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PostSubject: 1963 buick Riviera   Wed Sep 26 2007, 11:03

This is the Buick... obviously

I bought it a couple of years ago from Ohio in the US, it's a 1963(first year) Buick Riviera with a 401ci(6.5L) Nailhead V8 engine and is pretty much the highest spec you could have had at the time with all electric windows, electric drivers seat, leather seats, power steering and Air con. it spent most of it's life in Florida but it also spent some time in Mexico as there are temporary visa stickers in the windows. it is 99% rot free with awesome surface rust pretty much all over the outside which has been treated with Ankor Wax to prevent further corrosion. it's not far off an MOT, just needs a few electrics sorting, the exhaust and a seal on the gearbox... here's some pics...









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PostSubject: Re: 1963 buick Riviera   Wed Sep 26 2007, 23:05

I've always loved 60's american cars. This Buick is awesome - really nice period detailing (that dashboard and centre console :shock: ) and great patina Smile
and its mahoosive too!
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PostSubject: Re: 1963 buick Riviera   Thu Sep 27 2007, 01:23

Now that's a hard looking car! Twisted Evil

Any plans for it?
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PostSubject: Re: 1963 buick Riviera   Thu Sep 27 2007, 01:26

sam@bugeyeddesigns wrote:
Now that's a hard looking car! Twisted Evil

Any plans for it?

get it on the road and drive it when i can afford the petrol Laughing

might get some big ass Torque Thrusts for it but not sure yet...
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PostSubject: Re: 1963 buick Riviera   Sat Nov 10 2007, 12:34

Any progess? Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 1963 buick Riviera   Thu Nov 15 2007, 05:45

Yeah, have you fixed it yet?
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PostSubject: Re: 1963 buick Riviera   Thu Nov 15 2007, 06:12

Scotty wrote:
Yeah, have you fixed it yet?

It's all tucked away(tightly) in a 20' container for the winter. getting in and out is some what scarey so i'm not going to do a great deal before spring. i have all the front lights out at the moment as all the bulb fittings have lost their spring, hence the bubs are all loose. so a bit of progress is in progress at least Smile

i also plan to drop the rest of the exhaust off and get a new one made up, funds allowing...
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PostSubject: Re: 1963 buick Riviera   Sun Mar 09 2008, 14:48

a mates got a buick motor in a fibreglass 32 ford , and it goes well , you can imagine Laughing does a bit of drag racing at shakespeare with it , not the easiest engine to get tuning bits for , but they produce good power Cool last i heard there was nitrous kit waiting to go on it Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: 1963 buick Riviera   Tue Mar 03 2009, 13:15

There's an interesting article on the Jalopy Journal about where the inspiration for the Riviera came from...

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/?p=4221

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PostSubject: Re: 1963 buick Riviera   Tue Mar 03 2009, 13:55

I just had a bit of a break through... one of the only parts i'm missing for the Buick to get it on the road is a petrol tank and sender unit as my originals were both rotten. i have been looking for ages but haven't found any second hand ones for sale as they all seem to rot out... but i just found one on US ebay that looks very dry and is complete with sender unit. avin

I did the buy it now option and it will hopefully get sent to LA in time to go in a car that's getting shipped in the next couple of weeks...
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PostSubject: Re: 1963 buick Riviera   Wed Mar 04 2009, 01:10

Don't ya just love it when a plan comes together
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PostSubject: Re: 1963 buick Riviera   Wed Mar 04 2009, 01:12

There used to be a prog on TV and they had a Buick Riviera boat tail on it. My wife loves them, we see one every year at Old Warden
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PostSubject: Re: 1963 buick Riviera   Thu Mar 05 2009, 02:12

oooh whats coming in a couple weeks????????
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PostSubject: Re: 1963 buick Riviera   Thu Mar 05 2009, 03:23

smiffys_chop_shop wrote:
oooh whats coming in a couple weeks????????

Nothing of mine, just a bus someone else bought and luckily he let me put the tank in...
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PostSubject: Re: 1963 buick Riviera   Wed Aug 12 2009, 15:59

Ok so i put a small straight through silencer on each side coming out just in front of the back wheel and when i reved it it was clearly much louder one side that the other which seemed strange so i investigated further and found the R/H exhaust manifold was cracked around the downpipe mounting flange. So tonight i got the manifold off and this is what i found...

There is this strange butterfly with an offset pivot that obviously opens when the engine runs and operates something(?) and it's siezed completely shut meaning that virtually no exhaust gasses could get past... i dredd to think what would have happened with one good thrash up the road, i'm sure it would have been sickeningly expensive!







No wonder it sounded a bit uneven Laughing confused

(excuse the pics, i don't know what was going on with my phone/camera)
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PostSubject: Re: 1963 buick Riviera   Thu May 13 2010, 14:17

The Floor pan 1/4 repairs and the carpet set arrived from America in another car so we welded the floors up, today i fitted the carpet, it was a pretty cheap carpet set and took a lot of trimming but it looks a whole lot better than no carpet and rotten floors....























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