Rob J

Project 65 Rivy, A Step by Step Journal

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OK, being that I thoroughly enjoy reading and browsing other folks restoration and build threads, I figured I'd start mine, as I am beginning to embark on a new journey.

As most of you know, last year I bought a 1965 Riviera GS, with intentions on restoring it. Well, that car has been put on hold for the moment, as I am embarking on the frame off restoration of another 1965 Riviera (non GS) I purchased this past summer. I wasn't really in the market for another car, but this deal kinda fell in my lap, so I jumped on it. The original intention with this car was to freshen it up, and just drive it as is. Well, the deeper I got into this car working and tinkering with it the last several months, the more solid it looked for a nice restoration job. This truly is a remarkably solid, non molested, and complete car. So, I've decided to do it justice, and give it a frame off restoration. Here are a few pics of the day the car arrived this past July.

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As you can see, it is a mostly original car with about 80% of it's original paint. Never been in an accident, and never taken apart. I'm the third owner.

Been stripping the car to the bare shell the last couple of weeks, in prep for removing the body from the frame.

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Tagging and bagging every single part, piece, screw, bolt. Taking lots and lots of pictures and videos for documentation.

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This weekend, I will be building a body platform. Then I hope to round up a number of guys to lift off the body, set it on the platform, so I can then strip down the frame. After that, frame goes to the blaster for blasting.

I'll keep updating this thread as progress continues.

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Here's the body stands I built today to hold the body high enough so I can safely work underneath it. That's a buddy of mine checking out my work.

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We have lift off. Got together myself and five friends of mine, and we lifted the body shell off of the frame. Went very smoothly, and I didn't forget to disconnect anything.

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The Rolling chassis.

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Keep'em coming Rob, really interesting! Have to tell you that I'm a tad envious of your ample working space there. As you said, looks pretty solid, mainly surface rust. How's the driveline?

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Awesome Rob!

yeah keep em coming, that X Frame is so cool looking without the body, I love that!

Ive only been around this forum for a short time but you guys have totally got me back into my Gran Sport!

I dig seeing what you are doing here Rob!

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Rob,

Having spent some time with the previous owner of your car, I am aware of the back story and I know how much he wanted to see this car restored in memory of his late brother. You are certainly doing it justice and I hope he has a chance to see this thread and get a feel for the commitment you have made to the restoration of this Riv. Great job! Looking forward to the rest of the story.

Ron

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The 1965 is one of my favorite Rivieras.

Thanks for the pictures and best of luck with the restoration.

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Rob,

Great post/great pics! keep them coming! It really fuels all of our fires! I'm kicking myself for missing this jewel in my home town : (

Your doing this car GREAT justice!

Take care,

Kevin

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OK Rob: What ever you do, especially with all that work on such a good car, Please, for me, put it back to power windows! Mitch

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OK Rob: What ever you do, especially with all that work on such a good car, Please, for me, put it back to power windows! Mitch

That's the plan Mitch. I have most everything I need to add power front and rear windows so far. I also will be adding power seat, and if I can find the parts, I'd like to add power vents, power Antenna, and AM/FM Radio.

Since I have a parts car that was fairly loaded, I'm sourcing a number of parts from it. I also have a complete remote trunk release system from my parts car that will be going on this car as well.

Luckily my GS is fully loaded, so I won't need these parts for it, when it get's restored in the future.

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Its like my Rivs twin, I will be watching this thread very closely, I am planning a similar approach once I get settled in Nevada. Will definatly be looking for that DVD.

Good Luck with the build!!

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Rob

Awesome pics and congratulations on the professional job. You've inspired me to post a few pics of my project.

One question though...that dude that's standing by the body stands...is that Ted Nugent?

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Rob

Awesome pics and congratulations on the professional job. You've inspired me to post a few pics of my project.

One question though...that dude that's standing by the body stands...is that Ted Nugent?

LOL, he does sort of look like him. He's not Ted, but he is a musician. He's the lead singer for the Dashboard Saint's. He's also my workout partner/spotter at the gym.

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Pulling out the engine. She's dirty, except for that freshly rebuilt by Tom Telesco carburetor. Can't wait until the rest of the engine looks this clean.

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Dirty transmission. I found an ID tag underneath almost 50 years of gook.

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Hooked up to the cherry picker.

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She's out. What a breeze to pull an engine with no body on the car.:D

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Quite a loose timing chain if I don't say, and pieces of broken plastic teeth fell out when removing the timing cover.

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Engine goes on the stand next, and tear down begins. More to come.

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Thats the way to yank the engine Man! I dig that cool sling Rob! Mine is little more than a glorified chain with a couple tabs to bolt the engine onto......

great pictures, You got your money's worth out of that timing set!:D

Im wondering what your distributor drive gear looks like, mine was knife edged and chipped up. totally shot.

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OK Rob: What color is this going to be? A white custom interior in real leather and perhaps.....burgundy mist?? Don't forget wire caps!! (I have a nos set, hint hint) Someone will want the green interior for very good bucks. Mitch

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Mitch, after much debate in my own head, I've finally decided on the original Arctic White, however I'm changing to the Fawn Cloth and Vinyl Interior. For wheels, a while back I bought a set of Rally wheels, so those will go on this car. I'm not a huge fan of the hub caps. I will, however, have to get the wheels re-chromed, and there are not many chrome shops doing wheels these days, so I may have to ship them to a company over your way in Cali that does wheels, and that's going to cost some coin. BTW, don't you sell the wheel "R" center caps? I need a nice set of those.

This is the look I'm going for Mitch.

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That's the stuff, arctic white + fawn! I actually have those exact same wheels, curious.

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Hey Rob,

I liked your engine sling so much I bought one just like it off amazon. Got it yesterday! Im a sucker for tools! :D

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