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May 24, 2023 09:13:37   #
KTJohnson Loc: Northern Michigan
 
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May 24, 2023 09:22:03   #
Erkibler
 
Not bad for a 60 year old car!

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May 24, 2023 09:26:25   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Beautiful. I remember when they were new - an early attempt at FWD.

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May 24, 2023 09:26:43   #
FredCM Loc: Central Illinois
 
Very nice.

For those wondering what "445"means, it's probably the torque rating of the engine, that's what Buick did, "named" their engines by the torque rating. Also one can tell here by the narrow valve covers this is a nailhead engine. The intake valves and ports provide a very good path for the air-fuel mixture to reach the cylinders. But this used space for the exhaust valves and ports, the exhaust valves are very small as a result. The valves are a small as nails (not really).

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May 24, 2023 09:40:29   #
Sidwalkastronomy Loc: New Jersey Shore
 
FredCM wrote:
Very nice.

For those wondering what "445"means, it's probably the torque rating of the engine, that's what Buick did, "named" their engines by the torque rating. Also one can tell here by the narrow valve covers this is a nailhead engine. The intake valves and ports provide a very good path for the air-fuel mixture to reach the cylinders. But this used space for the exhaust valves and ports, the exhaust valves are very small as a result. The valves are a small as nails (not really).
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I remember a car with 442 in the name. 4 barrel carb 4 speed trans. Dual exhaust
A real muscle car

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May 24, 2023 09:40:35   #
DickC Loc: NE Washington state
 
I had a Riv around that time, had those clam-shell headlight covers, not sure of the date!

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May 24, 2023 09:46:54   #
FredCM Loc: Central Illinois
 
The 442 was an Oldsmobile.

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May 24, 2023 09:49:30   #
ELNikkor
 
Great car and photos, thanks for posting!

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May 24, 2023 09:54:40   #
Burtzy Loc: Bronx N.Y. & Simi Valley, CA
 
Sidwalkastronomy wrote:
I remember a car with 442 in the name. 4 barrel carb 4 speed trans. Dual exhaust
A real muscle car

The 442 was an Oldsmobile. My cousin had one, a convertible. I got a ticket on cross-island expressway in it.

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May 24, 2023 09:56:43   #
dmagett Loc: Albuquerque NM/Sedona AZ
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Beautiful. I remember when they were new - an early attempt at FWD.


This Riv was rear wheel drive. The Olds was front wheel drive.

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May 24, 2023 10:02:36   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Sidwalkastronomy wrote:
I remember a car with 442 in the name. 4 barrel carb 4 speed trans. Dual exhaust
A real muscle car


Yes, I remember that - Oldsmobile. The meaning of the 442 changed from what it meant originally. I forget which was which.

"The "4-4-2" name (pronounced "Four-four-two") derives from the original car's four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, and dual exhausts [1][2][3] (Some maintain that the '2' indicated a limited-slip differential). It was originally written "4-4-2" (with badging showing hyphens between the numerals),[1] and remained hyphenated throughout Oldsmobile's use of the designation. Beginning in 1965, the 4-4-2s standard transmission was a three-speed manual along with an optional two-speed automatic and four-speed manual, but were still badged as "4-4-2"s. Because of this change, from 1965 on, according to Oldsmobile brochures and advertisements, the 4-4-2 designation referred to the 400 cubic inch engine, four-barrel carburetor, and dual exhausts."

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May 24, 2023 10:15:56   #
FL Streetrodder
 
Those early Riv's were a beautiful design, but as the years went by they became less attractive and rather bloated - just my opinion. Nice job of photographing this '73 under less than favorable weather conditions.

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May 24, 2023 10:24:19   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Nice work, Kim! One of Buick's best looking models.

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May 24, 2023 18:35:56   #
mr spock Loc: Fairfield CT
 
DickC wrote:
I had a Riv around that time, had those clam-shell headlight covers, not sure of the date!


It may have been a 1966. I bought a brand new one upon graduating college and paid, if I remember correctly’
$4000. And I didn’t have a job yet!
My father went ballistic

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May 24, 2023 23:48:16   #
Trippmeister Loc: Los Gatos, CA
 
I helped a friend put a transmission in his '65 Riv, in the same garage I'm at now. He just passed last Friday. The car was gone long,long ago. I'm still here!

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