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

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  1. Dashtop is installed and painted. A problem came up when in the sun. It wants to pucker through the middle when heated. This is not a good look. I follow the direction to NOT glue the center and only glue the edge. when cool it sits flat with no issues and a good look. I guess I'll call Palco help line Monday to see whats up.
  2. It shipped and arrived in less than two weeks. I like the look and grain is really close. Once painted should do really good. Now onto fit. Tried test fitting, side to side looks good but I’ve been unable to get it to clear the windshield. It seem simply too tight. I may have to remove dash to complete the install. I don’t really mind if this is my only option. I thought I read some simply slipped on without taking it out. Anyhow onto pictures.
  3. I ordered my "Dashtop" from CARiD at $154 free shipping. Decided to paint myself to try and match it best. Probably use SEM paint from paint supply house. It said will ship in 3-5 days we'll see.
  4. Oh no, not the only crack. I agree though small cracks I would definitely fix. This pic is for color only. Thanks though.
  5. I used “Inline tubes” stainless steel pre bent tube set on a 63. They were really a nice fit and I’m very happy with them. I went to a duel m/c and had to bend and flare my line here ( using stainless). A little stiff to work with but went fine. This was all completed with body on frame with no real issues. Fishing tube through frame was not that difficult as the tube enters and exits twice. Just cap the end going through to prevent contamination.
  6. I'm going to try a Dashtop after reading reviews etc. I figure if i don't like it i can always go with the more expensive dash pad later. My question is should I order a color or paint my self? My interior is saddle. The dash is a dark greenish brown almost old army green. If i ordered a color anyone have an idea which color? I see some greens and a saddle listed but those little tiles are not very helpful. Any one have experience with these colors?
  7. flh73

    Does anybody know this car?

    It's not a bad looking car with some good extra options, mirrors, remote vents, deluxe interior, horns, cruise. We've all put money into fixing up and even restoring cars. You 'll quickly have that much into it if you do a lot of the work on the car yourself. By the way Southern Motors is about 30min from me. I might have to take a quick trip and check this thing out. Don't need a second Riv but still be nice to see in person.
  8. If i'm not mistaken these gears were used by Buick performance people for there light weight and strength. Lets face it, they can last as long as the cam with proper maintenance. When i took my engine apart heads cylinder etc were in serious need of refurbish. plastic gear was still in tacked. With that said i ran a steel gear, really how fast do i want to go in a 50yr old car even if its solid.
  9. I have a friend with a complete setup here in Michigan off a 425. Better price not sure of casting number ready to go. PM me and I’ll give his number and you can talk direct with him and get what you need.
  10. There's a guy in Flint MI named "Riviera" Bob Stemm that has one left, sorry I bought the other two. He deals in parts so he maybe interested in what you have.
  11. I just got mine back on the road after doing complete drive train. The trans hold 12 quarts empty but just doing pan is only 4 quarts like you experienced. The converter hold ALOT of fluid. I thought there was a drain plug on converter. I'll have to check manual to confirm.
  12. Not sure it was answered about filter. They are not available for the Dynaflow. It should be metal mesh so wash it and reinstall. If it's bad like mine, had to source a good used one and wash and install. So far mine is leak free. It's a fresh rebuild though.
  13. flh73

    1963 Riviera owners manual

    Got to have one. Will look them up.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.