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About msdminc

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    '65 Riviera Caretaker
  • Birthday 05/11/1959

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    Became a proud owner of a 1965 Buick Riviera in Mid 2013 and a 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint in Mid 2014.

    Started working for General Motors when I was 18, working at several GM Assembly plants over 18 years in engineering capacities. Engineering Graduate of GMI - 1982.

    After that I worked as an Executive in the Information Technology within the HiTech, Manufacturing, Medical and Government Industries.

    Did all that for 32 years and then started a small manufacturing company in 2009 - Main Street Dream Makers LLC, we manufacture TelePrompTers for Musicians, The Wolfgang TELEMONITOR. I also run a small Audio Recording Studio. Our primary customers are baby boomers.

    Now working on starting a new classic car organization with its mission of saving old Detroit Iron. We affectionately call it D.I.R.T. - Detroit Iron Rescue Team.

    Married to a beautiful car girl, three grown children

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  1. All, A lot of times component suppliers like Carter, Rochester, Guide, Harrison, Packard Electric or any of the others would have to produce their components months in advance of when they would be put into the vehicle during the final assembly process. The car division (Buick in this case) made a decision to do a dual quad set up for 1964. That decision was done well in advance, maybe 9-12 months before they would actually need the parts. They would most likely get some pre-productions ones that they could use to test on the engine and then in the pre-production cars. This would allow Buick to determine what the Torque and Horsepower results would occur. The GM Proving Grounds or other testing facilities would do this evaluation and these tests are all done a long time before the production would start. The pre-production cars would never be sold. As you might imagine the suppliers of components would have to get their act together quite a long time before production. This would mean that carburetors with very early 1963 dates would be easily explained on 1964 production cars, since 1964 vehicle production could start in the summer of 1963 with Pilot and early production saleable cars. Additionally, the car divisions would provide the suppliers production forecasts as early as they could of the various components they would need for production. In the 1960s we didn't have the Just-In-Time or Kanban theories being used to much extent in domestic auto plants. That means that Carter could have taken the production forecast and stock piled the parts and ship to the Motor Plant when they got orders. This projected order would also impact the unit cost Buick would have to pay for the components. With concept that lowest cost is preferred, therefore many decisions in the supply chain would have been made to keep the cost as low as possible. That would impact order sizes and production batch size at the component supplier. Storage of completed product and cost of inventory would also be considered. Warehouse storage was cheap in those days. Component suppliers like Carter would also have to let their suppliers know what, when and how many parts they would need so this same thing propagates through the entire supply chain. In today's environment, with JIT and Kanban, which basically started in Japan in the 1950's but didn't really take on in the US until the 1980's, the idea is not to get too many parts built and in the system until is was really needed. They don't want to have situations where scrap is built or campaigns are required to fix components in the system, so make the parts as close to when you are going to use the is best. Not so before around 1980. I worked for GM as an engineer and one of it subsidiaries for over 30 years. So I have seen some of this in real time. I hope this helps clarify the date codes and disparity between the code on the carb and its use. Rock On gord
  2. Way to go Gordon!

    Winston, I am not 100% sure as I have never seen it. But the way it was described, if I recall correctly, it appears there is some sort of roll pin or set screw on the oil pump that backs out and scores the bottom of the crank, and eventually leads to catastrophic failure. Like I said I never had heard about it before, and I eventually will take the oil pan off to see what I see. Maybe someone who was at the "Tech Talk" at The Entrance ROA Meet can chime in with more detail. Rock On gord
  3. Way to go Gordon!

    Winston, it was a truly a fantastic voyage, and thank you for the kudos. Susan and I had a great time. Their ROA Meet centered around driving their Rivieras - two quite long cruises to car museums and then to lunch destinations, and the Show for the Meet was a short drive to a park right on the waters edge. The Right Drive conversions were all done so exceptionally that especially from the passenger compartment you couldn't tell it was a conversion. Many of them were Left Drive. Driving in one of them on a "county two-lane" or a city street, whether from the drivers seat or the passenger seat is quite exhilarating. In the passenger seat the trucks and cars seem to be in a head on collision with you until the very last second. I squirmed quite a bit for the first couple days I was there that is more than usual (I am not a good passenger on streets in the US, you can ask my wife, but there it was an uncomfortable feeling on steroids). In the drivers seat on a crowned county road, I had to basically keep the drivers side tires almost in the ditch to make sure the other side of the car was also in the correct lane. With the width of these cars and the length of the hood it is much different to maintain the lane. The article in the review is abridged quite a bit (the original article was about 7500 words and the one in the review was around 1500), if anyone out there would like the full article, I attached the pdf to this posting, just below my name below it is called Two Americans Experiences v FINAL pdf.pdf. You should be able to click it and it will download to your PC. If you have problems accessing it, I will send the pdf of the original article via email to you. Send me a PM with your email address and I will send it to you. Rock On gord Two Americans Experiences v FINAL pdf.pdf
  4. Speakers and Radio

    Jonahboo, I believe the one I got used 24V DC, so I used a 12V to 24V DC converter/transformer to step it up from the 12V I had in the car to the necessary 24V the amp takes. I had a converter hanging around so I used it. This is similar to what I used. If you get something similar to this, they come with a variety power adapters to insert into the back of the amp. Make sure you take the power from the switched side of the vehicle system so it doesn't stay on when parked in your garage. You can also provide 12v from a separate power source, like a portable 12v battery if you like. Alternately you could probably find a 12v Bluetooth Amp and then you don't have to worry about the 12v-24v conversion but you will still need the correct power adapter for the back of the Amp. Incidentally, my setup can be removed from the car or set up in seconds. Rock On gord
  5. Speakers and Radio

    jonahboo, This may be a little late but I used this item discretely mounted Digital Amplifier Mini Bluetooth Stereo Amplifier to drive a dual driver stereo speaker from Classic Care Stereos that fits in the rear seat 6x9 location in my 65. It can receive input from a Bluetooth device like an ipod/iphone for your playlist (that is one way I use it) and it has hard wired inputs that I use for a discretely mounted Satellite Radio input (although it can take input from any line level output). I only get modern sounds from the back as I kept my original 4x10 speaker and original Delco AM Radio in the dash (they both work) for originality. All I had to do is get power to the amp, run speaker wires to the back speaker, set up the satellite radio and voila. Just a thought. Rock On gord
  6. They are pricey, but they provide a great ride and bolt right in. Rock On gord
  7. Frank, when I got my 65 with a 401 cid engine and a Rochester 4GC carb similar to yours - I was getting about 6 mpg. I cleaned and rebuilt the Rochester, with a kit I got from THE CARBURETOR SHOP, 204 EAST 15TH STREET, ELDON, MISSOURI 65026, click HERE for their website. It solved a vacuum leak I had that was impacting performance, as well as the accelerator pump leak, and my mileage went to 12+ mpg. Changing the wires and plugs improved fuel economy to regularly get over 14 mpg. The cleaning will do wonders. Rock On gord
  8. In my '65 I had a similar issue with controlling the mirror and the problem was on the actuator/joy stick end. One of the three wires that attached to the actuator was floating. I put the cable end where it should be. Then to make sure it didn't move as much, I put a zip tie to hold the three cable sheaths together. Works as intended. I have attached a picture that I took at the time, kind of blurry but may give you the gist of what was done. Rock On gord
  9. Susan and I had the opportunity to attend this meet. We felt welcomed by all our new friends. Seeing old friends and making many new ones was fantastic, the weather was perfect, the activities were fun, driving or riding a left drive car on the left side of a road is exciting, and our whole trip was very enjoyable. We suggest if you can make it work, visit Australia and make the meet part of your trip. The next one will be in 2019, in South Australia. Thank you ROA Australia and as always Rock On gord
  10. Jan, I got a vintage (non electronic) VR from a vendor about 4 or 5 years ago and it worked worse than the one I originally had. It was supposed to be brand new, but it buzzed and the AMP light stayed on, just like the original one I had. I looked for a rebuilder, also considered trying to fix it myself, and at the same time got an electronic one from a local Autozone to be able to drive the car. The electronic one worked well, and was a lot cheaper than the Vintage on I got. It had the same mounting, same connector so I decided to keep the electronic one and just change the cover. Been in the car ever since, and looks just like the Delco-Remy one. Rock On gord
  11. Ed, they didn't remove anything when judging at Springfield. I don't believe ever remove anything. They can get on one knee and look under the car, open the doors, the decklid and hood have to be up. I think my drivers seat was moved forward to look in the back of the passenger compartment. There is a whole document on the BCA site that has the details. You can tell when show season is coming up, and folks are planning Nationals pilgrimages, the judging threads get going. Rock On gord
  12. Ed, the White Sidewall Tires F1 Code (incidentally for $43.32) size was 8.45x15. Not sure what the standard ones were. Rock On gord
  13. Tom no deduction for the trunk lock cover. If there are no markings on the outside they don't deduct. It is more of a can deduct than do deduct. Rock On gord
  14. KnongaMan that is why getting as much clearance over 385 is my goal. A judge, like home inspectors, are paid to Find Things. They will find something else, and we know nothing is perfect. Rock On gord
  15. Winston, I only lost 8 points for tires. 2 per corner, and since I had the cover on my spare I didn't lose anything for the spare. I missed Senior Gold by one point. I had 384 points, and you need 385 for Senior Gold. 1 Point because the tires was a radial per tire, and 1 Point because the tires were metric sizing per tire for 8 points off. My DB triple white tires have the tire sizing information on the inside of the tire, but they can still be seen when looking under the car. Lost one for the non-cogged fan belts, 2 for the wrong tail pipe angle, 2 for an improper lift on the rear springs, a small dent on my drivers side front bumper guard, and two because I covered the trunk card boards with a black vinyl. I have changed the card boards, removed the spring lifts, got a better bumper guard - so I improved 5 points which should get me into the money, but if there was a way to get 8 more points with bias ply correct non metric sized tires, anything else they may find when judging should be over come. It would be good to have a comfortable margin. Winston, I know it might be expensive, but it is something I would strongly consider too. I cannot recall his name right now, but I ran into someone in St Charles or Williamsburg at the ROA events that had got some built the way you describe, not sure if he started with Coker, I seem to remember that he actually started with a bias ply of some sort. Never saw them, but they sounded good to me. Rock On gord