65 Riviera

Discussion in 'Projects' started by Smartin, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    A local customer brought this over today. I've done a few stainless pieces for him over the last year or so. He had this car painted somewhere else, but wants me to cut and buff it.

    Third black car in a row!

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  2. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Planning on having this done by next weekend so I can get the next BIG project going. First round of buffing has started. There is NO corner cutting on a black car! I think the owner is going to have a pleasant surprise when he comes to pick it up. This is a pretty straight car...should be really sharp when finished.

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  3. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    The 65 went home today...turned out nice!

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  4. Buicksky

    Buicksky Gold Level Contributor

    Nice looking , Have you seen the finished product??
  5. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    No I haven’t yet. I think he’s a bit slow on the assembly. I’ll probably see it this Summer.
  6. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Following up on this…

    The 65 got put back together last year, but he has been battling a driveline vibration that no one else could fix. I decided I would try my luck on it..

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  7. BYoung

    BYoung Stage me

    Nice detective work, Adam.
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  8. Wildcat GS

    Wildcat GS Wildcat GS

    The original driveline had a CV joint both at the front and rear of the rear shaft to reduce vibration. Phasing of the front and rear halves of the original driveline is also unorthodox by industry standards so that is a common mistake which is made, and vibration problem created, when rebuilding the driveline. It`s a shame someone didnt do a little more homework before abandoning the original d-line as the parts are available including the correct center bearing and carrier. Hard to believe a competent shop couldnt pick up on the wiped out bearing carrier...the owner needs to find a good mechanic and it looks like he has found one.
    Tom Mooney
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  9. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Thank you, Tom. I’ve had a couple of these “no one can fix it” cars here lately…and have managed to have it back to the customer within a couple days, barring parts availability.
  10. telriv

    telriv Founders Club Member

    Yeah, & the other guys replaced the rear yoke with the wrong yoke & the wrong yoke on the end of the shaft.
    I don't get why they used a Chevy carrier bearing. Since they don't any kind of work on these cars all they do is creat problems for everyone themselves included.
    Just like all machine shops apply principals that work for chevs. They think they applies to "Nails" also. WRONG!!!!

    Tom T.
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  11. 64 skylark mike

    64 skylark mike Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting this Adam. My car is a '64 Skylark, so it may not apply. But I have a vibration too. I had a driveshaft guy that was supposed to build me a driveshaft to get rid of the rubber mount tailpiece. He ended up finding a driveshaft that was close to the length I needed in his stash and put new U joints in it. No telling what that driveshaft originally came out of. Your post gives me something to at least check. Thanks again. Your videos are great information.
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  12. SpecialWagon65

    SpecialWagon65 Ted Nagel

    I've used these guys https://www.cincinnatidriveline.com/ for my stuff
    -the first one they did was the 65 Riv..."whats that- from an old Buick?" ('93?)
    they did not even need me to tell them. I'm lucky they are still going strong.
    Glad you sorted it.

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