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  • From: Nashua, NH
1965 Buick Riviera
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, October 27, 2019 7:34 AM

My new project is AMT's '65 Buick Riviera and it has been a while since I have done a WIP on the Fine Scale Modeler forum.  I would have really liked it if this kit was a GS or Gran Sport version, but the GS version has improvements over stock that you really can't see on the outside.  

My paint will be Dupli-Color Emerald Green Metallic with a Tan leather interior.  The wheel covers will be replaced with Buick's Chrome Plated Road Wheel and they were a gift from streetrod aka Barry Fadden.  Thank you Barry! 

My inspiration for this build is a '65 Riviera GS that I have seen at several car shows.

More Riviera to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by philo426 on Sunday, October 27, 2019 9:37 AM

Very cool !

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  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, October 27, 2019 10:40 AM

Based on my research, this model is a Riviera GS and not the standard Riviera.  I suspected that this model was a GS since it came with the dual carb setup and was missing the side vents between the door edge and the rear wheel arches.  Too bad AMT never saw fit to call this model a GS like they should have.  This is also very old tooling since the chassis also includes the exhaust system and most of the front and rear suspension.

I got the engine mostly assembled and I drilled out the distributor cap for ignition wires which were superglued into place.  I may have to find a piece of wire here in the shop to make plug boots from. 

More Riviera to come... 

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by Ted4321 on Sunday, October 27, 2019 1:40 PM

Sweet.  More cars by Mr Mike.

Subscribed. 

 

T e d

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, October 27, 2019 3:56 PM

Following.  Really cool subject 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, October 27, 2019 8:58 PM

Thanks Ted and John!

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 5:08 PM

 I have finished the engine at this point minus the air cleaner and painting the transmission.  

More Riviera to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 8:26 AM

The more I look at this engine, the more I hate the carbs!  They look like two useless lumps of plastic with vertually no detail to them.  I think I'll dig through my parts box and search for two carbs that have more detail and look more realistic.

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:55 PM

keavdog

Following.  Really cool subject 

 

Sure is!

Just thinking the name "Buick Riviera" brings back memories. Odd since I never paid particular attention to them, yet still creates happy thoughts of a time gone by.

Engine looking good, whatever you decide about carbs.

-Greg

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  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 1:31 PM

Thanks Greg!  I did replace the carbs with a better looking pair from my parts box.  They may be all wrong for this engine, but I don't care.  They are much better than the two lumps that came with the kit!

More Riviera to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 4:27 PM
Watching this one Mike. One of my friends has a 65 that he drove from California to Connecticut when he left the Air Force

 

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 5:28 PM

I'll be nobody will object to the carburators, Mike. Surprise

The replacements look better. If somebody starts removing he air filter to inspect hte carbs, you have my permission to slap their hand.

-Greg

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  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 8:06 PM

Thanks Greg and johnny! 

tempestjohnny, the '65 Riv looks like a long distance cruiser!  LONG DISTANCE!!! 

Greg, it's nice to know that I can exert some form of violence should someone want to peek under the air cleaner!  

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: new Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, October 31, 2019 8:20 AM

Hi;

    After having owned four of them, each two years apart I have to agree with the " Road Car" part. First loaded car other then Ford or Chevy I had owned. The old saw is right . "Ask the Man who owns one " ( I think that was Buick ).

      Went to Ford products because G.M. Got past my Budgetary upper Limits. Why pay X number of bucks for a Bottom line G.M. luxury anything when I could have the Best that Mercury had to offer? For the same price. Never mind Chrysler. They didn't even figure in the Equation!

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  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, October 31, 2019 9:44 PM

Tanker-Builder

      Went to Ford products because G.M. Got past my Budgetary upper Limits. Why pay X number of bucks for a Bottom line G.M. luxury anything when I could have the Best that Mercury had to offer? 

So, you went for an overpriced Ford!  My Dad bought a '71 Cougar and I asked him why not a Mustang?  He said it looked too much like a girls car!  

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:02 AM

Gave the Riviera a bath yesterday and I let everything dry in the paintbooth overnight.

This morning, I gave the Riviera a good coating of Tamiya Light Grey Surface Primer. 

I'll let this dry for a bit and give the body and hood another good coating of primer in prep for the Dupli-Color Emerald Green Metallic.

More Buick to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

Classic Plastic Model Club 

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    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, November 7, 2019 3:52 PM

Paint was sprayin' this afternoon!  I got the body and hood painted with Dupli-Color Emerald Green Metallic.  This is the first mist and medium coats of paint.

The interior has been painted and the dash and console are waiting for detailing.

I painted the chassis, transmission and wheels and wheelbacks.  The chassis will need to be detailed.

More Buick to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

Classic Plastic Model Club 

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Posted by fox on Thursday, November 7, 2019 7:25 PM

Looking good!

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

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I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, November 7, 2019 9:03 PM

Thanks Jim!

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, November 8, 2019 12:37 AM

Looking awesome Mike - getting to the really good part! Cool

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, November 8, 2019 7:28 AM

Thanks  keavdog!

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, November 8, 2019 10:23 AM

I did a mockup of the Riviera to set and check on the stance.  I like it!

More Buick to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

Classic Plastic Model Club 

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    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, November 15, 2019 9:07 AM

The Riviera got its coat of Tamiya TS-13 Gloss Clear.  This is two mist coats and a medium coat of clear.  A wetter coat of clear is coming soon.

More Buick to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

Classic Plastic Model Club 

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    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, November 15, 2019 9:49 AM

beautiful !!

Nick.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, November 15, 2019 2:36 PM

Thanks Nick!  Even though Tamiya Clear dries quickly, I tossed the body and the hood in the dehydrator for a while.  It seems to help a lot!

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, November 15, 2019 9:48 PM

Shiney brother!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, November 16, 2019 11:49 AM

Thanks John!

After polishing the body and installing the chassis, I went looking for the radiator hoses only to find that there are none!  None in the box nor are any called out for in the instructions!  There no holes in the radiator, either!  So, with ingenuity being the mother of invention, I got out a hose from the parts box and a piece of styrene rod and inserted the rod into the hose and glued it to the intake manifold.  When that has dried solid, I'll do the same to the other end and glue it to the radiator.

More Buick to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

Classic Plastic Model Club 

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, November 16, 2019 2:52 PM

Now;

  I can see it and yes ,you are getting her awesome!

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  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, November 17, 2019 10:16 AM

Thanks Tank - Builder!

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench: 1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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