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Welcome, you are in the right place. Love Grandpa’s car!

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Hi there,

  J.R. Here. I own CTH Automotive in upstate NY. I do mechanical restoration, and custom car building only. I am a one man show, and blessed that my wife puts up with my sometimes meager salary. I've stalked around here long enough and decided it was time to join. I've been working on cars in general for over 30 years now, and owned this shop for nearly 10.

  My latest project, and my main reason for needing help... is a 1953 Buick Skylark Roadmaster model 76X. Avery nice example at first glance that my customer purchased from a dealer. He frankly got taken, as it has OK paint, decent chrome, nice upholstery, and everything else horrible! and he paid ALL the money for it. I am haveing to rebuild or replace everything electrical, Hydro-electrical, and mechanical. No point going in to all the details here. I will do a search in the technical forums for some answers to current questions, if I don't find answers I'll ask..

                                                 Thanks!!      JR.

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just joined have and lived the 1951 buick special era, dad gave it to me {im 66 { to get back in shape! been on jack stands for 30 years!

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44 minutes ago, davetx said:

just joined have and lived the 1951 buick special era, dad gave it to me {im 66 { to get back in shape! been on jack stands for 30 years!

 

 Welcome, Sir. Where are you located?

 

  Ben

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On 4/25/2019 at 7:53 AM, jrdugas03 said:

Hi there,

  J.R. Here. I own CTH Automotive in upstate NY. I do mechanical restoration, and custom car building only. I am a one man show, and blessed that my wife puts up with my sometimes meager salary. I've stalked around here long enough and decided it was time to join. I've been working on cars in general for over 30 years now, and owned this shop for nearly 10.

  My latest project, and my main reason for needing help... is a 1953 Buick Skylark Roadmaster model 76X. Avery nice example at first glance that my customer purchased from a dealer. He frankly got taken, as it has OK paint, decent chrome, nice upholstery, and everything else horrible! and he paid ALL the money for it. I am haveing to rebuild or replace everything electrical, Hydro-electrical, and mechanical. No point going in to all the details here. I will do a search in the technical forums for some answers to current questions, if I don't find answers I'll ask..

                                                 Thanks!!      JR.

Welcome JR!  Ask and you will have an answer shortly.  With your background, we will look forward to some of your answers to questions.

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20190424_174109.thumb.jpg.9814ec205ab30bfa9c4eaffccee01a65.jpgHay guys, just bought my 1st old car. 1952 Buick special. It has a turbo on it. Very stock other than that. I am excited to learn and meet new people. Eric in lacrosse wi. 

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Hello everyone.  I’m fortunate to have a few fun classics, but my all time favorite is my 1965 riviera that I recently purchased.  I had ideas of building an amazing pro touring riviera, but after getting this original beauty home I don’t think I have the heart to change a thing.  The car has 82k miles and has been with its last two overs for over 40 years.  The only thing that is non stock on the car is the newer paint job ( no filler in car ) , wheels and tires and the seat covers.  I also had ideas of going to a black interior but after having the car for a few days I decided I have to stay as original as possible and try and find all of the cool options Buick put into the highest end models.  I’m looking forward to chatting with other members about how to make this riviera a fully optioned time capsule.  I also have a full pro touring 1965 fastback mustang, and a beautiful 1976 bronco.  Happy cruising!! 

 

 

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We come.

 

Beautiful car.  I have 63 myself that came from the factory with about every available option (at build time) except for a rear window defogger - Texas car.  

 

Scroll down the forums until you get to the Riviera Owners Forum.  Lots of guys with lots of knowledge.  Post a picture of the Fisher Body plate - firewall above  brake booster.  Someone will decode it for you.  Other pictures will help determine options installed after the body left the Fisher Plant and onto final assembly for the front clip, power train, and chassis.  

 

Check out the Riviera Owners Association, link in my signature block.

 

Ed

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Thanks for the greeting.  Here is the cool tag and a pic of the engine compartment, I do need to gather the missing AC components in the next few months.  I think the car is pretty darn original so I’m curious to find out what some of the experienced guys have to say about the car after decoding it.  

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Welcome,

 

I'm guessing the first thing you'd like to know is what the Fisher Body Tag says.

11C - The car was built in the 3rd week of November 1964

65-49447 - 1965 Buick Riviera 2 dr spt. cpe.

TR-613 -Fawn cloth and vinyl seats

VV - Shell Beige paint

E - Tinted windows

X - Power windows 

T - Power seat

2K - Air Conditioning

 

Those are the options that were installed at the Fisher Body plant before the body was shipped to final assembly where it was married to the chassis, the power train was installed, and the front clip and other options were added.

 

Scroll down the Buick forums and you'll find that we Riviera owners have a forum of our very own.  Here's where you can get down to the nitty gritty with questions about your car.

 

We also have a club. Started in 1984. A bi-monthly magazine loaded with all sorts of info and cars. Plus a huge classfied section for complete cars and parts.  We also hold an annual event; each year in a different arra of the lower 48.  There's a link to the ROA website in my signature block.  Check it out.  Best two restoration tools you can have are a shop manual for your year, and membership in the club.

 

We're a very friendly group; everyone is on a first name basis.  When you introduce yourself let us know your name and where you live. Once again, welcome.

 

Ed

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Hello, My Name is David.

I have always wanted a 55/6 Buick but never pulled the trigger.
Welp after a brief stint with a 51 Styleline and a 49 Shoebox I found my way from Kentucky to Wisconsin to get me this 56 Buick Century.

 

The First pic is on my trip and the second one is in its current state.

Nailhead gone and pulling the suspension about to bag it. I have lots of question and I am hoping to find them here.

I will be looking around here in the new few days :)

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Great! Welcome, Im doin a 55 Cent, so if I can B of resistance, oh wait! Assistance,  feel free to contact. Greg

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Not sure if I need to do this  but here goes. I own a 1940 Roadmaster conv sedan. Great running/driving  condition ( thank you to Doug Seybold who I had look it over, sort it out after I bought it several years ago) with a paint job on it from 1972 in good condition, it is a fairly low mileage car and one former owner was the San Francisco Chapter of the Hell's Angels.  ( they bought it in the 1960s to haul their motorcycles in the back seat area, but I guess that didn't work out as well as they figured it would.)

I taught art to 5 to 12 year olds for 40 years ( 1,000+ kids a week)  retired and now research and write a few stories mostly about cars of the WWI to WWII era. I am not at all into having my cars judged, like to drive them, trophy's are for collectors/owners who like that sort of thing. Read more of my bio in the January 2011 issue of Hemmings Classic Car that is on line. Only thing different from what that report says is I now only own the 40 Buick and a 30 Packard touring car.

I belong to the Long Island Region of the BCA - they are the GREATEST , nicest most caring people you ever would want to meet! I have been an AACA member since 1965, attend Hershey every year since about 1966 ( my space is opposite Larry Schramm who is a cool guy, and is the Buick truck guru) , belonged to the CCCA for 46 years until this year. I take great joy in sharing what material, images etc I have acquired over the past 55 years with others.  Share the happiness  - get someone to join the BCA and AACA! The magazine editors for those clubs Pete Phillips for BCA and West Peterson for AACA are great.

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Recently bought a 1940 Buick Special Coupe on BringATrailer.

I'm new to Buicks but I like the idea of a straight 8.

I plan on going to National in MWC Oklahoma which is 10 miles away.

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20 minutes ago, TRD_OKC said:

Recently bought a 1940 Buick Special Coupe on BringATrailer.

I'm new to Buicks but I like the idea of a straight 8.

I plan on going to National in MWC Oklahoma which is 10 miles away.

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 Will be looking forward to meeting you and seeing the Buick.  That was my dream car as a teenager-young adult.

 

  Ben

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Good afternoon, 

Just joined the club, and I’m currently restoring a 1962 Buick Electra 4 Door Hardtop 6 window I purchased. Customizing it to my own taste, and plan on on replacing the 401 Nailhead with a Buick 455. Should be interesting.

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Charlie Steffy here.  Altamonte Springs (Orlando) FL.   Love driving my Buicks on BDE and AACA Tours!  If you will be at the AACA Fall Meet in Hershey this year, stop by Class 16 on Saturday.  I will be there with my 1919 H45 touring!

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Hello,

 

My name is David and I live about 15 miles south of the state capitol of Wisconsin (I'm just south of Madison).   I grew up on a dairy farm, went to a two year tech college, programmed computers for a large Midwest based insurance company for 32 years, and am now retired.  Just prior to retirement, I decided to restore our 1969 Camaro I had bought used back in 1984.  I hired out the body and paint work, but did all the mechanical work myself.  It was a body off frame restoration.  I had so much fun working on the car that when it was completed,  I  bought a 1964 El Camino at a swap meet.  I pulled the straight six and 3 speed on the tree and put in a small block and 200-4r transmission.  I have all the pieces to put in power steering this Fall when the car comes off the road.  It's my classic-daily-driver-on-nice-days car.

 

I've always wanted to learn how to do body work and paint on a car, so I've been looking for a project that I could use to teach myself those skills.  I found this 1964 all original, numbers matching, un-molested Riviera which I hope will fit the bill.   After getting the car home and removing the seats and pulling the carpet, I may have jumped into the deep end of the pool... we shall see.

 

Car came equipped with full tinted glass, tilt wood steering wheel, deluxe interior,  power seat, remote side mirror, dealer installed Buick compass (60's gps :)) Buick floor mats and dealer installed hitch.  The 425 motor is stuck.

 

I do have some specific Riv questions so I'll probably be hanging out in the Riviera Owners section on this board.

 

Here's a couple pics...

 

 

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Welcome

Nice project!

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