Carguy67

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  1. In comparing the two 73 Riv's I own I just noticed a 2" difference in the front bumpers and how far they sit from the fenders, headlight bezels etc. The white 73 Riv I just bought has a 2" clearance and the maroon 73 Riv I have had a while has a 4" clearance. The hydraulic cylinders behind the maroon Riv bumper are different from the white Riv.

    Pictures below illustrate the condition. There is a 2" metal closure piece on the white car and a 4" black metal closure piece o the maroon car. Also shows a 2" and 4" distance from the peak of the grill.

    I have not tried to research this in my assembly manual but anybody familiar with this condition and could shed some light on the differences?

    Thanks

    Chuck Nixon

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  2. Bought a 73 Riv Friday night and today worked at verifying the numbers. Found the casting numbers at the rear of the engine and they checked out for 73 Riv, found the stamped codes between third and fourth plug on drivers side and they checked out as XF block.

    Then went looking for numbers stamp with last 6 VIN numbers in it. Did my research here and Team Buick and everything I found said the stamp would be under the power steering pump on the drivers side of the front of the block. Cleaned off the flat place and there were no numbers. Was about to lower the car off the lift when I decided to look on the right side of the engine, passenger side. Sure enough behind the oil filter there is a flat place and I thought I saw numbers so I cleaned it with lacquer thinner and small wire brush and bingo, there were the numbers including the last 6 from my VIN.

    I have another 73 Riv and it did not have the flat spot behind the oil filter and the flat spot below the power steering pump does not have any numbers. Not sure where they may be. It appears the block may have been decked since there are no codes on the flat spot between third and fourth plug on drivers side.

    I welcome any suggestions on where to look. I have posted this in Riviera Forum also.

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  3. Bought a 73 Riv Friday night and today worked at verifying the numbers. Found the casting numbers at the rear of the engine and they checked out for 73 Riv, found the stamped codes between third and fourth plug on drivers side and they checked out as XF block.

    Then went looking for numbers stamp with last 6 VIN numbers in it. Did my research here and Team Buick and everything I found said the stamp would be under the power steering pump on the drivers side of the front of the block. Cleaned off the flat place and there were no numbers. Was about to lower the car off the lift when I decided to look on the right side of the engine, passenger side. Sure enough behind the oil filter there is a flat place and I thought I saw numbers so I cleaned it with lacquer thinner and small wire brush and bingo, there were the numbers including the last 6 from my VIN.

    I have another 73 Riv and it did not have the flat spot behind the oil filter and the flat spot below the power steering pump does not have any numbers. Not sure where they may be. It appears the block may have been decked since there are no codes on the flat spot between third and fourth plug on drivers side.]

    I welcome any suggestions on where to look.

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  4. Dianne and I will be bringing the 1932 Model 67 Buick from Texas since our son and family live in Winchester, MA which is 15 minutes from Danvers. This is a great opportunity to see family and car friends all in one trip. Got lots of great advice from my post on best route to take from Texas so we are planning the trip for comfort and minimum strain on the Buick in the trailer and diesel pickup.

    We arrive in Winchester on the 3rd, celebrate the 4th with family and then show up Tuesday the 5th in Danvers.

    Look forward to see ya'll :D

    Chuck

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  5. Wow, thanks for all the input folks :) I will now sit down with my trusty Rand McNally maps and plot these routes to understand them better, then get back to Google Maps and plot them digital.

    I am pulling a Pace 24' enclosed trailer with the 32 Buick in it with a Ford Super Duty F 250 diesel. I have driven this rig to North Carolina twice, Colorado Springs BCA Nationals in 2009 and Iowa BCA Nationals in 2010. Only hills/mountain climbs I can remember was the route to Colorado Springs but made it up and over the pass at the Colorado border OK.

    I do know I-40 well as I used to go to Nashville in early June every year for 9 years with an open trailer towing my Chevelle to a national show. I have had several close calls with 18 wheelers so I don't relish going that way with the Buick rig.

    I do know the I-84 route from South Hartford to Boston as the Buick was found south of Hartford and restored in Forestville, CT. I have made the trip back and forth to Boston during the 3.5 years of restoration as my son lives in Boston and when I would visit the family I would make the 2.5 hour drive to Forestville south of Hartford.

    Again, thanks for the input and Pete I may give you a call to clarify some details on the route you took to get back to North Texas.

    Chuck

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  6. I will be towing my 32 Buick in my enclosed trailer from Fort Worth, Tx to Danvers for the BCA Meet. I have looked at Mapquest, Google Maps, etc and it appears I have two choices when I leave Nashville.

    Option #1 - I go North through Bowling Green, Lexington, Hunnington, Charleston, Morgantown, Hagerstown and then on through Pennsylvania and eventually connect with I-95 around Newark and it is pretty straightforward from there to Boston or-

    Option #2- I stay on I-40 and then take I-81 through the Great Smokey Mountains etc. The less mountains the better towing the load I will have so I assume Option #1 is the better choice.

    Comments?

    Thanks in advance,

    Chuck Nixon


  7. Just bought a 73 Riviera and it needs some of the exterior stainless pieces replaced. Some of the ones on the car are beyond rehab with holes in them or bent and dented as they are barely 1/2" by 1/4".

    Need interior parts too, starting with the radio if you have one that is working. Also need a dash pad as mine is cracked. Front seat belt quick working also.

    I am going to an obsolete Buick salvage yard sometime in the next two weeks.

    Thanks

    Chuck

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  8. Rob , I was not driving the 65 GS for a number of reasons and it continued to escalate in value so I wanted to see someone else enjoy it. I have other cars I play with and really wanted a "driver" we could jump in and go to events, meetings, etc. and not worry about rain, rock chips, etc. and the 73 fulfills that need. I will improve it some but it will not be a full blown restoration.

    Chuck

    1929 Model A Huckster

    1932 Buick Model 76S

    1965 Corvette Coupe 327/365 4 spd with A/C

    1969 Chevelle SS 396 4 spd Convertible with A/C

    1973 Buick Riviera

    2006 SSR

    2007 Corvette Indy Pace car replica (500 produced/won in a raffle)

    2009 Buick Enclave


  9. Thanks guys, I am a member of the ROA and I have found the site to be valuable in my search over the past few days. Turns out there are at least 3 Buick used parts yards in the country and one that specializes in NOS parts. I have contacted them all and I need to develop a list of parts I need and let them check stock.

    Turns out there is an obsolete Buick parts yard in Rockwall, TX, 65 miles from me so I will wander over there with the car and see what I can find that looks better than what is on the car.

    Chuck


  10. Well it has been a while since I have visited the forum and posted but I will be here more often as I just sold my 65 Riviera GS and purchased a 73 Riviera driver. I will need advice and sources for parts, especially the interior. Car was in California all its life and the heat and sun have dried out the plastic parts including the dash that is split.

    I have been doing internet research and have run across 4-5 sites that specialize in Buick parts so I am make a list of what I need and will get busy locating the parts.

    Right now it is a 20 footer but hope to improve on that. Any and all advice welcome. My 32 67S sits in the heated garage awaiting better weather to show up here in Texas.<!-- google_ad_section_end -->

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  11. Well it has been a while since I have visited the forum and posted but I will be here more often as I just sold my 65 Riviera GS and purchased a 73 Riviera driver. I will need advice and sources for parts, especially the interior. Car was in California all its life and the heat and sun have dried out the plastic parts including the dash that is split.

    I have been doing internet research and have run across 4-5 sites that specialize in Buick parts so I am make a list of what I need and will get busy locating the parts.

    Right now it is a 20 footer but hope to improve on that. Any and all advice welcome. My 32 67S sits in the heated garage awaiting better weather to show up here in Texas.<!-- google_ad_section_end -->

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  12. Well it has been a while since I have visited the forum and posted but I will be here more often as I just sold my 65 Riviera GS and purchased a 73 Riviera driver. I will need advice and sources for parts, especially the interior. Car was in California all its life and the heat and sun have dried out the plastic parts including the dash that is split.

    I have been doing internet research and have run across 4-5 sites that specialize in Buick parts so I am make a list of what I need and will get busy locating the parts.

    Right now it is a 20 footer but hope to improve on that. Any and all advice welcome. My 32 67S sits in the heated garage awaiting better weather to show up here in Texas.


  13. Hi from Fort Worth, TX. The 65 GS referred to above was mine that I bought out of Belgium 4 years ago and brought back to the U.S. Just sold it Tuesday this past week to a New Jersey buyer who is going to continue the restoration. Also sold him a correct dated 425 LX engine I had purchased to put in the GS since it came to me with a 401. Car was painted black by Art in Arizona in late 90's and he remembers the car coming from Southern California and a genuine GS. Has correct Trans, rear end, dual 4 bbl set up.

    Have bought a 73 Riviera to replace it and have a nice Driver.

    Chuck Nixon

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  14. I also posted this in the AACA General Forum sectlion

    The Pate Museum collection of approximately 40 cars was auctioned yesterday by RM Auctions. You can see the cars at the RM website www.rmauctions.com . There is not list of sales on the RM site but the local paper here reported $1.9 million per RM. There were 12 cars other cars also sold at no reserve, 4 from a Texas collection and 8 from a California collection.

    Overall the prices were strong including $10,500 for a 1924 "T", $17,500 for a Model A Coupe (a bit strong for the car, most thought it was worth 12K at best) Some very nice 50's and 60's cars including the Checker cab that carried Harvey Oswald after he left the School Book depository in Dallas following tghe shooting of Kennedy. It sold for $35,750.

    Top Sellers:

    1935 Aston Martin MKII Tourer $ 187,000

    1934 Pierce Arrow Silver Arrow V-12 $ 139,700 (1987 AACA National Award)

    1967 Shelby GT500 Fastbacl $ 99,000

    1903 Cadillac Model A Runabout $ 99,000

    1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II Boatail $ 85,250 (Tourer)

    Lots of other nice cars and I was fascinated by a 1941 Mercury 4 door with 13,000 original miles, belong to a 94 little old lady in California. Beautiful condition and sold for $20,000 plus 10% buyers premium

    There were some nice Packards and a Cadillac from the early 30"s. Nice thing about these cars is most of them were sitting in the museum for the past 30-40 years and other than dusty and dead batteries most were in great shape for driving or restoration.

    Chuck