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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:47 pm

Oh baby! I finally got my gauge pod installed this past weekend during spring break. I even splurged for the more expensive LED Autometer GS guages so they would match my dash lights. The upholsterer did a fantastic job matching the fabric and stitching around the gauge pods. Definitely money well spent!



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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:07 pm

love em. jordon is that the tordor red metalic paint? that was my cars original color and what it will be goin back to. just wondering how many are on here
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:28 pm

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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:33 pm

I think it called Medium Garnet Red Metallic, but I'm not sure. It is the factory paint though. I'm glad you are painting your Riviera red, there aren't enough of us on here. I think the red makes the Riv look a lot sportier.
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:21 pm

Looking good.
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:39 pm

Ohhh yes.looking good.
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:22 am

Dude, yes... smile
Also dig the sinister red footwell lighting
(What bulbs are they?? razz


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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:23 am

yep im goin back original on the paint when i get around to it and find a good shop. right now im rockin the primer lol. whats the model number on that dvd? ive beeen lookin for one that will fit without any (major) mods
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:55 am

llamalor2112 wrote:
Dude, yes... smile
Also dig the sinister red footwell lighting
(What bulbs are they?? razz

They're actually 3m adhesive red LED strips from Autozone. It's probably the best $20 I've ever spent. I've had them installed over a year now and I've had no problems with them. I wired them to my headlights so they only come on at night. They also work with the dimmer switch so you can adjust the intensity of the lighting. I highly recommend them. The Riviera has perfect flat surfaces under the dash to mount them. All of the wiring is hid and it's a very clean install.
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:01 am

joshuadalegrimes wrote:
yep im goin back original on the paint when i get around to it and find a good shop. right now im rockin the primer lol. whats the model number on that dvd? ive beeen lookin for one that will fit without any (major) mods

I want to say it's the Sony XAV-62BT. It plays DVDs and streams media such as pandora or Itunes through Blu-tooth or USB. I really enjoy the hands-free calling. I have a little microphone mounted at the top of my A pillar to enable this feature.
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:46 am

Dude! Nice work!
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:56 am

Those pillar gauges looks excellent! man I'm dying to finish mine.
I had a mic for bluetooth mounted up by the mirror and found i had to speak loud for people to hear me. I since moved it kinda down under the dashboard hood to the left of the a/c controls - seems like it's much better there.
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:55 am

wait wait.. where did you get that gauge pod?!?!?!
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:01 am

I cut down a 4th gen fbody pod when I did mine a couple of years ago.
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:11 am

thankks j good idea!!
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:19 am

This thread should have everything you are looking for on the A-pillar gauges.

http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t2780-write-up-a-pillar-re-upholstery-guage-pods?highlight=gauge+pod
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:31 pm

Chris, I actually followed your write up for my installation. However, I didn't see the need to cut the pod. I used JB Weld and mounted it to the flat surface of the A Pillar. It fit perfect!
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:31 pm

Chris, are your gauges LED?
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:40 pm

I didn't want my gauges sticking out over the dash much and that is why I cut the pod down. I did not use led gauges. I just used ones with green bulbs. I was trying to keep it looking like the factory gauges as much as I could.
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:58 pm

Did it end up matching pretty well? I'm very pleased mine. I read a lot of negative things about the non-LED gauges not lighting up the entire surface of the gauge.

Not to mention, I knew it was destiny when these gauges matched my dash lights and were the Autometer "GS" series. The Buick heritage was just icing on the cake haha.
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:29 pm

Mine do match pretty well, but mine also do not light up the whole gauge. Mainly the bottom portion doesn't get much light from the bulb. Which I do not need and I do not do alot of night driving at the moment. So it hasn't bothered me to much. I think the led would be the better look though. Overall I am pretty happy with how mine did turn out.
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:59 pm

I did take a look at mine in the dark tonight. They color good, but are a little dim compared to the rest of the dash lights.
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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:29 pm

Well I've been debating whether or not to show you guys my new wheels, but I just can't contain the excitement any longer. I'm hoping to buy them this summer. They're MSR 095 Black Pearl wheels, and should be available in a 5X115 bolt pattern later this summer. They may be the sexiest wheels I've ever seen. Look very similar to the 2013 Shelby GT500 wheels, but they are finished in black chrome. (my absolute favorite finish on any type of wheels). Not to mention, most importantly, they are made in America.

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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:36 pm

Those are AWESOME! BUY THEM NOW! bow

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PostSubject: Re: 69GSColorado's 1996 Riviera GS -- New Tail Light Design!!!   Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:38 pm

Sexy....just sexy

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