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  • Member since
    November 2003
  • 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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    May 2011
  • 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

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    May 2013
  • 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

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • 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

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  • From: Nashua, NH
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

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    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
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

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

Following.  Really cool subject 

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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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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    May 2011
  • 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

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    March 2005
Posted by philo426 on Sunday, October 27, 2019 9:37 AM

Very cool !

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • 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

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