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  1. Loren and Pete, Thanks much for your insights. This information is extremely helpful. I was thinking of upgrading the front brakes to discs, and suspected that heavier front springs and radiator would be needed. I'll see what I can find out about the frame. I expect I'll be back to you with other questions if I decide to take on this project. I think the Sportwagon would be a really cool tow vehicle if I could make it robust enough. Not to mention they were among the nicest wagons Buick built.
  2. Any thoughts about whats involved in swapping a 401 Nailhead and TH400 into a 65 Sportwagon? Given that the 65 Skylark GS had the 401, I expect it will fit in the engine bay with no problem. I assume the GS heavy duty radiator or something similar will be needed. Am curious about changes to driveshaft, rear end, transmission tunnel, suspension, etc... I'm looking to make it a stronger tow vehicle...not trying to race it...but the gravy is that it should be reasonably quick with a transplant like this...
  3. Thanks much...that is good to know. I was concerned whether the engine would be working too hard when cruising at 65-70 mph.
  4. The wagon I'm looking at has a 3.55 posi that was recently rebuilt. Not yet sure how the difference between 3.08 and 3.55 will impact highway cruising, but it should give a lift to acceleration. I believe he has a shift kit on the two speed tranny.
  5. Also interested in finding out potential modifications/enhancements that would make it a stronger tow vehicle... Thanks!
  6. Can anyone provide insight on the correct rear axle gear ratio for a 65 Sportwagon with the Wildcat 355 set up (4 barrel carb), as well as the potential tow capacity for these vehicles? I'm looking at the possibility of using one for a tow vehicle - pulling an open car transport trailer (aluminum). Thanks!
  7. You may also want to post pictures here under the Buick- Buy and Sell section. Where are you located?
  8. Does anyone have a source for the rear emblem clips (panel below trunk lid) on a 65 Riviera? The rear emblem has flat (rather than round) studs, so the clips are different from the front fender emblems. I haven't been able to find anything from the "usual" sources. Any ideas?
  9. Got my 61 Electra 225 back on the road after transmission overhaul by Dorsey's Transmissions of Severn, MD. It seemed to perform quite well...I'm looking forward to adding a few miles over the summer and fall months...
  10. Although it is a tight fit, you should be able to remove/replace the alternator without removing any of the AC components.
  11. I have one from california covers, and it seems well made.
  12. Arizona desert along Rte 66 - July 1966 - still had 2000 miles of road ahead of us!
  13. I took my 61 Electra 225 our for a spin in the sunshine on Saturday!
  14. Very nice! I love the Opels from that era. I wish I could put a 3 liter I-6 in my Manta to get more power!
  15. I'm 59 and own a 65 GS. This is my 4th Riv. The first was a 65 I bought and restored while in high school as my first car - silver with blue cloth interior. I unfortunately sold it in 85 when I needed some $. The second was a 97 that I owned for about a year in 2000-2001 - loved the car but it was a tight fit for me due to its somewhat limited headroom. Third was a 67 I bought from the original owner in 2008 - beautiful car - turquoise with a white vinyl top, but I sold it in 2017 to get back to my first love the 65. Hope to have the current 65 back on the road in a few months - its getting stripped followed by some minor body work and a new coat of its original seafoam green paint. My other cars include a 61 Electra 225 4 door Riviera hardtop (6 window) and a 74 Opel Manta Luxus that I've owned since 79.