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1965 Buick Riviera Is Completed

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1965 Buick Riviera Is Completed
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, October 26, 2019 12:37 PM

My new project is AMT's '65 Buick Riviera.  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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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, October 26, 2019 5:10 PM

Looking forward to it. I have one in process, similar color to the box art.

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Posted by Bazz on Saturday, October 26, 2019 7:44 PM
Nice
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Posted by litespeedsae on Sunday, October 27, 2019 2:54 AM

100% agree on the exciting GS version. Wish it had the GS emblems. The Super Wilcat option with the 2x4 carbs would be fun to build. There is a light blue GS with carbs like that in our local car shows. Good luck on your Riv!

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Posted by nottheband on Sunday, October 27, 2019 5:23 AM

G'day mrmike.  I've had this kit in my stash for a few years, and I'll be following along to get some ideas.  I'm sure your build will be up to your usual standard, and I'm looking forward to seeing how you progress with it.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by hayes on Sunday, October 27, 2019 7:12 AM

Try the Model Car Garage etched metal set for the 1965 Riviera, that has GS emblems & a lot of other details, badges & scripts.

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, October 27, 2019 10:11 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.

Thanks guys!  I just looked at the Model Car Garage website and they have a PE set for a 1966 Buick Riviera which is a different car than the 1965 Riviera.  $15.00 is a lot of money to pay for a couple of scripts that say "GS".  I am fairly certain that the model I am building is a GS or Gran Sport, but since there are no GS scripts on the body, I'll just build it as is.

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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Posted by litespeedsae on Sunday, October 27, 2019 10:44 PM

You know it might have been possible for someone to order the dual quad 425 without the full GS option. I have heard about some of the special orders placed back in the day. 

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, October 28, 2019 5:00 PM

A special order is entirely possible, but not likely to have happened.  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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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, October 28, 2019 6:30 PM

Nice. Most Buick engines were this color or red. Nice.

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, October 28, 2019 8:56 PM

Thanks Lee!  Most of the pictures I have Googled shows the Pale Green to a light blue and a couple shown were red.  I decided on the Pale Green for mine.  If it's wrong, too bad!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 3:55 AM

Not wrong at all. I had a 62 Buick special with a V6. This color is exactly like it.

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Posted by impatentpatent on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 6:02 AM
Cant wait to see this bad boy dun, great colors u picked!
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Posted by 60Buick on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 7:41 AM

As a helpful hint. Buick engines were green from 1953-1965. Red started in 1966. I currently own a 1964 Special convertible. The closest match would be Dupli-Color: Detroit Diesel Alpine Green (Engine enamel).I use this for my Buick models, prior '66. 

Jeff

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 4:44 PM

Thanks guys!  I choose the Model Master Acryl Pale Green since the majority of pictures I have looked at were that color and so that was the one I choose.    

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 1:06 PM

I have replaced the kit carburetors with a pair from my parts box.  These are much better looking than the two lumps from kit.

More Riviera to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

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Posted by nottheband on Thursday, October 31, 2019 2:54 AM

Mrmike, those carbs look a lot better, the kit ones were just lumps of plastic by comparison.  Nice neat job on the plug wires BTW.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by litespeedsae on Thursday, October 31, 2019 2:28 PM
Ditto, plus an over the top dual snorkel air cleaner!

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, October 31, 2019 9:27 PM

Thanks guys!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, November 7, 2019 9:41 AM

Gave the Riviera a bath yesterday and I let everything dry in the paintbooth overnight.

This morning, I gave the Riviera a good coating of Tamiya Light Grey Surface Primer. 

I'll let this dry for a bit and give the body and hood another good coating of primer in prep for the Dupli-Color Emerald Green Metallic.

More Buick to come...

 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, November 7, 2019 3:46 PM

Paint was sprayin' this afternoon!  I got the body and hood painted with Dupli-Color Emerald Green Metallic.  This is the first mist and medium coats of paint.

The interior has been painted and the dash and console are waiting for detailing.

I painted the chassis, transmission and wheels and wheelbacks.  The chassis will need to be detailed.

More Buick to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:39 PM

That's pretty.

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, November 7, 2019 8:26 PM

Thanks Lee!  I have since then added two more coats of paint and the color has darkened considerably.  Now to let it dry and harden, then on to clearcoat!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, November 8, 2019 10:17 AM

I did a mockup of the Riviera to set and check on the stance.  I like it!

More Buick to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, November 8, 2019 2:25 PM

I got the Riviera interior finished.  Have a look... 

More Buick to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by nottheband on Friday, November 8, 2019 3:49 PM

G'day mrmike.  Very nice job on the interior, the seats and the woodgrain panels look good.  What is that seat colour?  I like your body colour choice as well, looking forward to seeing more.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, November 11, 2019 6:48 AM

Thanks Steve!  The interior is painted with Tamiya AS-15 Tan and the woodgrain is the Tamiya Tan with Tamiya X-26 Clear Orange over it.  The body color is Dupli-Color Emerald Green Metallic over Testors Grey Primer.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: West Bloomfield, MI
Posted by steveracer on Monday, November 11, 2019 11:20 AM

Cool, love the build and this car.  I learned something new today, and I consider myself a pretty astute detail guy...that the 64 and 65 had different stampings for the quarter panels.  Never noticed that before, so now I am more the wiser!!!!

 

Will be following this build, as this is the first kit ever that my dad and I built back in the day as he was a "Buick Man".  

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, November 11, 2019 3:27 PM

Thanks steveracer!  I am partial to the '65 myself with its clean styling.  The side scoops on the rear quarter panels of the '63-'64 Rivieras looked kind of messy to me.  There is a '65 Riviera not too far from me that I wanted to replicate, but I couldn't find the color I wanted locally, so I went with the Emerald Green Metallic.  Just wait until I get some clearcoat on this baby!  It's going to POP!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, November 11, 2019 6:23 PM

Looking great. I am however very surprised you got away with Duplicolor over Testors primer. Testors is enamel and Duplicolor is lacquer.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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