Carguy67

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  1. I have had the G-Floor diamond plate pattern in my new garage for about 15 months now. I bought three 10' x 24' rolls and put them down side by side. The only downside I have found is they eventually shrink a bit so the joints that were tight side by side now have about 3/16 - 1/4" opening between the edges. It is not real noticeable and one could pull the floor together and have tight joints again but I have three car lifts sitting on the flooring so I cannot move it easily.

    Also if you have an oil or transmission leak and don't wipe it up within a few days it will leave a light brown stain when you do wipe them up. I have not been able to remove the stains but I have not tried lacquer thinner yet. I think the color from the oil seems into the vinyl and I don't think it will come off. Newer tires will also leave brown tread marks but they do that on epoxy floors also.

    All said and done I really like my installation because I was covering a 50 year old slab from a previous garage that had begun to spall plus adding a new concrete slab next to it. This way one cannot tell where the old is and the new begins. It is very easy to sweep, vacuum or mop depending on how much dirt and dust gets in your garage. If you don't have any thing sitting on top of the vinyl you can drag them outside, wash them and then put them back in place.

    The vinyl lays very flat naturally. We sprayed rubber cement six inches on either side of the joints and then jammed the edges together to a tight joint and rolled the vinyl. I don't think the rubber cement is necessary because on one edge joint we did not spray cement and it lays perfectly flat today. Let me know if you have more questions and we can talk further.

    Chuck Nixon

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  2. Pete, I am going and showing the 32 Buick all week under the restorers tent and at the showfield Saturday. Since I am batching it I will have time to walk the corral and lots of the fields so I will take the Nikon and plan on photographing all the buicks I can find.

    Lets talk soon. I am flying to Boston on Monday, Oct 3rd, grab the pickup, head to Connecticut and pick up the trailer and will arrive in Hershey Wed afternoon. Plan to leave for Texas with 32 in the trailer on Saturday after the show field closes.

    Chuck


  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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


  9. 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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  10. 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


  11. 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


  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.

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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.