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    Buick Rivieras, Old Schwinn Bicycles, reading, traveling, teaching (retired)

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  1. Reminds me of friends and trunks. Lock your wife and your dog in the trunk of your car. Wait an hour and let them out. See who's most glad to see you.
  2. 63 lesabre not mine $995

    Not to worry, the ad is already down.
  3. The VIN for 63 should contain the letter J. The model number for a Riviera would be 4700. (Maybe 4747) The engine code would be JT for a 401 (JW for a 425) if the seller does post a picture of the data plate, I'll decode it for you. That would also answer your question about paint. There was a factory built 1963 convertible. It employed a scissor type folding top. I think the entire top disappeared under a hard boot. There should be pictures on the Web somewhere. Ed Found the blog: http://reynolds1915.blogspot.com/2012/03/monday-miss-1963-riviera-convertible.html
  4. Cut it down into a convertible but make a removable fiberglass hardtop for it; like the early Corvettes had.
  5. The only thing this guy needs to do is swap tires for some mudders. Both seem to be built along the same idea.
  6. Everyone needs to remember that the data plate only covers options that were installed at the Fisher Body plant. Things like tilt wheel, cornering lamps, cruise control, Twi-light sentinel, Guidematic, etc. will not be stamped on the plate. Pictures of the Engine Code and Engine serial number as well as the VIN will be of great help. Many details of door panels, dash, steering column, seats, trunk, and if possible get pictures of the underneath side of the car to include exhaust, suspension, rocker panels and floor boards. The more pictures you post the better off you'll be. Ed
  7. The car is minimalistic. Stndard interior, no tilt, no power windows, early production with probably the 120 mph speedo in the plain dash, probably no power seats, and not that this would ever concern you in Athens, it does not have A/C. The others before me have already ID'd it as a 63. Does that mean there's a title problem? Ed
  8. I don't really know. My guesses would be that it was installed to resemble the twin turbo XX Indy Pace car for '83 or because it had four wheel disk brakes or because it was some more bling for the XX.
  9. Water not only seeps, it gathers. The angle of the window channel sits so that water will stand in the channel. When you wash your car be sure to use compressed air to blow the channel dry. Water will also wick its way into the trunk floor causing it to rust. The body mount under the trunk is shaped like a cup. It will, after time, gather dirt in the cup and the dirt will hold water. After some time, the trunk floor will begin to rust above those cups. Just remember that rust never sleeps.
  10. For others considering camshafts that will result in low vacuum, look into power brakes that are called hydroboost. The boost is hydraulic and comes from the power steering pump. Both of my '83 XX Anniversary Rivieras came with hydroboost power brakes from the factory. "Hydro-boost power assist was introduced in 1973 by Bendix as an alternative to the vacuum booster. The hydro-boost uses the hydraulic pressure from the power steering system to provide the driver assist in applying the brakes. There are three reasons why a vehicle may be equipped with hydro-boost instead of a vacuum booster: There is no vacuum source available, as in diesel engines, or the vacuum source available is too weak to adequately supply a vacuum booster. There is limited space available for the power assist device. The vehicle requires more assist than is available from a vacuum booster." Check it out.
  11. The When you put your breather on, just put the base on without the filter or the top in place. You'll see two tabs on the mouth of the base that align with two protrusions on the neck of the carb - flat edge to flat edge. When the base is installed correctly, it cannot be rotated either direction. Once the base is in place, put the filter in, and orient the top so it can be read from the front of the car. Ed
  12. 1966 Electra Brake Drum Confusion

    Don't let the exterior profile of the drum determine the width of the shoe. The later 90 fin drums have a different profilr6. The first step are deeper and extend over the backing plate more. Internally they're the same.
  13. Fuel Tank Help

    I don't know about your '68, but on my 63, 64, and 65, there's a vent hose that is attached to the tank. I'm sure that someone who owns a 68 or 69 can confirm if those years are so equipped. There's a nipple close to the filler neck for a (perhaps) 1/2" hose which then loops up and over the filler neck then extends downward about 6" or so.
  14. If you're taking I-70 as Google Maps would indicate, when you get to Salina, go north on US-81 until you get to KS-18. Then go west on KS-18 until you get to Colby where you'll pick up I-70 again. You'd never think that Kansas would be as scenic as it is once you're off the highway. It's not as flat as you've been led to believe.
  15. The original owner of my 63 Riviera towed a large Airstream all over the U.S. The modifications he made to it were the aforementioned 3.91 rear gear (apparently he burned a couple of valves while lugging at highway speeds), an auxiliary transmission cooler, a full hitch receiver, and electric trailer brakes. He also added a full set of gauges to compliment (not replace) the OE "idiot lights." Transmission gears shouldn't be a problem. There are firms that make "in-line" units that you can gear to get accurate speedometer readings or do as I do, just use the speedometer built I to to your GPS unit.