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    Gary Lowell
    1963 Riviera Barn find with 46K. Process of restoration.
  1. 1963 Riviera owners manual

    Got to have one. Will look them up.
  2. Yeah I picked up the tires. They are new with some age according to build date. Couldn't pass up the deal. The're actually 78H 15. They will be a little skinny but again I'm ok with the look. I've been through the era of wide tires both on bikes and cars. The new trend is going back to skinnies. So once again what's old is new again. Great idea to try and secure caps. I'll have to look into this as living in MI the roads are horrible.
  3. Wow thanks for the pictures. I've restored my wire wheel cover so I will be using them. Most of the car is and will have the original look. Me personally I think they look sweet! The old tires on it now have about. 2" band and I like the look. I though 3" was pushing it but now have change my mind.
  4. What do you think of the 215/80 15 bias Ply? I have a lead on a set of continentals with 3"white wall. A chart shows this size very close to the 225/75. I have no problem with bias ply. Yes they flat spot from sitting but so do radials. I actually think bias will true up better when driven than radials. No real data on this except seat of the pants.
  5. I second the dishwasher with rinse aid. I didn't worry about heat cycle and let them have it. They came out clean with no ill affects. Of course could only do two at a time. I use to do motorcycle spokes and more chrome then I care to remember. So I didn't mined the easy way out. Spent the time cleaning elsewhere. But now I have to think about powder coating wheels. I like this idea!
  6. No one mentioned the double thin line white wall. My spare which looks original has this configuration. "Hallmark 300" H78-15. Could this also been an option?
  7. You have to start over. One idea. I had an intermittent short inside the connector of regulator. Pins had rubbed through inside and would short. Check shorts between every wire, and every wire short to power and ground. Is there continuity through the connector to ground. This stuff is out thereso check one step at time. Good luck!
  8. Remove the plastic housing from were the vacuum hosed come from. You most likely will see the colored strips in here. Then follow the manual diagram. It's not easy and very frustrating. So be patient and recheck your work more than once if your anything like me and must be color blind. Good luck
  9. Ok i've made it to the rear end and got some good advise on purchasing parts for suspension etc. When cleaning and detailing front suspension quite a bit of color coding etc. available. Not so much luck with the rear axle housing, suspension, brake backing plates and drums. I'm not just going to paint everything black even though this looks good I'm looking for more original color/coatings etc. I've seen and read about newer Buick axle housing with rear loaded differentials state cast color diff housing with painted black axle tubes and the like. but these first gen Riviera have a front loaded or carrier style differential. Axle housing one piece. So anyone know the correct color of the rear housing suspension brakes etc.?
  10. Thanks for the advise! I still completed the measurements and not even close. I know you can never trust a picture on the Internet . I'll order through a good reliable source.
  11. Thanks you for the responses. I think you make some very good points regarding coil springs in general. Unless you have access to NOS springs all of these issues and specification can come into play. Even with OEM parts theses specification can vary quite a bit as being mass produced. I was surprised to find some specification. Inside dia. 5.570", Bar dia". .593", Installed Height 9.0" and load rating of 1060lb I hope to compare these numbers to a stock spring specification as well. In this case I'm simply looking for a stock replacement spring for this very good value. If these are indeed the same spring application, simply not listed as such, i'm willing to give it a try. Not to undermine our great Buick suppliers but some items maybe sourced from these same manufactures (verified for fit and function) and marketed as direct replacements (listed as for our application). I may find these springs are not the same and and can not be used, will see. Thanks again
  12. I've read some of the old post regarding coil springs for the first gen riviera. I think i found a stock rear MOOG replacement. I was wounder if anyone could confirm this will fit our cars. Like with bushings and other off the self parts not all replacement parts will list every application. MOOG PN 5245, http://www.moog-suspension-parts.com/moog-5245 This part starts it's listing for a 1966 Riviera. I also notes it was a replacement for like 1977-1996 Chevrolet Caprice. This part is a "pig tale" design spring like the rear spring on our cars. In one of the online part stores they gave the dimensions so my next action is to measure my old one. Better price for a pair, http://www.summitracing.com/parts/mog-5245?seid=srese1&gclid=CO3QzMOKzcwCFYkCaQoddLsINQ
  13. I ordered the ones listed for the Rivera. I Then removed mine and realized mine are round cone shaped not the one with the slot but have a hole in the control arm. I'm sure this area has not been tampered with. For some reason mine are from the big buicks listed with cone. I'm going to have CARs measure the ones for the 57-60 and see what they measure. Same part number but with a 1 at the end versus a 2. Probably the same if so I will simply use these. I'm thinking Buick may have used a different upper control arm on my car. One of those "these will work" when they ran low on parts. type of things, maybe.
  14. My 63 has upper control arm bumpers that look like this. I order these but are a 1/4" taller. Do I modify these or are there ones that are a better match? http://www.oldbuickparts.com/cart/product_info.php?products_id=4419 CARS shows the wrong type for mine.
  15. Maybe dumb question but the HF CHERRY PICKER does HAVE A slid out boom to reach farther out correct?