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  1. Yes it has the Cadillac Samoan Bronze paint. Bob Bonto
  2. This past Sunday I attended the Molto Bella car show at Stan Hywet in Akron. Andy Star bought his magnificent 65 Riviera GS to the show. The car was a huge hit, needless to say I am still drooling . Here is the link to the article that appeared in Monday's Akron Beacon Journal. Bob Bonto
  3. The 455 engine does give off a lot of heat and depending on what the outside temperature is. Unless you find something leaking.
  4. That is not entirely true that the side molding was not available in 71. I had placed my order for my 71GS the last week of March. A few weeks later in April, the owner of the Buick dealer called me and asked me to stop in. He showed me a promotional picture from Buick that showed the side molding that had just became available. He asked me if wanted to see if they could add it to my 71. I said yes. A week later, the dealer called me and said that my car was in production and it was too late to add. Another mid year change was the medium gold vinyl top that had become available in February 71, which mine has. Only 456 71 Riv's left the factory with the medium gold vinyl top. I do not know how many had the side molding. Bob Bonto
  5. If they are so popular, why did GM phase out the Chevy Volt? Bob Bonto
  6. Try Just Dashes , pricey but they do an excellent job of restoring your original pad. Robert Bonto
  7. You are correct, the handle does not remove. It is the same for all 71-73's. Bob Bonto
  8. No one at this time is making battery trays. Robert Bonto
  9. Randy, Buick stated with the internally regulated alternators in 71 on the Riv's Bob Bonto
  10. There are two books , 1 1963-73 by Chris Wolfe publisher Motorbooks International Chris was a very dear & extremely close friend, he came to Akron back in 2001 to attend the Glenmore Gathering show and he autographed his book for me. Sadly he passed away a couple years ago. From time to time, his book will pop up on Ebay. 2 1963-78 by R M Clarke, publisher Brooklands Robert Bonto
  11. I think you need to check where Venezia tires are made :Venezia Tires is a private-branded label made in China. The tires are manufactured for, sold and distributed exclusively by American Omni Trading Company, an international import/export company that is based in Houston, Texas. Your Venezia tires were made in China for a distributor that is based in Houston, TX. Being the corporate credit Manager for a wholesale Tire Distributor, we know where tires are made. The company I work for does not sell passenger or light truck tires, we only sell OTR, farm & tractor tires. Our salesmen get many calls a day about passenger/light truck tires, they only recommend Hankook's. I checked my Hankook' they were made in Indonesia, not china. Every tire manufacture has several tiers of tires, Venezia is the lowest tier. I know all about Omni as they buy from us. Bob Bonto
  12. I've been running the Hankook H724, they are available at Walmart Bob Bonto
  13. They are 235x75 Initially I purchased a set of Cooper Trendsetter, less THAN 2 weeks later brown spots were coming thru the whitewalls, the dealer replaced them and that set lasted about 3 weeks with brown spots. I called Cooper and complained, they agreed and they sent a 3rd set to the dealer. Before they even jacked the car up, we inspected the tires. You could see all the brown spots right thru the blue tape. The dealer said he was done and I was done. Told him to get me the Hankook's The Hankooks have been on the car since end of Oct. 2016, have had absolutely no problems and they ride excellent. Bob Bonto
  14. The Hankook Optima is 1/2 wide. Yes Diamond Back will make any size but their prices are extremely exorbitant, I was quoted $265 a tire. Got 4 Hankook's for less than $400 out the door. According to production #'s only 1574 73's were ordered with the Deluxe wire covers. Bob Bonto
  15. It has been repainted once, you can see the overspray on the left rear window rubber jamb seal. they also used tape for the stripes vs the factory was painted. certainly a driver. Bob Bonto