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Paul K.

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    Its Rivy or Rivie but not Rivi

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  1. Concensus from people on other forums is to never coat the inside of a fuel tank. It seems the coating eventually begins to peel and block the fuel lines. I'm curious if the first gen Riv shared its fuel tank with any other GM products before or later? Just going by number of gallons, later GM A bodies used 20 gallon tanks - same amount as the Riv.
  2. Hi Dave. Nice Riv and thanks for the photos. I see you are new to the forum so WELCOME!
  3. FYI for the Group. Needs a little work. 😁 https://www.ebay.com/itm/1965-Buick-Riviera-GS/283968071954?hash=item421dd0e912:g:k1sAAOSwavNfKGWK
  4. Not sure if the same on 65 but on my 64 the trim plate where the courtesy light and accessory switches mount will be labeled "Courtesy" in the center positon and "Accessory" to the left of center or "Antenna" to the right depending on how the car was originally equipped. My 64 originally came with no power antenna or rear defrost so it has only one switch in the center of the trim plate for the courtesy light and only labeled "Courtesy". I installed a power antenna some years ago from a car in the Pick-A-Part and also took its trim panel and switch. This panel listed "Courtesy" in the middle
  5. Rebuilt mine in 1987 45k miles ago. Had it out once since then for a reseal.
  6. Just pulled the trigger and purchased the Dashtop cover listed below. I needed the dark blue color for my 64, however, when I called and spoke to the rep, the only color they offer for 64 is their "OE Blue" which is light blue even though they show about a dozen colors. Sooo... I ordered it unpainted and I will paint it. Question: My 64 has the dark blue dash. Is it supposed to match the rear package tray which is also dark blue but has a slight metallic finish? THX, Paul https://www.carid.com/1964-buick-riviera-interior-parts/dashtop-dash-cover-902030131.html
  7. Recovering one of our dashes with a seam on the facing edge is an easy way to recover and a way most upholstery shops will do. 20-30 years ago, this is all the shops would do and they weren't interested in covering a dash any other way. I never liked the look of a seam where it was not original, however, Ed, I very much like your example of contrasting color stitching. Today, I hear and see more and more people stretching and covering dashes without a seam. Maybe the vinyl today stretches better? Value is relative. Its sad to say, our Rivieras aren't very valuable wh
  8. Thanks Turbinator. I saw you post and your work and its nice. When ordering the Dashtop, it looks like you have to choose a color at an extra cost of $30. From another post, their OEM blue is light blue and was not correct. I would prefer to buy it with no color. Any comments on the QRP brand are appreciated. The description of the QRP company in their dash shell ad seems very impressive in regard to product quality and their company profile.
  9. Hi All, Apologies in advance for starting another first-gen dash cover thread. After reading all of the previous posts, I was ready to purchase one of the Dashtop dash covers for my 64. But then I came across this QRP brand "dash shell". Anyone used it? Links to both items below on the CARid site. https://www.carid.com/1964-buick-riviera-interior-parts/dashtop-dash-cover-902030131.html https://www.carid.com/qrp/dash-shell-mpn-br04141.html?singleid=100948940&url=89840761
  10. First time I saw one of those was around 1986 on a white '65 that was parked in Solana Beach CA (North San Diego). Remember thinking it was cool there was a club for the first gen Rivs. Today all Rivieras are special, however back then, the first gens were a bit more coveted than other years.
  11. Thanks for posting. Although not considered a "Real Stutz" it is VERY real and a piece of our automotive history. Art in its true form IMO because it causes so many comments - many positive and many negative. Art is subjective. Good or bad, its art.
  12. ...And just because the alternator is rebuilt doesn’t mean it’s good. A bad diode in the alternator will give the same symptom.
  13. 60 Flattop I think your cars ride height is pretty darn close to correct. Ed I hear what you are saying by referring to original pictures in ads but I think Buick/GM used to weight the cars down to be level for the photo shoots. Very noticeable in the Cadillac ads and brochures back in the day. In person though, the cars sit just a little above level. Just what have noticed.
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