|Yesterday 08:22 PM|
|Valkyrie5.7||I appreciate the work, but don't like the aesthetics.|
|Yesterday 07:52 PM|
if all hand made, the door window and door should be a little longer.. to make the b pillar thinner.. and the g.m. stylist 70's door window opening should've been used.. (i.e. 77 cutlass/70-81 t/a/etc) as that door doesn't work with that roof.. or at least use a boat tail riv roof as a guide not a 67 vette
|Yesterday 07:16 PM|
Also - remember that EVERY SINGLE panel was hand fabricated on english wheel plus use of metal stretchers & shrinkers!! The car is both longer and wider than any Riv ever made. Fenders are each 3 inches wider than stock. JF says that there is a piece of metal about 8 inches square in the middle of each door, that is all he used of the original Riv after he got through with all the mods. Every other piece is all 100% hand fabbed (yes, roof, hood, trunk, etc.)
Start with a custom chassis, made a decision to use a humongous Chev motor, twin turbos in the trunk, (approx 800 hp total) make it a 2-seater, design the handling package (the car will be autocrossed like all of his creations), had to put the front splitter on to keep the nose down as it got light at about 150 or so in "bare metal" testing.
Each wheel is custom to that corner of THIS car. He is looking at a Bonneville speed of 200 plus with it, and he will be driiving it to several goodguys runs this year.
He has built 3 previous Ridler contenders and was in the Great 8 every time, with this getting the top prize.
I've got pics of it at the "half-way" stage in bare metal, showing seams and welds.
While all the body and interior is custom, hand-fabbed, he still had over $300,000 in aftermarket pieces & parts in it! At least this one will be driven!
|Yesterday 06:47 PM|
|496CHEVY3100||That is a good example of why he Car Cover was invented ,|
|Yesterday 06:20 PM|
|Yesterday 06:18 PM|
I've often wondered what the Riviera would look like based on an F-body.
This is the '70 version of that little thought experiment, and there will be a '67 version at some point if I ever get around to doing the rendering
|Yesterday 06:06 PM|
|gearheadslife||the vette roof line doesn't work with the door window lines..|
|Yesterday 05:01 PM|
|Y-Blockhead||^^^^ Agree… Don't care for the color much… reminds me of Aspergum. Not sure about the rest of it.|
|Yesterday 04:42 PM|
The air dams turn me off and the color would not be my choice either. I think with a different color it would be a whole different car.
|Yesterday 03:19 PM|
|Galaxie65||Looks well done to but ill-conceived to me. Poorly written article obviously from a non-gearhead too. Come on Man!|
|Yesterday 03:01 PM|
Ok guys, I just don't know what to think about this, my head is spinning. The 63-65 Buick Riviera is one of the most beautiful works of art to ever roll off the assembly line. It's like a 57 Chevy, there just isn't much you can do to it to "improve" it. For two reasons, one it's BEAUTIFUL and the other is there is just something about it it, being so radical a design to begin with, it doesn't take well to mods. Bill Mitchell the designer did an OUTSTANDING job on the '63 Riv, and then on the '71 with the Corvette Midyear style rear window and peak down the roof, ART I say, Frigging ART!
To mesh the two together, yeow, I just can't grasp this.
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|Yesterday 06:57 AM|
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|03-10-2014 06:48 PM|
Then again, I don't suppose Harley Earl needed to worry too much about what it cost to build something
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