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About JanZverina

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  1. Fix for door jamb switches

    I'll second that on Gordon. I ordered mine from him quite some time ago and they've been flawless. Gordon might also tell you they're even good for RHD models Down Under, if you've read about his recent adventures there. Rock on, Gordon! -Jan
  2. Thanks Kongaman. Have you had success with the aerosol for this particular application? Maybe 3m "super" adhesive will do the trick here in warmer San Diego. I'll keep your recommendation in mind. Kind regards --
  3. Thanks, Scott. I'll try the Stay-Put before it's banned here as well.
  4. Thanks all. I just checked into 3M 90 adhesive and naturally, it's no longer available in CA. Lacquer thinner is not far behind. I better stock up.
  5. Can anyone tell me what is the best adhesive to use for gluing the black vinyl inserts on the center stack/console of a '63? I've tried a few, mostly 3M products, the latest being the 3M 77 adhesive, and after a few weeks the edges start to lift. I've been careful to prep the surface with a prep solvent or mineral spirits, and nothing seems to help. I'm not sure if its the adhesive or the prep that's to blame. Or me, of course. Thanks!
  6. Thanks for the tutorial, jsgun. I've been looking for a 'Chapman' lock for some time for my '63, so this was the clue I needed. Unfortunately the first lock they sent me was defective - one could not push in the lock plunger even when the cable was perfectly straight. But they made good on it and sent me another one. And yes, drilling the firewall hole was lots of fun, especially make sure not to drill into the back of the brake booster. So a punch came in handy to mark the spot and confirm from the engine compartment side before drilling began. Here are some pix - I painted the bracket semi-gloss black to blend in a bit. Thanks again! (Sorry that the first one is sideways - is there a way to rotate them after they are posted?)
  7. I bought five new Mastercraft P235R/75R15 whitewall radial tires from Summit Racing for about $70 each, a LOT less than the new breed of "vintage" tire companies. They're quiet and track well, even with my semi-worn front end that's on my to-do list. The whitewall band is a bit thinner than what was stock for '63, but I like the look a lot better as my Riv originally came with the base-level wheel covers, which to me are a perfect match for Teal Mist w/white leather interior. Yes, the whitewalls look a bit yellow in the pix but one shot of Westley's 'Bleche White' and they're snow white again. I drive this Riv pretty often!
  8. Hi Kaber, One of the first things I did when I bought my '63 was to have the core replaced with the high-efficiency kind, which has smaller but more fins, with as fat a core as the original upper and lower tanks would take. I had it done at a radiator rebuilding shop here in San Diego for about $400 all in, IIRC. Looks stock for the most part but I also want reliability in warmer SoCal weather and any traffic congestion.
  9. 1967 Buick Sportwagon GS400 'clone' done!

    Outstanding. If I only had the extra garage space, a Sport Wagon like that would be there.
  10. My 1957 75R - Big Gray

    That's a true find and a stunning design - looking forward to your progress. Not too long ago someone told me that the upward swept rear quarter glass at the C-pillar is known today as the 'Hofmeister Kink' for all you trivia fans. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hofmeister_kink
  11. Our '63 Buick LeSabre 2 Door Sport Coupe

    Nice car, Hunter. Great color combo. Do you have a good shot of the instrument panel? I'd like to see the differences between that and the '63 Riviera.
  12. BCA nationals

    Hi Ed, Please tell me where these go on a '63 Riv, and how many and what size I should choose. I have a good Ace near me and more than once they've had exactly what I needed for my guitar collection, as well as for my Riv and Jag.
  13. First Generation Dash Pad

    Ed wrote: "Seems a lot more expensive than having yours recovered." I asked Just Dashes in Van Nuys CA for an estimate some time ago and they were in the neighborhood of $700, but that included the foam core. I'm sure there are locals around who can do it for quite a bit less. My temporary fix was the grained plastic dash overlay also offered by OPGI, but IIRC I found it for less by going straight to the source. Yes, this is a new item from OPGI that straddles the difference. I too would be interested in some initial reviews before parting with the required $$.
  14. Part needed for under turn lamps

    Hi Loren, I'm pretty sure they are interchangeable side to side. On page 12-12 of the factory chassis service manual they are described as Lamp Assembly - Turn Signal, but as you know they sit below what's called the Grille & Lens Assembly in that schematic and are solid metal. I just completed restoring my parking lights after finding some good original outer lenses that go behind that upper grille assembly. Both the outer "grille" over the parking/turn signal lights as well the outer and inner clear lenses behind them are interchangeable side to side. What's NOT interchangeable are the housing assemblies in which the bulbs sit. Those are left and right designs and marked on one edge where the screws attach them. Hope this helps.
  15. Hi Mike, The year may make a difference but the one in my '63 maintains vacuum and will release the trunk latch days or even many weeks after the engine was last started. In fact I never thought to see if it wouldn't work after an extended time.