JZRIV

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    Live life daily by solid Christian values. Same ones our country was founded on but unfortunately are fading. Have a wonderful wife who likes Riviera's, loves to ride the 48 Indian Chief and do anything outdoors in the country where we live including riding her horse. No kids. I like American history and traveling by road trip in the USA whenever possible. Always attracted to anything with an engine especially pre-1970. First motorized machine I was the operator of was a Sears 3.5hp mini-bike at age 6. After that I was hooked, riding, repairing, buying and selling dirt bikes, then cars and was mostly self taught as no one else in the family was a car nut to guide me. Dad taught me to do the basics like tuneups, brakes, exhaust, etc on cars but being from near the depression era, he sees a car as a tool to get from point A to point B and no need to do anything other that what was necessary to keep it on the road. At age 17-19 I was full into the hobby and built a 4x4 Pinto. Dad sold me his rusted out 70 Bronco for the chassis and tolerated this project but know he felt it was a waste of money and time but probably figured at least I was at home and not out getting into trouble. No interest in todays stick and ball sports nor idolize movie stars (well, except for Clint Eastwood). Haven't played video games since Pacman in the early 80s! Didn't go to college but attended trade school during high school for Industrial Electricity which launched me into plastics manufacturing at age 17 in 1979. Except for 1 year as a heavy equipment operator after a plant closure, I've worked in all aspects of plastics manufacturing except sales.
    With Gods blessing I'll be able to retire around 65 and see more of the country by car.....and Indian with my wife.

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  1. Thanks Sam - do you happen to have a higher resolution pic of the door rust and spare tire well inside shots?
  2. Stunning Ken! Just stunning. Congrats on getting it out of paint prison!
  3. Mike yes they are - Don't worry I won't mention where your pics are from. He may or may not decide to use them as he was requesting specific areas I mentioned in the OP. Thanks
  4. Normally it should have been mounted under the dash so the lever was accessible to driver. The lever is to manually operate trailer brakes. The installer probably didn't feel like running a line through the firewall. Driver of course would not have had the option to manually activate brakes but that is generally an uncommon need in normal use.
  5. Hmmmm and I wonder why restoring these cars is so unattractive. LOL My 66 grille was $800 6 years ago by a high end shop.
  6. These windows are one of the most misunderstood and over estimated used parts of any Riviera! Indeed they are very unique to the 71-73 Rivs and many folks pull them for a spare or just hang onto to them thinking they must be worth big money. But the truth is a scant few rear windows get broken and they typically survive well in a parts car so the market for them is reflected by demand. I've seen people give them away because they could never sell and others sell for $50 or less and even that could take years to find a buyer. I myself have thrown them away because I couldn't sell them. Certainly if one waits for the needle-in-haystack desperate buyer they could sell for $250 but that could take years.
  7. Mike, I have a genuine Buick stamp you can borrow. Not sure on best ink/paint. Classic auto air re-stamped mine when rebuilt. I'd think paint would do. You'll need to experiment on another black surface to get right color and amount PM me your address
  8. I am providing input assisting Ray Knott doing an article on rust prone areas for an upcoming Riview. Does anyone have any pics he could use showing a rotted or rusted battery tray area, windshield A-pillar, base of windshield pinch weld with glass removed, and spare tire well. I've seen and had a fair share of these issues but never took pics specifically.
  9. That looks like a very nice grille Paul. If it was for a Chevelle, Charger, or Mustang you would have people lined up a mile long! 😂
  10. Not impossible by any means and yes many have had this issue. I replaced my first one clear back in the 80s. Just look in dry arid climate states like TX,AZ,NM,NV,CA,WY for example. 67, 68 and I believe 69 are same.
  11. As Rocky said that's the muffler and doesn't need service unless its rusted through on bottom as many are. That foam cover is an awesome water trap from water that runs down between fender and hood. The receiver drier is readily available. New ones or for those who are very particular about maintaining authentic factory appearance, an original drier can be serviced by sending it to Original Air Group www.originalair.com . They cut it open, put new desiccant in and weld it back closed
  12. Maybe someone will have an actual weight but I believe the last Riv rear axle I shipped was around 350-400lb.
  13. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Buick-401-425-Nailhead-Starter-Exhaust-Heat-Shield-Cover-1962-1963-1964-1965-66/264472619616?hash=item3d93cbea60:g:PmAAAOSw-eldhVCB
  14. I always thought this was a design flaw as the plastic wheel is riveted so tight it doesn't roll. Incidentally looking at the wear on this roller is one of the best ways to tell mileage. In the past I've ground/drilled out the rivet to remove the plastic wheel and mounted a small roller bearing exactly as Tim pictured above.