Craig Balzer

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  1. Jim How many 63's do you have in your database? How many 63's were made? Inquiring minds want to know Craig
  2. It is difficult to get any images because the motor is tucked between the front bumper and radiator. Mine is a 65 Riviera Gran Sport Attached are two photos - captions tell the perspective. I can (try to) take more photos if you ID angle you need I have never taken the motor apart nor off the car but -- to me -- that small L bracket looks like the one on which the motor sits (first photo)
  3. Art -- it is my understanding that octane boosters are a waste of time and money. The label may say that the bottle raises the octane in the tank by one point and one would logically assume that 93 octane than becomes 94 octane. Nope. 😔 One bottle of octane booster in a tank of 93 octane gas raises the octane level to 93.1. 🤑 for the manufacturers. Craig
  4. You all do know the difference between a sadist and masochist, right? A sadist says "Hurt me, hurt me". And a masochist says "Nooo, I don't think I am."
  5. As luck would have it, i have both a T-Bird (1962) and Riviera GS (1965). While a coupla years apart (so not a totally fair comparison) , I'll take the riviera every day.
  6. I would like one. PayPal? If so, send me a request for founds. If not, ?? Address sent via PM Craig
  7. Here's an option - ad still up on 29FEB20 https://denver.craigslist.org/pts/d/1965-buick-riviera-passenger-fender/7072365924.html 65 Riviera right fender. Minor dings and dents, overall very straight and an easy fixer. Minor rust beginning to appear at front lower at headlight brace and in battery box area of inner wheel house. Otherwise dry! A very nice, one year only fender. $225.0065 Riviera front bumper, likely 63-64 as well, straight and dry. $75.00 For those looking for elusive parts, try https://www.searchtempest.com/ This allows you to enter the item you are seeking and then searches ALL Craig's List postings. Also searches eBay with a cleaner search algorithm thus eliminating the duplicate postings. You don't mention it, but https://wausau.craigslist.org/pts/d/stevens-point-buick-riviera-passenger/7062320676.html lists a BUICK RIVIERA PASSENGER SIDE FRONT WHEEL OPENING MOLDING And a 65 body (no engine / no tranny): https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/pts/d/wichita-falls-1965-buick-riviera-body/7076719429.html Found these in less than 5 minutes using Search Tempest . . .
  8. This web site provides a rather comprehensive listing of cars in movies, https://www.imcdb.org/ While it breaks them down but make and model, it doesn't get down to the level of detail of "by year": Riviera's are spotted in 713 movies but you'd need to scan the 700+ entries to find a given year Craig
  9. It is widely believed that a brass monkey is a brass tray used in naval ships during the Napoleonic Wars for the storage of cannonballs (piled up in a pyramid). The theory goes that the tray would contract in cold weather, causing the balls to fall off. BUT This theory is discredited by the US Department of the Navy and the etymologist Michael Quinion and the OED's AskOxford website for five main reasons: The Oxford English Dictionary does not record the term monkey or brass monkey being used in this way. The purported method of storage of cannonballs (round shot) is simply false. Shot was not stored on deck continuously on the off-chance that the ship might go into battle. Indeed, decks were kept as clear as possible. Such a method of storage would result in shot rolling around on deck and causing a hazard in high seas. Shot was stored on the gun or spar decks, in shot racks (longitudinal wooden planks with holes bored into them, known as shot garlands in the Royal Navy), into which round shot were inserted for ready use by the gun crew. Shot was not left exposed to the elements where it could rust. Such rust could lead to the ball not flying true or jamming in the barrel and exploding the gun. Indeed, gunners would attempt to remove as many imperfections as possible from the surfaces of balls. The physics do not stand up to scrutiny. All of the balls would contract equally, and the contraction of both balls and plate over the range of temperatures involved would not be particularly large. The effect claimed possibly could be reproduced under laboratory conditions with objects engineered to a high precision for this purpose, but it is unlikely it would ever have occurred in real life aboard a warship.
  10. Surprise! I didn't realize there where options for the stand. I have the desktop version and just couldn't figure out how you wall-mounted thing thing. Now I wonder if they sell the mounts separately?? Craig
  11. Mike -- that sure is an eye-catcher. How did you mount the base to the wall?
  12. GCC -- none of you photos survived your posting. Thanx for the link to RockinRivDad's efforts Craig
  13. That was a surprisingly quick turn-around time. What was it -- about a week from order to delivery??
  14. NC -- what sort or price are they offering and what sort of timelim=ne? Craig
  15. https://www.valleydesignsnd.com/catalog/index.php There are nearly 1000 car/truck plaques (they do have a 67 Riviera). There are 6-7 different colors available form the LEDs
  16. I just exchanged Christmas gifts with the guy I'm helping restore a 1966 Thunderbird convertible. He knows I just bought my 1965 (Verde Green) Riviera this summer. This is what he gave me: It looks better with the LEDs turned on Best present I received in quite some time. -- Craig
  17. I picked up one of these last month. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1965-Buick-Clamshell-Headlight-Shop-Manual-Riviera-Repair-Service-Clam-Shell/361569558662?fits=Year%3A1965|Model%3ARiviera&hash=item542f39a086:g:zTAAAOSwR5dXROK5 Craig
  18. Stuart This site ought to help a lot: http://www.tpocr.com/buickbp3.html STYLE: 63-4747 = 1963 Model Year 2-Door Sports Coupe BODY: FB33308 = a body number assigned by Fisher TRIM: 737 J2 = Sandlewood, the J2 escapes me but may be a notation for an accessory: if so 4-Way Tilt Power Seat (but should be?? listed as an Accessory with the others) PAINT: TT = Fawn Mist. The first T is the color of the top; the second is the body color ACC: D - Sonomatic Radio S7 - Remote Control Outside Mirror I6 - Soft-Ray Tinted Glass N2 - Air Conditioning U7 - Power Windows Craig
  19. Thanx Rivman, for the great explanation and supporting photos Very much appreciated. Craig
  20. According to this website: The Gran Sport option (A-9) listed for $306.38 and included the 360 hp Super Wildcat dual 4 bbl engine, modified exhaust and transmission, positive traction differential with a 3.42 rear axle, ornamentation and wheel covers. A separate Ride and Handling package (H-2) with 15-1 steering ratio and heavy-duty suspension was available for an additional $37.63. So my question is how does one identify if a particular 1965 Riviera Gran Sport does or does not have the H2 package?? And could any of these features by added by an owner over time?
  21. Tom Thanks for responding and providing all those details. I'll be in touch Craig
  22. Thanks Ed, I'm in Colorado Springs. Connecticut is just a UPS Store away. I'll reach out to Tom Telesco -- maybe he'll see this posting . . . Craig