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Customs 1964 1965 Riviera question

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 1950sled, Mar 11, 2021.

  1. 1950sled
    Joined: Mar 10, 2015
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    1950sled

    I am a huge fan of the first gen Riviera and i have found one finally that is a project and in my price range. It is registered as a 65 and is has all the characteristics of a 65. The 65 bumper with the tail lights, there are no fake scoops behind the doors, from the pics i received from the seller, i cant tell the motor or if the interior is 64 or 65. The issue is, it has a 64 front end. Double headlights in the grill and im not sure if the fenders are 64 or 65. (I dont know what to look for) I was told by a not so reliable source, that there was a split year possibly, early 65 with a 64 front end? Has anyone everheard of this? 65 riviera ca..PNG 65 riviera ca.PNG
     
  2. Squablow
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    Hard to say without seeing it, but I'd guess either the car got wrecked and they put a '64 front clip on it, or someone got sick of the clamshells not working and stuck a '64 grille in it. The "split year" thing sounds like bullshit but I could be wrong.
     
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  3. 1950sled
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    Thanks, yea, I have a 30 hour drive to put my eyes on it and the seller doesnt seem to know much about it.
     
  4. Ryan
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    I've never heard of a split year Riv... I have, however, heard countless stories of people putting earlier front-ends on '65s due to accidents or owners tiring of adjusting the clamshells on the 65.
     

  5. Moriarity
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    yeah, almost 60 years is a lot of time for parts switching...... 30 hour drive? man could you be any farther away from it... damn
     
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  6. 1950sled
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    1950sled

    Not much, but you'll do anything for the ones you love :)
     
  7. that left rear quarter panel in pretty wanky..
     
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  8. Budget36
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    I hope 30 hours is round trip!
     
  9. Moriarity
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    yeah, but we have no idea where he is from because he didn't fill out his location in the profile info.....
     
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  10. 1950sled
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    unfortunately, no. 30 each way. If anyone has one closer to mn, Id gladly look at it
     
  11. Budget36
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    Where are you heading to look at the car?

    30 hour drive from you might be in my backyard;)
     
  12. 1950sled
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    1950sled

  13. oldolds
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    My friend used to run Riv's like those. He said all 3 years the fenders are different. 63 and 64 can work with each other. 65 is all by itself. The shape in the front is different for the headlights. He always said the 65 was the best but not much interchanged with the other years. It might look the same. I have no knowledge of them, but he had a bunch of them over the years.
     
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  14. Budget36
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    Well, west coast is a long ways up and down. You might be concerned someone will buy it out from under you, I get that.
    I think I’d still fly in for that distance tho;)
     
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  15. 1950sled
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    1950sled

    True, its just that i have to walk that fine line on whether a flight to see it is worth it on a cheaper non running car. If i was paying 20k for sure. Im hoping to find something a little closer this spring
     
  16. BJR
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    "I am a huge fan of the first gen Riviera". Wouldn't that be a second gen Riv, as the first Riviera was in 1949.
     
  17. I used to own the opposite, a 64 body with a 65 front end. Now I want another 64-65 Riviera, not a fan of the 63 with dynaflow transmission.

    Sent from my SM-A102U using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
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  19. Bmac40Ply
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    It has a 63 trunk lid on it. 63 has all Buick emblems, and 64/65 have all Riviera ones. Looks like a mismatch of parts. 65 fenders are different as well.
     
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  20. Bmac40Ply
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    65 would have a 401 engine and a 64 would have the 425
     
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  21. 1950sled
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    Seller just got back and said it's a 64 front clip, I'm passing on it but if anyone is interested, he's in Vacaville ca
     
  22. 1950sled
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    1950sled

    No
     
  23. nochop
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    from norcal

  24. nochop
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    sorry I thought you were on the left coast
     
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  25. 1950sled
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    1950sled

    Thanks! I talked to the guy with the white today. Keep em coming tho
     
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  26. 1950sled
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    1950sled

    I'm willing to travel
     
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  27. 1950sled
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    1950sled

    Beautiful but 2 things wrong with that. 64, and more money than I want to spend. I'm looking for a 65 project. Love these cars though
     
  28. I think ghat los banos car could be had for 5k
     
  29. 1950sled
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    1950sled

    Decent car but He didn't budge much when I was talking to him.
     

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