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About Seafoam65

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    Winston McCollum #13242
  • Birthday 02/23/1952

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    Plano, Tx.
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    Car hobby, boating and fishing


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    Born 1952......Own several cars that I show and drive....1965 buick Riviera, 1969 GTO Judge convertible, 1970 Chevelle SS396 hardtop, 1979 Trans Am, 2013 Mustang, 2010 Camaro .....BBA from University of Texas 1975, Car repair business owner in Plano, Tx. since 1975. My Dad bought a 65 Riviera brand new in September 64, I learned to drive in Dad's 65 Riviera in 1967.....finally bought my own in 2013

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  1. My new purchase

    Congratulations.........looks like a nice solid car.
  2. Mystery Bracket

    I agree.....looks like a console bracket to me.
  3. Tom and Mac, I had this same problem with the amp light on my car after I changed out the regulator and alternator on my car. All it was is that there was green corrosion on the regulator connector brass terminals on the wiring harness. After trying two different alternators and two different regulators, I cleaned the terminals on the regulator plug with WD 40, plugged and unplugged the regulator connector several times and it's been fine ever since.
  4. The wire goes on the relay in your picture. Look at the relay and you will note the empty hole in the plug where it goes. The spade broke off the relay and is still lodged in the female end of the wire. I don't know what that relay does but you need a new one. Welcome aboard and everyone here on the forum would encourage you to join the Riviera Owners Association......a must to get the full enjoyment of owning an early Riviera. Perhaps someone else on the forum can tell us what this relay does..........
  5. The best thing to do in this regard is order a glass polishing kit from Eastwood and follow the instructions. You will need an electric drill or low speed polisher to chuck up the attachments in the kit. they even sell a kit for getting out deep scratches.
  6. 64 Front shocks?

    Where can one purchase the Bilstein shocks ?
  7. If you look at the side of the clutch that faces the radiator and you see a bimetal coil on the front of it that looks like the bimetal coil on an electric choke box, you have a thermal clutch.
  8. The scratches are caused by accumulated sand and dirt and grit that blows onto the car and gathers on top of the outer window sweeps. Then when the window is rolled down, the grit goes between the sweep and the glass and scratches it. This is a problem on cars that sit outside or under a carport all the time. A car that is always garaged and is washed or wiped down after every use will never have this problem. The best preventive measure is not to roll the window down if there is any dirt present on the glass or sweeps.There is another cause of this problem on GM cars. Some GM cars from this time frame have hard plastic blow out clips attached to the outer window sweeps. Theoretically they were there to combat wind noise. In my experience, generally all they accomplish is scratching the glass horribly. If your car has any of these clips riveted to the outer sweeps, take a drill and drill out the rivets and remove them. My 69 GTO had these clips on the outer rear window sweeps, and the original rear windows were ruined by the time the car was two years old. I removed them and the rear windows I put in the car in 1972 still look like new.
  9. 64 Front shocks?

    Obviously this was done because the springs were sagging on the car and it was sitting too low. These are called "Helper shocks" These were an inexpensive way to get back to stock ride height without the trouble or expense of replacing the coil springs on the car. another commonly used device for this are the coil spring spacers that twist in between the front coils and raise the ride height back to stock when the front springs are sagging. If the car is sitting at the right height then enjoy driving it and don't worry about them. If the shocks eventually go bad that would be a good time to change the springs and go back to regular shocks.
  10. Pinging when floored

    I had forgotten about Rodney being in Australia. That explains the pinging ! His carburetor is upside down, causing the carburetor to lean out and thus the ping. The obvious solution is to somehow flip the carburetor over and mount it to the manifold upside down. this will take quite a bit of fabrication but it should be doable.
  11. Pinging when floored

    I wonder where you are buying 98 octane fuel? Here in Texas the highest available is 93 octane and my car runs fine on it without pinging. I know that when I have been to Missouri they have Sunoco stations that sell high octane fuel.....I wish we had those down here.
  12. The reservoir is not going to help......the tank will just store the same crappy 10 inches of vacuum that your engine produces....... it will not increase the vacuum to above 17 where it should be. The solution is either put a milder cam in the engine or install an auxiliary electric vacuum pump.
  13. Pinging when floored

    It may be that the outer ring on the balancer has moved and the timing is really a little more advanced than your timing light indicates. At any rate, pinging will eventually damage the pistons, so you need to back off on the timing just a little and see if you can find a spot where it runs good and doesn't ping. another possibility is a large carbon buildup on top of the pistons. Pouring Seafoam down the throat of the carb will break that up if that is what is going on.
  14. Gran Sport H2 option

    How much fuel is in the tank vastly affects the rear ride height. I believe that the measurement should be taken with the tank at half full but I'm not certain of that. My car drops 2 inches in the rear when empty versus full on the gas tank.
  15. I agree with Mitch, at my shop most of the time we can unclog a clogged core by back flushing if we spend enough time doing it. One problem I see though is it is very likely that once the crud is removed from the core, it is liable to start leaking. the fact that it is plugged up indicates that the cooling system was neglected for a long time.