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  1. #1
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    Cool Newbie with a 1956 Special Riviera Hardtop from Savannah, Ga

    Greetings!!! Just an introduction from sunny south. I have just taken position of this great automobile. 42,000 original miles, class B+ restoration, no changes or modifications to the original production. I am 76 years old, learned to drive on my father's brand new 1956 Oldsmobile hardtop sedan. I plan to use my Buick as a "driver", no tailor queens in my garage. My Buick will be sharing the garage with my 1946 Ford Tudor Sedan that I purchased 5 years ago. The Ford has been "Resto-Rodded", and over the past 5 years I have added 38,000 miles to the odometer. While I don't plan to start racking up drive time in heavy doses on the Buick , at least not right away, I do plan to do some extended driving. I do realize that I am driving a vintage 1956 car with all of the "modern developments of 1956", I will be proceeding cautiously!!! I would like to have some feedback from members who have "ventured out in the world" with similar vintage cars.
    It is a pleasure and an honor to be on board, and I look froward to any feed back you would like to share.
    Cheers,
    Fat Fender Ray

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Newbie with a 1956 Special Riviera Hardtop from Savannah, Ga

    Welcome to the club. Cant help with your questions but theres plenty of guys here that can
    ROA Member # 13359
    BCA #46919
    BPG #2320
    68 Riviera: Show car.
    78 Regal:Track car 1.47 60'- 7.00.9 1/8 mile, 11.14 1/4

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    Default Re: Newbie with a 1956 Special Riviera Hardtop from Savannah, Ga

    Welcome from a previous 56 Special owner. Handsone cars I think.
    Nice to see someone older than me too! Not by much though.
    Hope your speedo works, neat idea the ribbon style, but delicate.
    First thing to do is bypass as much of the vacuum hoses associated
    with vacuum pump connected to the fuel pump and wiper motor / width control.
    Carbs like to see good vacuum to work good. If you are like the rest of us
    won't drive in the rain, go direct to the wiper motor from the manilold.
    Unless you are a purist then check it all for leaks. Good luck.
    Roger

    72 Skylark silver conv.
    Gone but not forgotten:
    67 GS 400
    67 White Special
    72 GS455 Stage One(clone)
    72 GS conv (fake)
    67 Silver Special
    56 Special

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    Default Re: Newbie with a 1956 Special Riviera Hardtop from Savannah, Ga

    Everybody needs to experience vacuum powered wipers while going up a hill in driving rain storm.
    Jim Lore
    BPG 1037
    "If you cannot clear up the confusion at least make the confusion clear."

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Newbie with a 1956 Special Riviera Hardtop from Savannah, Ga

    Quote Originally Posted by flynbuick View Post
    Everybody needs to experience vacuum powered wipers while going up a hill in driving rain storm.
    Had a old Rambler like that. Sucked
    ROA Member # 13359
    BCA #46919
    BPG #2320
    68 Riviera: Show car.
    78 Regal:Track car 1.47 60'- 7.00.9 1/8 mile, 11.14 1/4

  6. #6
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    Red face Re: Newbie with a 1956 Special Riviera Hardtop from Savannah, Ga Thanks!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by rogbo View Post
    Welcome from a previous 56 Special owner. Handsone cars I think.
    Nice to see someone older than me too! Not by much though.
    Hope your speedo works, neat idea the ribbon style, but delicate.
    First thing to do is bypass as much of the vacuum hoses associated
    with vacuum pump connected to the fuel pump and wiper motor / width control.
    Carbs like to see good vacuum to work good. If you are like the rest of us
    won't drive in the rain, go direct to the wiper motor from the manilold.
    Unless you are a purist then check it all for leaks. Good luck.


    Thanks

 

 

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