Riviera Frame Interchange?

Discussion in 'A boatload of fun' started by crazyjackcsa, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. crazyjackcsa

    crazyjackcsa Big and Untame

    Anybody know if there's a frame interchange for the 71-72 riviera?

    Mine is... well, if I'm asking, it's not good. Specifically, the rear section. I'm hoping there's something that's a little more common.

    TT
     
  2. racenu

    racenu Well-Known Member

    Find one from Arizona, probably better to buy a complete car? Maybe Desert valley auto parts will sell you one?
     
  3. crazyjackcsa

    crazyjackcsa Big and Untame

    Lol. I'm Canadian. :)

    What you basically just told me to do was: Try to buy a car site unseen from 2,100 road miles away, lose 25% in the exchange rate, find somebody to ship it, fill out all the paperwork to get it across the border, pay import tax and hope the frame is good.

    It be cheaper/less headache to just custom build a frame.
     
  4. Brad Conley

    Brad Conley Super Moderator Staff Member

    There is no interchange to my knowledge.
     
  5. red67wildcat

    red67wildcat Well-Known Member

    Art Morrison will build a frame for anything
    $$$$$$
     
  6. newmexguy

    newmexguy Well-Known Member

    If the car can be documented that it spent it's entire life in Arizona, it should be solid. If it only spent a few years in the Midwest, though, before migrating, it may very well be a different story. Had a 72 Monte Carlo parts car a few years ago. Owner took it from Cleveland to El Paso in 1976. Rust / rot had already taken hold in the body seams, under the floor pan.
     
  7. RoadShark

    RoadShark Well-Known Member

    Here's what Hollander (interchange # 1879) says:

    '71-'72 will take either '71 or '72

    '73 takes '73

    '74 takes '74

    That said, it may be that the '73 frame is only different for the bumpers and it's easy to mod it for '71-'72. I don't know that for sure though...
     
  8. lemmy-67

    lemmy-67 Gold Level Contributor

    The 3rd generation Riviera was built on a shortened electra chassis. If you can find a similar vintage electra 2-door, maybe a frame shop could chop it for you...of course there may be other minute differences...
     
  9. 71rivera

    71rivera Platinum Level Contributor

    I know this is an old thread, but I had the same issue with my 71' Riviera. I found an Electra frame and it was relatively easy to cut the factory welds, shorten the middle third, reattach the Electra rear third, and reuse the Riviera front third. LOTS of triple checking measurements before cutting apart and again before welding together again, but it worked great.
    What did you end up doing?
     

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