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  1. thanks for your appreciated support ... THAT was verrrrry helpful information regarding "updating" the clamshell mechanism :-). unfortunately i never had any linkages to move the clamshells - so i had to park the rivi, get out of the car and open them by hand :-/
  2. unfortunately i never had a working motor or struts for the clamshells so i was looking for alternatives instead of re-buying everything in the "bay":-)
  3. i had my 65 upholstery (presumably similar to the 64) done and neither foam nor seat covers are interchangeable between front & rear according to what my professional upholsterer said. he custom-made the foam by himself.
  4. that's very kind, thanks in advance for your support - i'm really keen to modifiy my 65 clamshells also to linear actuators and any additional info is verrrrry good :-D. best regards, dirk
  5. hi, dave gee showed on his FB page "1965 Buick Riviera" pictures of a project to move the '65 clamshells with 2 linear actuators. unfortunately he is neither on FB anymore (?) nor reachable via email. does anyone know if he is still around or how he is available for communication? how did he fix the rear end of the linear actuators to a certain point of the riviera (fender, frame, custom build mount, etc.)? best regards, dirk.
  6. thanks for your hints ... on the first glimpse the pressure relief looked good. i will take a second look at the relief tomorrow :-). this kind of unusual failure reminds me of the suddenly cracked "oil filter adapter" when i drove/cruised on our german autobahn.
  7. being not logged in for a long time because my 65 rivi ran smoothly all the years. last week on thursday a crazy event happend ... so i had to log-in into this forum again ;-). as you can see on the attached photos the power steering pump housing (cast iron part, sometimes called "core" or "insert") broke/cracked/burst during steering. engine & all attached parts were on operating temperature. my garage & i assume that the housing broke due to old age. the cast iron could not withstand the pressure any more and crumbled at the weakest point ... at the groove for the end plate retaining ring. the "core" is broken so the pump can not be reworked at Cardone, OPGI has a power steering pump backorder status of 30-90 days, summit offers universal pumps from Borgeson & March Perf. i have contacted also other sellers but none seems to be able to ship a '65 or '66 power steering pump for a buick riviera. does someone in this forum have an idea what to do so that the car is soon on the streets again? thanks in advance for your ideas, dirk from germany.
  8. pls. see attached a section of the engine compartment of my '65 rivi. red circled are the spring, the "over-the-linkage" bend and the connecting bolt (which has shims). on the other issues i can't help, sorry.
  9. the bended metallic tube on the middle right side of the first picture should run over the linkage ... not under it. the "bump" was meant for clearance of the throttle linkage. i did not see any missing item ... but i must note that i am in the office right now and can't be 100% sure. regards, dirk.
  10. hi guys! i have recently seen on an article on the EZ-EFI system. has anyone ever thought on putting this on a 401 nailhead instead of the carter 1x4BBL? or has it already been successfully completed on a NH engine? can't wait to read your thoughts and with BR, dirk.
  11. correct, that picture shows the PS pump support brace. see also page 8-28 (figure 8-30) of the 1965 buick chassis service manual
  12. hi alex. i fitted 4 extra heavy duty coil springs from in my 65 riviera. i changed shock absorber too.i a still very satisfied with the stance & the ground clearance because the look of the car appears very "original". please see the pictures in my public photo folder. unfortunately an airride system was fitted in the car before i put in the coil springs so i can't give you a feedback how the ride with extra heavy duty coils differs from the original set-up.
  13. i'll stick to the colors of mine ... white exterior with black deluxe custom interior. but black on black presumably also looks cool
  14. i noticed a slightly throatier intake sound and a little crispier throttle response. carburetor is not yet adjusted and i have not optimized the engine (e.g. tom's roller rockers etc.). i am not quite sure what my cold air intake means in HP rating or torque because i have not been on the dyno ;-).
  15. finally i have completed the "cold air intake" project for my '65 riviera and added 8 pictures as an album in my CP. they are public for anyone who's interested. engine hood is unmodified and german TÜV says "OK" to this modification of an historic car :-D. BR, dirk.
  16. dusty springfield (famous female english singer) also drove a 1964 buick riviera. in one book which reprints old test articles mr. robert taylor (famous male actor) is depicted sitting inside a riviera.
  17. i did not do exactly the same you did ... i only replaced my cardboard glove box but looking how all was fixed together i propose the following: 1) install the glove box door 2) install the lower dashboard section 3) install the glove box (which should be quite easy to do). br, dirk.
  18. my custom exhaust system has only 2 flowmaster "hushpower" silencers (1 for each side (L+R)). i am very pleased with them because they are very flat and produce a grumbling sound like the chris craft motorboats ;-). quality is also very good :-)
  19. i got my replacement fender scripts also via ebay but not from one of the above mentioned ROA core members ... main advantage of the connection inside the "R" is that it makes the script less fragile. unfortunately the material itself was not so "stiff" so the script was more flexible than the old original ones. i assume original scripts with the separated "R" in prestine mint condition are hard to find.
  20. as far as i remember i really "felt" that this was the only car for my age (born 1965) that had the looks & performance. :-D unfortunately we employees here at Delphi Germany Wuppertal just got told a few minutes ago that 30% of us will be fired (which means 255 people) ... it is also raining ... and feelings towards the rivi are currently quite dull :-(.
  21. normally the ROA homepage is not linked to any account & password you have here in the AACA forum. you need to register at the ROA to become a member after you have paid the subscription. i don't know why "your email adress is already in use".
  22. unfortunately it was the pre-owner in north-america who destroyed the originality of my car by fitting a strange modern "stereo-bass" audiosytem, a crappy air-ride onto the frame (frame & suspension was heavely modified and there even was no name printed on the components), seal the window glass with home depot transparent silicone, destroying the headlight motor and letting the sheet metal rust away in certain areas. the german pre-owner did his part also ... therefore i see no sense to restore it to pebble beach quality but just to restore it as it fits into my very mild "visual customizing" taste (means there is no "cleaning/smoothing" of the sheet metal) and renew the electrics/transmission/suspension/interior.