69 Riviera GS

1969 Buick Riviera GS Restoration

Specs:

  • Engine: 430 in3 Big Block V8, 360hp @ 5000rpm, 475 lb-ft @ 3200rpm
  • Transmission: TH-400, 3-spd automatic
  • Options: Power Windows, Power Driver's Seat, Cruise Control, Power Steering, Air Conditioning, Remote Trunk Release, AM/FM Sterio
  • Weight: 4200 lbs
  • Production Amount: 52,872

My dad bought this car used in 1971.  I was also brought home in it from the hospital after being born nearly 10 years later.  This car originally suffered from overheating problems and ended up with a cracked head.  My dad had the engine rebuilt somewhere in the early '80s but the car never made it back together and simply sat around ever since.  This car has somewhat been a labor of love for me after I started a restoration on it in high school.  I also used it to spur my knowledge of cars.  The restoration has stalled several times for various reasons yet I plan to soon get back to restoring this car with a full frame-off restoration.

See some of the outdated progress pictures below: