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  1. Hi Manny, I have installed Tony's kit on my '63 Riviera (the second in the following): http://www.mako.com.au/?content_destination=/ibm_bin/common/product_list_display.cfm&productID_list=187 Note that his kit is some parts from him and some parts that are easy to source by yourself locally in the USA as it is too expensive to ship the heavy parts from Australia. I am happy with the kit and one of the reason for installing it was for the issue I had with fading going down hill with the drums. The stock drum brakes are, as some already have mentioned, really very good so you need to decide if it is worth the effort to move to disc. Good luck and do change to dual MC if you go ahead with the conversion.
  2. My suggestion would be to replace the shocks with Bilsteins shocks so that you know that you ride safe and nice. You can always keep the old shocks for any future owner if they like to go back in time. The Bilsteins shocks are not cheap but I love and trust them. Just a thought..
  3. I will never let her go... She is testing the rear seat belt that she helped me installed in our -63 Riviera + the box she made for it. She is a litle bit exhausted after all the work...
  4. Hi Rodney, You can try them out if you come to Canberra:
  5. You probably would benefit from joining before you buy your car as there are a lot of valuable information in ROA that you can get access to for a small fee. just my humble opinion...
  6. I am extremely happy with the Bilsteins that I installed on my 63. I use the same brand on my old Volvo 940's which is why I got them for my Buick. Pricey? Yes but not only do they give me a great ride, the shocks do also give me better control and, hopefully, will assist me in an emergency to save my car and my life. I have my Riviera because I love to drive it and the Bilstens shocks together with the "GS" springs that I also bought transformed it to a more modern car whilst still being the milestone car that it is.
  7. This might be the gasket that you are looking for: http://www.oldbuickparts.com/cart/tail-lamp-gaskets-1963-64-buick-riviera-p-1110.html There is another set for 1965.
  8. The following pictures are from when I had to replace a smashed door skin on the passenger side. You can probably figure out the location of the mirror from this and the mirror on the driver side is in the same location. I don't know when the passenger side mirror was mounted, it isn't a factory option. To my understanding the mirrors have been mounted in different locations.
  9. Search for mirror and you will find a number of posts such as the following: There are no info in the manuals regarding the position for the mirror.
  10. I can relate to the limping home part. It happened to me in 76. The L worked fine but the fuel economy and the top speed was strangely enough a lot worse than before... Me and my brother in law got a kit and tried to fix the transmission. It wasn't fun to have it put together with a screw left on the table... It is so easy today to take lots of photos when one disassembles something, not everything was better before... I finally engaged an automatic transmission expert in Sweden ("Nicko Lamell" if any Swede is listening) and got it working nicely again. It is a great transmission as long as it works although not really made for racing.
  11. I disagree with Ed regarding the Low, It works fine to shift between D and L. The following is from the 1963 owners guide and my chassis manual have the same information in 5-4.e: "Low is to be used when going is particularly tough such as deep snow or sand, or on long steep grades. This range may also be used for braking the car speed on long or steep down grades. The shift from L to D or vice versa may be made while the car is n motion by merely flipping the lever. These shifts should not be made at speeds over 40 mph." I have used it going down hill.
  12. Any suggestions on what type of glue to use for the Leatherette set?
  13. Hi Rodney, I do have one sitting on the remote vacuum trunc that I bought and I could measure it up for you in case you can't get one. Sorry but it isn't for sale as it is to be installed .. It even looks a little bit different from the manual so I hope that I got the correct one...
  14. Just a quick update on what has been going on since my last update. Some nice enjoyable driving, including to the 2016 Australian Buick meeting, has put a smile on my face. I have put in water temp and oil pressure meters instead of the ashtray although it needs a little better finish at a later stage. Nice to see that oil pressure and temperature is good. The problems that I had with the front bearings and the spindle knuckle combined with what my former mechanic did made me reconsider my initial thought about keeping the front drums. I bought a disk brake kit from Tony Gentilcore and it is all in place now after a few issues. Nice to have much better brakes when going to the beach (~800m or ~1500 feet height difference with some rather steep descents). A new stereo is in place replacing the original but still looking classic. I had the replacement skin for the passenger door repainted again as there where issues with the work. There are other things that also should be done but it is summer here and it is fire season so I prefer to have the car drivable until it cool down a little.
  15. Clark's Corvairs website: http://www.corvair.com/user-cgi/pages.cgi?category=buick&dbkey=24&level=1 I don't think they have anything for a -67 but I might be wrong.