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Sorry, it’s a picture of a picture.  1982, I was 17 and paid 400 dollars for it saved from mowing lawns.  I so wish I had it today. I was so proud of it and would detail it every weekend. 

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On 2/26/2021 at 5:39 PM, John Bloom said:

Sorry, it’s a picture of a picture.  1982, I was 17 and paid 400 dollars for it saved from mowing lawns.  I so wish I had it today. I was so proud of it and would detail it every weekend. 

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We all have one (or more) that "got away"! 

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How about quite a few. Strange what diapers, braces, and tuition will make you give up.

1957 Austin Healey 100-6, 1970 Chevelle SS, 1968 Dodge Charger, 1969 BMW 2002Tii, 1964 Buick Wildcat Spt Cpe w/ buckets and console mounted tach, 2 1955 Chevy 2 door sedans with built motors. That doesn’t include any of the Riviera’s listed in my signature block. 😢 I could probably buy a nice beach front 2nd home for what the big Healey, the Chevelle, and the Charger would be worth now.

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A photo of my 65  that i let go about  6+ years about,  and out of 11 Buicks i have owned

it was the best  Buick i ever owned, did about, 12000 miles in it when i lived in Sacramento,

I also painted that car in Sacramento, using Sherwin Williams paint 7000 system, and after 

about 17 years that paint still looks the same  as the day i did it.

 It is painted in    called Silver cloud--ZZ--.The Rolls Royce connection.

Bill Mitchell was in London in 1960,when he was visiting a  food outlet in the evening,

and out of the fog  came a   Silver cloud Rolls Royce appeared, he was so exited  he  decided to 

  put his  skills and  do similar design   side profile ,    in the design of his   new upcoming 63 Riviera,   and the rest is history.

That colour  GM named  silver cloud, its one of the best  silvers available to this day.

 

Yes   David i fitted those 3 way retractable   rear seat belts about 1992

thats another story .----later---   Sorry---

 

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I attended the first St. Pauls, North Carolina Cruise-In held on over a year last Saturday.

 

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We were in good company. There must have been over 100 classic cars and truck in attendance that afternoon!

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Hello All wanted to post my new find.  1966 GS barn find via the Riview, previous Riv was a 69 that was the definition of a 15 footer.  Was able to find this gem and pass the 69 off to a father/son combo in seattle for a song.  This GS was a one owner car and has the "Built expressly for..." tag on the glovebox which I have not come across.  Another feature is the caps which I like although I am wishing I was able to keep the Rally wheels off the 69.  The ride was sitting for 20 years, was put in storage when owner couldnt drive anymore and passed. I purchased from his son who was 70! Fresh plugs and battery and it fired right up, all I had to do was tune the carb, change fluids and put fresh tires on and we're running like a champ.  I went with the 735s and they are too big for my taste, unfortunately I am no tire size expert so I pulled a rookie mistake and went a little large! I know some of you guys like the bigger tires but I would prefer a bigger rim with a lower profile tire.  If anyone has any 5x5 rims of any type classic or new and would like to sell I am interested!! (in Seattle). This is no garage queen, it is my daily driver.  Hands down this is the nicest car I have ever owned and I am sure it would grade on the higher end of unrestored classics but I did not buy the car to only come out in the summer so we will be driving the Riv like it was meant to be.   I will be planning on meeting up with the other local Riv owners this year and plan on showing in Greenwood if they have it! cheers! 

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I had hoped to make more progress on the '64, but 2020 was pretty brutal on my business, so project funds are in short supply. I was able to address some things that required my labor mostly. I was able to restore the turbine wheel covers and do some repair on the suspension components, preparing it for air ride. Since business was so slow last year, I also spent a lot of hammer and dolly time straightening the front and rear bumpers, and found a pair of front lower turn signal lamp covers and restored everything.

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3 hours ago, Vin63 said:

I had hoped to make more progress on the '64, but 2020 was pretty brutal on my business, so project funds are in short supply. I was able to address some things that required my labor mostly. I was able to restore the turbine wheel covers and do some repair on the suspension components, preparing it for air ride. Since business was so slow last year, I spent a lot of hammer and dolly time straightening and front and rear bumpers, and found a pair of front lower turn signal lamp covers and restored everything.

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I absolutely love you car. I’ve been thinking about turbines since I saw that pic on Instagram. Hope ‘21 will be better for you and everyone 👍

Brian

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18 hours ago, Vin63 said:

I had hoped to make more progress on the '64, but 2020 was pretty brutal on my business, so project funds are in short supply. I was able to address some things that required my labor mostly. I was able to restore the turbine wheel covers and do some repair on the suspension components, preparing it for air ride. Since business was so slow last year, I spent a lot of hammer and dolly time straightening and front and rear bumpers, and found a pair of front lower turn signal lamp covers and restored everything.

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Really like those turbines!!

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12 minutes ago, Pat Curran said:

Really like those turbines!!

 

Thanks! They had a lot of damage (curb rash, and no doubt someone tried to pry a couple off with tire iron at some point). 

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15 hours ago, 71GS said:

I absolutely love you car. I’ve been thinking about turbines since I saw that pic on Instagram. Hope ‘21 will be better for you and everyone 👍

Brian

 

Thanks!

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Can you Gran Sport owners post pictures of your Fisher Body Data plate showing the build date. I'm looking for ones built in August or September.  I'm trying to figure out if the Gran Sport was an initial offering when the 1965 Riviera was produced or whether the Gran Sport was a December of 1964 addition.  Trying to put an end to a myth or prove it.

Thanks, Ed

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On 4/8/2021 at 4:22 PM, RivNut said:

Can you Gran Sport owners post pictures of your Fisher Body Data plate showing the build date. I'm looking for ones built in August or September.  I'm trying to figure out if the Gran Sport was an initial offering when the 1965 Riviera was produced or whether the Gran Sport was a December of 1964 addition.  Trying to put an end to a myth or prove it.

Thanks, Ed

  Hi Ed,

   There is no "myth" as far as I know. Availability of the Riviera Gran Sport was announced in the Fall of `64 with production scheduled to commence in late Sept/early Oct `64. But there was a GM strike which started in late Sept `64 and lasted until late October `64.  So the `65 Riviera Gran Sports (not the Skylark Gran Sports! ) became available starting in very early November `64. The Skylark Gran Sports came along approximately two months later.      

  BTW....keep in mind Fisher Body plate dates coincide with body build and not necessarily whole car build/assembly. With that in mind, it could be possible for a body to be plated at Fisher just before the strike started but car assembly of same might not have been completed until a full month later until after the strike. Also, the Fisher body dates are week specific, not day specific. That leaves quite a bit of room for time variables. For instance, two cars which appear from the Fisher body date to be built in consecutive weeks, or a week apart, could actually be built on back to back production days or 10 production days apart, ie, Friday of week one and Monday of week two, or Monday of week one and Friday of week two. The best evidence for time frame research is the build sheet or customer delivery date assuming either or both are available and that the car was not a dealer stock order.

  Hope this helps clear up, or better yet, prevent any mystery,

Tom

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2 hours ago, 1965rivgs said:

  Hi Ed,

   There is no "myth" as far as I know. Availability of the Riviera Gran Sport was announced in the Fall of `64 with production scheduled to commence in late Sept/early Oct `64. But there was a GM strike which started in late Sept `64 and lasted until late October `64.  So the `65 Riviera Gran Sports (not the Skylark Gran Sports! ) became available starting in very early November `64. The Skylark Gran Sports came along approximately two months later.      

  BTW....keep in mind Fisher Body plate dates coincide with body build and not necessarily whole car build/assembly. With that in mind, it could be possible for a body to be plated at Fisher just before the strike started but car assembly of same might not have been completed until a full month later until after the strike. Also, the Fisher body dates are week specific, not day specific. That leaves quite a bit of room for time variables. For instance, two cars which appear from the Fisher body date to be built in consecutive weeks, or a week apart, could actually be built on back to back production days or 10 production days apart, ie, Friday of week one and Monday of week two, or Monday of week one and Friday of week two. The best evidence for time frame research is the build sheet or customer delivery date assuming either or both are available and that the car was not a dealer stock order.

  Hope this helps clear up, or better yet, prevent any mystery,

Tom

Tom,  

The “myths” of which I speak come from things posted on some Riviera Facebook forums.  Just wanted knowledge to pass on when/if  the time comes up again.  Thanks.

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21 minutes ago, RivNut said:

Tom,  

The “myths” of which I speak come from things posted on some Riviera Facebook forums.  Just wanted knowledge to pass on when/if  the time comes up again.  Thanks.

  Feel free to quote me

Tom

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