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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:20 pm


Cleaned up under the hood a bit then decided to use this hot dry weather we never get to paint a bit under the hood and also etched in that classy riv logo on the insulator. One day at a time smile loving this car!!
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:41 pm

Nice job on the SC cover. Overall looks great!
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:20 pm

That engine bay looks really nice, Evan. thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:32 am

Very nice car!!
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:38 pm

Thanks guys! This car has been a real treat so far. It's nice having a REAL car haha
In my own self indulgence, here's some more pics floatin around my phone...

With my friends stang and miata (gotta love tear drops), my old hemi dodge, brothers state p rig, and my lesabre. Someday that lesabre is gonna get a full restore and upgrades too. Great cars


And more from my recent travels up in the mountains






So took the riv out to a Hives show in Seattle at the showbox tonight and after parking we saw the frontman, Howlin' Pelle Almqvist!! Got him to autograph our shirts and while talkin he keeps lookin and gets to asking "what's that?" about my car and was really impressed by it. To quote, "I'd be jolly good to find myself one back home!" Strangest musician encounter I've yet had lmao
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:06 pm

I wish I had that interior color. So jealous. Keep up the great work!! smile
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:57 pm

Thanks again Rick. I definitely am enjoying the simple racey/elegant black. Makes for a very cockpit feeling environment and almost adds to the fun a little bit tongue
Today we got the first real rain since I bought her and first thing tomorrow, new wiper blades. That's for certain wink was nearly blind today! Ahh, welcome back fall...or I guess fall, winter, and spring since they're all nearly the same haha

Went to pick n pull yesterday. Been scanning their local inventories because there have been ZERO rivs for the longest time. But yesterday morning I saw a blue 95 pop up just 60mi away and off I rushed. So today I'd like to thank this brave riv that sacrificed so much so that mine could be spoiled.


I got the oem speakers to replace the Kenwood crapmasters someone tossed in mine before me, the right side mirror (mine had turned golden), the power antenna, rear taillight assembly (even mine has a small crack and this one was perfect!), both front turn lights, all the zillions of little pins and buttons/trim pieces I've been missing (gonna have to find a matching paint to redo em all in), new washer fluid container, spare bulbs all around, r logo center caps, all badges, gas cap, a-pillar as test subject for gauge pod mounting, and the trunk net that all the old sales pamphlets show. From there my old man and I ended up just taking it completely apart n putting reasonably back together just to get comfortable with the innards of these. Such a great day happy
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:35 pm

if you want to go back get the steering column's switches (under air bag module) and maybe the turn signal switch and HVAC control head.... as long as you are collecting parts...
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Sun Sep 16, 2012 3:42 pm

That....makes a lot of sense. Not sure why I didn't consider that at the time scratch
Well hopefully its all there when I go back. Whenever that will be what with work and all. Sigh...


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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:15 pm

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That....makes a lot of sense. Not sure why I didn't consider that at the time scratch
Well hopefully its all their when I go back. Whenever that will be what with work and all. Sigh...

No problem - might want to look at the FAQ for high mileage Rivs on this site and see what other parts might be indicated in your scavenge. For instance, getting all the stainless wheel arches might be a good idea. Might want to look at the cradle - if it's not rusted thru it's worth serious money, those things were hydroformed and are no longer made. Might want to look at interior bits (power seat controls, the little lights in the pull handles and door latch lever wells, etc.

And actually I can use the driver's door latch mechanism but can not dare to ask you for it, would be a pain to remove. You might want to get it and the pass side item for yourself though, they are also now made of unobtainium last I checked.
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:29 pm

How come you're makin so much more sense than my brain?? I really hope that poor blue riv is still mostly there when I go back. All these unobtanium parts have been eluding me! Thank you very much for helpin me out with all this know-how. Still new to the car and eager to learn. I'd really like to keep this baby goin for another 20 years or more!

Here's some cheap and subtle interior additions I've done in honor of tomorrow's 50th anniversary of the Riviera.
Inspired by this image of a '63's interior...




Chrome trim around the shifter and basic center console pieces, the dash lining, and gauges similar to that of the '63.Hoping to eventually have real trimwork done in chrome sometime in the future as permanent replacement. For now though, this'll do nicely.

Big thanks to Samuel (rivparadise) for turning me onto this and his help smile
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:54 am

Looks Great! Keep lovin her up!
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:03 pm

Got the new spectre setup in. 4" intake and the beastly 9" cone. Leaving it as is for the moment until another dry day hits to put it in the fenderwell. Going to be sealing it off in there and adding a naca duct in lieu of the scoop to really facilitate the air into there. But for now with the air being in the 30s when I'm usually driving, this'll work just fine. And I really like how the colors match up so nicely razz added bonus haha


Just sayin, I love this new intake! I can literally feel the extra agility, which I never expected! Only downside to the riv in this area is its got so much lowend torque you almost never get to hear the blower whine! Haha! lmfao
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:41 pm

Well, rain has been hitting pretty hard here so a lot of stuff on the backburner but I just picked some plugs, seafoam, and a few other things for the fluid changes and tuneup work needing to be done. More recently I had to replace my tstat n seal due to a pretty gnarly leak. And my naca fwi/cai is getting chatted up amongst some friends to be done in the near future, until then its a pretty ugly cai fashioned out of aluminum drip pans from a weber grill lmao

But I did get one addition I enjoy (although I know I'll get flack for)...A GS emblem


And two shots I just happened to like...

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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:01 pm

Here's my Sts bar I got from Rick (DEMonte1997) he had it fit for his 97 so the front bolt holes were cut open into...well, hooks really. Haha I just used a couple thin n wide washers on top of the bar to make up the lost surface area and bolted em down, plenty space for this. Also have the slight radial bend in the bar at the reservoir a la Aaron for the best clearance I could achieve.





No gap cool
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:43 am

Looks great! smile

Still jealous of that interior color. smile
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:00 am

I can help with that, behold the ravages of winter! A dirty interior under the harsh plague of an led flash!
Really just showing the L67 badge on my center column. It is only visible when the cupholder is opened up and completely invisible when closed. Open, it lines up with the badge to read 'Supercharged 3.8L L67'. Believe me it looks sick when its not taken by a cell cam w/ flash at night bonk


I also recently got this neat little (color-coordinated of course razz) key fob and a cool Buick Service neon clock for my man cave!



And just a pic of the happy beast in this endless sub-20* weather we've been having for weeks now. Everything is cold and shrunken. Throttle body nice and smooth. Wire connections are all tight. And of course the added oomph and lower intake temps cool
Also doin great after getting my lights switched out for new, stb added, radiator replaced, fluids changed all around, new plugs, new wires, fresh tune up and cold weather. Good times with a Buick usa
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:44 am

beautiful riv!
def jelous of black interior!!!
and can ya get anymore of those keyfobs???? happy
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:56 am

Thanks! smile
And this one was a gift from my sister that she came across in some random shop in Spokane but I just looked on eBay and looks like you can get mine or several other pretty neat riv keychains too!
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=buick+riviera+keychain&_sacat=0&_odkw=buick+riviera+fob&_osacat=0&_from=R40
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:27 am

sweet ty!
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:38 pm

I'm official! lol


Got mah shtuffs today! Still deciding on where to place the window sticker. Probably driver's side rear. But I do think its pretty neat my first issue of the Riview is the 50th Anniversary. Good timing I suppose haha



Better yet?! Patriotism usa
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:41 pm

CONGRATULATIONS !!! clap
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:54 pm

Woo woo! Hope that card doubles as a refrigerator magnet smile
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:23 pm

Haha! I'll just tape it up and stand smugly by it all day tongue

Really enjoying the deep availability of info on the ROA site in combination with our site! Even found a number of local owners I had no idea about smile
I did get my window decal on today though


And also added my seatbelt pads


I think they have the desired effect
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PostSubject: Re: llamalor's Riv - yet another black 95sc   Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:46 pm

Oh, also, just for giggles razz
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