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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:03 pm

what are the measurements of your tires?
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:22 pm

It's in my signature at the bottom of my posts. They are 245/45-18
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:38 pm

I haven't posted on my page for a while now I see. lol. I haven't been on here to much lately. Been on the Nastyz28 and 3rd gen Fbody forums with my other toys I've been working on smile. I'm still here though and get email alerts from posts and messages. So may have been missing some new members that have joined. I'll have to keep an eye on that.
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PostSubject: What green brake caliper paint did you use, and did it hold up?   Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:47 pm

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Pics of the brake job over the weekend.


























Apologies, I know this is an old post, but I am curious what brake caliper paint you used.

Most caliper paints I see are the typical red, yellow, black or silver, but you found a nice green paint that I haven't seen before.

Also, how has it held up over the last couple years?

Thanks
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:07 am

I primered it with low gloss black hi temp engine paint first. Then I used duplicolor body matching touch up paint. I think I put a good 3 or 4 coats each on them. They are holding up pretty well still. I have not had them off of the car yet. So I do not know if they will chip, but I can always touh that up if it happens. Here are the links for what I used and hope it helps.

This is the low gloss black I like to use on almost eveything.

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/DPLG/DE1634.oap?ck=Search_de1634_-1_1379&keyword=de1634

Here is the Duplicolor perfect match touch up spray paint I used. I got the one that matched my cars color.

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/DPL1/BGM0518/N1148.oap?ck=Search_touch+up+paint_N1148_-1_1379&keyword=touch+up+paint&pt=N1148&ppt=C0253

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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:07 pm


Thanks!

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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:32 am

Not a problem.
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:45 pm

Worked on the Riv Saturday a bit. Changed the oil and filter. Cleaned my air filter and fixed a bad vacuum leak. Found my left front sway bar u-bracket mount was busted. Called Addco this morning and they are sending me another one at no charge. Otherwise the car is still doing great. I have been working on other projects for a while. If anyone is interested in checking them out I have two I am working on. The IROC is sitting in storage till spring now though. Here are the links for my build threads on them.

80 Camaro
http://www.nastyz28.com/forum/showthread.php?t=265945&page=2

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http://www.thirdgen.org/techboard/members-camaros/686549-my-1987-iroc.html
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:03 pm

87 iroc...yeah
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:11 pm

So last night I was coming home and heard a thud while I was driving. stopped and pulled over. Sure enough I hit a deer. It ran right into the passenger side of the car. Dented the front fender, rear quarter and busted the headlight. I'll get some pictures of it soon. Hopefully it won't cost to much to fix. I do need to find a headlight. It works but busted the lense up and the corner light as well.
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:20 pm

Night driving this time of year is a gamble. Sorry to hear about your misfortune. frown 
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:31 pm

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So last night I was coming home and heard a thud while I was driving.  stopped and pulled over.  Sure enough I hit a deer.  It ran right into the passenger side of the car.  Dented the  front fender, rear quarter and busted the headlight.  I'll get some pictures of it soon.  Hopefully it won't cost to much to fix.  I do need to find a headlight.  It works but busted the lense up and the corner light as well.
what happened to the Deer?
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Sun Nov 24, 2013 3:07 pm

It was dark. I don't know. I didn't see it anywhere.
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:15 pm

Damn! Sorry to hear about that frown If that happened to me, it'd probably be enough to drive me to start deer hunting *religiously*
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:04 pm

Here are a few pictures.  I'm going to get an estimate and I'm going to try to pop some of that dent out in the back.


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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:14 pm

Damn,Chris.....the front ain't that bad but hopefully the quarter pan can be popped out.
Man...it's been a long while since I last had some grilled deer ...it's time.
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:25 pm

J. Chris Davis wrote:
Here are a few pictures.  I'm going to get an estimate and I'm going to try to pop some of that dent out in the back.






Wow!that was some pissed off deer! reindeer 
The sharp crease in the Q panel might be a challenge? the rest aint so bad and can be repaired in an afternoon.Doin it yourself ?
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:12 pm

I'm not really much of a body man. I'm going to be taking it to a local place to get fixed. That crease does have me a bit worried. I'm going to try to pop out what I can in the next day or two. I may have to wait till spring to get it fixed though. It's the only vehicle I can drive at the moment and need it for work. I'm at least getting the headlight and corner light taken car of right away. It could have been a lot worse. Glad it didn't run right out in front of me. That might have totaled the car.
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:26 pm

If your going to take it to a bodyshop, don't worry about that crease. piece of cake for a bodyman. Its actually not a crease, but a smile.smile smile  You will want to tap that smile gently while pushing out the dent. It will relieve the stress on the panel and keep you from stretching the metal. Just light to medium tapping on the hi spot while you apply pressure from inside. When pushing out, don't go right for the lowest point, but work toward it until you get it out where you want it. Good luck! Sorry to here of your mishap.
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:29 pm

...just be careful when popping fenders not to damage the paint,there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube,watch a few first.
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:32 pm

Thanks for the advice. It has already cracked some paint in that area. So it will have to have some touchup done to it. Does anyone know. If I take the interior panel out behind the dent will I have access to the back side of the quarter panel or is there other car structure in the way?
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:08 am

If I remember correctly, there are holes in the inner panel. If not, a hole saw can be used to gain access.
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:31 am

Ok thanks. Now to figure out how this panel comes out of there.
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:53 am

Well I'm not able to push the dent out myself without causing more damage to the panel.  I'm taking it to the body guy after work to see how much it will cost and I will see if he can pop any of it out real quick while I'm there and I think my A/C compressor is going out to. Started making noise and smelling under the hood. Looked like it was coming from there.
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PostSubject: Re: My 98 Buick Riviera   Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:00 am

That sucks, sorry to hear about it. Deer hits are no joke. My brother was behind someone on the highway who hit a deer going 75. Basically liquified the deer, completely covering my brother's car in deer guts. (no, he wasn't following _that_ close) The car that hit the deer was a Lexus SUV (with dealer plates, woman worked at a lexus dealer and the thing was basically brand new but she didn't own it so lucky for her). I wish my brother had a dash cam. He was on his way to my house anyway, and it took us hours to get the car clean. Could be one of the most disgusting external cleanup jobs I've been through. Went to the neighborhood spray car wash first until we ran out of quarters...

anyway, yeah a good body guy will be able to take care of the dents the right way. Some people are able to massage the metal like liquid... just the right touch to warm it up first and massage it back to the original shape. An impressive skill! Good luck!
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