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  1. I actually caught the episode, too bad they didn't show enough specifics of the build itself and the real timelines it took to build, but nice to see it featured. I was quite impressed that they found a pair of the turbine wheel covers in reasonable shape and got the pair for CDN$100. Good call sticking to your guns on the wheels and tires, they are the right choice... Nice ride and looks like they did a very nice job on the resto. I'm sure you and your brother are very proud of the build, well done! Later, Mike Swick Edmonton, AB ----
  2. Although the potential exists that the proving ground car was 'tailored' for a specific series of tests, and I totally agree that what's in a car, age, tires, big-assed drivers, etc, does make a difference in ride heights, but personally, I would tend to accept the test car image as a 'baseline' factory height over the ad images... Kinda like GM making their factual statement on file (#64077) and the media (aka GM ad department) creates the fake news to excite their base... ? For what it's worth, although I'm running radial tires, and 50+ year olds springs, (that have sagged a tad in the back), the ride height on my survivor '64 is still pretty close to the test car image... Later, Mike Swick Edmonton, AB ----
  3. Ed, this image (based on the date must be a '64) almost shows it riding a tad higher where the chrome strip appears to be just near top of centre of the hubs and one still sees whitewall at the top of the rear wheel unlike the ad you posted in #37...(??) Later, Mike Swick Edmonton, AB ----
  4. Good day. From what I know, I agree, I think the door warping is more the problem than the hinge. I recently picked up a few spare interior parts, and this door was actually more warped than the one in my '64. Mine latches but still doesn't sit flush when closed, but I needed the script on the door. Not sure why these would warp like this nor if these can be straightened but it might be something I'll mess with this winter... Later, Mike Swick Edmonton, AB ----
  5. Outta curiosity, has anybody ever used or even seen up close and personal, chrome that's been painted? Aside from on-line, and one of the car building shows on TV, I've never seen if firsthand (at least not that I was aware of...), From what I understand if applied by a 'professional' painter it can represent chrome pretty good to the average eye. I certainly wouldn't think it to be as tough and durable as real chrome, but if one's paying the chrome costs I'm reading here, I suspect the bumpers are as 'fragile' as the rest of the paint job on the car... Again, just throwing that out there, but for a budget conscious, non-show build, it might be an option for some to save (or postpone) shelling out thousands for real chrome... For what it's worth, the following was one of the first pages that came up in a 'net search... I have no idea if these guys are good, bad or ugly.... (caveat emptor...?) https://alsacorp.com/easy-chrome/ Later, Mike Swick Edmonton, AB ----
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    Conway Twitty's ' 63 '

    Priceless, ya gotta love it! Thanks for sharing the documentation, cool stuff... Wild asp guess on the Wisconsin plate... from what I gather Conway acquired it sometime in 1983, he was probably playing a show somewhere in Wisconsin, seen the Riv' in the parking lot with the vanity 'Twitty' plate, he just had to have the license plates for his collection, so he threw a bag of cash at the Wisconsin owner and the Riv' came with the plates... Other than that, I got nothin'... ? Seriously, thanks again for sharing... and as Buick once phased it.... "Adventure is a car called Riviera" (50+ years later, 'adventure' is indeed the operative word... I too need new whitewalls...) Later, Mike Swick Edmonton, AB ----
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    Conway Twitty's ' 63 '

    Good day. Needless to say, cool car, and to have it featured in a couple books significantly adds to the cool factor when it comes to bragging about our loved ones... In terms of the provenance, that certainly can add value too, both monetarily, but also additional bragging rights. One can never have enough of the latter... That said, outta curiosity, do you have any documentation that proves the car's lineage to Conway Twitty? The vanity plate without some form of registration document, for me, is thin proof at best, especially in this case, with it being a Wisconsin plate, when I understand he lived mainly in Tennessee and the southern states. Nice story, but the proof is in the papers. I did find what appears to be an ended eBay ad for the car in which the seller wrote... "Ex Conway Twitty Buick Riviera, very clean low mileage (18K) and super straight. Car was imported from his collection and sold at Sotherbys (1989) then featured in Classic and Sports Car and Quentin Wilson's book Cool Cars. All history and original Twitty personal US plates come with the car." Source: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/152776185857?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649 --- It would be very interesting to know what 'history' was included in the sale, and if you have documentation to back up the bragging rights of provenance. I'm certain that if Sotherbys sold it as Conway Twitty's they would need more than the vanity plate as proof. Not that I really care, it's your car, it's your story, but I trust you see my point on provenance...) By the way, I'm not sure what other tid-bits of information you were looking for but if you've not had your data plate de-coded, (it's the metal plate located on the driver's side of the firewall with a bunch of stamped letters, numbers etc, ) that's always a good place to start. It will tell you a lot about what came with the original car in terms of colour, trim, features, etc.. Won't prove it's Conway's car, but it's good data to know...? Anyway, welcome to first generation Riv ownership, [EDIT: that's REALLY all the bragging rights you need...?]...they are a very cool car, and yours appears to be no exception, well done. Later, Mike Swick Edmonton, AB ----
  8. This looks very similar, if it's not the same... Excerpt from link below... "This pure rarity is the only one Buick Riviera stretched on "Néo-classic style" with 5.90 meter lenght & 4 seats , this stretched Buick Riviera LTD were sold for the Jet-set society/Arabian'princes/Tycoons of Business/rich & famous !!" https://www.2dehands.be/autos/buick/overige-modellen/buick-riviera-opera-neo-classic-424709461.html Later, Mike Swick Edmonton, AB ----
  9. Tom, good day, much appreciated.... based on what I've learned from my short time on this forum, I'll take YOUR word for it... thanks. For what it's worth, I spent a bit of time on the net, and although jacks, etc have been discussed in this ROA forum on numerous occasions, I didn't see anything along these specific lines. What I did find on the 'net was some google book references related to Chevelles, and the GTO... From the Chevelle "Restoration Guide (edited for brevity) "... "three different racks were used: a t-shape rack... a rounded keystone shape rack... and a square rack"... similar text in the GTO, but no reference to the square rack. Although it can be tough to tell, it appears that the most common "Riviera-jack" was the a rounded keystone shape rack. [EDIT: Re-read Tom's reply- most common for Riv. is t-shape...??] There is/was a gentleman that appears to have dedicated a significant amount of time of his life on this subject trying to nail down the "correct jack" for Camaros that wrote... " "The more common keystone cross sectional tube jacks made by the Universal Tool Co. (stamped "UN" on the up-down lever with a 2-digit date code stamped on the RIVET HEAD". He has listed the various manufacturers (Universal, Walker Manufacturing Co. Auto Specialties Co. and Ryerson & Haynes, and how they mark their jacks.) My jack has no discernible markings whatsoever, 34" long, and again, fits pretty tight in the brackets. Does a known stock factory Riv-jack have any markings? In another on-line discussion related to Chevelles, apparently the plant that the car was made at could be equipped with either the 'hollow' or 't-post'. Both Baltimore and Flint used the hollow and Kansas used the t-post. Again, this is Chevelle, and I'm not sure which rack they are referring to as 'hollow'. but I suspect all various GM brands could/would procure parts from various vendors in different regions, thus various designs, as long as it met the hook mechanism and capacity specs. My Riv' came outta Flint, sold at a dealer here in Edmonton Canada. ("Ya, ship those crappy jacks to Canada, they'll never know the difference...?) Nonetheless, I appreciate the input. My car's never gonna be judged by anyone but me, but I always like to know the "rules" before I bend 'em... And although I have no fear in using a bumper jack for safety reasons, with my luck, I could see myself roadside with flat tire, AND my bumper laying on the ground, and me with a broken leg from trying to kick myself in the ass... . Seriously, tho' I will be looking at some other form of emergency jack to keep in the car that's been discussed elsewhere in the forum... Thanks again, guys, much appreciated. Later, Mike Swick Edmonton, AB -----
  10. Thanks, Ed, I think you're right that this isn't the correct jack. The post is actually a square tube, and from the picture Bill posted (post 24), the base of the jack appears to have a triangular shape. Tough to tell in most pictures, but the support post does look decidedly different than mine. couldn't figure out why the support brackets in the trunk have a triangular cut out for a square tube even though when I put it in the brackets it sits very solid... (Once again... doh!!!) Oh, well, at least now I know right from wrong, and I now have another correct part on my list to try to find... Thanks again, for the input, much appreciated. Later, Mike Swick Edmonton, AB ----
  11. Great stuff, thanks, Bill. That's what I need to see. Should be an easy DIY fix...of sorts... Later, Mike Swick Edmonton, AB ----
  12. Doh!!! To be honest, this hunk of metal in the trunk has been there since I've owned the car, and so I just assumed it was part of the original jack. I don't recall ever having a flat, and ever just used a floor jack. A quick test of the jack, it seems to fit the slots, and seems to fit the mounting brackets so can I assume the jack is correct and I can get rid of that dead weight hook??? If correct jack, does the base mount on the spare? Later, Mike Swick Edmonton, AB ----
  13. Good day. Great info here on properly mounting the jack and handle, thanks. I'm just doing the trunk in my '64, and was wondering if someone can share photos of how the other two parts of the jack, (the base and the big hook thingy) are properly factory mounted. I have the spare tire half-cover and a mounting bracket on the shelf, but I don't have any hardware to actually fix the tire to the bracket on the shelf. I assume that the jack base is bolted to the rim somehow, but where would the jack's hook go? Any advice on the acquiring (or DIY fabricating) the mounting hardware would be greatly appreciated. Later, Mike Swick Edmonton, AB ----
  14. Good point, I was initially intending the former, but I can see the potential for confusion. Crap, but doesn't that now add a third option, if both my wife and the engine ever showed up in the garage... wow, as Pat mentioned, decision, decisions... decisions...? Later, Mike Swick Edmonton, AB ----
  15. Ha, too funny... for me it would be a no-brainer... my wife's hotter than she is so I'd take the motor in a heart beat...? Sorry, after 30+ years of marriage I have to practice saying that kinda stuff if I wanna get 'anything' around here, but ya, if both showed up in my garage one day, tough call indeed... Later, Mike Swick Edmonton, AB ----