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. AC vents need advise

    I forgot to mention, the rubber sleeve is glued on to the evaporator housing. It slips over the plenum in the center. You can see a bit of a shiny strip near the rubber. Thats the glue. So when you install the evaporator, you slide the rubber up and over the center air distribution plenum and then place the support straps under the evaporator. Still a pain. You have A/C hoses already connected to the evaporator, so freedom of movement is restricted.
  2. AC vents need advise

    Yes, there is a rubber sleeve. Excuse the mess on my bench.
  3. Jan- Read the owners manual and the service bulletins about this. Buick calls for about 24 psi in the tires, as I recall. This is mentioned in a service bulletin as a source of rough ride complaints by new Riviera owners. BTW, the maximum pressure rating on this type tire is usually about 32 psi, so you are kind of pushing it.
  4. George- In the 1963 Buick Master Chassis Parts Book, the following numbers are listed for the expansion valves. I expect '64 to be the same. Series 4400-4600-4800 Valve, Expansion 6550178 Series 4700 A.C. Valve, Expansion 5910464 So you can see from the above that the Riviera valve is different, per GM. As is often the case, aftermarket people lump all the full-size cars together. I have included here a photo of an OEM TXV. I do not have it, just the picture. I hope this helps.
  5. Old Air Products is up in Dallas/Ft. Worth, not Houston. But as I said before, the STV is not the Expansion Valve that George needs.
  6. The valve with the vacuum diaphragm (flying saucer on top) is the Suction Throttle Valve (STV) not the expansion valve. The expansion valve bolts to the inlet of the evaporator and limits the flow of freon liquid that goes into the core so that it does not freeze up into a solid block of ice. The most important design parameter for this expansion valve is how many degrees of superheat it puts into the freon as it exits the evaporator. I'm doing it from memory, and my reference books are not here with me right now. As I recall, the Riviera valve is a couple of degrees more of superheat. I, too, have had a problem with these aftermarket expansion valves not fitting. I think the fittings on the Riv are different size and gender from the other full-size Buicks of the era. The aftermarket suppliers are providing valve that work on the other models.
  7. Correct finish

    I think the correct finish for the exhaust manifold bolts is "rust". :-D I think the French locks are stainless, no? If not, they will be finished in "rust", too.
  8. Here are 2 photos of the sticker on Mark Uhlig's very low miles original '63. It was built in 3rd week of May. You can see that it is more on the flat underside of the trunk lid. You can see how they changed the shape of the webbing under the lid in the later cars. This is why they moved the sticker off of the center hole. The revised web shape carried forward into '64 and '65.
  9. OK, on your earlier build (the week after my car) it covers the center hole of the webbing of the lid. Attached photo not my car, but typical.
  10. Rodney- It depends on the month/year of manufacture of your car's body. It depends on the shape of the underside of the webbing on your trunk (boot) lid. Post pix.
  11. Getting the color right

    Wrinkle red paint is NOT opaque. You have to work with it to see what I mean. The underlying color really influences what the final color looks like. So perhaps instead of . cream base like Buick used, we should use an orange sherbet color.
  12. Getting the color right

    I carefully sanded my original air cleaner down with very fine paper in order to establish what Buick sprayed on the air cleaner when new. They used a dark grey primer, followed by the cream base color before the wrinkle red. That is where my instructions came from - forensic science. My original red did not have an orange hue that I could see. Ed shows an old original air cleaner with an orange hue. How to we know that time and heat and age did not turn the original red paint into an orange hue? We could be trying to reproduce something that has changed and is not correct.
  13. Getting the color right

    Ed- Earliest known example of Firewall Sprayed Black (not body color) seen in March 1963 (03C)
  14. Finally got my Riv

    Congratulations! Looks good from the front. More pix?
  15. 63 door skins

    Paint the door skins off the car with the handle and lock off and all trim off. Then put on handle and lock. Then hang door skin on door.