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  1. Bingo. After the penetrating oil failed to do the job, I was able to move the rubber bumper enough to expose the bolt threads. Reciprocating blade might light work of it. Thanks Ed!
  2. Thanks Turbinator. Good thoughts. I'm hoping to explore less destructive options before going to the reciprocating saw.
  3. I feel a bit silly asking such a basic question, but I am at my wits end with this last front bumper bolt on the driver's fender. I'm trying to remove my bumper and this last bolt is spinning with its housing, so it won't release. I had my wife try to put pressure on the housing using a flathead screwdriver positioned outside the fender while I unscrewed it from inside, but that didn't do a thing. Anybody have any tips / tricks / suggestions? Maybe try to soak it with some anti-lock spray to help release the bolt's bind on the housing? Photos below for reference. Note the rubber front bumper grommet obscures the view a bit.
  4. That’s great to hear. Thanks. I gave him a call today and he said he’d send some photos of what he had tomorrow. Fingers crossed....
  5. Thanks David. I'll give Mario a call. Have you worked with him in the past? What's your connection to him?
  6. Thanks Richard. I tried Tim previously and he was....interesting...to deal with. Didn't seem particularly interested in gaining customers.
  7. Gentlemen, I'm still in the market for outer fenders - both passenger and driver side - for my '65 Riv base model. Rust free and straight. Shipping costs are a back breaker given the size so West Coast is preferred as I am in Seattle. I appreciate any and all leads. Yes, I've tried Larry Daisy and he's all out. Thank You! David
  8. Good points, gentlemen. The folks that recored my radiator also offered a "race" or premium" version (for a more premium addtn'l cost of course) which included dimples inside the tubes. Reason being (supposedly) is turbination. The more turbulence in the coolant, the more "cold" coolant comes into contact with the tube wall thereby increasing heat transfer. Goes to your guys flow rate and surface area points. How much increased heat transfer you might ask? "Around 15%" was what I was told. I passed on the offer since it felt like it was more from the Marketing Dept than the R&D Dept. but I tip my hat to them for the idea!
  9. RivNut, my fan shroud is not much and only protects from above. I unbolted it completely to access the radiator.
  10. Thank you. Very kind of you but I’m not in Phoenix and don’t have plans to be anytime soon.
  11. Update: Seattle Radiator will be recoring the stock radiator but with more closely packed 1/2" tubes (3/8" on center as opposed to original 9/16" on center). This increases the flow rate (and therefore heat dissipation capabilities) from 57 gal/min to 80 gal/min - or a 40% increase. $531 out the door (and guaranteed fit) as opposed to $680 + shipping new from US Radiator. Thanks all for your input.
  12. Thanks Gene. Insurance repair fortunately. I’ll reach out to you soon.
  13. I’m with USAA, so I’m on my own for finding parts. Also trying to educate them that the body shop labor will NOT cost the same as repairing a 2009 Honda Accord!
  14. Thanks Seafoam. Small tree jumped in front of the car after dark. Nobody hurt, just wounded pride. Hoping there’s nothing more than the cosmetic issues to deal with but we’ll see as we get deeper into it. Don’t fear taking your beautiful Riv out! Think of it as doing the public good!
  15. Tried Tim but he seems reluctant to send a photo or just not interested in working with me. Not sure which.
  16. Correct. Smaller tree. Pretty sure (upper) fender is shot. Needed rechroming anyway so good excuse to see what’s available on the market. Hood is in bad shape. I’ve been worried about the same thing with the frame. I’ll ask my guy if he can confirm it’s still squared up. Thanks.
  17. Gentlemen, Suggestions on where to find '65 Riv body panels on the West Coast? I'm looking for a hood, both front quarter panels and the driver's door panel. Larry Daisey down in AZ does not have anything at the moment and Tim in CA seems reluctant to send a photo. I just reached out to the folks at Obscure Buick Parts and am waiting to hear back. I was involved in an accident and my beautiful girl needs help. The whole situation is really stressing me out. Just sick over the whole ordeal. As this group knows best, though, it is so much more than "just a car". Appreciate any help available. Before and after's below. Thanks, David
  18. Good thoughts, gentlemen. Makes a lot of sense. Thank you. I currently have a request into these guys for a quote. Seems like an experienced shop here in the PacNW that likes taking on these older radiator recore jobs. http://seattleradiator.net/
  19. Thanks KongaMan. Appreciate the install tip. The old radiator is leaking quite bad. Multiple places along the seams have failed. A number of the fins are bent as well.
  20. Thank you (again) RivNut. I hoped it would be that straightforward, but wasn’t sure!
  21. Any how-to tips from anyone who has replaced a radiator?
  22. Thanks RivNut. I should’ve specified I do not have A/C.