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Rita – 64 Riviera build

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That's what I thought. However with all the challenges I have run into thought I would double check. got half the hood sanded to bare metal today. Very little body work on it. 3 small dents in the very front that I will need to use the stick welder to pull out. Might need some fiberglass filler for these. will see how much I can pull them out.

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I have two leads on Buick engine blocks for you. PM sent.

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Well, I got around to pulling the engine apart this week. It appears that it had been rebuilt/overhauled not to long ago. still has cross hatches in the cylinders. however, found another crack across one of the attachment points for the passenger side head. don't think that this block is going to be salvaged. Did find a bunch of garbage in the pan and heads. looks like some valve parts came apart.

 

What kind of Engine swaps have people done? I have a 2 5.7 Chevy motors laying around but think that is going to take a whole lot of fab that I don't what to do.

still have to follow up on the leads that larry sent my way. Been a nightmare at work. 12 hour days for the last two weeks. Anyway, here are some pics.

 

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Unfortunately, it's not looking good. The crack at the bolt prevents to have the right torque applied to the bolt.

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Ouch...I would definitely try to keep my eyes open for a replacement engine/block.  You will be money ahead by sticking with what will bolt in...especially when it comes to resale value.  And you are thinking "I'm never going to sell this car."  I said that 10 cars ago :)

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Stainless, this car was an impulse buy. was going to be a "quick flip". new suspension, interior, and paint. just like they do on TV. LOL

I did not do my homework and didn't realize that there is not much in aftermarket parts for these cars. Oh well. My daughter and I are having fun cleaning things up and tearing things down. I break things loose and she finishes taking them apart and bagging them.

 

Looks like we will get to work on her math skills once we find a new motor to rebuild. She will learn to read a micrometer and about tolerances.  We work on reading skills by going over the manuals and trouble shooting and planning skills when things don't quite work out.

 

I do have a lead on a motor that came out of a 67 skylark or wildcat. the guy was not sure and needed to  consult his notes. he has a yard specializing in pre 70 cars. he thought it might be a 425 but could be a 455?? he also has a 300 

 

I am assuming that a 67 Buick will swap into the 64 Riviera no problem? is that correct?

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Search for  the engine is still on. found one in PA that I think I will get. block and crank for 400, shipping is about 300. Waiting on the refi on the ranch before I spend the money. never know when they will want something else before the closing.

 

been sanding the rust off the last few days. need to pull the Quarter belt reveal molding (sail panel trim) and the lower quarter panel molding. not quite sure how to pull them off without damaging them. with the bath tub clips do they just pry off?

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Pulled the door skins off to strip and primer and look what I found.

glass run channel and guide assembly arm are broke on both the driver and passenger side.

 

is this going to need to be replaced as a whole unit with the Lower Sash Channel Cam?

 

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Hood, trunk lid, and door skins are now in primmer. have a few whisky dents to take care of but at least I have everything striped and all the rust treated. trying to get the rest of the body in epoxy primer this weekend.

 

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Very nice project and cool story!!

Thanks for keeping us updated and good luck on the rest of the project.

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quick update to let everyone know that I am still around and have not abandoned the project.

New engine has been procured and is waiting to drop in. Figure that if I have a new engine I probably should go through the transmission.

Weather has not been in my favor lately. Snow storms and cold weather has impeded progress on the body work. Work has also been a pain. Might have to make a change in that department.

Still have not decided on the paint color. It is a toss-up between a deep burgundy (not period correct) or a white pearl. Interior will be black and silver.

New shop, WITH HEAT!!!!, is scheduled to be built in the next two months. No more excuses that it is too cold to do any work. Just have to figure out the layout. Right now it is 40 x60. Need enough room for a few cars/trucks to be worked on at the same time and a lift. No more swapping transmissions on my back!

Will have more pics coming once the snow stops

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A heated shop, that's luxury! My cars are stored in the basement of a barn; I did all the work there too. Too cold in winter (sometimes with temperatures under the freezing point) and pleasant during summertime. I stayed home during the winter...

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3 hours ago, coOverwatch said:

New shop, WITH HEAT!!!!, is scheduled to be built in the next two months. No more excuses that it is too cold to do any work. Just have to figure out the layout. Right now it is 40 x60. Need enough room for a few cars/trucks to be worked on at the same time and a lift.

 

Shop sounds great! But from experience, I would suggest making it twice as big as what you think right now you will need. It will fill up really quick! :)

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You can never have a big enough shed. Stuff always expands to fill the available space.

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that has been the problem.. how big is to big... I still have the 30 x 40 for overflow. :-)

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Update.

got fed up with work so I decided to retire. :)

going to spend my time tinkering with cars and trucks now, maybe a little programming on the side to keep up with technology.

 

new shop is underway (40 x 60). it was scheduled to be done last week but someone forgot to order the insulation. should be done by the end of next week.

lift will go in next week, then moving everything over from the old shop to the new one.

Riviera was on hold while I painted a 69 VW wagon. Proceeds from this project allowed me to pick up a 68 Pontiac leMans. :)

 

I have the new floor panels cut and just about fit. needs a little tweaking under the rear seat section. Working on a revised schedule for the Riviera so I can try and get this done by Xmas.

once the floors are done I can move to the body work and get the engine and trans back in.

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got the floor out of the parts car this weekend. trying to figure out if I am going to replace the whole floor or cut it into two patch panels leaving the drive line tunnel in place. not sure which is going to be the easiest. will be welding in the front floor section today. want to do this before I cut into the rear section.

 

question:  were there seat belts in the back seats for the 64? I don't have any mounts in the floors I was going to replace, but the parts car has one  installed. think it was added by someone.

 

shop is almost completed. would be nice if the builder learned how to run a tap measure. shorted me on the insulation and when he ordered more he didn't order enough.

lift goes in this Friday.. yahoo.

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Geeez...I'm not only jealous of your future workshop and land space, but your pace of working on your Rivi!  Throwing in new components, painting this and that...slow down...I'm starting to feel inadequate with my project!

 

Keep up the good work...looking forward to end result.

 

Jeff

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figure I would through out a quick update. found out that the builder for the shop did not pull permits and short poured the foundation. Had to pour dead man blocks to bring things up to code. 14 of these blocks that are 4'x'4x8'. this is to keep the post from kicking out as the footer around the shop was only 18" deep. not even deep enough for the frost line. Anyway fix is in place and electrical is underway and hoping to be completed before xmas.

 

Nice thing about this is the local Kubota deal lent me a backhoe for a week to dig the holes at no charge. we were in looking at a skid and they wanted to help out, no strings attached.(ended up getting the skid)

 

still need to finish up the rear floor in the Riv. this should complete the rust repairs and then on to block sanding. might switch the front over to disc breaks. have not decided yet.

also need to pull the air/heater box to clean that out.

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been a little while between posts and thought I would catch this up.

 

shop is pretty much done. had go back and torque all the bolts down along with the Dead Man Blocks. in the hands of the attorney now to get the added cost back.

 

Floor is now welded in. need to seem seal it all. had some additional rust to take care of on the fenders. bad stuff cut out and new stuff shaped and welded in. a little bit if filler and some sanding and these will be ready for Epoxy Primer.

 

still have a little rust in the Rear Window channel that needs some attention. will do that after I pull the heater core. seems it was leaking

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Figure now is a good time to clean out the Heater/AC box. Once the cover was off I could see that the Heater Core will need to be replaced or repaired.

It only took two days to pull the dash, AC box, and heater cover out. boy this would have been even more fun if the windshield was installed.

found out that the Heater core froze and bulged. I hope this can be repaired as I have yet to find a new one.

 

I do have another heater core in the parts car but don't really want to go threw removing that one too as the car is full of soot from the flood a few years ago. 

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