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Old 10-13-2003, 09:17 PM   #51
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What all was different between the 86/87 CRT and the 88/89 ?

I went through mine pretty good and didnt find some of the stuff I had heard they were supposed to do. Im sure if I read the owners manual i'd find out more.

Another interesting electrical item on my 86 Riv. Depending on where you push the steering wheel center you get a few different tones to your horn.

The original owner had problems with the radio or maybe just the tapedeck part. I couldnt get it to work either. You would not believe the stack of reciepts that came with that car. Many of them were warranty work. It a bulging large yellow envelope full. What a car though, I drove it around a few times before it acted up again and it felt like a little sports car. All new approach for GM brands at that time, excluding Vettes and Cambirds. Being a hillbilly has a few advantages, like quick trips up the hill and back.
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Speaking of the Riv, I never realized there was a turbocharged 1980 Riv. What engine did they put in here? Was it a 3.8L?

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Maybe even a 79 T Riv - clear through 85. Last year of the big (for its day) Riv. The 84/85'* were turboed hot air SFI 3.8'* , earlier were carbed. There were changes nearly every year. 84/85'* had 205 HP, the Turbo Regals had 210 HP. Same engine - different camshaft, different manifold and turbo location. The GNX had the intercooler and was the extreme beast, I dont know the factory specs for the intercooled cars.

This was the RWD Buick 3.8, different from the built for transverse FWD 3.8. In the 79-85 large FWD Riviera it was mounted lenght wise to the tranny and was still set up more like the original 66 Toro drivetrain.

I mentioned in another thread that there was a NA 4.1 Buick V6 available also on LeSabre, Regal and Riviera maybe even Electra? in this time period. Still the old thinking hardcore V8 people opted for the Olds 307 which may have been better for these larger cars. The 350 Olds diesel was out there too. These still pop up from time to time but try to find a 4.1 .
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Theres even a handfull of turboed Riv convertables out there. Not sure, I think just 84/85.
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My dad had a 1980 Olds 98 with a Diesel in it. Can't remember the engine size.

The GNX was one of my favorites - last year was 87. And of course the Grand National and Regal T-types.

So the 79-85 FWD Rivera was not a transverse mount? Did the trans sit in front of the engine or behind it? I remember the Eldorados from the 70'* having that front wheel drive too. Wonder how that looked?
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I know all on E Body..
I have 2.. ehe
my 92 doesnt have touch screen (thank god) and I got the dash working!
I made this topic a long time back, I dont think anyone looked at it..

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and heres mid 60s- mid 80s FWD
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I am very impressed that you found those! I missed my friend grandmother car. She had a 91 Rivera with that interoir and dash. I thought that was just outright unbelievable. This car must be still up and running

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I know all on E Body..
I have 2.. ehe
my 92 doesnt have touch screen (thank god) and I got the dash working!
I made this topic a long time back, I dont think anyone looked at it..

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...light=eldorado
and heres mid 60s- mid 80s FWD
I'm scared of that. What is it?
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JR , remember though, the 4.1 had the better crank and rods, same as turbo 3.8. The LeSabres came with the 3.8 also and in 78/79 ( Ithink) there was a turbo LeSabre sport coupe. Then I believe the Buick 350 was still also available. In fact I think maybe 79 FWD Riviera/Toro could be had with the 350 Olds or Buick I dont know. Im was never very pleased with the styling change that came about between 77 & 79 and still dont care much for anything from that era so I dont know much only what I came across researching the 3.8.

Fuddy - Here is the story of the Toronados drive system. Its alot of reading but very interesting at least to me because I am a GEN 1 Toro freak. Anyhow the aToro is Adam to our cars. Not the first FWD but the one that went into production and stayed up until all went transverse FWD in the 80'*. It where the prestreched drive chain was developed.

Just so no one gets confused
Toro was FWD from 66 until Aurora
Eldorado was FWD from 67 until discontinued
Riviera was RWD from 63 to 78, FWD from 79 until discontinued.

http://www.toronado.org/carlif3.htm
http://www.toronado.org/beltzgc.htm
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toros discontued bud, and so is aroura..
I feel kinda special having a 92 trofeo, even more then the day my dad sent in the purchase order.
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