petelempert

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  1. Mystery Bracket

    The giveaway clue is the green/blue colored captive nut tabs on each end. I feel like I've eyeballed every fastener on my 63. The interior fittings around the console are the only place I remember seeing that particular fitting. PRL
  2. Mystery Bracket

    I was gonna say console to floor mount if the center hole is threaded. PRL
  3. In my experience, if the frame is rusted in places, it's likely that some of the springs are also questionable. Particularly, the springs that are closest to the floorboard might be rotten. Luckily, you can piece together springs using sections from the upper (non rusted) part of the seat if you can locate a semi solid donor seat. My "Frankenseat" was the union for three donor seats. PRL
  4. Hi beam flickering in ‘63

    Coming in late on this post, but I'd replace the dimmer switch before doing anything. About a year ago, the switch went out on a 72 Cutlass I have and every light on the entire car was blinking at different intervals like a pinball machine. PRL
  5. Dum,dum?

    The 3M product is awesome. I've used it on about one third of my car. The other two thirds being help together by Loctite and JB weld. PRL
  6. '63 brake tube routing

    If you decide to replace the old line that goes thru the the frame...wait until you get the replacement line before you pull the old line out. Disconnect the old line at both ends, duct tape the end of the new line to the back of the old one and then pull the old line out. It will drag the new line into the exact position. Worked for me. PRL
  7. Boy this topic is an oldie, but goodie. Seems to me Riv owners fall into two categories on this. Those who think nothing of removing door skins and those who are scared. Back when my paint was terrible, I was fearless and had my doors on/off about a dozen times. After my paint job, did it once more. More scared. Felt like a high wire act to avoid chipping paint. PRL
  8. It all about supply and demand. If somebody has the perfect 65 except for the spear...they'll gladly pay through the nose to get the best one. Especially for a part that sits in such plain view. For that customer, this price was a bargain. How do I know? I just shelled out $50 for a Pontiac emblem that should have cost me $15. $50 really isn't that much, but it needs to be re-chromed and painted so it's hardly some pristine NOS example. But, it's a limited run car, a few of the emblems are not reproduced and are super hard to find. Plus it sits right up front above the headlight. Without it, there are two open mounting holes for me to stare at. I probably would have paid $150 just to get it. PRL
  9. clock replacement options

    I have to admit...I love the quiet little click the clock on my 63 makes when the battery rewinds the main spring. All the other cars in my garage are quiet and never make any noise when parked. I had my 63 for years (before I pulled the clock, cleaned it, painted the arms and bezel) and the clock never worked so I never heard it. Now, whenever I hear that little click it's a small reminder of a task successfully completed. IMHO, if you can get the old clock to work...do it...it's rewarding. PRL
  10. Meant to say...A decent wrench...meaning a decent mechanic. I'm a shade tree guy and I did it in 1 hour and two beers. PRL
  11. I'd try a new cable first. I bet its broken at the transmission end. All 63's had the same cable I'm pretty sure. Available at CARS, OPGI and a few other suppliers. I decent wrench could install in one hour. PRL
  12. The cracked wheel discussion has sort of morphed into one about originality. Fortunately, collectors are finally starting to recognize the value of a car that really is "original" meaning it's carrying all it's original parts, paint, interior etc. I think a true "time capsule car" falls into that category. It is pretty cool to find a 50 year old car that has survived intact. The only downside of owning one of these is that they are fragile, driving them risks damage and modification or replacement of parts is an agonizing decision. The older I get, the less focused I am about having things "perfect" or "better than new". If it works well and looks pretty good I'm happy. The next car I restore might only be a partial restoration and end up looking a little scruffy. The wheel on my 63 was so cracked, it took two whole tubes of JB weld to fix so I had little worries about originality. Recently, a small crack re-appeared on my restored wheel. I'm sort of living with it. Regardless, put the whatever wheel you want on your Riv if it makes you happy. PRL
  13. The rear seat springs are made up as one frame piece that straddles the transmission hump. A few years back I had to repair the corners that had rusted on my 63 before re-upholstering. It happens from the rear window leaking, then the unpainted seat frame sits upon the wet carpet and rusts. I ended up combining my original frame with two others I found at CTC Auto Ranch to make one good one. Lots of cutting and welding. If you can find a dry, un-rusted one...you're lucky. PRL
  14. Robo Riviaro

    All joking aside, I have to admit I am strangely drawn to this machine. It's odd because I am mostly a "back to factory spec guy". I admire the moxie it takes to create something like this. There is a big difference between restoring an existing car and creating something totally new. When you go off the map with something like this, you start to appreciate the role of wheelbase, stance, proportion, design lines etc. in an effective design. Tying together two or even three distinct designs separated by decades makes this even more daunting. It ain't easy which may be the reason why this machine is unfinished. I've seen several hotrods that successfully blend pre war multi make elements but it's tougher to do with later cars. It occurred to me that many enthusiasts (like me) remember the original design of a coveted car from when they were young. We seek to restore and posses that original design in the current day. I remember the first time I saw a first gen Riviera as a kid during the late sixties in NY. From that moment I wanted one just like it. There is likely a whole generation of younger enthusiasts who don't remember these cars in their original era and therefore don't feel obligated or motivated to keep them original. No matter what, you've got to give the guy credit.