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  • Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

    Howdy ya'll,

    I'm sure lots of you have gathered pieces of this project up over my various different posts but its time to put it in 1 spot. Buckle up, get a drink and some snacks because this is going to be a long post.

    The Car:
    Its a 1964 Buick Riviera White on White car that I bought 2 yrs ago with 86k original miles. Its a very high option car, so far the identified missing options are the 4 note horn, pop up rear armrest, cruise control, automatic dimming headlights, wooden steering wheel, dual quads, vacuum trunk release, possibly a reverb for the stereo, and the extremely rare alternate rear end ratio. It has power everything including the vent window (power locks were not an option till 66), AM-FM stereo with fader and power antenna, cornering lamps, deluxe interior, speed minder, AC, rear window defroster, and the crowning option a 3.23 POSI!! Its been on 1.75 powertours and the drive back from Colorado was just as long as the 2006 powertour I did. So far the car itself has just recieved FatMat under the rear seat area, inside the passenger's compartment section of the quarters, and the insides of the doors. I've also replaced pretty much all the weatherstripping and rubber seals on the car. The front suspension has been almost totally rebuilt with factory H2 sports suspension or aftermarket upgrade pieces. I pulled the factory radio and speakers and made my own custom plate to hold a pair of 4in speakers for front stereo and put a plate where the radio went for your standard 4 gauges though the gas gauge doesn't work since I'm still running the old style GM factory gauge which has the reverse Ohm range for full to empty.
    Currently it has a 425cid 465 Wildcat. For you non Buick guys out there, Buick rated its Nailheads and other engines in production at the same time with thier torque rating so my 425 Nailhead produced 340hp and 465lb-ft of torque when new. This is backed by the first production year of the TH400, though Buick called it the ST400 and it has a bizzare valvebody that like an AODE won't let you hold 2nd without first shifting into Drive letting it go to second then pulling the shifter back into Low. Unfortunately the Nailhead is now sick with the #1 way down on compression, bad blow by problems consuming oil at an ever increasing rate, and the cooling system is full of aluminum and iron dust after last years waterpump explosion on powertour. I've been planning this project for a long time, been building the engine over the last 4yrs, and I'm ready to get on with it.

    The New Engine: Franken-Buick V6
    Block: 484 4.1L production block bored to 3.995in (0.030 over)
    Crank: Eagle 4340 Non-twist internal balance forging in stock 3.400in stroke and stock bearings
    Rods: K1 5.960in 4340 forged rods with full floating 0.940in Diamond steel pins
    Pistons: 3.995in bore custom Diamond full floating forged pistons with -36cc chamber profiled reverse deflector dome, Diamond file fit 4.00in bore rings
    Heads: Champion CNC ported 8445 iron heads with 1.77/1.5in valves (intake oversized), exhaust crossovers filled
    Cam: Comp 212/212 at 0.050 ductile iron retrofit roller, Comp 853 retrofit roller hydrallic lifters
    Valvetrain: Edelbrock double roller timing chain, TA custom length single piece pushrods, T&D 1.65 full roller shaft mounted rockers with shaft braces
    Intake: Currently a stock unported LC2 Turbo6 piece, will be replaced by a Champion GN1 intake when funds allow
    Front cover assembly: Stage II Busch Series drysump front cover milled 0.125in for a motor plate (caused interference problems with the timing chain but little else) upper section hand fitted over the top of an L67 Series II gerotor oil pump lower timing cover section sealed together with Aviation formagasket on the aluminum and epoxy joint. Oil pump is driven off of a cut down stock L67 timing gear as an oil pump spacer and a milled depth Indy Lites neutral balance damper.
    Headers: Customized steel ATR headers modified for chassis and suspension clearance and external wastegates
    Oil Pan: Cut down '64 Buick LeSabre 300 V8 pan for suspension and crossmember clearance
    Turbo: Currently nothing but an empty stock LC2 exhaust housing used for mockup and intitial tuning, will probably be replaced by a complete stock LC2 turbo for more tuning practice then a full on watercooled, ball bearing turbo.

    Transmission: '67 BT code Switch Pitch SP400 for the time being till I can afford a full built TH200-4R

    EFI System: L67 OBDII ECM tuned by HPTuners VCM Pro tuning suite
    Major sensor run down:
    MAF LQ4 85mm GM, MAP L67 2-bar, Crank Position L67 with reluctors attached to the back of the Indy Lites balancer, Cam sensor LC2 with Casper's cap and L67 harness plug, IAT in the LQ4 MAF, coolant L67, Knock sensor L67 (1 in the factory position the other in a new hole in the rear webbing), O2 LC1 wideband in emulator mode, VSS Painless 60115 bolt on 2 pulse VSS, IAC L67 in a 94 3.4L 60 V6 adapter. Data logging WB02, both sides EGT, and probably a narrowband O2 in front of the turbo routed into the Cat performance O2 sensor sensor lead on the stock harness.
    I'll be disabling all the emissions stuff, the trans stuff, and the security stuff to make it work in its stripped down environment.
    Harness: 99 Buick Regal GS
    ECM: It will think its a 99 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP
    Injectors: 36pph L67 factory units currently, going to 60pph Motrons with turbo upgrade
    Fuel tank: 96 B-body tank and straps on custom mounting
    Fuel Pump: currently 96 factor B-body, will be upgraded to twin Walbro units on a hobbes switch with the bigger turbo
    Fuel lines: Buick Riviera's with AC came with a return line factory so thats the current setup, will be upgraded to larger stainless lines from Inline tube

    The project part. Right now I'm short a handful of things but most of them are on order or atleast a shopping list. I"m going to get the AC system pulled down on the Riviera since it still has R12 in it and I can sell that for some extra money which will probably go towards hose and plumbing. To make this fit I need that '64 LeSabre oil pan to clear the X-frame and the rear steer suspsension and that goofey gerotor oil pump started as an engineering exercise to help the Buick's oiling problems but turned into an absolute need with the fact the V6 will sit so far back into the engine bay that it would have put the oil pump into the engine crossmember. The Nailhead has a Ford style waterpump exit while the V6 has a GM style so I need to replace the radiator and since the stock unit a downflow and rather narrow I'm going to go with a Summit 380325 universal which is about 2in too short but almost exactly the right width. Planning on using the gap under the bottom of the radiator to route either the front mount intercooler piping or the stock location intercooler scoop. The TH200-4R will bolt to the engine and the transmission mount but will require a new driveshaft so I'm saving more money by going with the SP400 since it is a direct replacement for the ST400 in addition to being cheaper to start with than a BRF TH200-4R. Exhauste is going to be a fun project since the X-frame severly hampers the routing of the pipe out of the engine bay. For starters I'm just going to use the passengers side of my TA 2.5in kit without the headpipe but I plan to upgrade the rest of the system to a 3in stainless system after I'm happy with the downpipe configuration. To keep the fluids cool I'm going to be taking the stock currently decorative parking light pod pieces and millling them open so they are now grills and putting sheetmetal ducting behind the lowever valence to push air into the coolers located in front of the front wheels and will be putting box ducts with louvers in them behind the coolers to keep road debris kicked up off the tires from damaging the coolers. The battery is going into the trunk to make way for the turbo inlet and to help with the weight distrobution and I'll be tying the front and back electrical systems together with 2Ga wiring since the fuel pump will run of the rear buss but the rest will run off of the front buss which is connected directly to the 200A alternator. The starter solenoid will be in the trunk and 2/0 cable will be routed to the starter. So far I've added nothing to the stock harness, there is a Painless CirKit Boss that powers the interior add on stuff and a second one is getting added to the rear for running the rear mounted accessories. The EFI system electronics will be contianed in an underhood fuse and relay center pirated from a 99 Regal GS and its hooked directly to the alternator.

    I think that's enough for now don't you? Comments always welcome,
    Central TEXAS Sleeper
    USAF Physicist

    ROA# 9790

  • #2
    Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

    Sounds like a nice project, do you already have the trans? I would think the torque convertor you want would be hard to find, =$$$.

    The V6 sounds nasty, but I'm a sucker for a big nailhead! I lurk around the turbobuick forum and those guys are getting huge #'s and quick times with thier set ups.

    Let's see some pictures!!!!

    Dan.

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    • #3
      Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

      Transmission is on order presay, there is a guy down the road in Huntsville, AL with a stock unit out of a '67 Wildcat complete with converter. Its cheaper than the cheapest non core quality BRF TH200-4R I can find and that's in Detroit. I'm looking forward getting this project started but I'm going to see my Fiance's family in India next week so pretty much everything is on hold though it should save me a bunch of money since I'm the guest of honor and most everything is paid for while I'm over there.
      Central TEXAS Sleeper
      USAF Physicist

      ROA# 9790

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      • #4
        Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

        Well ,I didn't see that one comming.Pull out the big engine w/ deep exhaust nope for a 6 ....Then at the bottom of the page I see it.Turbo/EFI . Now thats very intresting,especially w/$3.50 a gallon gas. Will be looking forward to seeing the progress.

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        • #5
          Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

          Project update:
          I have the trans and converter sitting in my garage. Fluid is nice and red but she'll get a new filter when I get it in the car just because its easier do that in the car than on the bench in my space limited garage. I solved my trans mount issue by realizing that the trans side of the mount is same, its the frame side thats different so I'll just reuse the old one.
          The engine is waiting on a new set of valve covers to finish sealing it up and the intake is short an IAC adapter before its done for the time being.
          Electronically I still need to pick up the HPTuners VCM Pro Suite to tune it up and I'm waiting to hear back from a vendor about a switch pitch controller/TPS adapter setup for the last of the engine stuff.

          Car goes out on Friday for a window repair, the power windows aren't aligned at all and leak, and the AC system evacuated.
          Central TEXAS Sleeper
          USAF Physicist

          ROA# 9790

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          • #6
            Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

            ANY PHOTOS ?

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            • #7
              Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

              Will have to set up the photo hosting early next week. Fiance is in town and I don't spend much time in the garage or at the computer (at home that is) so it'll take some time.
              Central TEXAS Sleeper
              USAF Physicist

              ROA# 9790

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              • #8
                Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                Ok, well the photot hosting didn't work on the straight put them in the thread type so I'm going to be spending some time putting captions on the pictures and posting album links which would also make it easier to keep the flow updated.

                Current updates:
                The dash cluster is complete and the only hickup is that I'll have to pull it out again to change the Tach from V8 to V6 when it comes that time. Also the radio died but I'm not that worried as I have some more wiring to mess with back there and I'll do it when I'm in there. The MkII instrament panel is 95% done, all I have to do is skin it in veneer to hide the sins of me doing it with hand tools not a mill and a brake big enough for the 0.060in aluminum.
                The next stage of the project is to get the HVAC control head swapped over the '65 vacuum heater valve instead of the '64 cable valve unit. The challenge with this one is going to be the replacment of the vacuum block in the firewall since I need 7 lines for the new system and the old only has 6 and I'm not looking forward to stringing the colour coded hoses through the plug but I don't want to cut and splice my vacuum harness.

                Next up... wiring the trunk mounted battery and corresponding front and rear electrical systems with the new rear fuse box, 2Ga link between the 2, signal wires for the 12V switched and fuel pumps, and fuel pump relays. Then doing the 96 Impala SS fuel tank with plumbing and such.
                Central TEXAS Sleeper
                USAF Physicist

                ROA# 9790

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                • #9
                  Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                  Update:
                  I just decided to paint the gauge panel black for the time being and will probably just use it till I get around to redoing the whole center console in the new wood.
                  I got the '64 HVAC head out of the car and its 90% identical to the '65 HVAC head, the only different is that the '65 has more vacuum ports for controlling the heater valve and that means I have to swap the adapter block and I'll have to get a '65 vacuum diagram to accurately swap over the functions between the two blocks as I think the colour coding has changed.

                  Hopefully pictures on Sunday night.
                  Central TEXAS Sleeper
                  USAF Physicist

                  ROA# 9790

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                  • #10
                    Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                    Update 5 June:
                    '65 HVAC control head is in and the vacuum lines plumbed.... good gravey that was annoying. The 7 port block I had is plastic and the junkard that I got it from got it a bit hot and it got all distorted and I had to ream out all the ports to pass the lines through. Actually had to employ a trick to get some of them through. I took a sheetrock screw about 2.5in long and I'd get the line in as far as I could by hand then screw the screw into the end of the line and give it a squirt of WD40. I'd then grab the screw with a pair of vice grips then pull it through. The last hangup is that the replacement cable I got for the snapped heater louver control cable is too short so I'll need to get a good one to replace it. On the bad news I wore the battery down so I'm going to have to get a charger and get it charged back up.
                    Central TEXAS Sleeper
                    USAF Physicist

                    ROA# 9790

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                    • #11
                      Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                      kenne bell used to have reman switch pitch convertors and switches - hear they don't do much buick anymo
                      check out john kilgore trans in cali

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                      • #12
                        Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                        Brendtsen's has switch pitch units as well.

                        Dan

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                        • #13
                          Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                          Kenne Bell is out and doing PT Cruisers and Mustangs.... boo
                          PAE out of El Paso is doing most of the Switch Pitch stuff currently that I know of in the Buick world.

                          Right now the SP400 is temporary so I have the big 13in stock converter for a '67 Wildcat and a fancy box from Casper's Electronics that allows me to control the kickdown and the high stall function from the TPS signal. I'm not planning on doing anything to it as I'm really intending to get a fully built TH200-4R OD for it. Before you suggest a Gear Vendors... it won't fit, the car is an X-frame and it won't fit inside the tunnel. I've thought about 4L60E or 4L80E but the expense of yet another computer and programer is not really in my budget or desire right now.

                          Car will be driven using the new gauge setups tonight as I get it out of the way to change the oil in the Lincoln and test how my new Tach works. Battery has been charged slow, I run it for 2hrs on a marine deep cycle charger in the morning before work and twice in the evening since I'm not sure its voltage limited or anything so I don't want to melt down my Optima.
                          Central TEXAS Sleeper
                          USAF Physicist

                          ROA# 9790

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                          • #14
                            Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                            Nice car.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                              What are you going to do with the nailhead once it's out? One of the Buick gurus tells me that the heads can fit on my 322 (well, it'll be mine as soon as I can get to Vermont and hand Andy some money) and that they are a performance boost. Can't afford to spend a bundle, but sooner or later I figure I'll come up with a pair.

                              Dan

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