[QUOTE) In truth, the only reason I bought them was for something to put the 454 in, and to prevent me from building a COE ramp truck from the motorhome chassis, but I've always liked Riviera's, it helped my buddy out to get rid of them, and it'll be an easy build. [/QUOTE] Funny how plans change, isn't it? From dumping the 454 in it, simply getting it running and driving then flipping it, to building it with my wives blessing and enthusiasm, as a car for her. Well, it's a FLUID plan, anyway... My pal Brad at Morris Rose Auto Parts in Kalamazoo bought a low milage '04 Avalanche, which has donated it's 5.3L heart to the cause, along with under hood harness, fuse panel, and all the related trinkets, and he's going to mate it with a 4L60 (it was a 4x4 so the trans/transfer case isn't needed). The nice thing about these LS engines is that if one gets the engine harness and fuse panel, along with the PCM, it's a 5 wire hook up to make it a stand alone harness. I can clean up the harness if I want, or simply leave it alone, and just not use the extras. That's easy, cheap, and the extra cost of the parts will soon be offset by the vast improvement in performance, drivability, and economy as opposed to a carb'd 454 truck engine, which I can use in something else. As soon as Kim said she wanted the car, I'd decided it needed a '65 grill and hidden headlights, and in a moment of idle desecration, I mocked that and the hidden headlights up in the Rivi's front end. Turns out, it's not a direct bolt in. It's close, but the '65 grill (sans headlights) is about half an inch wider than the original grill/headlight assembly, so it doesn't fit in the fender opening. And, the upper corners are shaped differently. All this means to FIT, it needs some finessing, but to mock it up only took half an hour with a cutoff wheel in the die grinder and some whittling on the lower corner of the die cast grill with a flap disk. The headlights I'll use are '59 T'bird buckets (saved from the 'bird project, which is now wearing '63 Caddy lights and bezels) turned on end and hidden behind the park lamp grill/lens. They're just propped up in there now, but that too will be a pretty quick and easy job to finish. I really like the mock up, it looks exactly like I wanted, and how I pictured it in my mind. The only problem I have with project now is that since I've brought it home and begun to tinker with it, everywhere we go, there are Rivieras! Why didn't I notice them before?