1963 Buick Riviera

Photos and Installation Story: Art Schilling

“It’s all Jon Buttons fault,” explains pin-striping guru Art Schilling. “On a trip to his house last summer, we were roaming around in his garages and came upon a dual quad manifold for a Buick Nailhead. Jon asked me if I knew what it was, and I said sure, it was an option on ’64-’65 Rivieras.”

Artie has a ’63 Buick Riviera in need of a little more oomph, and the quad manifold smacked of extra power and just the kind of oomph he was looking for.

“So how much do you want for it?”he asked. Buttons wasn’t sure he wanted to part with the manifold at all, but six weeks later he showed up at Artie’s Party, the annual fundraiser thrown by Schilling at the Syracuse Nationals.

“Here,” said Buttons, manifold in hand. “Put this on your Riv.”

Fast forward to the 2013 SEMA Show where a casual conversation – the hallmark of all race and vehicle enthusiast transactions – put Artie in touch with the good people from Edelbrock.  ”They told me exactly what I needed to get this project off the ground,” explains Artie.  ”I got home, ordered the carb, and that’s when things got crazy.”

The plans for the Riviera were a little bit ahead of the car itself.  Two months of detailing and painting the engine compartment finally got it ready for the install.  Follow along below to see the (eventual) evolution of the Riv into a rockin’ ride.

"The 1963 Buick Riviera had 66,000 miles on it. In preparation for the new plumbing,  Schilling cleaned and painted the engine compartment."

“The 1963 Buick Riviera had 66,000 miles on it. In preparation for the new plumbing, Schilling cleaned and painted the engine compartment.”

 

Off with the old Carter AFB carb and manifold to prep for the new.

Off with the old Carter AFB carb and manifold to prep for the new.

 

Looks like there's still some degreasing and cleaning to do on the motor.

Looks like there’s still some degreasing and cleaning to do on the motor.

 

Bob Lyman cleans up the gasket surfaces on the heads.  Be sure to block the ports with paper towel or something to keep dirt and residue from entering the combustion chambers.  A shop vac is a must here.

Bob Lyman cleans up the gasket surfaces on the heads. Be sure to block the ports with paper towel or something to keep dirt and residue from entering the combustion chambers. A shop vac is a must here.

 

While I clean and paint, the crew huddles around a box of donuts for "inspiration."

While I clean and paint, the crew huddles around a box of donuts for “inspiration.”

 

I Installed a chrome valley cover just to brighten things up a bit.

I Installed a chrome valley cover just to brighten things up a bit.

 

After some quick paint work, the new intake gaskets slip into place.

After some quick paint work, the new intake gaskets slip into place.

 

We carefully mate the manifold to the heads.  It's hard to lean over like that after a box of donuts.

We carefully mate the manifold to the heads. It’s hard to lean over like that after a box of donuts.

 

A light coat of Never Anti-Seize goes on the stainless bolts before the install.

A light coat of Never Anti-Seize goes on the stainless bolts before the install.

 

Torquing the manifold bolts to the correct setting is very important.

Torquing the manifold bolts to the correct setting is very important.

 

Alternate the pattern as you torque the bolts.

Alternate the pattern as you torque the bolts.

 

Installing chrome valve covers for a little more dress up.

Installing chrome valve covers for a little more dress up.

 

Now we install the gaskets and the Edelbrock carburetors.

Now we install the gaskets and the Edelbrock carburetors.

 

I chose a reproduction Riviera linkage to connect the carburetors to each other.  Edelbrock makes an excellent progressive linkage you can use.

I chose a reproduction Riviera linkage to connect the carburetors to each other. Edelbrock makes an excellent progressive linkage you can use.

 

After hooking up the fuel lines, we temporarily wired the chokes for our initial startup.  " "I can't say enough about these Edelbrock carburetors. The engine turned over three times and started right up. After a few minor adjustments to the linkage, the car sat there running like it always had. They sure make an installation like this simple to do!

After hooking up the fuel lines, we temporarily wired the chokes for our initial startup. I can’t say enough about these Edelbrock carburetors. The engine turned over three times and started right up. After a few minor adjustments to the linkage, the car sat there running like it always had. They sure make an installation like this simple to do!

 

Here's the crew:  Roger Zanolli, Jerry Barker, me, and Bob Lyman.  Great way to spend an afternoon with friends!

Here’s the crew: Roger Zanolli, Jerry Barker, me, and Bob Lyman. Great way to spend an afternoon with friends!

 

Here it is all shined up and ready to cruise.

Here it is all shined up and ready to cruise.

Artie also want to give a special thanks to the guys at Advanced Plating for the cool Billet Specialties air cleaner.