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Advice Needed - 1953 Special Riviera

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I am going to look at the above, 2 dr hdtp straight 8 with Dynaflow.  Actual mileage unknown but same family owned since new and in original condition.  I am much more familiar with 1960 and up - Is there anything in particular I should pay attention to in this year of Buick?

 

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I have a 53 special convertible , only notable problem has been torque ball , first slight noise and more recently oil leak , requiring new torque ball shoe, steering bit heavy but ok , does Riveria have power would help . My 53 is still 6V electrics ,so headlights not brilliant, but overall great car . 

Would like to see some photos of your prospective purchase.

cheers

pilgrim

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Pilgrim - thank you.  It does have power steering and the owner said it drips a little from the engine and trans, he did mention that he had the torque ball part but it had not been replaced.

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Beautiful!  Has the correct wheel covers.   Don'y worry about oil leaks.  ALL cars from that era leaked and dripped. And in case you do not know THE DYNAFLOW  TRANSMISSION DOES NOT SHIFT. Just straight torque. 

 

  We , at least I, will be anxious to follow this.

 

  Ben

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Haha, yeah Ben my 62 leaks oil and trans fluid and all seals have been replaced.  I gave up trying on that end.  Yep, had a Dynaflow in the Wildcat for a while, I actually miss it sometimes.....I will keep you all posted, I am viewing the car tomorrow morning.

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That's a familiar looking car!  I have one just like it!  It's quirky compared to a '60s car, but I love mine more than pretty much any other inanimate object I own and most people.  :)  Good luck!

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Aaron, very nice.  BTW - does anyone know if the interior seat covers in the pictures I posted are correct?

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I don't think it's the right material (neither is mine).  This is a page from the brochure showing the original fabrics.

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Nice looking car - use it as-is and just learn to deal with a slight leak. No need to change from the 6-Volt, as it will do just fine if you have heavy battery cables - I use "000" (triple Aught) with soldered ends. 

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That is a nice car.  I am attaching a picture of my Dad's 1953 Special Riviera that he purchased new in 1953. I rode home from the hospital in it.  He traded it in in 1959 on a Mercury Colony Park wagon.  Pay no attention to the cute kid in the Heisman pose.  His football career didn't pan out anyway.  This picture was probably taken in 1956-57.

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Anybody care to comment on the color of the sail panel? It appears two are painted the lower body color and one is painted the roof color...unless my eyes aren't working today.  Curious and thanx.

 

Al Malachowski

BCA #8965

"500 Miles West of Flint"

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I see what you are saying, Aaron's car hsa sail panels painted same as roof.

 

Well, I am going to look at the car in an hour and will let you know what happens. The car was restored about 20 yrs ago and I was told that the seats were rebuilt and recovered at that time, has not been driven much since the resto.

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note - obviously the drivetrain is untouched - partial restoration I suppose, paint and interior.

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I restored one of these a few years ago. The upholstery and door panel material has been replaced on this one and it's not correct, but nicely done. Should have a plain gray upholstery with a tiny waffle pattern in the cloth, no pleats. Roof paint color should come all the way down to the beltline molding. The 263 straight eight is a very good engine. Power steering in one of these is very rare!  I think I've only seen one with power steering in 35 years of attending Buick meets.

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Purchase was made and will be bringing her home later today.  The car is in very nice condition on further inspection.  My only concern was the fact that the drive train is original, and actual mileage is unknown.  The good news about that I suppose is the fact that no once has done anything stupid to the car.  Tires are old and will need replaced along with some general housekeeping under the hood. However, for the price I feel like this is a lot of car for the money.  It is in a lot better shape than my Wildcat was when I got it, so not much scares me now.  ha.  As Marty suggested, the plan is give her a good detail, drive her as-is and deal with the leaks.  Thanks to all of you for your comments and positive reinforcement (I needed a little nudge).

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37 minutes ago, TheRev said:

Purchase was made and will be bringing her home later today.  The car is in very nice condition on further inspection.  My only concern was the fact that the drive train is original, and actual mileage is unknown.  The good news about that I suppose is the fact that no once has done anything stupid to the car.

 

Good call on the purchase, and you're absolutely right.  I'd much rather start with an unmolested car with possibly worn components than one that has been restored or maintained by a hack.

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Thanks Konga.  Love the styling of this car but man is it a different driving experience than even my 62. I find myself leaning forward and looking over the hood with my head titled backwards like a little old lady. Gotta drive her more to figure out how to get my cool factor back. Ha

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Congrats! Nice looking and should be a fun car to own. As you've noted very different driving than a '62 but still a great ride.:)

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Well, ha, first issue has arisen. Won't hold in Park on an incline, I'm assuming it's the parking pawl. This is exactly what happened to the Dynaflow in my Wildcat. However, it seems after some research there may be a linkage adjustment necessary (at least try that first?). I didn't think there were any adjustments that could be made on a Dyna. Anyone have any thoughts on this?  

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Since there is no reason the original "adjustment" should have been altered or changed, I would suggest checking the transmission mount first.  Engine mounts too.  One or more may be broken and sagging causing the linkage to be pulled out of adjustment.  Not sure about the 62, but the trans mount in these early years were two parts.

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Good point. I will do that. Curious though, is checking the linkage on these similar process to any other automatic trans?

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