Rob J

Project 65 Rivy, A Step by Step Journal

Recommended Posts

On 8/14/2018 at 3:24 PM, Seafoam65 said:

I wish someone would do

a  stock resto post on a 65 and actually finish it and not give up or disappear from the face of the earth.  

 

This way to the final Riviera parts.

image.png.6e064361464b674ba460d933023d9dd1.png

 

Why horse shoes are a symbol of good luck.

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 These resto blogs always end in the same place.......the body is removed and set aside, then the chassis,

engine and trans and rear end and suspension are restored to show standards........then the restorer

just falls off the face of the earth. I have three theories.......the neighbors get tired of the noise and paint fumes coming from their neighbor's driveway and in the middle of the night they quietly murder the restorer and make it look like a robbery gone bad, or the wife gets fed up with the project and informs the restorer

that from now on it is her way or the highway, and the whole unfinished mess is sold to the first person

who answers the for sale ad for ten cents on the dollar, and the wife keeps the proceeds, OR.................the wife murders her husband and is soon featured on an episode of Dateline. In this month's Hemmings, a 65 GS Riviera is for sale that is sitting in a million pieces with the chassis restored and nothing else done.......Hmm where have I seen this before? Here's a shoutout to Jason Zerbini who actually completed one of these restos

on his  66 GS Riviera.......AND...........    he managed to stay married! The special  65 Cadillac Bronze GS  Riviera   was recently finished to best of show standards, but that doesn't count because a resto shop did the work. As an aside, I actually completed one of these frame off restos on my 69 GTO convertible, but lost my first wife about the time I was wrapping it up! To this day I have no clue why she left!

Edited by Seafoam65 (see edit history)
  • Like 1
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, Seafoam65 said:

wife gets fed up with the project and informs the restorer that from now on it is her way or the highway

 

This pretty much sums up the rumor I last heard about Rob J’s build…not sure of details 

 

8 hours ago, Seafoam65 said:

 

I actually completed one of these frame off restos on my 69 GTO convertible, but lost my first wife about the time I was wrapping it up! To this day I have no clue why she left!

 

Sorry to hear about your loss. I’m sure the GOAT had nothing to do with it…haha

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd like to see it finished as well, I started reading this thread back in 2012, WAY before I even owned a Riviera.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You've got your mechanics and your body men in the hobby. I have seen a lot of mechanics restore a very nicely detailed chassis. I have seen a lot of body guys driving some nice shiny cars that don't steer, start, or stop.

 

I wouldn't hesitate to jump into one of my cars and drive it a couple thousand miles to a meet. But when I get there someone would say "When are you going to paint that fender?"

"Well, I bought a quart of paint two years ago but I didn't want to be called the guy with the tutone white Buick."

 

Seems like it is always one or the other.

Bernie

  • Like 2
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the comment Winston. Unfortunate reality is there are many things life can throw at us during a restoration and often they are higher priority than a car project. What would keep me awake at night was that when the car is in a 1000 pieces its value is a fraction of what it was even before starting and I just kept dumping money into it while its value really doesn't change much until its complete. Body and paint-prison is probably the heaviest straw breaking camels back for many. Restoration projects are supposed to fun but often they can be frustrating and downright deflating because of many challenges and surprises in the process. This can cause people to take a break from it which can turn into months and years increasing likelihood of new road blocks and never getting back to it. It is difficult for the human mind to foresee the mental and financial challenges that lie ahead before taking a car apart. Especially a complex car like the Riviera where spare parts require persistency to locate and sometimes are very expensive. Sometimes, people's interests just change and they want to move on despite the monetary losses. For these reasons its not uncommon to see so many basket case projects.

I could have simplified and just said all that in two words "shh it happens!"

 

As far as keeping wife during process, some may forget but I built a taj mahal two level bank barn for wife during the resto process which actually took way more hours than the 900 spent on the car. I have an understanding wife who likes cars but am sure the barn helped! Balance!

 

As for the OP, its been awhile but as I recall he bought a Porsche 911 and it was around same time updates stopped. Maybe he moved on to other interests. I noticed his last activity was about 2.5 years ago.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As I continue, albeit slowly, to work on my three cars, I keep Linda from doing something drastic by keeping a Riviera that we call hers.  For the last three meets we've attended, two with a '93 and two with a '90, she's been awarded three Class Winner plaques and one Best in Class plaque.  I was lucky enough to find a couple of cars that were in good shape and priced fairly.  They don't require much time and money but she's well rewarded.  She's part of the process.  She's happy, I'm happy. 

 

Ed

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, JZRIV said:

Maybe he moved on to other interests. I noticed his last activity was about 2.5 years ago.

For what it's worth, a number of years ago, I was following similar escapades (albeit an early '60's Pontiac) of a cousin of a friend of a friend, or something like that... apparently a good family man, nice house, lotsa toys, the whole nine yards, one day he simply passed away... never did hear what ever happened to the poncho parts....

 

While I'm here, when I die, I hope to go out like my grandfather...painlessly in a peaceful and quiet slumber, I hope I don't die in a screaming fit of terror while going over a cliff like his passengers did...

 

Sorry, couldn't resist the oldie...?)

 

Later,

 

Mike Swick

Edmonton, AB

---

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

All good points. I’m always looking for one of those stalled projects. 

 

I’m happy the OP at least spelled  Rivy correctly with a “Y” and not Rivi with an “I”.

Its Rivy or Rivie. 

 

Sorry, just one of my teacher OCD pet peeves. ?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The way I heard it from Joe Galina "It is a Riviera. Buick never made a car called a Rivy".

 

Kind of like Henry Ford's son, Eddie, the one they named a car after.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...