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  1. GM didn't use a torque converter clutch in 1977 While the flexplate is a POSSIBLE source of the noise (as mentioned back in post #4), it is highly unlikely. The only time I've ever had a cracked flexplate on an Olds motor was when the trans to block bolts came loose. The resulting slop between motor and trans caused the flexplate to, er, FLEX, which eventually cracked it. Certainly this is easy to verify. Unbolt the three torque converter to flexplate bolts, push the converter all the way back in the bellhousing, and start the motor. If the sound goes away, you've isolated the source to the flexplate or converter. If not, you've eliminated one possible cause. Again, we still don't know if this is a tick-tick-tick of a valvetrain problem or a more ominous knock-knock-knock. The Olds valvetrain is not adjustable and is sensitive to sticking lifters. After sitting for a period of time it is not uncommon for the lifters to bleed down or stick, causing valvetrain noise. The Olds rocker bridge design is also susceptible to broken bridges (OEM ones were die cast aluminum). This can wreak all kinds of havoc with the valvetrain. Either of these failures are FAR more likely causes of noise than the flexplate that many seem to be fixated on.
  2. New Wheels for 63 Rivi

    I'll defer to people with more experience in the early Rivs, but for now, the original tires were about 27.8" in diameter. Your 245/55-17s are just about the same diameter and a couple of inches wider. That should be no issue. 275-55-18s are nearly 30" in diameter. I'd suggest 275/45-18s if you can find them - those are about the same diameter as the 245/75-17s. I'm not sure about the width, however.
  3. The 1977 Seville uses the Chevy clamshell style mount. Even if the rubber is completely gone, the engine can't move that much. This is the whole point of the clamshell mounts. At 36000 mi, I'm not particularly worried about the cam gear. Definitely on the to-do list, but not a urgent fix.
  4. 1971 - 1976 Warshawsky Catalogs

    Did he also ask for your bank account number and SSN?
  5. Tick-tick-tick would likely be a valve noise (worn rocker, broken rocker bridge, sticking lifter). Knock-knock-knock is more likely bearings. How many miles on this motor? Olds used a cam gear with molded nylon teeth. These last about 80,000 miles before they wear down to nubs and allow the timing chain to jump. A very loose chain can make noise. Other possible noise sources are fuel pump, loose or cracked flexplate, trans or torque converter, and exhaust leak at the manifolds.
  6. New Wheels for 63 Rivi

    You asked if 17" or 18" wheels will fit a Riv. The answer is that the bare WHEELS will fit fine. Whether or not the TIRES fit and rub will depend on which tire size you plan to use on those wheels. You did not tell us that so we cannot provide a useful answer.
  7. New Wheels for 63 Rivi

    Nearly every RWD GM car of the 1960s and 70s uses zero offset wheels. Fitment will depend on the TIRE diameter and width, not the wheel diameter.
  8. Well, people actually knew how to use tools then. Today they only know how to use their thumbs to press buttons on their phones.
  9. I'm the same age as Greg in Canada. In those deep, dark post-oil crisis one days of the mid-70s, the automotive hobby was doomed, 1960s musclecars were just used cars, and everyone wanted a Vega or Pinto or VW. We were in the middle of the van craze. Performance was dead. Recent emissions laws had forced new cars to be ill-driving pigs due to band-aid emissions controls that were operated through a rats' nest of vacuum hoses in those pre-computer days. My personal project car at that time was a 1968 Olds 442 that I pulled out of a wrecking yard in Central MA for $100. It was seven years old, rusty, and had a seized engine. It was a heck of a learning experience to get that car back together, running, and looking reasonably good. As an example of how cheaply musclecars were being dumped, a couple of years after that I had to pass on a real 1969 Boss 429 Mustang with a spun bearing. As an impoverished college freshman, there was no way I could come up with the $1500 asking price and the additional money to rebuilt that Boss '9. You could even get parts from the dealership then!
  10. Broken Manifold tubing

    Normally the end of the tube is swaged and slip fits into the manifold hole. Rust causes it to stick. There should be an internal tube (or a drilled passageway in the casting) that serves as the hot air stove to prevent sucking exhaust into the carb. Be sure drilling the broken stub out did not breach this tube.
  11. Need the OLDSMOBILE letters for a 1964 wagon tailgate. These are 1964-only but are the same on all Olds wagons that year - full size as well as A-body. Please provide price with shipping to zip code 20180, or I can pick up at Spring Carlisle or OCA Nationals. Thanks.
  12. Bought a Barn Find 1977 Cadillac Seville!

    Wow. With luck like that, you should be playing the lottery! Congrats. Very nice score.
  13. HELP!

    Wow, a whole 800K storage! Off topic, but having grown up with those and the 5 1/4" floppies, I never cease to be amazed when I walk into Costco and see 2 or 3 TERABYTE hard drives for under $100.
  14. Unknown antique car emblem? Please help!

    I thought the toe-operated door was an interesting precursor to today's SUVs.
  15. Painting a hood matte black

    Most auto paint vendors sell a version of "hot rod flat black" topcoat. It's popular in the street rod world, since it was sort of traditional to run around in a primered car. The new versions are topcoats and are designed as topcoats.