Picked up another Riv over the weekend from a co-worker. The best part is I didn't have to pay anything for it! He had wanted to fix it up but couldn't get the cash or time to and knew I would fix it right
Anyways, it's a 95 SC Riv with Silver over Blue two tone that my co-worker picked out. He added the T-type badges off his 86 Riv T-type when it finally gave up. It was originally dark green grey metallic, and has the same green interior as my 97. Seems to be fully loaded including the sun roof, heated seat and traction control. The paint looks great and there's no rust to be concerned about
. The interior is in great shape, just a little dirty.
It has caddy rims on it now, I already have a set of riv stock chrome wheels set aside for it, hopefully can get a few bucks for the caddy ones to help fund the engine swap
Now onto the bad. It has a lengthy list of problems that need addressing before it will be anywhere near a road again. Number one being a rod knock that sounds just like my 97 when I first got it. I was hoping for a bad balancer or flex plate, but no luck
Next up, a new problem to me, is the ignition switch is all sorts of screwed up. The key is rather hard to turn (more resistance than usual) and it won't crank in the crank position. In fact, sometimes smoke comes out of the column when you turn the key! To get it running, you have to position the key just right to get all the accessories on, then press a button someone wired under the hood to engage the starter. Real convenient for working it! Anyone ever replace one of these switches? I priced out a new one and WILL be getting a used one from the yard for sure.
Among those issues it had 2 rotted brake lines which I already fixed so I could stop the car, a rusted gas pedal, and there is a leak somewhere that fills the PS rear floor and battery compartment. There's also tons of bulbs burnt out.
Not sure when I will get to picking up a replacement engine (found one at the yard, but cash is tight right now), but someday it will ride again.