2015 Edition of 1963-76 Riviera Restoration Parts Catalog

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Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI), the industry’s leading supplier and manufacturer of restoration and high-performance parts for classic GM cars since 1982, is pleased to announce the availability of the 2015 edition of the 1963-76 Riviera Restoration Parts Catalog which includes nearly every part needed to restore your classic Buick. From interior and body parts to engine parts, sheet metal, bright trim and everything in between, this newest OPGI catalog contains 176 pages of the widest selection and best prices on the highest-quality parts for your Riviera restoration project.

Enthusiasts who already have an older OPGI Riviera catalog, will still need a new 2015 edition to keep up with all of the new parts and other valuable information that have been added within the last year. OPGI Restoration Parts Catalogs are comprehensive automotive resources packed with so much valuable information, they are valuable restoration tools in their own right.

Many great catalogs to choose from! OPGI also offers great restoration parts catalogs for the following classic GM cars:

1961-72 Skylark, Special, GS/GSX

1978-88 El Camino, Monte Carlo & Malibu

1964-77 Chevelle & El Camino Parts Catalog

1954-76 Cadillac

1970-77 Monte Carlo

1964-73 GTO and 1961-73 Tempest & Lemans

1961-77 Cutlass, F-85 & 4-4-2

1962-77 Pontiac Grand Prix and 1959-76 Bonneville/Catalina

Request yours today! All OPGI catalogs are completely free and available by mail, phone or through the OPGI website.

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OPGI’s 2015 Classic Car Show

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Original Parts Group, Inc. once again hosted its annual free Classic Car Show at the OPGI headquarters in Seal Beach, California on Saturday, April 11th. The April weather cooperated and delivered yet another perfect day of Southern California sunshine for the show that seems to get better with each passing year as OPGI continues to present great classic cars in a fun and family-friendly, seaside location. Nearly 200 classic cars and a variety of restoration and aftermarket accessory vendor displays helped create the perfect backdrop for an automotive-themed day of fun in the sun. The Seal Beach Lions Club was on hand to serve both breakfast and lunch and a film crew from the Lokar Car Show on the Velocity Channel documented all of the action for television broadcast.

The car show participants and attendees got a chance to qualify for over 105 valuable prize drawing giveaways from OPGI and our most popular vendors and clubs. Although the most coveted prizes were over a dozen OPGI Gift Certificates (in $1000, $200 and $100 denominations!) and a 350 HO Deluxe Crate engine from General Motors, many other great prizes were also donated by Wilwood, Vintage Air, Clay Smith, Taylor, Flowmaster, TMI, Art Carr, Edelbrock, Mothers, Distinctive Industries, Classic LED, R-Blox, Dynamat, American Autowire, Ken Harrison, MSD, Painless Performance, ARP, Powermaster, CPP, Hedman Headers, Sean Murphy Induction, PUI, Gear Heads, Hellwig, Prothane, Surf City Garage, GT Performance, Lucas Oil, Black Widow Exhaust, ACC, Hotchkis, Crusin’ for a Cure, Jr Glass, and TMI.

For the first time, this year the OPGI Car Show also benefitted the ‘Wounded Warrior Project’ (The ‘Wounded Warrior Project’ name is used with permission and more information can be found at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or by calling the organization at 877-832-6997).

Original Parts Group would like to thank everyone who came out to the show this year, including the public, the car owners and the generous vendors and organizations who donated so many great prizes for a great cause. Be sure to check out the photos shown here and on our Facebook page and remember to mark early April in your 2016 calendar as a reminder for next year’s event.

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2015 Edition of 1961-77 Cutlass, F-85 & 4-4-2 Restoration Parts Catalog

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Oldsmobile fans take note: Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI), the industry’s leading supplier and manufacturer of restoration and high-performance parts for classic GM cars since 1982, is pleased to announce the availability of the 2015 edition of the 1961-77 Cutlass, F-85 & 4-4-2 Restoration Parts Catalog that includes nearly every part needed to restore your classic Oldsmobile. From interior and body parts to engine parts, sheet metal, bright trim and everything in between, OPGI offers the widest selection and best prices on the highest-quality parts for your F-85, Cutlass or 4-4-2 restoration project.

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OPGI Customer Car Spotlight: 1971 Buick Gran Sport

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To say that we see a lot of nice cars here at the Original Parts Group Inc., headquarters in Seal Beach, California would be a bit of an understatement, as most of our local customers are in the process of restoring classic General Motors vehicles. We get to see many of those vehicles in different stages of completion when they are driven to our HQ to pick up new restoration parts. Obviously, many of those cars are unfinished, but every now and then one will arrive in 100% restored condition. The lime green Buick Gran Sport seen here is one of those totally restored cars.

OPGI Customer Bill Moore of Hawthorne, California is the proud owner of this ultra-clean 1971 Buick Gran Sport. Bill is a retired aircraft mechanic who says that although it took “two years and ten days” to complete the total body-off restoration of his Gran Sport, he really didn’t keep track of the cost of building the Buick because “it would hurt to know” how much it really cost him. Whatever it did cost, we’d have to say it was worth it.

Of course, it was a nice choice of car to begin with, as a 1971 Gran Sport with a Buick 455 V-8 under the hood is a great car to restore. The car also came fitted with Stage I heads and a beefier F41 suspension package as original factory options. When rebuilding the engine, Bill had the 455 bored .060 over to 468 cubic inches and added a larger Quadra-Jet carb along with a pointless distributor. He then backed it with a fresh Turbo Hydramatic 200-4R transmission to give the car an overdrive gear for freeway cruising.

All of the bodywork on the exterior of the Gran Sport was performed by Jeff Beck at Santini Paint & Body. The Lime Mist paint job was also applied at Santini’s shop. Bill also tasked Jeff Beck with restoring the interior and a new headliner, seat covers and door panels were installed at that time. Power door locks and a rear window defogger were also added for a bit of modern convenience. The completed car now looks and drives better than it did the day it rolled out of the factory, and as a member of the Gran Sport Club of America, Bill frequently enjoys driving it in the Southern California sunshine.

1971 Buick Gran Sport
Bill Moore, Hawthorne, California
Buick 455 V-8
Lime Mist paint
THM200-4R automatic transmission
Buick Rallye Chrome Wheels – 15×7
BFGoodrich TA Radial Tires – P255/60/15

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2015 1964-73 GTO and 1961-73 Tempest & Lemans Restoration Parts Catalog

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Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI), the industry’s leading supplier and manufacturer of restoration and high-performance parts for classic GM cars since 1982, is once again pleased to announce the availability of another new 2015 restoration parts catalog. The latest release is one of our most popular catalogs, the 2015 edition of the 1964-73 GTO and 1961-73 Tempest & Lemans restoration parts catalog that includes nearly every part needed to restore your classic Pontiac. From interior and body parts to engine parts, sheet metal, bright trim and everything in between, OPGI offers the widest selection and best prices on the highest-quality parts for your early Pontiac restoration project.

Those enthusiasts who already have an older OPGI GTO/Tempest/Lemans catalog, will still need a new 2015 edition to keep up with all of the new parts and other invaluable information that have been added within the last year. OPGI Restoration Parts Catalogs are comprehensive automotive resources packed with so much valuable information, they are valuable restoration tools in their own right.

Many great catalogs to choose from! OPGI also offers great restoration parts catalogs for the following classic GM cars:

1962-77 Pontiac Grand Prix and 1959-76 Bonneville/Catalina

1964-77 Chevelle & El Camino Parts Catalog

1978-88 El Camino, Monte Carlo & Malibu

1970-77 Monte Carlo

1961-77 Cutlass, F-85/4-4-2

1961-72 Skylark, Special, GS/GSX

1963-76 Riviera

1954-76 Cadillac

All OPGI catalogs are completely free and available by mail, phone or through the OPGI website.

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OPGI Product Spotlight: 1964 Chevelle/El Camino Headlight Bezels

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OPGI Customer Car Spotlight: 1965 Buick Riviera

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OPGI Customer Bob Balandran of Corona, California is the proud owner of this very original 1965 Buick Riviera. The “original” quality of Bob’s first generation Riviera stems from the fact that the car has been in his family since it was purchased new in 1965. His parents bought the Champagne Mist colored Riviera just two months before Bob left to serve in the U.S. military that year. Remarkably, Mr. Balandran’s Buick remained in near perfect condition over the last 50 years. The Riviera was never wrecked or damaged in any way, and it never needed a total restoration. As a result, most everything on the car remains original today with the exception of a few minor parts here and there, one recent repaint in the original color and a freshening of the engine to keep it running smoothly.

After Bob decided to freshen up the Buick in dedication to the memory of his parents, it took him about three years of on and off maintenance to get it into the ultra-clean shape it is today. The wheels, bumpers and trim are all original stock items, and after a respray by the Barry White Speed Shop, the outside of the car looks brand new. Inside, Bob says the rear seats, dash, headliner and door panels are all original items. Bob did add a new carpet and glove box (from OPGI), and he had the front seats recovered by Nunez Upholstery due to wear on the original items.

The entire drivetrain including the engine, transmission and exhaust system, is all factory original equipment too. The car was ordered with air conditioning, power brakes and power steering, and all of those systems still work perfectly today. Bob did add electronic ignition to the engine for increased reliability, but otherwise the Buick 401 powerplant is the same as it was in 1965. The famous Italian automobile designer Sergio Pininfarina once declared the 1965 Riviera as “One of the most beautiful American cars ever built.” Looking at the photos of Bob’s super clean Riviera presented here, we’d be inclined to agree.

1965 Buick Riviera
Bob Balandran, Corona, California
Buick 401 V-8
Champagne Mist paint
Buick Super Turbine 400 transmission

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2015 Edition 1964-77 Chevelle & El Camino Restoration Parts Catalog

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Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI), the industry’s leading supplier and manufacturer of restoration and high-performance parts for classic GM cars since 1982, is once again pleased to announce the availability of yet another new 2015 restoration parts catalog. The latest new catalog is the 2015 edition of the 1964-77 Chevelle & El Camino restoration parts catalog that includes nearly every part needed to restore your General Motors classic. From interior and body parts to engine parts, sheet metal, bright trim and everything in between, OPGI offers the widest selection and best prices on the highest-quality parts for your early Chevelle or El Camino restoration project.

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1966-67 Pontiac GTO Headlight Bezels

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The overall exterior appearance of a classic 1966-67 GTO can be significantly degraded if the headlight bezels are in bad shape. Even if the paint and body work on a car is perfect, damaged or ill-fitting headlight bezels will unfortunately stick out like sore thumbs due to their prominent and eye-catching location on the front of the car. Original Parts Group Inc., (OPGI) has addressed this problem with precision die-cast zinc headlight bezels that are the most authentic and finest-fitting reproductions available.

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2015 Edition 1978-88 El Camino, Monte Carlo & Malibu Restoration Parts Catalog

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Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI), the industry’s leading supplier and manufacturer of restoration and high-performance parts for classic GM cars since 1982, is pleased to announce the availability of the 2015 edition of the 1978-88 El Camino, Monte Carlo & Malibu restoration parts catalog. The new catalog for 2015 includes nearly every part needed to restore your General Motors classic. From interior and body parts to engine parts, sheet metal, bright trim and everything in between, OPGI offers the widest selection and best prices on the highest-quality parts for your El Camino/Monte Carlo/Malibu restoration project.

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