The 8th Gen Riviera Resource
 
HomeDashboardSearchRiviera Questions & AnswersWrite-Ups IndexRegisterRelated LinksLog in

Share
 

 Bought my first Riv today

Go down 
AuthorMessage
Mattwa
Enthusiast


Name : Matt
Age : 27
Location : Cleveland, Ohio
Joined : 2012-07-02
Post Count : 173
Merit : 8

Bought my first Riv today Empty
PostSubject: Bought my first Riv today   Bought my first Riv today EmptyWed Jul 04, 2012 10:11 pm

Hello all. My name is Matt and I'm 20 years old. I bought a 97 Riviera today for a good price, and I LOVE it so far! I spent the past two or three evenings reading alot of threads on this forum (that is also when I joined technically), and it is truly a great resource. It has 138K miles, and runs great. Needs some work, but nothing horrible. I am new to Rivieras but not new to the 3800/4T65e-HD, or GM (I have done 4 engine swaps in Fieros so far). I have already done some mods, one of which was gutting the air box. Helped for sure, that red piece was so limiting flow.

Bought my first Riv today IMG_20120704_111153




Last edited by Mattwa on Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:55 pm; edited 2 times in total
Back to top Go down
gmann3001
Fanatic
gmann3001

Name : Glenn W. Peck
Age : 45
Location : Orland Park, IL.
Joined : 2011-11-16
Post Count : 389
Merit : 9

Bought my first Riv today Empty
PostSubject: Re: Bought my first Riv today   Bought my first Riv today EmptyWed Jul 04, 2012 11:21 pm

Hey that Light... open the wiring harness boot that's between the door and body,
you may have some broken wires in there... that's common. and if its burnt out you can
try a junk yard or search the site, I know someone did a post about replacing them.
AND WELCOME!!!!! shes a beautiful car! hi
Back to top Go down
http://gmann3001@yahoo.com
ghpcnm
Aficionado
ghpcnm

Name : Dave
Age : 67
Location : FLORIDA / The Stand Your Ground State
Joined : 2011-02-21
Post Count : 2039
Merit : 23

Bought my first Riv today Empty
PostSubject: Re: Bought my first Riv today   Bought my first Riv today EmptyThu Jul 05, 2012 12:14 am

Welcome to the group, Matt. hi

That's a nice looking Riv you have there. I'm always amazed at how well the interiors hold up on these cars. I'm more of an exterior / interior detailing nut, so I will leave the mechanical advice to the pros. I'm sure they will be here to offer good advice. Congrats on your new ride.
Back to top Go down
http://www.americantorque.com/page/0/1189/
AA
Administrator
AA

Name : Aaron
Age : 42
Location : C-bus, Ohio
Joined : 2007-01-13
Post Count : 18366
Merit : 241

Bought my first Riv today Empty
PostSubject: Re: Bought my first Riv today   Bought my first Riv today EmptyThu Jul 05, 2012 2:24 am

Hi, Matt. Welcome aboard. Lots of questions in your first post. In order to better serve you, it would be a good idea to read through our Getting Started page. If you missed it, here's the link:

http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t50-welcome-riviera-fans-read-here-first

Once you understand how to use our board, it will be easier to find the answers you need. I've posted some links for you below, directing you to existing threads. Please post further questions in these threads. Thx.

Quote :
I do have a few questions-
-Power steering pump is making more noise then I would think is normal. Not sure if it's the pump though. The power steering works great still, too great actually. I just read about that today here, and yes my 97 has super feather light steering. I could use one finger. Haha. Of course there is no steering feel at all because of it.
-Supercharger coupler needs replaced (rattle rattle). What would you recommend I get for a pulley size? 3.6 or 3.5?
-Fuel door doesn't open without assistance, how can I fix this?
-The rear brakes look HORRIBLE. Those rear rotors are disgusting, there is no solid wear surface anymore, it's only like half. I'm sure pads are toast and Front brakes look OK, but the rotors still look worn down some. I think this is partly because the ebrake cable is completely frozen from rust (or maybe the calipers.. gulp). I put some force on the little pedal and it didn't budge.
-What about the F-body brake upgrade? Haven't read into that much. Is it worth it?
-I"m slightly concerned about the transmission. The fluid is somewhat brown ish and doesn't smell that great. Would a fluid change and fluid help it? It works just fine.
-Rust. It's there, and needs to be taken care of soon. It's at that point where if I don't do something about it in the near future, I will most likely start seeing holes.
-Not sure if the suspension needs work or not. Seems ok.
-I do have a slight wobble in my steering column, but it's a small amount, so i think it should be ok for now?

Is there anything I'm missing or should know about these cars so I'm prepared?

Power Steering Noise: http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t4631-faq-power-steering-pump-noise-problems

Supercharger Coupler: http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t6718-write-up-supercharger-coupler-replacement-series-ii

SC Pulley Size: http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t3656-faq-smaller-sc-pulley-what-size

Fuel Door Stuck: http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t3111-faq-fuel-door-stuck-closed-hinge-problems

Rear Brakes: http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t631-write-up-replacing-rear-rotors-and-pads-lots-of-pics

F-Body Upgrade: http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t2310-write-up-f-body-brake-mod

Transmission Fluid: http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t3692p15-write-up-transmission-fluid-filter-change

Rust Concerns: http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t6233-faq-rust-areas-concerns

Suspension: http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t4759-faq-g-body-suspension-basics

Steering Wobble: http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t6471-faq-steering-column-slop-problems-replacement

Again, welcome, and congrats on the new ride!

_________________
'98 SC Riviera • 281k miles • 298 HP/370 TQ • 0-60: 5.79s • ET: 13.97 @ 99.28 • 4087 lb • 20.1 avg MPG • Nelson Ledges Lap: 1:30
3.4" pulley • AL104 plugs • 180º t-stat • FWI w/K&N • 1.9:1 rockers • OR pushrods • LS6 valve springs • SLP headers • ZZP fuel rails
KYB GR2 struts • MaxAir shocks • Addco sway bars • UMI bushings • GM STB • Enkei 18" EV5s w/ Dunlop DZ101s • F-body calipers
EBC bluestuff/Hawk HP plus • SS lines • Brembo slotted discs • DHP tuned • Aeroforce • Hidden Hitch

^^^ SOLD ^^^ frown

'05 GTO • 85k miles • 0-60: 4.8s • 16.9 avg MPG • Nelson Ledges Lap: 1:26
Because fun


'70 Olds Ninety-Eight Holiday Coupe • 116k miles • 455 Rocket V8
Because cool


'95 Celica • 152k miles • 0-60: yes
Because free
Back to top Go down
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/657082/4
J. Chris Davis
Junkie
J. Chris Davis

Name : Chris Davis
Age : 38
Location : Dixon, IL
Joined : 2010-04-14
Post Count : 994
Merit : 19

Bought my first Riv today Empty
PostSubject: Re: Bought my first Riv today   Bought my first Riv today EmptyThu Jul 05, 2012 5:01 pm

Welcome. Nice looking car you have there.
Back to top Go down
Mattwa
Enthusiast


Name : Matt
Age : 27
Location : Cleveland, Ohio
Joined : 2012-07-02
Post Count : 173
Merit : 8

Bought my first Riv today Empty
PostSubject: Re: Bought my first Riv today   Bought my first Riv today EmptyThu Jul 05, 2012 9:57 pm

Thanks everyone for the welcome and compliments.

AA, thank you very much for the links, I apologize for the excessive amount of questions in my first post. It started out as a few simple things, but it just kept growing the more I thought about it. I tend to over-analyze things a bit too much.
Back to top Go down
denim
Junkie
denim

Name : Sean
Location : Albany, NY
Joined : 2011-08-27
Post Count : 773
Merit : 30

Bought my first Riv today Empty
PostSubject: Re: Bought my first Riv today   Bought my first Riv today EmptyThu Jul 05, 2012 10:14 pm

Well Matt, you've come to the right place smile
There's no finer venue for in-depth Riviera info, especially 8th Generation.
Soak it up!
Back to top Go down
Z-type
Aficionado
Z-type

Name : Andrew Zamiska
Age : 32
Location : Cecil, PA - 25 miles south of Pittsburgh
Joined : 2009-06-29
Post Count : 1427
Merit : 62

Bought my first Riv today Empty
PostSubject: Re: Bought my first Riv today   Bought my first Riv today EmptyThu Jul 05, 2012 10:40 pm

Welcome! You've found a multitude of Riviera aficionados here, and we're all glad to help however we can!
Back to top Go down
albertj
Guru
albertj

Name :
Location : Finger Lakes of New York State
Joined : 2007-05-31
Post Count : 7407
Merit : 148

Bought my first Riv today Empty
PostSubject: Re: Bought my first Riv today   Bought my first Riv today EmptyFri Jul 06, 2012 12:19 am

Welcome

I would change the transmission fluid pronto it's a simple job no need to wait.

I would fix the rust pronto while the weather is favorable.
Back to top Go down
AA
Administrator
AA

Name : Aaron
Age : 42
Location : C-bus, Ohio
Joined : 2007-01-13
Post Count : 18366
Merit : 241

Bought my first Riv today Empty
PostSubject: Re: Bought my first Riv today   Bought my first Riv today EmptyWed Jul 11, 2012 8:36 pm

No problem, Matt. The Riv FAQ button at the top of the screen is your friend. Click on it and look in the Interior section. The Search feature will help you locate the harder to find stuff. We're here for everything else!

Best of luck!


_________________
'98 SC Riviera • 281k miles • 298 HP/370 TQ • 0-60: 5.79s • ET: 13.97 @ 99.28 • 4087 lb • 20.1 avg MPG • Nelson Ledges Lap: 1:30
3.4" pulley • AL104 plugs • 180º t-stat • FWI w/K&N • 1.9:1 rockers • OR pushrods • LS6 valve springs • SLP headers • ZZP fuel rails
KYB GR2 struts • MaxAir shocks • Addco sway bars • UMI bushings • GM STB • Enkei 18" EV5s w/ Dunlop DZ101s • F-body calipers
EBC bluestuff/Hawk HP plus • SS lines • Brembo slotted discs • DHP tuned • Aeroforce • Hidden Hitch

^^^ SOLD ^^^ frown

'05 GTO • 85k miles • 0-60: 4.8s • 16.9 avg MPG • Nelson Ledges Lap: 1:26
Because fun


'70 Olds Ninety-Eight Holiday Coupe • 116k miles • 455 Rocket V8
Because cool


'95 Celica • 152k miles • 0-60: yes
Because free
Back to top Go down
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/657082/4
Ron's Rocket Riv
Member
Ron's Rocket Riv

Name : Ron
Joined : 2011-12-04
Post Count : 82
Merit : 4

Bought my first Riv today Empty
PostSubject: Re: Bought my first Riv today   Bought my first Riv today EmptyThu Jul 12, 2012 10:42 am

Congrats on your find, Matt! Sweet looking ride...
Welcome to the family!
Back to top Go down
cbell97riv
Newbie


Name : chris
Location : NEWBURGH NY
Joined : 2012-07-13
Post Count : 5
Merit : 0

Bought my first Riv today Empty
PostSubject: Re: Bought my first Riv today   Bought my first Riv today EmptyFri Jul 13, 2012 6:24 pm

i bought a 97 sc riv about 2 month ago 75,000 miles old lady car . but i dont think she washed it once since she bought it in 96 needs paint .but i think iam gonna keep it for a while and repaint it
Back to top Go down
Ron's Rocket Riv
Member
Ron's Rocket Riv

Name : Ron
Joined : 2011-12-04
Post Count : 82
Merit : 4

Bought my first Riv today Empty
PostSubject: Re: Bought my first Riv today   Bought my first Riv today EmptyFri Jul 13, 2012 9:59 pm

Nice find! Is your new '97 supercharged??
Back to top Go down
cbell97riv
Newbie


Name : chris
Location : NEWBURGH NY
Joined : 2012-07-13
Post Count : 5
Merit : 0

Bought my first Riv today Empty
PostSubject: Re: Bought my first Riv today   Bought my first Riv today EmptySun Jul 15, 2012 11:24 pm

yes it is super charged
Back to top Go down
Sponsored content




Bought my first Riv today Empty
PostSubject: Re: Bought my first Riv today   Bought my first Riv today Empty

Back to top Go down
 
Bought my first Riv today
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» Bought a Teryx 4 today
» dorchester today
» Bought a new iphone 4 and would like to know what is the best gps app
» Went Shopping Today
» how u became who u r today?

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Riviera Performance ::   General :: Welcome!-
Jump to: