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  1. petelempert

    Oh no, body rot!! :(

    A bummer...but I've seen worse. It can be fixed. PRL
  2. petelempert

    what is this ?

    Insinkerator. PRL
  3. petelempert

    what is this ?

    No...I think it's actually an Incinerator. PRL
  4. A far as painting manifolds I've had two experiences that work and some that did not. Jet Hot ceramic coating...yes. Eastwood rub on high heat cast metal coating...yes. Everything else...no. PRL
  5. petelempert

    65 GS on BAT today

    It sold for $59K. I'm guessing those gauges will come off pretty soon. Regardless, thats really good money for a first gen Riv. Market is finally starting to show some respect. PRL
  6. Check out Bring a Trailer website today. Verde green 65 GS is the top listing and has got everyone talking. It's a beautiful Riv, currently at $35K and closes today. Its an interesting bellwether for our hobby since BAT is a broader orbit for automotive enthusiasts. PRL
  7. While you are trying out potions to stop the clatter, consider Rislone. It's an old school zinc additive. Back when I first got my 63, it had been sitting for years and made lot of tappet noise once I got it running. The Rislone actually did seem to quiet my old clapped out motor. Not even sure why. Maybe it was just the motor getting loose again and there Rislone had nothing to do with it. Regardless, I heard about it years ago from an old mechanic named Bill who taught me some good and bad habits. I think a lot of these additives are worth a try only because you are probably living on borrowed time on your motor anyway. I would have tried pouring bourbon in the motor if I thought it might help. I poured bourbon in myself instead and that definitely helped. On a brighter note, you might actually have an exhaust leak at the manifold. Lots of times, a small leak will trick you into thinking its a bad lifter. Same habit of ticking or being noisy at start up then quieting down after a few minutes. With a cracked/leaking manifold, you'll have similar noise until the metal expands and essentially closes the leak enough to conceal the sound. PRL
  8. petelempert

    The 1970 Buick Riviera

    Just like that Bernie...only his was brown. PRL
  9. petelempert

    The 1970 Buick Riviera

    Seems like the 70 model never got the love and respect of other years. Tell you what... ahigh school friend of mine inherited his Grandfathers 70 Riv and that car would smoke the tires off the line like a nitro methane dragster. PRL
  10. Mine was the most jacked up glovebox door in the history of all Rivieras when I got my car. Now it closes and opens like a well oiled switchblade. Seriously, it snaps open/shut with authority and lines up really well. Here's what I did: First, pulled the door off to inspect for damaged hinges/latches as mentioned previously. Second, put it back on (still jacked up) and lubed it well at all contact points. Third, loosened all contact points to hand tight status. Fourth, gently pushed the door to the closed position and lined it up so it's flush with the rest of the dash (if it won't fit right at this stage, you probably have a warpage or serous hinge issue). Fifth, take a strip of blue painter tape and run it across the top of the door pinning it to the dash. Finally, gingerly pry it open using thin wood strips (like popsicle sticks), don't let it snap up, once it's reached open position tighten all screws and enjoy. PRL
  11. Does it "whistle down slowly" when you shut it off? If so, my guess is brake booster or something in the brake vacuum system has a slight leak. PRL
  12. There are a couple of places (check Hemmings) that will rebuild them. Centerville Auto Repair centervilleautorpair.com helped me with a new bolt and washer for mine. I initially thought my balancer was bad, turned out it was loose, moving around the nose of the crank. I lucked out. The guy at CAR definitely knows his way around a nailhead. I've heard its often a good idea to rebuild the stock part that came with the motor from the factory if possible rather than use a replacement. Its all about the correct balance for the individual motor. PRL
  13. The Dynaflow is really a mindset. No doubt the later transmissions are more aggressive off the line and have crisper shifts. But, when you ease out of the driveway with a Dynaflow, it's sublime. Old school smooth. Seamless. Relax, enjoy the ride. They are hard to break if maintained. As others have noted, it is also kind of cool to nail the gas on an expressway entrance ramp and go past 100 mph without feeling a shift. PRL
  14. Check with CTC Auto Ranch in Denton, Texas. I go up there a lot and last I recall, there are still a few first gen Rivs with nice trim attached. Ask for Dave or Alan. PRL
  15. petelempert

    65 Riviera Lighting failure

    I had a similar problem with a 72 Cutlass. Failed headlight dimmer switch on the floor. Lots of power going through that switch. Worth considering. PRL