Hello every one, my name is Val, from the San Francisco Bay Area. I am new to Buick and new to the forum. I want to share with you how I got here. 3 months ago, I responded to an ad selling a 68 Riviera GS, that just needed a little work to get back on the road. The seller was a smog shop owner, really nice guy and just down the street from me, so I figured it was a trustworthy person. He told me the car had been off the road for decades, that the last reg tag was from 1979, and he showed me the reg cards from back then, that were in the same name as the person he got it from. I know very little little about old cars, but I could see that the car was 100% original, 100% complete and full matching numbers and a true survivor. The paint and chassis had some substantial surface rust, but no corrosion through the sheet metal anywhere. The car was starting and running, but not very smoothly. We shook hands and he promised to deliver the car in roadworthy condition within two weeks. Every other day or so, I went down to his shop and saw him work on different parts of the car, sometimes on his own, sometimes with the help of other knowledgeable mechanics from around his shop. The two weeks turned into 4, then 8 and everytime he fixed something, something else came up. Over the last 3 months, I have seen him put new tires, change the radiator and all hoses, check the transmission, rebuilt the braking system with reconditioned master and wheel cyclinders, purge and check the power steering and change hoses, entirely replace the carb with a "new" reconditioned unit, check the cooling system... While I had to wait much longer than expected, this was a unique opportunity to learn about the car I was buying and get to know some of its quirks and issues. Nothing I saw in the past 3 months surprised me or looked like it could not be fixed. In the meantime, I was able to check that all numbers on engine block and VIN code exactly matched the description of the car. Finally, the new carb was installed yesterday and the car sit in my garage. No yet titled to my name or registered. It is not in showroom condition, but I would say it would make a very nice driver.