This time, Mike and Kevin chat about the beauty of the Buick aluminum drum brakes and how well they work if properly adjusted in our Rivieras. The old Buick is getting lots of airtime on the V8 Radio Podcast!
One of the long-term projects I’ve been putting off is replacing the front crank seal. Like most old rope seals, the front crank seal on this Buick 455 was leaking oil, seeping out onto the timing cover and being blown all over the front of the engine. It wasn’t a large quantity with a puddle under the car, but it was enough to coat the block and emit a strong burnt oil smell that I just didn’t dig.
In this case, this being a non-A/C car made the job a bit simpler. Everything is pretty easy to get to, and you have to remove the timing cover to replace the seal. This is one of those jobs that can easily grow, so I had to telegraph any scope-creep and “might as well” syndrome to make sure this didn’t turn into a frame-off restoration because of an oil leak!
Check this out! Renowned automotive designer and artist Danny Whitfield recently visualized some design concepts I had in mind for my 1970 Buick Riviera. These include a 1970 GS inspired grille, fender vents similar to the Wildcat, minor hood air extractors like on the 66 GS, 18 inch rally wheels with redline tires, sport mirrors, and a few other details all wrapped up into a beautiful custom rendering. The goal was to enhance the original Buick Riviera GS design in a “what if” scenario, like if the Buick designers were allowed to have just a little more creative freedom, what would they do? Whitfield has a library of ready to purchase prints including a full selection of 1970 Rivieras – and convertibles! – on his website and he is always ready to take commissions to do custom work and full concept design renderings. He’s a super nice guy with a rich OEM design background and loves doing enthusiast cars. Check out his work at his link and contact him for your own copy or a great gift for somebody’s garage or office!