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  1. This thread is interesting to me for several reasons... I have a low mileage Riv (38K) with the blue interior and there is a crack in the steering wheel at a visible location so a crack free blue wheel would be an improvement I would like to make. As I examined the flaw in the steering wheel I wondered whether the crack is part of the fabric which makes this car truly original or is it a flaw which needs to be eliminated? If I change the wheel to another from a different car is it then "original"? How about if I change the brake pedal pad? How about the driver`s side armrest? Or if I massage the body alignment issues that I see on most untouched original cars? How about if I find seats from another low mileage Riv that are better than mine and swap them ( this is not as crazy as it seems as a few months ago there was a `65 Riv on Ebay which I knew had typical midwest rust but an interior which was significantly better than mine. Ironically I had a chance to buy this car at a discount price at the Buick Nationals but only saw pics of the exterior and it never occurred to me to use it "for parts"). I guess the question becomes "what is the definition of original ". I see the use of the term to describe cars which have been thoroughly "massaged" mechanically and cosmetically. At what point is a car not original? Regarding a standard steering wheel and its value, at what point would it make more sense to upgrade to a wood wheel as Schmiddy is doing? At $800 or $900 one is firmly in wood wheel territory. Would it make more sense to upgrade to the optional wheel? Faced with these two alternatives what is the difference which wheel is "original" as one is changing out the real original wheel anyway? I payed $250 for a beautiful black wheel at the BCA Nationals and felt that perhaps I payed too much...maybe not? The opinions expressed re the value of a standard plastic wheel are surprising to me. I was under the impression there are services that will repair cracks in a steering wheel with JB weld or something similar and repaint to any color for a couple of hundred dollars? Maybe not? Tom Mooney
  2. No, the base of the Rochester 4GC is cast iron, Tom Mooney
  3. Yes, it is charcoal grey. I didnt want you to spend $800 (???) on a black one only to find out it doesnt match! Tom
  4. Randall, Which car do you want a black steering wheel for? Tom
  5. 1964 Wildcat Convertible - 4 Speed

    All that is needed to convert is the original adapter and pilot bearing or some aftermarket arrangementso a pilot bearing is in place. Tom Mooney
  6. Windshield Help

    The spacers are for the bottom edge of the windshield glass so the glass does not slide down toward the lower sheetmetal and keeps the glass centered in the opening...not for placement under the glass. If you use the original butyl tape there are different sizes to space the windshield "out" away from the body. If using the newer urethane sealer/glue the size of the bead which the installer squeezes out of the tube determines placement of the glass. Sorry, I dont know the size of the rubber spacers but they are usually in the butyl tape kits. Tom Mooney
  7. 1973 Riviera 61,560 Miles

    Sharp looking Boatttail Jason, I like the blackwalls! Good luck with the sale, Tom Mooney
  8. Yes...years ago when rebuilding an AFB I noticed an overstamp and dismissed it as a rebuilders mark. Quite a few years later I stumbled across concrete evidence the overstamped carb had been factory installed. I have seen a handful since. I have also encountered yet another different font without any overstamp. I believe these carbs were manufactured by Rochester after they took over Carter. Tom
  9. See post #2, then # 7 and #8. Post #4 is inaccurate. The 3 character alpha/numeric is most definitely the date code and not part of the carb model number. The carb revisions are very well explained in Jon`s post but I am surprised he has found no documentation in Carter literature..because there is plenty in Buick literature, especially regarding the `64-`65 dual quad carbs. The info is included in both the Buick Service Bulletins and Parts Books. For instance, in `65 the trunion on the front carb was modified from a solid block, which promoted throttle sticking, to a "stirrup" design with less contact area. This revision prompted a different alpha character at the end of the carb model number as per Jon`s description. This is an example of the many little things I inspect when evaluating an "early" GS from a "late" GS....again, 25 year old research, Tom Mooney
  10. I would highly recommend retaining the original underhood decals and cleaning/painting around them, even if somewhat deteriorated and ESPECIALLY the radiator decal. It is very unusual to find an original rad in a 50 year old car and the original decal is a sure indication the rad is an original. Is there a 2 letter alpha code stamped in white on the top tank, probably drivers side toward the engine? If so, that is the code which appeared on the build sheet and referenced by the assembly line workers when choosing the correct radiator. Tom Mooney
  11. Steve, Notice the font and depth of the stamp in your 3925 SA carb does not match the 3645 SB carb or even the date which is stamped under the 3925 SA? This 3925 SA carb was recalibrated/restamped from another carb, likely by Carter. I will bet if you look very, very closely you will find another number, in the same font and depth as the 3645 SB carb above, underneath the 3925 SA stamp. Tom Mooney
  12. It has been awhile since I researched this (maybe 25 years?) but I`m quite sure one of the alpha characters is the month and the other is the week. Tom Mooney
  13. That is the factory location pictured in one of the accessory brochures, `64 I would guess but may be as early as `63. The `64 Buick shop manual shows the Riv on the top of the dash Tom
  14. I`m sure Buick changed the red line after folks were blowing up their Nailheads...Nailhead pistons no likey alot of RPM Tom
  15. I`ve never seen what I could attribute to a factory or dealer installed tach on a `66. Havnt specifically checked the factory literature but I would think I would have noticed if I ever had stumbled across same. BTW, the tach pictured is a `62 vintage tach. Tom Mooney