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  1. I'd echo that. A day spent refurbing the windows and power seat would be a day well spent. Pop the door skins, clean and lube the rollers, tracks, and gears. Repeat that on the rear windows. Pull the seat, take off the mechanism, and refurb it as well. The key is the cleaning; that old, hardened Lubriplate is the cause of ~95% of window and seat performance problems.
  2. IMHO, this looks like the perfect kind of car to get: solid, well-optioned, and unrestored.
  3. Pull the door skin. Sounds like you might have wire that's pinched or rubbed raw.
  4. You said a window got stuck down, but you didn't say which one. Do the windows work from their individual switches? That is, does the passenger door window operate using the switch on the passenger door? You might just have a loose switch...
  5. Wouldn't you rather wear your seat belt?
  6. Was this car sitting before you got it? If so, for how long? Have you ever seen it run? What did the cylinders look like when you pulled the head? Did you turn the engine over by hand when the head was off and have good look at all the cylinders? The more information folks have, the better they can diagnose potential issues.
  7. What's so special about a section of mast, though? ID, OD, length, a crimp, and a flare. Am I missing something here?
  8. Which kinda makes one think you might want to see the build plate to corroborate some of those other options.
  9. What's unique about this particular mast?
  10. Looks like a power window switch, dunnit? My first thought was that allegedly original window sticker notwithstanding the interior had been upgraded from standard as part of a restomod. My second thought was that this looked like the car that some folks have been trying to put together piece-by-piece.
  11. Can't answer your question directly, but there's an idler arm rebuild kit that supposedly fits a "Threaded Bushing Type Idler Arm" for all first generation Rivieras.
  12. I used an FM converter for years in my 63. The "analog tuning, not-so-great audio fidelity, [and] lack of stereo" were features of the stock Wonderbar, so I didn't see those as drawbacks. And, it fit in the ashtray, so it was neither unsightly nor in the way. I've since swapped out that setup for a factory AM/FM -- but I'm not convinced it's much of an improvement (if any). If the goal is to listen to music on some outboard device (e.g. iPod) through your radio, and you've already got FM, there are scads of transmitters that will take a patch cable from the headphone jack and broadcast an FM signal that you can tune to. You also need to remember that these cars weren't designed for high-fidelity audio to begin with. Which means that -- unless you're going to gut your interior to add an array of new speakers -- you're somewhat constrained by the limits of the factory system. If you are going to install a bunch of new speakers so you can have a "sound system", then having radio that looks like stock probably doesn't matter to you.
  13. Sure it would -- you'd just have to drop it in R to move forward.
  14. What is "this"? You still haven't told us specifically what the problems are. Does it not register full? Does it not register empty? Does it not move? Does it bounce around? Diagnosis is a lot easier when you know the symptoms...