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Bagged my Riviera

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Painter D, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. Edelbroke
    Joined: Dec 12, 2008
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  2. Malarky
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 330


    man is that your garage:eek: i wish i had that kinda space. Rivi is lookin sweet!
  3. mt94ss
    Joined: Jul 25, 2010
    Posts: 310


    Painter D,

    Your ride is looking good! Nice job. How does it ride with the front shocks mounted like that? Any turning issues?

    I had a '63 and a '65 both similar colors. I had my '65 painted a Lincoln Continental color like that in '79. I have a shot of it around here somewhere.

    Maybe you can post a few more how-to shots for those of us who are looking into doing this job ourselves. It would be good to see the plates that the bags mount to on the front. Also some shots of the rear - did you just replace the springs?

    Thanks for posting what you have done so far.


  4. Lowmerc50
    Joined: Apr 25, 2008
    Posts: 588


    Sweet car.....
  5. 390kid
    Joined: Dec 29, 2004
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  6. Painter D
    Joined: Jan 9, 2009
    Posts: 277

    Painter D
    from DFW

    Thanks for the compliments. The car rides extremely well better than I expected it would have. As for the shocks being mounted where they are up front ,IMO it's a perfect location. They work good, fit good, and there's no interference with the the turning radius at all, (no rubbing). The bags are mounted to a simple "cup" mount for the upper part, and on the lower mounting end of things all I did was weld a 0.25" steel plate to the control arm and bolt the bag to it. It was fairly simple.

    In the rear all I did was make upper and lower "cups" that bolt in to the same bolt holes that the factory coil springs bolted to. Again fairly simple. I'm sorry but I don't have any pics of the rear, during the middle of this project I unexpectedly had to change jobs and just getting it finished became priority number one.

    I do remember I used 82-98 S-10 shocks for the front end, and I used 91-93 GMC Typhoon shocks for the rear.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011
  7. 64LeSabre455
    Joined: Dec 29, 2007
    Posts: 779

    from Adkins, Tx

    Nice work, gives me some ideas when I get around to my Wildcat.
    Those rims look sick with all the paint off of them, was always wonderin what they look like without it!!
  8. billys54
    Joined: Apr 16, 2006
    Posts: 1,295


    Love it looks great
  9. Bad Luck Engineering
    Joined: Apr 19, 2007
    Posts: 72

    Bad Luck Engineering

    Looks so bad ass slammed! Very nice. If you can find/take some more pictures of the setup, please post them.
  10. Philbilly
    Joined: Dec 21, 2008
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  11. Solamente1954
    Joined: Jun 23, 2009
    Posts: 15


    The shock job is awesome!!! your car is clean and righteous! You gave me an idea for the stock mags the car came with... what size tire are you running?
  12. Painter D
    Joined: Jan 9, 2009
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    Painter D
    from DFW

  13. lowlife matt
    Joined: Sep 15, 2009
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    lowlife matt

    Very nice looking stance. GM car have it made suspension wise. They make nearly everything bolt in.
  14. jhemsriv
    Joined: Feb 15, 2011
    Posts: 4

    from ca

    I have a 72 RIV I eventually want to bag. Were you able to find a kit with the proper brackets or did you just customize them your self? What company or web site did you find if you were able to find a kit? Oh yeah the ride looks sweet.
  15. Painter D
    Joined: Jan 9, 2009
    Posts: 277

    Painter D
    from DFW

    I made all of my bag mounts, but the front upper shock mounts I bought from Suicide doors.
  16. 51shoebox
    Joined: Mar 30, 2009
    Posts: 93

    from rialto

  17. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,151


    A great improvement!
  18. slim tempo
    Joined: Sep 16, 2010
    Posts: 412

    slim tempo

    Nothin beats a Rivi.
  19. HOOLIGAN88
    Joined: Dec 2, 2007
    Posts: 16


    Looks bitchen..very good!!!
  20. erock805
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,243


    was thinking about stripping the paint and polihing my stock wheels but was worried it would look like crap...nope looks great! Good work it was well worth the time and money.

    I have been toying with bagging my riv as well...if I keep it, it has to happen.
  21. oc dave
    Joined: Sep 9, 2009
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    oc dave

    great looking car you got,nice to see one done without supremes. is that stock paint?
  22. Bandit Ls-1
    Joined: Feb 22, 2008
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    Bandit Ls-1

    dam! lookin good
  23. 3onthetree3
    Joined: Jul 12, 2008
    Posts: 267

    from Saugerties

    Looks awesome, what doesnt when it is slammed?
  24. Painter D
    Joined: Jan 9, 2009
    Posts: 277

    Painter D
    from DFW

    Last edited: Apr 25, 2011
  25. el shad
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 622

    el shad

    Painter D, Your Rivi is one clean ass mother scratcher!!!!!! The drop looks GREAT and the car is so understated that it grabs my attention. Great work!
  26. Lone Star Mopar
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
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    Lone Star Mopar

  27. punisher7
    Joined: Jun 24, 2010
    Posts: 381


    That looks great!
  28. Painter D
    Joined: Jan 9, 2009
    Posts: 277

    Painter D
    from DFW

    THANKS, I never really thought of it that way.
  29. DRAGULA54
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 118


    Looks killer man always like the look of those bagged

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