JRRivi64

JRRivi64's 1964 Riviera Build

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Jeff my 63 ran fine with 130,000 miles,but i knew that i would rebuild someday because im keeping it.Anyway it dropped a valve and broke a piston,so it was rebuild time.I got the parts from russ (30 over pistons,rings,valves,springs,pushrods,lifters,oil pump,cam,all bearings,timing chain setup,gasket set,and a few things i problobly forgot for around $1900.Then had a reputal engine shop do all motor work done installing everything except timingchain cover,water pump,valley pan,etc.for $1550.Happy to have new motor and painted engine bay.Good Luck and keep us posted.Tim Nugent ROA 12969...

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Tim

Thanks for sharing your experience. I have heard nothing but positive feedback regarding Russ Martin and his products. Will more than likely seek his help...to what extent I don't know yet.

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WOW, lot of nice work done so far!!! And a great build thread, GREAT pictures of the process.

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Looking good so far, just remember to keep enjoying the work, its supposed to be fun.

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Thanks Chris,

So far it has been fun and interesting to work on this project. I've enjoyed researching restoration issues that come up and finding solutions, at the same time learning more about my Rîviera. Gotta admit, studying your build thread, RockinRiviDad's, RobJ's as well as others has kept me motivated. Just recently got third member out of differential housing. Need to replace couple of axle shaft/wheel studs and shaft bearings/seals. Thank God for the Internet!

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post-98758-143143064326_thumb.jpgIt's been awhile...

Here are some before and (most current) after pics of my attempts to restore my 64 Rivi. Trying to stay motivated, interested and focused on what I've started here. Although steering and suspension parts look nice and shiny - if I was to do this all over again I think I would definitely go the powder coat route but unfortunately money is an object for me. I think/hope (fingers crossed) the primer, paint and clear holds up on control arms/components - I figure it looks better than before...at least better than the rust and grime.

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BTW - control arms/components were just installed for fitment and pics - nothing was torqued down yet. New ball joints installed, gasket for diff, and axle seals, bushings and other parts from CARS, Inc. Additional before and after pics... post-98758-143143064347_thumb.jpg

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Jeff,

Good to see you back. Just keep us updated as you go. Great work; enjoying the pictures.

Ed

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Jeff,

Good to see you back. Just keep us updated as you go. Great work; enjoying the pictures.

Ed

Agreed.......great pics and nice work so far....thanks for posting!

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Thx for sharing Jeff. Glad you updated the build thread for us all to see. Looking sharp…

David

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More progress...slowly but surely.  Trying to finish what I started here.  These restorations looks sooooooooo much easier on TV.........  

 

Since last pics I installed shocks, brake lines and brake hoses to calipers (to Scarebird disc conversion).  Coils by Coil Spring Specialties, Monroe shocks via Rock Auto and brake lines via In Line Tube.  Drive shaft serviced and painted to look pretty by local shop.    Hopefully these pics help someone as far as reference because the build threads and attached pics/info on this Forum have certainly helped me along the way.  Go Rams!!

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The thing those restoration shows dont tell you, it took them two years to complete ;)   I took 762 hours to get to where I am.   Thats 95 business days (8 hour shifts)  if you were an employee of a shop. Almost half a year, and I didnt work none stop ;)...so it took 4 years

 

Just work at your pace and make sure you are enjoying the work....once the tools/parts/ atmosphere in the garage gets tense or out of hand.....step away and come back after you rested.  Its supposed to be enjoyable, when its not, thats when you make your mistakes

 

Keep up the good work

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YES!!!

Where's my 5 bucks Chris? I told u Jeff would be back haha JK :) 

 

Glad to see u back in the garage Jeff. Looking very nice. 

 

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Excellent stuff -- and most helpful.

 

If I might make a couple of suggestions/requests:

- Upload larger pictures.  It's a little hard to see details when you click on the thumbnails and get more thumbnails. ;)

- Can you mention what finish products you used on the pieces parts (e.g. KBS Chassis paint), what you thought of the application process (went on easily, didn't lay down real well, etc.), and if it met your expectations (perfect, too glossy, has a bit of a haze, etc.).

 

Thanks.

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8 hours ago, RockinRiviDad said:

YES!!!

Where's my 5 bucks Chris? I told u Jeff would be back haha JK :) 

 

Glad to see u back in the garage Jeff. Looking very nice. 

 

I had no doubt he would be back. It's RobJ I wanna see.  He fell off the face of the earth

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Thank you for comments guys.  Here are some larger pics, hopefully better quality...

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I see you did a rear disk brake conversion.  Is there still a parking brake available or does it get deleted?

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As for the painting of the control arms, front and rear components etc.  I took Eric's (see inserted post) suggestion and followed Mr. Jason Z's very DETAILED write up. 

 

The frame was painted with KBS Blacktop chassis paint (satin black), differential and spindles were painted with POR-15 Metal Mask (grey).   The KBS and POR-15 paint was easy to apply (brushed on) and appears to be pretty tough so far.  The paint used on control arms and smaller components look great, application process took more steps it seemed with the prep, primer, aerosol paint and clear.  How durable all the paint is...who knows until it hits the road.  All I know for certain is it looks 110% better than when I found it and I don't expect frame/parts to look that bad ever again.   

 

 

On June 28, 2014 at 4:46 AM, Eric's.64.Superwildcat said:
JRRivi64 said:

"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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Here are more pics... The parking brake will have to be customized/modified.  Scarebird provides instructions on the process.  

 

Now researching rebuilder for engine as well as shop to service transmission......also looking for that genie in a bottle to grant me my three wishes...1.) $  2.) $$  & 3.) $$$  for this project!!

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Damn I LOVE that black sheen on the chassis...I love it so much I may strip mine down & do it over...can I use a mulligan?

I obviously bought the wrong paint :mellow:

 

Did u have your steering box rebuilt to the quick ratio specs?

 

loving your work broseph...keep it up...

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Sure....a mulligan is always acceptable from time to time!  Be right over with body cart, wire wheels and paint stripper...

 

Steering box is not quick ratio unfortunately.   Thanks for continued support and encouragement brotha!!

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Just use a "Newer" 808 box from a '70 up. Even a Caddy variable ratio is a bolt-in.

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1 hour ago, telriv said:

Just use a "Newer" 808 box from a '70 up. Even a Caddy variable ratio is a bolt-in.

 

First I've heard of such a great life hack…I'm in. 

Thx for the tip…

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