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PostSubject: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Tue Apr 29, 2008 3:36 pm

Hi!

I would like to share some visual pleasures of our Riviera in Finland. It recently got brand new 18" American Racing Black Hustler wheels, which made our Buick look way more sporty than it was.







But how 'bout some winteraction ---> lOOk how it look awfully different!



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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Tue Apr 29, 2008 3:48 pm

I like the look! I am tempted to get some 18" for track use but I haven't found anything I like. What offset are they and are they steel or aluminum? Very nice.

Did you black out the rear fenderwell trim?
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Tue Apr 29, 2008 3:52 pm

look there===>

http://www.americanracing.com/appguide/index.asp

its part number; 3818891 offset is 40mm, tires are 245/45/18

Do you mean blacked out rear marker lamps? These are illegal in our country for some unknown to mankind reason...


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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Tue Apr 29, 2008 3:54 pm

that looks great dude congrats on the bad as car
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Tue Apr 29, 2008 3:54 pm

omg awesome car, rims look awesome
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Tue Apr 29, 2008 3:58 pm

"Do you mean blacked out rear marker lamps? "

Nope- the trim around your rear fender/ wheel opening. It looks like it's black instead of the chrome trim I've seen.

BTY... I like the look of the clear turn lens just past the front wheel well. Is that regulation for Finland?
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:05 pm

Ah thank you for nice comments on wheels!

1. No I didnt blacked out chrome on wheelwell, its just my crappy camera...

2. Yes, its mandatory to have additional turn signals on front fenders. And much more! headbutt
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:17 pm

Where did you get that turn signal on the side? I'd like to have that, gives the car a more Euro look!
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:37 pm

Ok, I got LED turn signals from my job which is local partstore. Cost me about 10, but hey, why the heck buy American car and want Euro look?! Buy Opel, man!! These signals are mandatory and I personally wouldn't prefer to drill holes in these fenders, but mandate is a mandate.
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:50 pm

Hehe, they don't sell Opel in the US. Regardless, I think it has a nice look to it.
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:18 pm

The closest thing we have to Opel is Saturn. They share the Antara/VUE, Speedster/SKY, Vectra/Aura, and the Astra. Of course, with the exception of the Astra, they're much different from their European cousins.
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:33 pm

That Riv looks very sinister!!! twisted
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:13 pm

ewolfe0050 wrote:
I like the look!
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:25 pm

Hi,arttu80 nice Riv.I wrote you last year and asked you to get rid of the small red light right under-neath the rear bumper.Glad you did.
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:34 pm

Welcome! Is that an Estate Wagon in the winter shot?

What are you doing with all those big Buicks in Finland? wink
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:14 pm

THATS COOL!!!!!!!!!!! diggin it IN FINLAND~!
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:08 am

Nice lookin car!
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Wed Apr 30, 2008 1:49 am

looks good
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Wed Apr 30, 2008 1:25 pm

Wow, I'm glad you folks like our Buick! bounce

Yes, et's a 1972 Estate Wagon WITH 455cid, and yes, its sad, but its not mine! In addition to that we have lots of 80s Buick STW:s (among other fullsize STW:s) in our country since it was tax excempt car to import back then for certain reasons. And boy, these are cheap now..


And stan, I'm more happier person now, that I got rid of that little red light, but I'm gona put it back when tech inspection time comes.

And one more word on Opels ---> sick
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:40 am

looks good with the black rims like that
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PostSubject: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:16 pm

Hello fellow Riv enthusiasts!

My last post was on this forum was few years ago, so I decided to freshen up status of our '97 Riviera as it is today...

Winter 2006, arrived to Finland from Canada. The First photo taken in customs facility yard November 6th 2006, city of Turku.



Some years later, after paying 5200 of taxes, registerd to Finnish trafic. Also spend some on new wheels from American Racing.





Even installed Pioneer DVD MP3 stereo stuff, with steering remote adapter from eBay...



And now, after few tenths of thousands KM, the drive to POWERMEET 2009 Sweden and other fun stuff she was SHOT! She had enough of Canadian and Finnish road salt, so I had to rescue her. Afterall she's my wife's daily driver! wink
BTW, I ride in '96 Roadmaster daily, and I LOVE IT!



Some TLC required?





Subframes were shit!

http://i46.tinypic.com/ih8h6p.jpg

http://i48.tinypic.com/s115q0.jpg

And some crapped out body structure;

http://i50.tinypic.com/sxgjns.jpg

Well, some "minor" welding and spare part required, so here comes donor car for rear subframe;



But welded front subframe and other structural stuff, a work I won't do again anytime soon!

http://i50.tinypic.com/16ie6pv.jpg

http://i50.tinypic.com/9gk9rp.jpg

And finally here some results, assembled rear suspension. Isn't that NICE?





Made new brake lines from straight metal tube, using old ones as template. Lot-of-work here 2!



Here's original lines;



So all in all, was it worth it? I don't know, but one more Riv may live again now. Assembly is still in progress, tomorrow I will bolt restored subframe and stuff. I welded different mounting holes in this subframe,
so I will use leftover polyurethane frame bushings from my '72 El Camino project. It may stiff up front end a little. Original bushings were shot and mounting holes were rotted away too.








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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:12 pm

Nice work! She should last for many more years once you get it back on the road.

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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:18 pm

nice work my friend.
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:44 pm

Good stuff man! That seems to be a common rust spot to look out for right there at the bottom of that humpy support thing. How much trouble were the rear crossmember to body mounts and stuff to remove and stuff?
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PostSubject: Re: Finnish (ok, Canadian originally :) '97 Riviera resurrection.   Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:38 pm

Great work! Unfortunately any that see winter driving do need the brake lines all replaced sooner or later. Looking good!
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