misteroman

1965 riviera GS for sale.Restored 15 years ago. *SOLD*

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Western NY.  Getting close to starting to part out which would be a shame......

Floors, trunk, fenders,  doors, and trunk are ROCK  solid. 

Bumpers are perfect upon quick inspection.

All Seats are perfect. Dash is nice. Engine and tranny both rebuilt with receipts. 

Correct GS tranny, suspension, carbs, intake ,and chrome breather.

Rear end/suspension. 

Etc etc, etc......

D

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6 minutes ago, misteroman said:

Western NY.  Getting close to starting to part out which would be a shame......

Floors, trunk, fenders,  doors, and trunk are ROCK  solid. 

Bumpers are perfect upon quick inspection.

All Seats are perfect. Dash is nice. Engine and tranny both rebuilt with receipts. 

Correct GS tranny, suspension, carbs, intake ,and chrome breather.

Rear end/suspension. 

Etc etc, etc......

D

So when you criticize the past restoration attempt, be clear about whether that misadventure is a liability moving forward, i.e., did they do any damage to the car that the next owner will have to deal with. If not, a clarification may allay fears.

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Some headaches....

Took 11 yrs to finish

Lost dash pad. Dad had to buy new one.

Got wrong paint first time. Made my Dad rebuy 

Ran outta restoration materials with no money to rebuy. Made my Dad rebuy.

He Had house foreclosed on during resto,  had to have car towed to new house. 

Lost numerous washers, nuts, bolts, clips, needed money to buy new ones

 

Etc etc etc etc

 

The nightmare was dealing with a lazy trash bag for 11 yrs and my Dad was so disgusted by the process when the car came home he sold it for probably 20% of what he had into it. Just typing this boils my blood of what a scumbag he is and that my Dad never had his final riv to enjoy at the end.

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My 64 had a similar experience. The previous owners sent out for paint, and the paint guy decided he wanted to keep the car. They had to get the cops involved to get it back. The clearcoat started peeling within a year. The interior guy didn't want to finish the car, they had to force him to get it done, so the last stages were crap. Did the seats and door panels really well, but there was overspray everywhere and the carpet fit really badly. I think it was that guy that stole the GS valve covers, the air cleaner, and a couple pieces of trim. One of them took pliers to the fuel line trying to sabotage it. I found a piece that was pinched almost flat. They drove it about 200 miles, and had a wiring fire, and got sick of it and parked it for 10 years.

 

Given the circumstances of your story, unless it's anything that affects the car, I wouldn't mention it in the ad. Maybe as a story to a serious buyer. I'm honestly surprised it hasn't sold. If I was in the market, i'd be seriously after it.

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6 hours ago, misteroman said:

Western NY.  Getting close to starting to part out which would be a shame......

Floors, trunk, fenders,  doors, and trunk are ROCK  solid. 

Bumpers are perfect upon quick inspection.

All Seats are perfect. Dash is nice. Engine and tranny both rebuilt with receipts. 

Correct GS tranny, suspension, carbs, intake ,and chrome breather.

Rear end/suspension. 

Etc etc, etc......

D

Unless you're desperate for money, please don't part it out. I've been told by a couple of friends they've had great success selling cars on "Offerup". I'd ask more for the car, and let people talk you down to the minimum you'd accept. Also, consider a consignment classic car dealer. They handle the selling, for a slice of the pie.

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Definitely don't need the money just more of an annoyance now. After realizing what every one said about not buying it back since he hated it, it's time to move on.

Not going to spend 50-75k redoing a car that my Dad kindof hated at the end. Doesnt really make sense.

No reputable classic car dealer is going to consign a car like this.

If it does come to the point where I still have it when we list our house up here in March, I will bring to KY and part it.

 I should be able to get a decent amount for a rebuilt 425 dual quad engine with original carbs,manifold, finned valve covers , and the chrome breather.

Add to that the rebuilt original GS tranny should bring an ok amount as well.

Sell the car as a complete pretty solid roller to someone with and extra 350 engine and tranny and all will be happy lol.

Just a shame honestly and sad.

 

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On 9/7/2019 at 11:46 AM, Rivdrivn said:

 

Very well optioned. No rear defrost, but it has power vent windows. End of October production . Originally white exterior, black deluxe interior.

And I'm pretty sure this is another of the scumbag painters screwups.........

Car was def a red black GS from day one.

The "parts car" he made my Dad buy was a white 65. No doubt in my mind he lost the trim tag too and put the one from the white car on there.!!!!!

Guess we should be happy he at least saved or didn't lose the VIN tags.....

I will say one thing, if I wasnt a Christian.......... I'll let you guys take it from there.

Now I'm all angry again and going to pursue that judgement against him .

D

 

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1 minute ago, misteroman said:

And I'm pretty sure this is another of the scumbag painters screwups.........

Car was def a red black GS from day one.

The "parts car" he made my Dad buy was a white 65. No doubt in my mind he lost the trim tag too and put the one from the white car on there.!!!!!

Guess we should be happy he at least saved or didn't lose the VIN tags.....

I will say one thing, if I wasnt a Christian.......... I'll let you guys take it from there.

Now I'm all angry again and going to pursue that judgement against him .

D

 

What are the engine and trans codes ?

Tom

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25 minutes ago, misteroman said:

Where would I find those at?

 

  The engine code and production number is just to the rear of the water manifold/thermostat housing on the lifter valley cover mounting surface on the passenger side. The partial VIN stamp is on the same surface but on the drivers side.

  Re the trans there should be an ID plate on the passenger side of the case just above the trans pan mounting surface. If you can read the tag all info on the tag is important.

  A picture of both is worth a thousand words....

Tom

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Here's an illustration of where to find the code numbers on your engine.

 

The Engine Production Code is where the 1965  LX will be stamped.  The L and the X might not be as close together as shown.  In this illustration, the MT is a 1966 401.

In 1965, the L would be for 1965 and the X would be for the Super Wildcat engine  The Engine Serial Number matches the VIN on the body 

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The data plate for the transmission is on the passenger's side.  Looks like this.  You're looking for the correct date and code numbers stamped into the plate as well as painted on (if the paint is still there.)

 

Related image

 

Keep in mind that there are only three differences between an LX coded engine and and a LW coded engine.  The distributor, the carbs,  and the pulley for the air conditioner.  The camshaft, pistons, and other internals are all the same.    An LX coded engine is only really of value if it's in the car with the matching VIN.  Otherwise, on your LW, modify your distributor, and add another carb, and you'll have the same power output.  The a/c pulley is only different because of the 3.42 rear end.  Any ST400 transmission can be modified to raise the shift points and firm up the shifts.    I'm not trying to burst your bubble but letting you know that just because a block has the LX stamp on it doesn't make it desirable (unless you have the VIN to go with it.)  Externally, the finned covers and dual snorkel air cleaner will be worth something but those can be found on eBay individually as well or as in the case of the finned covers, they're being reproduced..   The complete package is synergistic - The sum of the parts will not be equal to the whole product. 

 

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Very confident that its not an lx block. Pretty sure its a LW or whatever the 425 was in 66.                                                Not sure what I'll be able to see on the tranny due to limited clearance Where it's parked. I know the guy that bought it off my Dad had it checked out by the 2 big buick guys in WNY and they verified the rest being correct for a 65GS  

He's on his way over to drop off the rest of the stuff for it. I will pick his brain a little more for anymore  info of there is any.

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Just got home from KY last night as we're still on strike and they let me come home to see family which is awesome as they can't come down til end of year. 

Price reduced to 7k and will be here a week or so if anyone needs any pictures or such.

Thanks

Derek

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Good for you! Did you advertise it locally at all? Was it someone from the area?

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On 10/19/2019 at 2:19 PM, misteroman said:

Sold..........😔

Congrats! someone got a great deal.

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