Philippe Racicot

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About Philippe Racicot

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  • Birthday 01/18/1977
  1. Automatic climate control on early/mid 70s GM cars

    Is the system in your car manual, semi automatic of fully automatic? As you said, you need to replace the sensor at the back of the passenger side head. I don't know the part number but it shouldn't be hard to find! As for the system that stays in "no heat" it could be many things... To help you with that, I'd need more details and pics of your system. I know that 1971 to early 1974 automatic systems could be locked in no heat mode if the outside temp sensor (on the evaporator box) or it's connection was wrong... After that, the Mark II programmers were changed so if the same situation happens, the system gets full heat. It happened to me once during the summer... All I needed to do was to clean the sensor connectors.
  2. Favorite or Most Desired Buick

    A few I'd like: a fully loaded '53 Roadmaster Riviera hardtop (must have A/C!), a fully loaded 55 Century 4 door hardtop. A fully loaded 1959 Electra Riviera with auto heat and Flightpitch transmission. A '65 Wildcat Custom coupe with all options but the cruise control or automatic transmission (that means I'd want a 4 speed!)...
  3. 1964 Wildcat 4 door sedan...

    Hi Joe, I was wondering if you saw this thread!
  4. rarest Buicks

    Certainly not the among the rarest but a model that's not seen often and not even listed in most litterature, the 1965 and 1966 Wildcat Custom 4 door sedan model 46669. The 1980 LeSabre Turbo is another rare sight, I saw just one, many years ago in the local shopping center and I saw it for sale in Montreal some time ago.
  5. Buick Rally Wheels

    You can't measure the bolt pattern from hole center to hole center on a 5 lug wheel. Try this chart:
  6. 1964 Wildcat 4 door sedan...

    I know the '65 shifter is different (the black '65 Wildcat is mine). And the '65 LeSabre with a 3 speed manual trans had a shifter knob similar to the one of the '64 Wildcat pictured above. But here's a picture of another '64 Wildcat with an automatic transmission, look at the shifter. Here's a '65 LeSabre with a manual transmission the knob is similar to the '64 with automatic transmission but the shifter is also straight.
  7. 1964 Wildcat 4 door sedan...

    I don't think so, but an hour before I saw this car I saw a '65 LeSabre Custom with a 3 speed manual transmission. It was in bad shape, not running and the owner wanted a about 10 times what the car was worth! Too bad it wasn't a Wildcat 4 speed!
  8. 1964 Wildcat 4 door sedan...

    Derek, the 1966 Wildcat 4 door hardtop was available with both the vinyl notchback seat and the cloth bench with armrest. The cloth bench was available at extra cost. In the 1966 4dr sedan, only the cloth bench with armrest was available and in the hardtop and convertible coupes, the vinyl notchback bench was standard and the buckets were available as an option. All Oshawa-built Wildcats had Custom trim in 1965-66 and they had model numbers beginning by 466 (even the sedan): 46637-46639-46667-46669. I think that all 1964 Wildcats built in Canada also had Custom trim. This page of the 1966 French Canadian brochure shows the 1966 Wildcat Custom cloth bench seat. The first paragraph says: The bench seat represented on your left with a useful retractable center armrest is among the standard equipment on the 4 door sedan and is available at extra cost on the 4 door hardtop. http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/5910/0001520.jpg' alt='0001520.jpg'>
  9. How Can The BCA Survive?

    For years, I have been a member of the BCA and the ROA but I didn't renew my subscriptions. As I live in Canada, having the Bugle shipped here is more expensive and that reflects in the price of the subscription. I wish I could pay a membership fee and have access to the Bugle online but not the printed version. Before internet was popular (discussion forums, eBay, Cragislist, Kijiji and other classified ad websites) , the club's monthly or bi-monthly magazines with ads were a great way to get members and help them find parts with the printed ads. Now, with internet, it lost some of it's interest. I still like to read articles in magazines but since I don't like throwing things away, I now have a big pile paper that I just keep and I don't want getting more! About the age of members... I'm 32 and even if I'm already getting some gray hair, I still find myself young! I have a few friends who are Buick fans and around my age. When I was 10 years old (in 1987) I was very impressed with the current Buick Grand National and I also looked older ones like Wildcats, Rivieras, Gran Sports and Electras with great interest. With today's lineup, and the last cool Buicks being 23 years old (older than the '65 Wildcats were when I first got a real interest in them!). I'm wondering if I'd care about any Buick if I'd be 10 years old now! I recently spent more internet time on other forums like GMI trying to change the brand perception of younger folks posting there and on GM blogs but GM keeps refusing to make any cool RWD Buick available here. The new brand definition from GM uses words like "Quiet Tuning" (far from the 1966-67 "The tuned car" ad slogan) understated elegance (I don't care much for that!) "near luxury" (that sounds loser!) and other things like the innovative blind zone alert for drivers above 100 years old... I want a new Buick that can spin it's rear tires, make some noise and that will wake up those that fall asleep while driving by making their heart beat faster! I noticed that I'm not alone wanting some nicer RWD products from my favourite brand but that's just not happening (and THAT also hurts the BCA). I had one newer FWD Buick that I hated so much that I'll never have another FWD vehicle. Now, to preserve the Buicks that I like, I stopped driving them daily and I now drive RWD Toyotas...
  10. 1964 Wildcat 4 door sedan...

    Here in Canada, before 1967, Wildcats that were sold here were built in Oshawa. It was the most expensive model built there as the Electra 225 and Riviera had to be imported (and before the auto pact, they were taxed). The hardtop coupes and convertibles sold before 1966 had standard Custom trim, standard consoles and standard automatic transmissions with a console and standard tachmeter. In 1966, the console was an option just like in the new Riviera. The 4 door Wildcat models were also available only with Custom trim and that includes the 4 door sedans (which had model numbers 46669 in 1965-66). The in 1965-66, hardtop sedans were available with the all vinyl interior and notchback front seat like the US Custom models or with at extra cost with a cloth bench seat with center armrest similar to the one used in the Electra 225 Custom. The door panels were similar to those of the base Electra 225 but the cloth was the same as the one used in the Electra 225 Custom. Power window switches ad door armrest were like those in the Electra 225 too. In 1965-66, when power windows were ordered in any Canadian Wildcat model, power vents were also included. That was not the case in 1964 or on other 1965-66 Buick models available in Canada. This was the first time I saw a '64 Canadian model Wildcat 4 door sedan. I don't know much about 1964 Buick interiors so that's why I posted it here. Here are pics of my '65 46639 with trim code 980, I know someone who has the same interior (but in green) in his '65 Wildcat but the trim code in his car is 978. Here's a 1966 4 door sedan model 46669
  11. 1964 Wildcat 4 door sedan...

    Yesterday, I went to a junkyard and I saw this 1964 Wildcat 4 door sedan. It's in bad condition but it has an unusual interior that is similar to the interior in some 1965-66 Canadian models I have seen (including mine). It has Electra 225 armrests and power window switches. Were there similar door panels found on the US models? Unlike the 1965-66 models, the front seat has no center armrest.
  12. New LaCrosse

    Thanks for the links Roberta, here are two other links for those who have suggestions for GM... I'd really want a RWD Buick of any kind. I don't like FWD vehicles and I don't think I'll ever buy one again! General Motors | GM Reinvention | Tell Fritz GM FastLane
  13. BUICK...TODAY AND TOMORROW

    I wish there would be some performance-oriented RWD Buicks available in North America. But GM seems to refuse doing so... Some people keep asking GM, I'm among them! See the links to some GM websites... GM FastLane General Motors | GM Reinvention | Tell Fritz
  14. FACTORY CHROME WHEELS ON A 63?

    I have seen some pictures of Tommy Ivo's 1963 Riviera that shows it with chrome wheels. I have seen a picture of the same car (the first one) with wire wheelcovers so the chrome wheels were probably not original. I'm wondering what kind of center caps it has, these pics are too small to tell. The wheels look like those of the '64 Wildcats. The 1963 "Wildcat 445 " show car had these wheels too with plain chrome center caps
  15. FS 71-76 Buick parts miscellaneous

    Hi, I'd be interested in the 1974-76 vackup light lenses. you can email me pics of them at phil.racicot@gmail.com Thanks Phil