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Always glad to be of service. Anyone else need a push, just ask. :)

What I really need is for someone to get behind me and push. :rolleyes:

Ed

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ED! Come on! Get off your computer chair & into the garage…after u solve this next puzzle…

Before I painted my axle housing I tried to figure out these stampings with no luck. Does anyone have a "little orphan Annie decoder pin" I know this isn't a posi but I think I can swap out my third member later on for a posi right?

 

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When I was painting the rear end housing for my Riviera I was listening to an oldies radio station that took requests. Two guys called in from a town about 6 miles north of me. The DJ chatted a bit and they told him they were working on a '66 Chevelle 396. I called in a little later. When asked what I was doing I told him I was painting the rear end of my '64 Riviera. He said "Gee, I never thought of a person doing that."

"Just making it look nice for the Chevelle guys." I replied.

Most of the books are gone and a whole bunch of other stuff. I used to have one keeper and a couple of floaters so there was room. Now I have either 2 or 4 keepers, depending on my mood.

Bernie

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Nice illustration Bernie lol

After trying diff methods the lower control arm bushings stopped short of their seated position. So I scrambled & borrowed a universal bushing installation kit from a friend & it did the job. The entire front suspension bushings kit was purchased from Kanter.

 

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I bought a disc brake conversion kit for my car from a local Rod Shop. All fit well looks cool too. This was all finger tight as I waited for my -2" coil springs from CSS.

 

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Here are the -2" Gran Sport spec springs (500# spring rate) for my non-GS car next to the springs I took off.

 

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Before & after pix of my rear axle prior to pulling the axles. I am rolling the dice & just replacing the seals, bearings & fluid. So does anyone know what those stamped numbers mean on the underside of the axle housing?

 

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The chassis manual says that stamped numbers on the bottom of the housing tell you what gear ratio is in the housing. But there's no mention of the numbers you pictured.

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Pulled the axles & replaced the bearing.

 

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New pinion & oil seals installed

 

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Backing plates painted & installed

 

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New shoes & cylinders. Cleaned, painted & rebuilt the rear brakes with the original parts.

 

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In attempts to save money on my "budget build" I try to do things I've never done before & sometimes fail…causing me to spend more money. One example of my failure is pressing out my trailing arm bushings lol…luckily you can still get replacements.

 

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My welding skills are subpar as seen here on my boxed trailing arm.

 

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Good thing is the thick KBS paint makes it hard to see the ugly weld beads. Once the arms are installed u can't even tell I screwed them up lol

 

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I used the Rare Parts "modified" Cadillac trailing arm bushings that they bend u over the barrel for.

 

Read all about how u can make your own in this attached thread. 

The second thread has good pix in how one member made his own.

 

 

 

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Front & rear Bilstein shocks, solid polyurethane pan hard bar bushings & Inline Tube stainless steel brake lines all in, mounted & ready to go.

 

Inline Tube stainless steel $180 brake line kit write up.

Kit showed up on my door step in a decent time frame. Great looking kit, I was happy with their customer service making ordering a pleasure. While on hold to place my order they have a voice recording advertising their brake line kits. Made me excited to hear "our precision computer bent brake lines will take the guess work out of your project. Just unscrew the old lines & screw in our quality brake lines with no hassle" probably not word for word but u get the picture. This was not the case with the kit I received. Some members here stated that fitment was not a big issue with the kits they received from Inline but a little massaging was required to get them right. Massaging I could deal with…the bends in the lines of my kit were clean & in the right places…BUT…some went in the wrong direct throwing the alignment waaaay off. I didn't own a tube bender (good excuse to buy a tool right) so I got one & went to work.

Overall, it turned out nice but I've never worked on bending brake line before. Not hard to reshape but a bit nerve racking due to cost of the kit & not wanting to ruin a line. I hope that I got the line straight enough at the fittings so that it won't leak…

 

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No one said this was easy ;) We all have had our struggles and some of them end up costing us money. You're doing good overall from what I can tell, keep up the good work

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David,

i have "343" and "70" stamped on the rear differential of my 65 rivi gs. I posted a thread asking what the numbers meant some time ago.in one of the responses the person stated that he too had the same numbers on the differential of his 65 rivi.my car does have a posi rear end. Hope that helps.you are doing a fantastic job. Im sure your car will be more beautiful than before!

suerte,

arnulfo

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No one said this was easy ;) We all have had our struggles and some of them end up costing us money. You're doing good overall from what I can tell, keep up the good work

Thanks for the kind words. As I am following Rob J with his build I am doing the same with yours. Both of your builds rock so to hear u like mine is a huge compliment. Now lets see some more pix on your build so that I can follow your lead lol

Regards,

David

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David,

i have "343" and "70" stamped on the rear differential of my 65 rivi gs. my car does have a posi rear end. Hope that helps.you are doing a fantastic job. Im sure your car will be more beautiful than before!

Ahhh posi…I want one lol maybe later. Thx for the compliment also. I will have to check your pix I'm sure your Gran Sport is awesome. I checked your profile to see if it matched your username "de l.a." But you haven't filled it out yet hook us up with some info lol. Are u in Los Angeles Ca or does that mean something else??

Regards,

David

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I am painting the underside this week and remarrying the frame and body on New years Eve (atleast in the morning before we start drinking)

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Ahhh posi…I want one lol maybe later. Thx for the compliment also. I will have to check your pix I'm sure your Gran Sport is awesome. I checked your profile to see if it matched your username "de l.a." But you haven't filled it out yet hook us up with some info lol. Are u in Los Angeles Ca or does that mean something else??

Regards,

David

Yea Los Angeles California. Close to downtown l a. Been here all my life ,and love it here. you won't be seeing any pics of my car or myself. I have serious trust issues with people and the internet.my rivi is pretty much stock except for a bad paint job it got from the previous owner. It's a daily driver. I don't plan on ever painting or doing a restoration. If I did I don't think I would enjoy it as much as I do now. Anyways , that's my story and I'm sticking to it !

arnulfo

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Yea Los Angeles California. Close to downtown l a. Been here all my life ,and love it here. you won't be seeing any pics of my car or myself. I have serious trust issues with people and the internet. Anyways, that's my story and I'm sticking to it !

arnulfo

Well I'm sorry to hear about your "trust issues with people" brother. I'm not far from u & I was gearing up to offer a little Rivi fellowship to talk cars with u over a cup of coffee, lunch or a beer (all of those in any order would work too lol) I would like to think ALL people are good people but we know how that is.…getting to be a sad world if we let it…not me…I'll hang with whoever is willing…so lets go! who's willing? lol

Regards,

David

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Hey David,

Thanks for the great thread, you are dong a great job! Also, you seem to have a very positive attitude that comes though on all your post. Keep up the great work and keep on sharing. Wish I was back in So Cal, we could park the rivs, sit back and stare at them while drinking beer!

Bob

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I am painting the underside this week and remarrying the frame and body on New years Eve (atleast in the morning before we start drinking)

I was on that same plan as u this week until I found a little rust to address under the carpet. I broke a rule & started to HI-jack your "underbody cleaning/undercoating" thread about this topic...sorry...it seemed like the appropriate place to post my questions until you look back and realize "UGH, I'm an idiot". I will start my own as soon as I clean the rust and post more pics for direction. Funny thing is you could not see it from the underside it seems the water has been coming in thru the broken elec window wire loom. I see what most people do is cut out the section and weld in a new section...which might be what I end up doing...but if the holes are small enough would just cleaning to bare metal and filling in the hole with welds work??? Also, I am having a heck of a time pulling the back seats out. I did a search and a post came up instructing how but I am not having any luck...any suggestions???

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