checking the owners manual it states to stow the flat tyre as far forward in the trunk as you can. And store the jack and tools in the compartment. Increasing the storage compartment diameter by only a few inches would have resolved this problem. Zero out of ten Mr. Buick for this design. Certainly throws out my idea of installing a proper size spare in the future. Anyway, photos or it never happened! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  8. Andrew, that is half the fun when you buy sight unseen and get it shipped overseas. Hopefully your county’s regulations don’t require too many changes. And please, make sure you start a post under β€œMe and My Buick” in the Buick forum. We speak fluent Buickese and have lots of knowledge and bravado! cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  9. Yes, they will detract from the design. But the amount of grime the panels collect in a short time is phenomenal. Tending toward trying to find a set that is moulded or can be moulded to the contours of the body rather than the older flat style shown in Bernie’s post.
  10. Hi, if you search Left hand drill bits you will come up with a range of bits and sizes and prices. Similar to this Sutton set is what I ended up with. Should be able to find a 1.0mm or 1.5mm lefty that would work. Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  11. No, they are screw extractors (Which I have had limited success with). Reverse drill bits look like conventional drill bits but need to be driven in the opposite direction by a reversible drill. Usually what happens is the drilling weakens the broken or stripped screw and the direction of rotation turns it out, leaving the thread intact. Good luck with this! Perseverance will be your friend. Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  12. Tom, Buick designed it that way so it would be level taking in to consideration the camber in the road in 1963. And because you are now driving on the Right, the camber is exaggerating the offset. Think you find if you start driving it on the Left, it will appear level. Just my two bobs worth! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  13. Hi all, Did GM/Buick offer an OEM set of front and rear mud flaps / splash guards for the 1995-1999 Buick Riviera? Gather if they did, these would be a small, close fitting contoured guard rather than the older style flat rubber flap. The lower door panel and rear quarter panels get dirty very very quickly as there is nothing to stop any splash, or even worse, stones being kicked up onto those areas and I can see the paint work on these lower sections deteriorating very very quickly. 1. Does anyone know if these guards were offered. 2. If so would someone be able to post a close up photo? (Perhaps from an accessory brochure) 3. Would someone have a set (new or used) that they wish to sell? 4. would someone be able to post the part numbers to aid my search? cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  14. Was visiting the Gilbert Motors Dealership museum in Strathalbyn, country South Australia on an open day. Museum has an eclectic collection of pre-war vehicles on display, including this White, which is tucked away in an outbuilding without any details. RHD with early registration plate and number. Thought immediately of Ed Minnie and his love and knowledge of these, so took some pics hoping he could chime in and identify it. cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  15. Check over in the Riviera Forum as one of the members sells a suitable hi-torque mini starter that would suit. (Thinking it may be Tom Telesco but not 100% sure) cheers and good luck Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
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