CyberGolem

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  1. Anyone know who built this chopped, purple boattail? I'd like to see more about it. —Chaz
  2. In my haste I posted this problem in two separate places, so I'm diverting everyone here to the other posting/thread: http://forums.aaca.org/f177/heater-core-replacement-313535.html#post944508 Sorry for any confusion. —Chaz
  3. @ Brian, I appreciate you peeking under the hood of those Rivs for me, so no worries and thanks for the effort. @ Chuck, this helps a lot (especially the warning). Could I ask you to get a picture from the side? I'd love to see how it's mounted. My brain just clicked on seeing the problem with that piece you bought, so if you wouldn't mind humoring me... I'm wondering if it could be sliced at the bottom of the bend in the pipe (3/8" up from the unit just before the tube bends) then a new stem fitted over it and soldered or brazened into place. Pointed int the correct direction of course...? Another idea is to simply leave it as a stub (pointing straight up) and flare out the end --provided you have access to a flaring tool. With a flexible elbow joint and another piece tubing --flared at both ends & fitted with some stainless straps which might even look cool. Anyway, just some ideas --though it sounds like you don't really need it and I'm not sure if the internals are compatible with the Riv anyway, but thanks for humoring me and thanks again for the pics:) —Chaz
  4. It does help, so thanks Riviator (I feel like I'm talking to a Transformer when I say your name in my head). I have no problem just plugging this up and will do so if I can't figure it out soon. Either way I just ordered a manual from Bilko that is supposed to have exploded views of all these parts so I hope that helps. Plus I have guys like you helping out so I'm feeling much better about it. I wish the guy who owned this car before me knew what kind of car he had in his possession. It's about as hacked up as a car can get, and there are more fasteners missing than I can count. You should see the metal that was underneath what was left of the package tray. But fortunately he didn't try to repair the heater core otherwise I'd probably be sharing the same experience as you! Of course the part you're describing (Heater Control Valve right?) is something I've hacked myself. The original one was rusted shut so I removed it and after seeing the prices of a replacement :eek: I went to Lowe's and used a brass plumbing valve that requires lifting the hood to adjust it! My son thinks it's ghetto [therefore cool] so I don't feel too bad about it. Plus it's a non-invasive work-around until I can afford an aftermarket A/C & Heating system. —Chaz
  5. --------------- Wow, that's awesome. I was definitely looking at 'befores'. I hope to get the Riv up to presentable condition one day so I can post some pics of it. Currently I have a good deal of the interior torn out, which is kind of ironic considering the part [Heater Core] is on the firewall. That dominoes effect seems to always be present, right? Anyway, these rides everyone have posted are awesome. I'm so glad to see so many of them being cared for. —Chaz
  6. Hi everyone, My name is Chaz and I own a very rusty 1963 Riviera with a 401 Nailhead. It's a basic-basic car without A/C, power windows, etc., but I love it to death... I really mean that since I think I killed it. It needed a new Heater Core, so after six hours of removing the center console and the front seats to get under the dash... the heater housing with a congested Heater Core came right out. I have also removed squirrel nests and the refuse of some unmentionable rodents from the ducting. Currently I'm trying to reseat the old heater housing under the dash, but can't figure out how a few pieces are supposed to be reset –which should be taken care of before bolting in the heater core housing. They are holes for where the [optional] A/C would feed into the car. I took pictures of the process when taking it apart, but this step was not recorded (or somehow got lost). I can't figure out how it's suppose to go back together (the plugging for these holes). The two holes appear to have threadings, but none of the fasteners I removed are fitting. I have several related inquiries: --If you are a 1st Gen Riv owner (less the A/C), would you mind taking a pic of the exterior blower housing (under the hood) of this plug assembly and posting it? --What type of sealant is the light gray gum that seals the inside housing to the firewall and where can I get it? --Can I use an alternative? --Is there a vendor that sells the insulation that sits between the heater housing and the firewall inside the car? Any help would be great appreciated. Thanks much, —Chaz The parts in the 1st & 2nd pics are the two on the right. The one on the left (I believe) goes inside the car and covers a similar shaped opening. In the 3rd pic is the view from the passenger side looking at the Heater Assembly housing under the hood. Closer up in the 4th pic are the holes that need to be plugged. They are right behind the distributor. The last [5th] pic is a view from inside the car.
  7. Hi everyone, My name is Chaz and I own a very rusty 1963 Riviera with a 401 Nailhead. It's a basic-basic car without A/C, power windows, etc., but I love it to death... I really mean that since I think I killed it. It needed a new Heater Core, so after six hours of removing the center console and the front seats to get under the dash, the heater housing with a congested Heater Core came right out. I have also removed squirrel nests and the refuse of some unmentionable rodents from the ducting. Currently I am trying to reseat the old heater housing under the dash, but can't figure out how a few pieces are supposed to be reset. They appear to be PLUGS for what look like holes where the [optional] A/C would feed into the car. I took pictures of the process, but this step was not recorded. I can't figure out how it's suppose to remain seated. It has two holes with threadings, but none of the fasteners I removed are fitting it. I have several related inquiries: --If you are a 1st Gen Riv owner (less the A/C), would you mind taking a pic of the exterior blower housing (under the hood) of this plug assembly and posting it? --What type of sealant is the light gray gum that seals the inside housing to the firewall and where can I get it? --Can I use an alternative? --Is there a vendor that sells the insulation that sits between the heater housing and the firewall inside the car? Thanks much, —Chaz
  8. Thanks Thriller, btw that Wildcat you have is an awesome looking car. I hope you get to finishing it one day soon. —Chaz
  9. I couldn't agree more, and to help you complete this dream of yours I will gladly drive out and take that awful hunk of steel off your hands ;P —Chaz
  10. Hola everyone, Chaz here and I got into Buicks when I came across a '63 Riv on craigslist. I've always been a GM-cousin-car owner; a '68 Firebird convertible currently in tear down & previously have had three Cutlass Supremes, but this is my first Buick. Though the rust is holding the Riv together, my wife loves whipping around town surrounded by the growl of the nailhead. She was totally on board with getting it since it would give me something to cruise around in while the Firebird gets done, and it kept me away from her Mini. Once the bird flies the coop the Riv will get some much needed TLC. —Chaz
  11. Here's a previous discussion that might help: http://forums.aaca.org/f177/17x8in-wheels-64-riviera-259824.html What might be worth getting is a Wheel Simulator: Amazon.com: Percy 01201 WheelRite Wheel and Tire Simulator: Automotive Mine arrived just yesterday so I'll be giving this tool a try here in a few days. —Chaz
  12. THANKS for posting this! I attempted to do this awhile back, but abandoned it when the 4 screws were removed but it wouldn't budge. I'm gonna give this another try now that I can see what is holding this in place. —Chaz
  13. Well, aesthetics aside the technical hurdle that Steel mentioned should be addressed first. I'm personally backing off the idea of a 275 and scaling back to 255's for the rear. -Chaz
  14. I'm definitely interested in seeing the quality of this package tray since a 16 year old owned my Riv before me. The holes he cut for the speakers are dangerous at best and I'd love to cover them up ASAP. Good luck, -Chaz
  15. Good points, thank you. I already went to a website that has a calculator but I'll try your recommendation since there's always a chance for error. As it sits, the 10" wheel would be a no-go for the 275/50 combo. 9" wouldn't be a bad compromise, but first to figure out this exhaust issue. Let the dominoes effect begin! Cheers, -Chaz