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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:19 pm

wow...
thats a warm welcome happy
well so much as i heard of the last owner.
he told that he buyed the car from California.
but yes getting parts for it wont be easy for me.
cos buick is a GM car, then i think other gm cars parts may be same.
In my famely seems that whe have only american cars. they may take a bit more petrol as japanees and germans but....for the extra 1-2liter on 100km(60mile) to bay more...i rather enjoi the driving;)...siting in good seats like sofa happy and when step on the accelaration pedal then can see..somethign starts to happen hehe.

i made a big list of things what where broken on it.
it's nice to hear even that i'm new here and ppl don't know me...is still nice to see that here ppl want to help smile RElly big Thanks for that. And im sure i will need some help on gettign some parts for it in future.

here are some things what where broken/missing and ideas what i could do about it. And maybe if somone has had the same problem could give me any advice smile
*ABS light is on and tracsion controll- i looked up the wires what cone to disc brakes and fuses thats all id did so far maybe any ideas why the light is on?
*Drivers seat- lether is broken and i decided to change it when i find same coulor lether.
*A pilar's clothe as cone loos. but have buyed some new materjal and will change it soon smile
*sunroof makes cracky noise- guess it needs oiling
*climacotroll monitors lights are sometimes weak and the buttons lights dont work. opened it and looked inside. lights where ok. dont know atm what to do whit it.
*AC is empty. will fill it up, guess there goes 1kg of freoon?+ AC pump oil and coulor? my naber will fill it up. think i will change justicase the AC pumps bearing tho.
*fuil 'door' dosent open from button. maybe solenoid broken? dos open from trunk of the wire.
*exhaust makes strange sound - well decided to build a 3'' from downpipe till end a new exhaustpipe smile...foudn out that the car as 2 lamdas?( or are they in english somekind exhaust gaas sensors? could i delete the cat? whitout making the car move bad? or they need it there? cos the sensors are...1 befor cat and 1 after cat.
*need to paint the hood and drivers door. door as deep scratch on it and hood as lost some lack and the aluminium made some bubles there where the mask connects whit hood.
*SUPERCHARGER- just a question about that...my dad as a Pontiac bonneville SSEi 95 year....he as the 1 generation supercharged engine..my riv as the 2nd generation. the 1st gen's supercharger makes alot of that 'sound' but my cars charger dosent make teh same sound. cant even hear if it as one working or not. or is it normal? that the 2nd gen charger is qvaiet?


Some things i have allready fixed:
changed all sparkplugs buted 5W- 40 full syntetic oil, new oil filter. fixed teh electric antenna. Whached the engine and buted a K&F BIG air filter.

atm have taken out the whole interjor and cleanign it. will but a new car alarm and install the stereo wires smile
some pictures tho...

Engine room befor whaching...

...and after



interjor out:

peaces cleaned smile:



and one of car:


okay guess thats enaf for now happy will update later
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Sat Oct 11, 2008 2:51 pm

hey-hey Snowdog welcome here.You gotta take care of your Riv my man.BTY aren't this STS wheels?
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Sat Oct 11, 2008 2:57 pm

stan wrote:
hey-hey Snowdog welcome here.You gotta take care of your Riv my man.BTY aren't this STS wheels?


yes! they are STS chroom wheels.
the last owner had those on and got the original riviera wheels whit winter tires tho. one original rim has centrecap missing frown so i need to get somewhere one for it.
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Sat Oct 11, 2008 3:19 pm

Welcome! nice riv
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Sat Oct 11, 2008 3:25 pm

welcome Man Nice looking riv and good luck with your riv
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Sat Oct 11, 2008 3:42 pm

Estonia, wow, we Riviera owners are all over the place!

How many miles are on that car? It definitely needs some care from everything you said was wrong with it.


Is that a cone filter I see? Haha, nice! I'd assume it's cold up by you, but you should look into turning that into a Fenderwell Intake, since sucking in warm air will hurt your already-abused engine. You can build this out of plain old PVC pipe, and the instructions are here:

http://rivperformance.editboard.com/series-ii-engine-transmission-f4/write-up-building-a-custom-4-fwi-t107.htm


Best of luck to you, and keep those wheels turning!!
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:17 pm

Estonia, wow, we Riviera owners are all over the place!

How many miles are on that car? It definitely needs some care from everything you said was wrong with it.



it had 140.000miles rolleyes




Is that a cone filter I see? Haha, nice! I'd assume it's cold up by you, but you should look into turning that into a Fenderwell Intake, since sucking in warm air will hurt your already-abused engine. You can build this out of plain old PVC pipe, and the instructions are here:



Will make a heatwall of rostfree plate and glue on the cone side a soloplastic....
it dosent let heath through smile...and if that stll dosen't help then will do a bit same as in the guide....cut a hole and let the cone into cooler air
will go someday to a friend who owns a dyno and builds custom race engines...lives less then half mile from me happy
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:55 pm

To answer your question about the Gen I And Gen II Superchargers, yes the Gen II is quieter than the Gen I. This is normal.
After you make your cold air intake, show us some pictures of what you made. O.K.

Will make a heatwall of rostfree plate and glue on the cone side a soloplastic....

I'm interested in the above mentioned modification.
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:26 pm

IBx1 wrote:

Is that a cone filter I see? Haha, nice! I'd assume it's cold up by you, but you should look into turning that into a Fenderwell Intake, since sucking in warm air will hurt your already-abused engine

ummm no it won't....... That intake flows much better than yours iian
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:32 pm

#1, great to hear that you plan on building a heat shield!

#2, it's ilan, with an I and then an L, Travis.

#4, it's going to be a FWI in a little while so I need the big tube.
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:40 pm

IBx1 wrote:
#1, great to hear that you plan on building a heat shield!
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when i went from Fender well intake to a 4 inch Warm air intake i noticed a huge increase in performance
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Sat Oct 11, 2008 6:41 pm

Travis,
I'm confused a little. Did you say you noticed a large increase in performance when going to a warm air intake?


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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:42 pm

The A/C usually means the compressor seal is leaking, generally we just replace the whole compressor if you really need the A/C. It will be expensive.

I think what you cann call Lambda we call "O2 sensor" or Oxygen Sensor.

The climate control light bulbs are soldered in, not simple to replace, but if you already have the circuit board out you can probably do it. There is a thread here somewhere about replacing the bulbs with a Radio Shack part number, it is the correct number if you can order from Radio Shack to overseas. Otherwise any small electronics shop might have them, they are just tiny 12v light bulbs on loose wire.
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Sun Oct 12, 2008 2:31 am

The A/C usually means the compressor seal is leaking, generally we just replace the whole compressor if you really need the A/C. It will be expensive.


yes i know and its dificuld to change the bearing. changed one time on my dad's bonneville SSEi. but after change everythign worked fine smile

I think what you cann call Lambda we call "O2 sensor" or Oxygen Sensor.

oh okay... but dos it change anything if i take the cat off? and but just a normal 3'' rostfree pipe there? so much as i know the car gets info of the O2 sensor in down pipe that fuil mixture is perfect. not to much fuil or air. but one is after cat... what is it mesuring there?

The climate control light bulbs are soldered in, not simple to replace, but if you already have the circuit board out you can probably do it. There is a thread here somewhere about replacing the bulbs with a Radio Shack part number, it is the correct number if you can order from Radio Shack to overseas. Otherwise any small electronics shop might have them, they are just tiny 12v light bulbs
on loose wire.


Yes i noticed that. when had it open saw it had tiny led lights in there but have not find out yet why they dont want to light.

oh well...today i truy 2 change the car alarm and install amp wres and other wires for sound. and will open the climacontrol board again. will connect it whit car when its open and see whti tester where it dosent get any electricity and signal. i don't belive taht all th LED bulbs could be broken cos leds have a long lifetime and if any would have be broken then maybe just one.

will tell later today if it worked or not happy
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:45 am

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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:56 am

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I think what you cann call Lambda we call "O2 sensor" or Oxygen Sensor.

oh okay... but dos it change anything if i take the cat off? and but just a normal 3'' rostfree pipe there? so much as i know the car gets info of the O2 sensor in down pipe that fuil mixture is perfect. not to much fuil or air. but one is after cat... what is it mesuring there?

If you removed the cat you would probably get a service engine light, or error code in the PCM for the rear O2 sensor. The rear O2 sensor does nothing except confirm the cat is working right. As long as you keep the front O2 sensor in place you'll be fine. If you have to pass exhaust emissions testing, some people will install a rear O2 'simulator' that keeps the error code away.
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:56 pm

yesterday installed the car alarm. was a hard work. electricity isent my favorite job happy but anyways got it done. the remote as 4 buttons. alarm on, of trunk open and one extra. maybe will make the extra button start the engine happy
will think about it hehe.


today started to fix the dachboard. cos the car had been in california where should be very hot?
anyways...1st i had to clean it cos the last owner had buted somekind fake lether on the whol dashboard and even sealed the passanger airbag:S...dotn know what was in hes mind!....if the car would have been crached then someone would have got serious insuries.
anwyas remooved it and cleaned of the old glue what took alot time.



Those are the materjals i used(soloplastic(dont know whats it called in english) and black matt fake lether what stretches much

1.cleaned whit sandpaper...

2.open airbag cover..


3.then spray glue on the dashboard( used M3's nr 80)


4.Sprayed on soloplastic and glued it on dashboard, then cuted the edges whti a carpetcuting knife.

5.sprayed glue on the lether and on soloplastic and stretched the lether araund the dashboard. To make it stretch more can use a hairdryer or something better..





tomorrow will post some pictures how it came out smile
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Mon Oct 13, 2008 4:59 pm

nice riv man and good luck!
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Mon Oct 13, 2008 5:43 pm

Dam I want to redo my interior but I cant be with out my Riv for however long it will take me to so it?
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:21 pm

Wow, nice job on that dash! I don't think I've ever seen that done before.
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:43 pm

you go ahead bro! that's the way!
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:04 am

Please, try and find out what we would call soloplastic, you also mentioned using it for your intake system, How?
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:25 pm


dashboard done smile
tomorrow maybe get driver seat lether changed tho.

Still dont have any idea how soloplastic would be called in english.
its a materjal whats good for noise and warm isolation.
in the intake i will but stainless steal wall and but the intake pipe through it.on the side where the cone will be..i glue 'soloplastic' on heatwall. that stops the engine heat go through it to cone. and on the top of the plate will but a ruber seal what should hold against bonet when closed. will show everythign when get on whit it. at the moment buting the interjor back together. today buted carpet back in.

hmmm..well its not very hard...whit the right tools took me 2-3h time for removing the whould interjor. if somone plans to whach the carped whit pressure whacher then you should wait till its tottaly dryed befor you but it back to car. been waiting 3 days for it to dry rolleyes
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:41 pm

Very nice work on the dashboard. Look forward to seeing you do the rest of the interior. It looks likes like you have a good shop to work in and some experience doing this work.
Nice job! Please keep us posted on your progress and thanks for sharing.
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PostSubject: Re: Snowdog's Riv   Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:58 pm

Man I hope to make mine look that good one day
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