Jim Cannon

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    : Houston, TX (winter) Hiawassee, GA (summer)


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    I learned to sail when I was 10 years old. I am an Eagle Scout. I have always had The Knack for repairing things mechanical and electrical. I learned Spanish on the streets of Miami from the children of Cuban refugees. I can tread water for hours with my hands and feet bound. I am a recognized expert on the 1963 Buick Riviera. My hands work independently of each other, allowing me to do two things at once with them (such as remove or tighten nuts or bolts).

    I once constructed a "bicycle built for two" with the riders sitting back-to-back, just to show it could be done. I spent a week traveling up the Amazon River by boat. I swim with piranha. In my spare time I build model bridges with wooden match sticks. I love to teach science to Second Graders, and tutor Physics and Calculus to High School students. I played golf twice and decided it was not very challenging, so I dropped it. I cook award-winning Churrasco.

    I collect music from the 20s and 30s on original 78 rpm records and play it on my three vintage Victrolas. I don't perspire. I can throw playing cards across the room with deadly accuracy. I was the 11th caller, and I could name that tune. Jimmy Carter and I built houses together all over the world. I successfully kept hummingbirds in my aviary; zoos consult me on their care.

    I restored my first horseless carriage when I was 14 years old, something that I enjoy to this day. I learned to drive a car with a clutch on a 1929 Ford; the car sits in my garage to this day. I'm completely ambidextrous, which allows me to paint a house in half the time. Despite rumors to the contrary, I have never infiltrated a secret Russian air base outside Moscow. I hunt quail on the pampas of Uruguay. My work was instrumental in understanding how much damage had occurred during the accident at Three Mile Island. To entertain myself, I recite Burns aloud. I am no longer welcome at the Palms in Vegas.
  1. Tom, I went back and looked in my book. I missed the little "4747"s hiding in the model numbers listed on those 3 pulls. And I agree these colors match the standard interior color options. It's strange, because we have an ROA member up in the Detroit area with an original unmolested 1963 Riv (18,000 original miles) with a standard interior. This car has zero options. And in the photos he sent me, it looks like the lock pulls are chrome. They are shiny. They are not the color of his Sandlewood vinyl interior. And I know they have not been messed with. Go figure!
  2. In 1963, even with a standard interior, the lock knob pulls were chrome. Look in the Master Chassis Parts Book for 1964 and see how they list the parts in the application notes for the model numbers. I'm the 1963 specialist, not 1964. I don't have the Master Chassis Parts Book for 1964. But it should show you. The 1963 book does.
  3. Frank- I would recommend installing a fully rebuilt, proper Carter AFB from the 1963 model year. Everything will connect up without modifications. You can put an electric choke on it if you want. Add the stainless steel plate under the carb (very important). Check the thermal "heat riser valve" in the passenger side exhaust manifold. Make sure it is moving and is open. If you want to do so, you can modify the AFB to only operate on the front 2 barrels. The back 2 barrels are locked out all the time. Not as much fun to drive, but it will burn less fuel. For fuel consumption, these cars do very poorly when stopping and starting a lot. They do better out on the open road where you get up to speed and maintain it.
  4. Your solution is good. I leave the long coil spring off of the mounting bracket entirely. It is overkill, it is not needed, and it breaks the cable sheath that runs up to the turn signal actuator under the steering wheel when you tilt the wheel up against the spring tension.
  5. Get a used one off of a parts car.
  6. No. The initial version of the glovebox had a square hole cut in the top of the glovebox, but no bezel. Later they made it a round hole and added a bezel.
  7. Loren, please look inside the glove box and tell me if you see a round metal bezel on the hole where the glovebox light shines down into the box. Also please look at the trim around the windshield. Is it painted or chrome plated? Thanks!
  8. I'm pretty sure there is a good list in the Members Only section of the ROA website.
  9. WOW!!! Teal Mist with White Leather interior! That must be a really stunning car! I have added it to my '63 Riv database. If you have any other photos, please send them to me. 63Riv (at) comcast (dot) net Thanks!
  10. Bill- If the CD is damaged, I will replace it. You can use the measurements for the '64 Horn installation to place the horn brackets on your '63. The horns are different but the installation is the same. I think you will have to find a copy of the '64 Shop Manual to get those measurements.
  11. You have come to the right place!!! The drawings that you posted are correct only for the early-'63 Riviera. Later they were moved to both be on the driver's side. What month was your car built and do you have factory A/C in the car? This makes a difference. The horn numbers are what is important on the '63. Do you have the horns or are you still looking for them? ================================================== Horn identification: Small horn Large horn length pitch stamp* length pitch stamp* 1963 14" Bb 948 24" C 949 1964 12" C 898 22" D 897 1965 N/A B 930** 22" D 897 * There are identifying numbers stamped into the flange of the trumpet base. These numbers correspond with the last 3 digits of the GM part number (group 2.810, part number 1999xxx). ** The 1965 small horn was superceded with the same small horn that was used in 1964. Source: Chip Little ================================================= I have them on my '63 and I can assure you they are LOUD. They really get attention when you use them. You also need proper mounting screws and the wiring harness.
  12. If the only problem you have is leaking at the shaft, you can replace the shaft seal and be done with it. After the pulley comes off, the seal comes right out with a a couple of small sheetmetal screws and you pry it out. Slide the new seal on. Cover the threads on the shaft with masking tape to protect the seal lip and oil it well with ATF to slide it on. There are instructions in the factory shop manual on doing this job. If you can't find the seal number at your local auto parts store, let me know and I will find it in my notes.
  13. Watching Season 7 Episode 12 of Hawaii-50 tonight, a story about new car sales, one of the sales guys had a sweet B&W poster of a '63 Riviera on the wall in his office! Mainly the left front corner, headlights and fender. I'd love to have one. 8-)
  14. I suggest you look through the "Garage Journal " forum. http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/ This is discussed in detail. Yes, there is a lag in heating. You need to start heating the slab well before you want the heat. But once you do, it is really even and steady. I built a 35x48 garage a few years ago and investigated heating the slab before pouring it, It depends a lot on where you are (how cold it gets and for how long) and what your heat source is going to be (natural gas, electric, etc.) to decide if it makes sense. I decided not to do it.
  15. Does the car have A/C? Sounds like the "Riviera rattle" to me.