Paul K.

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  1. 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
  2. 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 when compared to the classic car market in general. Under $50k is the bottom tier with auction houses. I have owned my Riv for 38 years. Agreed, Just Dashes from what I have read is the highest quality dash repair and most correct, however, I have other cars I enter in shows and get judged so a dash cap for me is the best option for me to keep enjoying my car. I don't get hung up with originality details that can be easily corrected or reversed.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. ...And just because the alternator is rebuilt doesn’t mean it’s good. A bad diode in the alternator will give the same symptom.
  8. 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.
  9. Elvis’s car is just too low. It just is Must have had a few girls in the trunk?
  10. As mentioned a high price for a no AC car. Plus the color isn’t for everyone’s taste. Just my opinion but this looks like another dealer fishing for the “right guy” to come along. Usually the ones that pay these prices are out of the country buyers who put a premium on buying a car from a business rather an individual. They perceive the transaction as being safe and the car being in good condition because it’s sold by a dealer.
  11. + 1 on hagerty. I have 6 cars insured (I think) with them. Losing count. ?
  12. Just my opinion but the internet like cable TV has created opportunities for many more people to become writers and actors than before these venues existed. As a result, creative quality has suffered. Many automotive articles are written by some that are unskilled journalists and very biased and are just opinions (like mine here ?) but mistaken for fact. This has always happened but its everywhere today. I often ask myself just who is a REAL movie or entertainment "Star" today thats under 40 years old?
  13. Recent article came in my email today. Link below. When you go to the page below, there is another link to a First-Gen Riv article shows up in the page margin. https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/10/25/buick-boat-tail-riviera-values-on-the-rise?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_content=18_October_24_HagertyNews_Engaged
  14. If polished the front chrome edges and spray painted from the back. Not sure the name of the color, Argent Silver maybe. Depending on your location I may be interested in the steel wheels and / or the spinner turbine wheel caps.