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  • Birthday 10/09/1954

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    Encounter Bay SOUTH AUSTRALIA
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    Riviera Owners Association Buick Australia Car Club, Historic Motor Vehicle Club Victor Harbor

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  1. Wow. This is amazing stuff. Many many thanks to you both. I lusted after a ‘67 GTO years back but never happened when I was into Pontiac. FYI am writing an Automotive fiction novel and one main character has a ‘67 GTO so it features prominently. I want the details to be accurate for the reader so information you both provided and video Glenn provided about the his/hers shifter are gold. If it didn’t come as an option someone fitted it. It makes for an exciting action scene. Dave, those photos of your restoration underway are magic as they give me lots of accurate details that I can pop in. The idle specs are important as when you start these GM engines, they immediately go to fast idle. So the shifts into reverse and drive in the automatic transmission are always going to jolt the driver. I enjoy reading but a pet peeve is books that gloss over technical things or leave them out or worse get it wrong because the author didn’t research. Anyone can describe stone walls and green trees or a picture on the wall. So having the “ GTO driver slow and pull over left, then make a wide U turn. Gunning the big 400 back up the highway, slamming the his/hers shifter into second and chirping the tyres as the needle sweeps the hood mounted tachometer” is probably a bit more exciting as well as being technically correct! many many many thanks Rodney 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊
  2. Hi? Can someone advise the correct fast idle speed and normal idle speed for the GTO with 400cu in motor. A/C car specs preferred. Does the hood mounted tachometer read left to right or right to left? What is the red line marked at. Does the His / Hers automatic shift hold gears 1-2-3 without shifting? thank you Rodney 😊😊😊😊😊😊
  3. Keith, nice video. Great to see all the gremlins sorted. From what is posted in the forums, 99% of carburettor related issues are electrical. May pay you to make up your own set of wires, if they are copper core you can solder the connections. All the bits are available including vintage cloth covered wire. BTW, noticed the symmetrical dash design that could fit both LH and RH drive. Interesting note about the build in Canada and exports to Commonwealth countries. In Australia and New Zealand, Britain was always “the preferred supplier”, hence the abundance of Pommie Austins, Vauxhalls, Morris etc which for our vast continent were underpowered, heavy and slow. American cars were much more suitable for the poor roads and long distances experienced down under. However, the USA was not part of the Commonwealth, therefore making cars and trucks in Canada was a smart move. Lots of them were sent over as CKD (completely knocked down) or as chassis with driveline but without the body. Bodies were built here because of the high import tariffs imposed on fully imported vehicles. Many of the Commonwealth countries were RHD, so made sense for the lower production to be produced and exported from a different factory. Being next door to the US automakers, LHD for Canada consumption was probably a no brainer. Certainly the strong ties to Britain “ the Mother country” had a big influence for many many years on the automotive landscape throughout the Commonwealth countries of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa. Look forward to the next one. Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  4. There is a f/b site dedicated to 61-63 Special and Skylark with several folks selling parts. Worth joining and post your needs there, as well as here. good luck Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀
  5. Well, not a weekend, today is Wednesday but when your recently retired, everyday feels like Saturday. A friend and I went to look at a collection of cars at a large rural property, so took him out in the Riviera. Mainly a collection of Ford based hot rods and later model Australian Ford Falcon sedans. The owner had just rebuilt the Ford engine in a Willys Ute and the guy who helped him with the rebuild had also come over for the initial start while we were there. He had driven up in his ‘76 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. After a few tries and working out the timing was 180 degrees out it burst into life but would run out of fuel. A loose connection on the electric fuel pump soon fixed that, so we left them both to break in the camshaft. And a photo opportunity presented itself, I suppose they are probably distant cousins? Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  6. Hi Paul, what a great project. Looking forward to following your thread. Really admire you guys that take on the challenge of not just a full restoration but a true Pre-War car. They evoke a feeling of a different time, a different world, a different mindset! Dont forget to go over what the previous owner has done ( or not done ) as you can never assume it was done properly. Enjoy! Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀
  7. Looks like it, they are both Right Hand Drive 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  8. Was thinking the plug size would not need to be too large. Early Buick used one of the 3/8” - 7/16” lower hold down bolts for the back cover as a drain, so something that size may work. Might take longer to drain but that’s not a big deal. Just my thoughts Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  9. They would look smart! The Special have a four stud bolt pattern which limits what you can do. A few convert them to five stud but that means drilling the axles. Have seen four spoke Cragars that look good, but think what you have there is spot on. Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  10. Ted, nice little wagon. Love the rear end, very unique. Sad that GM decided to upsize their compacts in ‘64 as they were really the right size in 61-63. Really jealous of those 15” wheels, they would look great with the wire wheel covers off a first generation Riviera. Interested to know your plans and follow your thread. FYI there is an active FB forum for these cars. Members seem a mixed bag, some are happy to do the “ gotta fit disc brakes and a Chev 350” scenario but there are enough who keep them as they should be. cheers Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  11. Still plodding along, seems like it’s taking forever but …… New ignition switch now installed, all good. Was given the correct lock without a key by a friend and surprisingly my key fits. The correct lock fills the entire hole in the surround unlike the NOS set I bought that leaves a gap. Now it looks like it is supposed to look! 😀😀😀😀😀 Managed to get all the OIL, AMP and TEMP to light up but it did not turn the starter over so need to check what’s not right. That’s for another day. And starting to install the sound deadening materials, will possibly finish up the front floor first and pop the seats back in. Still trying to figure the best way, thinking I just want something to go back together 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 Finished up taking the driver seat trim apart again. When it was in the car there was something inside the cushion pressing against the trim on the RH side and figured it would tear through eventually if left. Found a section of spring had dislocated from the rest where it had been joined with a metal joiner. Managed to tie it back together with some heavy wire to keep it in check. Little things but they all take time. Photo with arrow shows where it was pushing against the trim. Anyway, unless there are pictures, it never happened. Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  12. That license plate frame is priceless! Would love a pair of those on my Buick too! Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  13. Hi John, welcome to the AACA forum. Nice to see another South Aussie on here. Forum is great place to find information and get help from people who have good knowledge. Enjoy! Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  14. Final one I think is either grandpa or grandmas parents. Not sure, wasn’t thought of then. Not certain of the make of any of these cars! Enjoy Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  15. Next one is grandpa, don’t know who is passenger in the next.
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