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    Default 68 Riviera hood ornament

    Howdy fellow Buick owners, just a quick question about the hood on a 68 Riviera GS seems I have a Riviera script on the front drivers side near grill but have noticed other 68's just have RIVIERA spelt along bottom edge of hood. I have seen a few with just the script cursive Riviera, was this only for GS Riviera's. Just wondering cheers Aussiebuick430.

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    . . . what Erik sez Steve !!
    All the '66,'68, and '69 2nd gen cars shared seperate R-I-V-I-E-R-A 'block' letters across the hood, just above the lower front chrome hood moulding.
    Only the '67 and '70s had the 'script' style emblem, located in the lower corner of the hood like yours, and it definetly is not a 'GS' specific application.
    The chrome centre hood spear moulding was also 'distinctive' for each model year - a picture would certainly help to ID what you actually have.

    (. . . that's not a 'raised' '68 centre hood spear in your '68 photo Erik - not sure what year it is - '69 would be my guess ? )
    Randy Hunter / ROA Charter Member #155 - '68 Buick Riviera GS (clone) '"The JEWAL"
    ...previous Buicks: '68 LeSabre 400 2dr hdtp,'68 Wildcat 2dr hdtps (2), '68 Riviera (2 parts cars),'80 LeSabre V6 4 dr (...long gone slug)
    Check out the ROA here: www.rivowners.org ,and my '68 Riviera here: http://www.v8buick.com/garage_vehicl...w_vehicle&id=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivman View Post
    . . . what Erik sez Steve !!
    All the '66,'68, and '69 2nd gen cars shared seperate R-I-V-I-E-R-A 'block' letters across the hood, just above the lower front chrome hood moulding.
    Only the '67 and '70s had the 'script' style emblem, located in the lower corner of the hood like yours, and it definetly is not a 'GS' specific application.
    The chrome centre hood spear moulding was also 'distinctive' for each model year - a picture would certainly help to ID what you actually have.

    (. . . that's not a 'raised' '68 centre hood spear in your '68 photo Erik - not sure what year it is - '69 would be my guess ? )
    Hey thanks Rivman hope ive got the signature thing worked out. Im pretty sure at some stage they have replaced the hood with a 70' s Riv hood as you suggested. I think its been in accident at some stage in Adelaide and that's all they could find, don't know the previous owner before my Dad purchased the car. Im after front suspensions parts for my 68 Riv whats a good supplier in the States you guys go to. I need tie rod ends, pitman arm etc. Can you get kits for these cars. Any help would be appreciated. Cheers Steve
    Aussie Steve

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    Yeah finally worked it out. Im Steve from Australia hows it going? PS my last name isn't Riviera coz that would be ironic eh.
    Aussie Steve

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    Need a 'side view' of that hood spear for a proper ID Steve, - notice how the '70 runs right down to the front edge, where yours does not.
    The main difference '68 vs. '69 was that the '68 was raised at the front peak while the '69 was much flatter, but they are the same length.
    Also noticed (...from Erik's photo), the side mirrors for your '68 are not 'stock' and appear to be from an earlier '66, or '67 2nd gen. Riv - they could also be 'after market' add ons, since they are not a matching set?
    Last edited by Rivman; 10-09-2013 at 08:00 PM.
    Randy Hunter / ROA Charter Member #155 - '68 Buick Riviera GS (clone) '"The JEWAL"
    ...previous Buicks: '68 LeSabre 400 2dr hdtp,'68 Wildcat 2dr hdtps (2), '68 Riviera (2 parts cars),'80 LeSabre V6 4 dr (...long gone slug)
    Check out the ROA here: www.rivowners.org ,and my '68 Riviera here: http://www.v8buick.com/garage_vehicl...w_vehicle&id=1

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    It could very easily be a '70 hood.

    I happen have a '68 hood on my '70.
    I filled in the holes for the block letters that spell out RIVIERA across the front, and drilled holes in the appropriate place for the Riviera script on the left hand side.
    I swapped out the front lip, and the center trim pieces that run the length of the hood will interchange with each other also. In fact, I have the taller '68 center trim on it for now because I like the look of it better.
    Dale

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Boattail View Post

    But...... the left side is not the driver's side, Randy
    Edits own post to read left side, instead of driver's side to be in compliance with international standards.
    Dale

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Boattail View Post
    You can use the good old British ''off side'' and ''near side'' instead.....
    That's right!
    I now remember the knock off hubs on an old right hand drive Jaguar my Dad owned read, "Right (Near) Side" and "Left (Far) Side"
    And "Undo" with an arrow pointing the direction to remove them.
    Dale

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    F-I-X-E-D !
    I did forget that things are sorta 'reversed' across the pond, and down under lads !!
    In any case, those fancy exterior mirrors certainly are different, along with those fancy hub caps Steve, and that centre hood spear is a '68, judging by the side profile you were kind enough to post Erik.
    Randy Hunter / ROA Charter Member #155 - '68 Buick Riviera GS (clone) '"The JEWAL"
    ...previous Buicks: '68 LeSabre 400 2dr hdtp,'68 Wildcat 2dr hdtps (2), '68 Riviera (2 parts cars),'80 LeSabre V6 4 dr (...long gone slug)
    Check out the ROA here: www.rivowners.org ,and my '68 Riviera here: http://www.v8buick.com/garage_vehicl...w_vehicle&id=1

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    Cheers for all the info about the hood. We have strange laws where I live and cars from overseas usually the states needed to be converted to the right hand side. Cars 30 years and older like mine can remain left hand drive,(not modern cars though) it is different in others states our laws suck here in South Australia , someone changed it to right hand drive at some point. As for the mirrors they are just chrome cheapies I bought as it had only a drivers side mirror on the car when my dad bought it. As for the hubcaps they were originally painted black but I had them polished, seems to be a lot of diff types of hubcaps available for the 68 Riv these look pretty cool though. Here's a you tube vid I did in 2011 of my Riv on the dyno, is 225 rwhp a decent figure. Engine is stock except for pertronix ignition and 2.5 inch stainless steel twin system. cheers.
    Aussie Steve

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    Its Steve.

    ---------- Post added at 12:12 AM ---------- Previous post was at 12:05 AM ----------

    What are mayonnaise era buicks? anyway.
    Aussie Steve

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    Just **** stirring for now, you have to get used to that we Aussies don't take ourselves to seriously. So what did you think of the video?
    Aussie Steve

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    That's my Dads car (Bert R.I.P) now mine, where were u living.
    Aussie Steve

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    Hi Rivman:
    I have a question regarding the hood spear. I have a '66 GS and would love to put the more streamlined spear from a '68 on the car.
    Do you think it will fit? Is it made of pot metal like the '66/'67 or stainless as I believe is the case with the '69 and '70?
    Thanks,


    Quote Originally Posted by Rivman View Post
    . . . what Erik sez Steve !!
    All the '66,'68, and '69 2nd gen cars shared seperate R-I-V-I-E-R-A 'block' letters across the hood, just above the lower front chrome hood moulding.
    Only the '67 and '70s had the 'script' style emblem, located in the lower corner of the hood like yours, and it definetly is not a 'GS' specific application.
    The chrome centre hood spear moulding was also 'distinctive' for each model year - a picture would certainly help to ID what you actually have.

    (. . . that's not a 'raised' '68 centre hood spear in your '68 photo Erik - not sure what year it is - '69 would be my guess ? )

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    '66 - '69 are all cast pot metal, and not stainless - '70 only. As to fitting a '68 spear on a '66, I don't really know.
    If the front slope on the '66 hood is the same side profile as a '68, then it might fit, assuming the mounting holes are positioned the same ?
    Last edited by Rivman; 01-02-2014 at 11:12 AM.
    Randy Hunter / ROA Charter Member #155 - '68 Buick Riviera GS (clone) '"The JEWAL"
    ...previous Buicks: '68 LeSabre 400 2dr hdtp,'68 Wildcat 2dr hdtps (2), '68 Riviera (2 parts cars),'80 LeSabre V6 4 dr (...long gone slug)
    Check out the ROA here: www.rivowners.org ,and my '68 Riviera here: http://www.v8buick.com/garage_vehicl...w_vehicle&id=1

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    Quote Originally Posted by Rivman View Post
    '66 - '70 are all cast pot metal, and not stainless - as to fitting a '68 spear on a '66, I don't really know.
    If the front slope on the '66 hood is the same side profile as a '68, then it might fit, assuming the mounting holes are positioned the same ?
    The '70 is actually a stainless piece.
    The hoods used on '66 & '67 do differ in profile from the '68, '69, & '70, so doubt trim would interchange.
    I am going from old memory here, but I seem to remember the hood spear on my '66 being very similar to the '68 & '69's.
    Dale

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale View Post
    The '70 is actually a stainless piece.
    The hoods used on '66 & '67 do differ in profile from the '68, '69, & '70, so doubt trim would interchange.
    I am going from old memory here, but I seem to remember the hood spear on my '66 being very similar to the '68 & '69's.
    . . . thanks for the update and correction Dale !!
    Randy Hunter / ROA Charter Member #155 - '68 Buick Riviera GS (clone) '"The JEWAL"
    ...previous Buicks: '68 LeSabre 400 2dr hdtp,'68 Wildcat 2dr hdtps (2), '68 Riviera (2 parts cars),'80 LeSabre V6 4 dr (...long gone slug)
    Check out the ROA here: www.rivowners.org ,and my '68 Riviera here: http://www.v8buick.com/garage_vehicl...w_vehicle&id=1

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    Hi Gents. Now I know I have a '70 SS molding and its definitely longer than my '66 molding. I understand the '69 spear is very similar to '69 just a little shorter due to the R I V I E R A letters on the hood. The '68 spear is similar to '66/'67 just a lot closer to the hood (not as tall). Does anyone have a '68 spear they could measure, end to end, leading edge to the bend, width at the bend??Thanks!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Rivman View Post
    . . . thanks for the update and correction Dale !!

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    I have a spare '68 I can measure for you, but right now it's -25C and my garage is not heated, so it may take a while !!
    Randy Hunter / ROA Charter Member #155 - '68 Buick Riviera GS (clone) '"The JEWAL"
    ...previous Buicks: '68 LeSabre 400 2dr hdtp,'68 Wildcat 2dr hdtps (2), '68 Riviera (2 parts cars),'80 LeSabre V6 4 dr (...long gone slug)
    Check out the ROA here: www.rivowners.org ,and my '68 Riviera here: http://www.v8buick.com/garage_vehicl...w_vehicle&id=1

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    Wow! They complain down here in Tamopa when the temp hits 40 degrees!

    Happy New Year. Thanks for your help. Paul


    Quote Originally Posted by Rivman View Post
    I have a spare '68 I can measure for you, but right now it's -25C and my garage is not heated, so it may take a while !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 66GS425 View Post
    Wow! They complain down here in Tamopa when the temp hits 40 degrees!

    Happy New Year. Thanks for your help. Paul
    If ya want to drive 3 hours north I have one you can try on for size.
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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    I have a '68 hood on my '70, and kept the '68 center trim on it.
    I will be out in the garage tomorrow replacing the alternator on my Ford Ranger.
    (just in time. -25F come Monday)
    Anyway, I can measure it for you then.
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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    Thanks Dale.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dale View Post
    I have a '68 hood on my '70, and kept the '68 center trim on it.
    I will be out in the garage tomorrow replacing the alternator on my Ford Ranger.
    (just in time. -25F come Monday)
    Anyway, I can measure it for you then.

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    Hope this helps.
    It is 59-1/2" long, and at the bend is 1/2" wide. I didn't think of measuring the height at it's highest point.
    I laid the '70 trim along side for comparison also.




    Last edited by Dale; 01-05-2014 at 09:09 AM.
    Dale

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    Default Re: 68 Riviera hood ornament

    Thanks very much Dale. I appreciate it!!

 

 
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