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  1. This is bad news. But as always, the good thing is that I‘ll get an idea from you how to fix it. I already familiarized with the thought of not driving it this year anymore The Riviera might stay on the lift for another winter Good to know that nothing from any other car fits in, cause we also thought about that already-so I‘ll focus on getting mine rebuild. I‘ll contact TelRiv and also a guy here who rebuilds parts for old cars that aren‘t available anymore... If someone can fix it here in Germany it makes all the logistics much easier... I‘ll keep you updated.... thank‘s guys! stereo
  2. Hey guys, I need your help again. After rebuilding the rear differential we wanted to rebuild the front end-what a mess. It took lots of heat, force and beer and finally we got everything disassembled. Obviously the car had a front crash in its long live, some steering parts were damaged. A clever guy „fixed“ it and welded in the ball joint on one side of the „unnamed“ part of the steering. long story short: I need to replace the rod which connects the tie rods. I don‘t know the english word for it but I‘ll attach a picture... my question: where can I buy this new or does anyone have one for sale? thank you guys! cheers Stereo
  3. I promised to give you a feedback: The above mentioned bearings are the correct ones for the rear axle differential. Two part shops ordered bearings (they swore it would be the right ones), but they came without the tapered bore. Wrong! This is the solution: you need carrier bearings 25520 / 25584 T (with tapered bore). If you order 25584 without „T“, you‘ll get the wrong ones without the tapered bore. But many shop system databases seem to list them as the correct ones, as I experienced twice. I ordered the right ones via Ratech Manufacturing, they even delivered to Germany. Thumbs up and thanks again to these guys. They fit in perfectly and now we finally can reassemble the rear axle. Thanks for your help, I couldn‘t find them anywhere in Germany. Cheers from Berlin Andy
  4. Thank you very much...I guess I found the right ones... carrier bearings 25520 / 25584T with a tapered bore... I‘ll try them and give a feedback here later... Andy
  5. Does anyone have any idea, where I can get the Information, which bearins are the right ones? Or who I might ask for that?
  6. Hey guys, let‘s get in touch-I‘m based in Berlin an I‘m interested to get „on board“ 😋 cheers Andy
  7. Hey guys, we are currently rebuilding the rear transaxle transmission of my 64 Riviera because it was leaking heavily. So far there is no unusual wear, everything looks better than expected. I‘ll try to explain my issue, hopefully you‘ll understand-as a German it is hard for me to properly explain technical details in english. We also ordered the two Bearings for the bolts on the sides of the transmission. The old bearings are conical inside-we ordered new bearings via a German retailer but did a cross check with the RockAuto homepage. We got National bearings that unfortunately are not conical. That means the diameter of the inner „hole“ is the same on both sides while the old ones differ from the inside to the outside. I‘ll attach some pics... Now my question: which are the correct bearings and where can I get them? Thank you very much Cheers Andy
  8. Thank you very much guys. The interior is still "old", but in quite a good condition (in relation to the age). I will post some pics later. I like the patina. It was a struggle to come to the decision to repaint the car. Original colour was this "sand" and the paint was original but old and I did not really like it. When it came clear (due to rust removal on the body) that a new paintjob was neccessary, I went for this one. Though it is not original, it perfectly suits the shape and style of the body. I don't regret it at all. I do regret one thing: I got rid of the power antenna. As you can see, we even closed the hole so I can't even remount one. It looks good but lost originality (is this the correct term?). Anyway I'm happy and thank all the guys who did a great job on the car. I have to admit, that I did only minor work-I'm better in maintenance than rebuilding. see you Andy
  9. This colour is from KIA and it's called sand track metallic. It perfectly fits to the brown (saddle) interior.
  10. Hey guys, finally my 64 Rivera is nearly finished - in between the project I thought it would never be possible, but in the end the result is exactly as it was in my mind all the time before. This is a 64 Riviera which has been set into service in Austria in 65. Thus it has an original km/h-Odometer. The engine has been completely rebuild, the transmission too, much more bodywork than expected, due to that the original paint could not be saved. As a result I chose a colour, which every varnisher can easily reproduce, as it is a standard colour. A lot of people did a great job on this car...and I'm very happy with the result. Cheers from Germany Stereo
  11. And here are some pics of Engine and Transmission... The engine will be repainted in green.
  12. Sorry for not being here long time, but myjob caught me with a lot of travel and of cause life is going on beside the Riviera project... A lot if this happened since my last logon here. The Riviera Project got bigger than I thought it will (as it usually does). Some quick facts: The car turned out to have more Rust than expected so huge parts of the lower body have been completely rebuild. Now there is really no rust anymore on the lower part of the body and I will be safe for years. The work is amazing. There is not one ounce of body filler or GFK, everything has been done with steel plates and tin (I hope these are the correct english terms for it). After finish you cannot tell which part has been replaced. It looks amazing. Youwillsee it at the very end after the repainting... Furthermore the Transmission has been rebuild and the engine is being rebuild at the moment with new pistons and everything that has to be done. The front fenders and the body part below alsohave been partly rebuild and thus I also got rid of the strange side indictors and the position lights or whatever on top of the fenders.You can see it on the initial photo posted with my first contribution here. There was one thing I thought about for a long time...We also got rid of the original antenna and closed the hole for it in the front fender. I know that this is an original part of the car but it was not working anymore and as you know you can't totally plunge it into the fender. But the car has to park in front of the house in the middle of Berlin sometimes and there are a lot of stupid guys wrecking the antenna...furthermore I like the really clean look of the fenders now. But now there is another thing: The car has to be repainted due to the extensive body works.I wanted to keep it original but the actual colour would not be my first choice to be honest. Now there are two options: repaint it in the original colour or use a new, modern colour which keeps the style of the actual one. So I would choose a mixed silver brown or something like this...I think I will post some suggestions to get your opinions. But here are some pics for you...all red parts are completely new and attached to the old parts
  13. Oh nice to see that there are more Riviera owners in Germany...hello to Frank again. Thanks Ed for the short introduction to the world of Riviera hubcaps. So I'll start my search, it is not that urgent but I guess in the end it is easier to find some good wheel covers than to find proper Rims (especially when all the items have to be shipped to Europe) I'll Keep you updated... One further question: I want to repaint the engine block in the original green colour. Is there a RAL-Code or something for that? Cheers Andy
  14. Thank you Ed, I think you are right. It will be easier to search for a nice set of wheel covers and go for white wall tires. The tires on my Riviera are pretty old, so replacing them will be a good idea anyway. Even if it's not 100% original, do all 63-65 wheel covers fit on the standard rims or are there any differences I have ro consider? Thank you guys, I really appreciate your help...it is not easy to get any information about the early Rivieras here in Germany... Andy
  15. Thank you very much so far. We also made jokes about the Riviera being equiped like a boat concerning the positioning lights ;)) I guess in Austria it was mandatory to install these additional indicators on the sides of the front fender. Maybe I'll get rid of them, but this will be more a future project. I already contacted the guys from nailheadbuick, they are offering everything we need for the engine rebuild. One more question about the rims: Is it possible to use the rally wheels from later riviera models? They are available as 15x7 with the 5 on 5 bolt pattern...what do you mean with removing the register ring? Unfortunately it is impossible in Germany to install spare rims in a legal way unless they have a certification by german authorities. They need to be checked and certified by the authorities for the german market. If the rims have this certificate, this is proven by a casting number on the rims that shows the number of the specific certificate. This procedure is quite an effort and expensive so no US-manufacturer does this for the german market. This results in the fact that there are NO legal rims for a Riviera (and nearly all old US-cars) on the german market. But if you run the car here with "illegal" rims, the car loses the vehicle type approval. If you have an adcident, the insurance can refuse to pay due to this fact and in addition you can get in trouble with the police and you will not get the MOT-certificate (mandatory every 2 years). Thus the only way to have other rims is to use wheels that have been originally available on this model. That really sucks here... Andy
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