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  1. How many of you (us) out there have at least one shelf of removed but not yet discarded parts? You NEVER throw anything away.
  2. Do you guys with the Retro Sound set ups show your cars? If so, do you lose points for non original radios?
  3. If you want the full effect of stereo and the other elements of a modern radio but don't want to have anything but the original radio in your dash, you can have yours converted to do just that. Buy an older radio off eBay for $30 bucks or so then send it in and have it converted. Here's a video that shows what can be done to an old AM radio so that it has both AM/FM and auxilliary capabilities. This is only one of many conversions that are offered. Look on YouTube or Google it. Here's another link. http://www.randbvintageautoradio.com/RandBVintageAutoRadio/Contact_Us.html The only thing you need to do while your radio is being converted is to figure out where and how to hide a four or six speakers so you can get the full effect of the new radio. Make that trip enjoyable. I don't have anything like this in my '90 but it has a factory cassette player in the radio. I have an old Sirius XM Sky Fy unit that plays through the cassette. Not having to listen to commercial radio and not having to constantly search for stations while on a long trip, surely makes the trip more enjoyable.
  4. Mike, The nice thing about the RediRad is that it's not a swap. Just find a place to mount it and plug it in to your original radio. Kind of like the multiplex stereo that was an option back in the era. Ed
  5. O'Reilly shows that they carry them. The Anchor brand is sold by Advance auto. Last time I checked, it was not made in China. I think Kevin is correct, Rock Auto must be having a fire sale, O'Reilly's price is about $9. Does your transmission mount have two bolts going through the transmission crossmember into the transmission mount or a stud coming from the mount down through the crossmember? When you figure that out, look for a mount from a later model. They're pretty much the same for most all ST400 transmissions or can be made to work.
  6. Keep your stock radio and install a Redi Rad. All you'll have to do is hide one "jack" wire in an ash tray or your glove box. Then access your favorite music anytime. I talked to Matt about doing this to the AM/FM radio for my '64 some time ago. I had a local guy go through my radio and rebuld the stock speakers for me. www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrergDBrBjY The sound quality of this video isn't quite as good, but you might like the radio that he uses for this one better. www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-uznlSY59U
  7. Just didn't want any 64/65 owners asking where to find this line.
  8. FYI - This direct line is only on the manifold for a 63. It supplies vacuum for the power brakes. On a 64/65, vacuum comes from a T on the back of the carburetor. On the 66 manifold, there is a direct port in the intake manifold.
  9. Bob, When I bought my 63 from the original owner (back in 82) it was equipped with a full complement of gauges* - oil, temp, amp, tach, and vacuum. All five of these were in the ash tray opening. The lid would close, and they had their own lights and light switch. With the lid closed, you could not tell they were there. I only removed them because an electrical short (positive battery cable next to fender) blew out the amp meter. If you'd like, I'll try to find a picture of the cluster and post it. I don't know that you'd need the tach and vacuum gauge, but an oil pressure, volt meter, and temperature gauge do would be good if you've got a few miles on the engine. It couldn't hurt. Ed * along with an electric trailer brake setup, a full hitch receiver, and a transmission cooler. Yes, he towed a trailer with it; a full sized Airstream. And he installed a 3.91 rear end to keep the revs up. He learned that lugging the engine under a load (towing) would cause valves to burn.
  10. The first generation Rivieras are all equipped with oil "idiot" lights. These are good only when you have no oil pressure. A proper guage will tell you what kind of pressure you have at all times (WHAT RPM'S YOUR ENGINE IS TURNING.) If you have a lot of miles on your engine, you're going to have some wear! Even a worn engine develops some oil pressure and keeps your warning light off. So while a 10W-30 oil might keep your light off, you might be only getting 10 or fewer pounds of pressure and adding wear to the engine. So why not run an oil with a higher viscosity and pump up your pressure a bit. It might give you couple of more years before that lamp turns red for good. Unless you're reading a guage, you have no idea. Additionally, adding an auxiliary gauge might be a good idea as well. Anyone care to comment on the yeahs or nays of an electrical guage vs a mechanical one? Old school rule of thumb says you want 10 lbs of pressure for every 1,000 rpm's.
  11. RivNut

    1940 Buick Special

    I found the link to this on a story started by a blurb by something/someone called Jalopynik. He thought the condition of the front seat was the result of the seat being used by a dog as its bed. 🤔
  12. RivNut

    1940 Buick Special

    I can't post links using my tablet, but if you'll go to the Pittsburg, PA Craigslist and type "1940 Buick" in the seaech bar, you'll come up with a 'barn find for which the seller is asking $7,500. Ed
  13. Pennzoil was purchased by Quaker State a few years ago, and now both are part of the Royal/Shell group. Might as well cut out the middleman and buy Shell. Have you read anything about Pennsylvania grade crude having a high level of paraffin in it? Apparently, the parrifin has been related to the build up of sludge. 🤔 I sometimes wonder if I'd spend less time reading, I wouldn't be aware of this stuff and I'd have a more stress-free life. Ed
  14. Just tell her that she can't wear designer jeans with rhinestones on them and to make sure that any demim she (or you) wears has been washed enough to get any excess dyes out of it. 😎 Those Riviera seats are bascially the same as other GM seats from the era. If you were to look at one of Clark's catalogs, you'd notice that all of the Riviera parts have an R for a prefix on the part number. All of the Corvair parts have a C for a prefix. The part number for new seat foam for the 63, 64, and 65 standard RIviera replacement foam starts with a C not an R - same foam for both seats. So, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, and Chevrolet share the same basic seat. Differences are in mounts, stitching design, and metal trim. perhaps you can find dimensions for a different GM brand for the same time period. Ed
  15. Looks like it could be a camouflaged entrance into some kind of underground bunker. 😎