JRRivi64

JRRivi64's 1964 Riviera Build

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Hey all,

Did an intro in main AACA Forum/page here I go again for the ROA Forum. Recently rescued a 64 Riviera - abandoned, neglected project. Broke my heart to see it in the condition I found it. My plan is to restore her as she deserves to be and back on the road - may end up breaking the bank in the process but these cars are too beautiful to let rot. Been wanting a first gen Riviera for some time although she's rough now, with some blood, sweat, tears and insufficient funds notices from the bank I'm gonna make her shine and roar. New to this forum stuff…hopefully pics load up. Btw engine, electrics work….until I started the disassembly process. Appreciate what I've learned so far from this forum and the ROA.

Jeff

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Hi Jeff,

I always love to see an individual like yourself willing to bring life back into a neglected old girl like your Riv. You will find this forum, including myself, very willing to help with answers to your questions. Please consider joining the ROA. I`m very sure you will eventually, if not immediately, consider your decision to join one of the best investments you will make in your journey. Good luck! Looking forward to see your progress!

Tom Mooney

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Welcome jeff-as tom said joining the ROA is a good idea-also get yourself a chassis and body service manuals (a must for working on these rivs).youll find all the help youll need here for rebuild-also parts.keep us posted on build and good luck.T.Nugent ROA 12969...

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I found a 64 in a garage about 10 years ago. I have left it pretty much as I found it except for replacing the nasty green shag carpet that someone had put in it.

It my favorite car to drive of the 3 I have.

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Welcome aboard Jeff. I am a "newer" member here that has learned a bunch from the guys on this forum. I am in the process of breathing life back into my old girl (65) too. "Breaking the bank" is an understatement but definitely worth every cent.

Everyone here, including me, is willing to help

Good luck & congrats on your purchase

David

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Jeff, welcome to the forum. A First generation Riviera is a great project choice, one of the best styled cars ever. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.

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Hi Jeff,

I always love to see an individual like yourself willing to bring life back into a neglected old girl like your Riv. You will find this forum, including myself, very willing to help with answers to your questions. Please consider joining the ROA. I`m very sure you will eventually, if not immediately, consider your decision to join one of the best investments you will make in your journey. Good luck! Looking forward to see your progress!

Tom Mooney

Welcome jeff-as tom said joining the ROA is a good idea-also get yourself a chassis and body service manuals (a must for working on these rivs).youll find all the help youll need here for rebuild-also parts.keep us posted on build and good luck.T.Nugent ROA 12969...

Tom-I actually joined up with ROA weeks ago. Wealth of knowledge and experience for sure!

T. Nugent-before joining ROA I picked up a reprint body manual and original chassis manual (from a law firm in Michigan!?!....hope that's not a bad sign...)

Thank you all for viewing and taking the time to reply!

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Soooooo since doing my intro on Jan 31, 2014 I've been a little busy with my attempt to restore this Rivi of mine. Its been suggested that I start a build thread but for some reason I've been a little reluctant. But during my disassembly of the Rivi I've come to realize how helpful these forums are. So, I plan to document my rebuild process and if it or I can help someone in anyway possible then cool. Someone, who shall remain nameless but has a screen name beginning with "rockin'" and ending with "dad" also suggested when it comes to getting help - pay it forward. If family, work and life allows I will document what I can from beginning of disassembly to present state. If someone needs a pic of something let me know and I'll do my best. If this thread can help with what to do OR what not to do then mission accomplished. Jeff

Again, what I'm posting is only a FEW pics of what has already been done months ago and future post will soon (hopefully) be more current.

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Hi Jeff,

What part of SoCal? Near San Diego?

Hello Jan,

Not as SoCal as San Diego, actually in a rural town called Acton (north of Santa Clarita Valley and south of Antelope Valley).

BTW Keep up the progress on your Riviera!

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Pics of some cleaning from months ago. Amazing how removing some surface rust on parts can make you "feel" as though you are making significant progress!

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Looking good. I would get the same feeling…until I looked over my shoulder at the pile of unfinished work waiting for me to tend to :)

David

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Something tells me David & Jeff are related.

With that kind of attention to detail that is going to one fine Riv.

Nice work.

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Thanks David/Eric,

As for painting the assembly I plan to paint it but not set on type of finish yet. I'll be sure to post final outcome...kinda like the raw metal look.

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Something tells me David & Jeff are related.

With that kind of attention to detail that is going to one fine Riv.

Nice work.

Clamshells,

I'll take that compliment! I've seen David's work and I can only hope my Riviera turns out half as good as his is turning out. He helped take my engine/tranny out.....hmmmmm Hey David feel up to cleaning and detailing another frame?

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Something tells me David & Jeff are related.

With that kind of attention to detail that is going to one fine Riv.

Nice work.

Blood brothers? No. But we are family…First-Gen Rivi Brothers…aren't we all in this together? C'mon bring it in for a group hug :)

...kinda like the raw metal look.

KBS.coatings.com has a clear coating for metal called Diamond Finish

http://www.kbs-coatings.com/DiamondFinish-Clear.html

Clamshells,

I'll take that compliment! I've seen David's work and I can only hope my Riviera turns out half as good as his is turning out. He helped take my engine/tranny out.....hmmmmm Hey David feel up to cleaning and detailing another frame?

You don't have to fluff my ego just to get some elbow grease out of me lol OK!… it worked :) The answer is "yes, no problem"

I start my vacation this Sunday. The wife will be working the first few days so call me & we can get started then.

David

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"As for painting the assembly I plan to paint it but not set on type of finish yet. I'll be sure to post final outcome...kinda like the raw metal look."

Jeff,

Be sure to check out Jason Z's article regarding paint and paint colors on the ROA website located here: http://rivowners.org/members-only/frame_off/part3.html

He has a lot of great paint color recommendations, based on experience, for many of the pieces that are a color other than the standard GM Chassis Black. The article includes some photos so you can see which paint color gave which result.

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Happy holidays all,

Got some quiet time to finally post some old progress pics. Studying other people's restoration threads make this restoration thing look so easy…Anyways got body off frame, engine in stand, trans cleaned up, frame stripped and painted with KBS product.post-98758-143142851813_thumb.jpg

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Additional progress...

Got all suspension springs out without killing myself. The control arms came out with some work but the ball joints in the front control arms took ALOT of work. Once all out, got them cleaned up and painted. Thanks to member "Mjurasas" for the heads up on Jason Z's article regarding paint types/paint color options in his build write up on the ROA website. Color options other than black made painting parts more interesting. Can't forget to thank RockinRiviDad for help in disassembly of this beast as well as other members kind enough to post theirpost-98758-143142851832_thumb.jpg knowledge and experiences.

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Progress looks awesome Jeff! Keep up the great work. Funny, before I noticed your location I was thinking that car had to have been from an arid climate due to the absence of rust on the chassis parts.

Will you be doing any major work to the engine?

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Thanks for the kind words Eric, Darren and Jason. As for "major work on engine" - I know work needs to be done, prior to disassembly engine ran, extent of engine work needed I don't know yet. I haven't dug into engine just yet as I've been working on frame and suspension. I have zero experience with engine rebuilds. Friends have suggested I do it myself but my rebuilds have been limited to motorcycle carbs. Reached out to Russ Martin to get info…looks like I need a second job!!

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