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  1. I am going to do just that Keith. Thanks for your help. And I thank everyone again. Michael.
  2. Hello everyone: I've put nearly 75 miles on the car since replacing the head gaskets, for the second time!! I have NO over-heating troubles. Yet! ;o) Got a call from Felpro the other day and was told the coated side of head gaskets for this car, 401 Nailhead, go UP or sit next to the head. I had them on right, the first time but I don't think I got all the torque I needed to have on all bolts. So, up to now, no heating issues. That said, I do have a "miss" I can't figure out now. I'm gonna check timing tomorrow. Just replaced all the spark plugs, thinking some of them might have gotten fouled
  3. Just sent Mr. Burke a letter asking that question, since it's too late to call. Thanks Don. To Buick Nutty and First Born - Thanks for the compliments. It's easy to admit that 'some folks just CAN'T be trusted'! That said, I'm glad I have Emma Jean. She needed me and she pleases me immensely! Just crusin' is wonderful. To Jim Edwards above; I've found out from the machine shop that these gaskets and heads actually are symetrical and can be used on either head BUT, that said, I checked real close and there aren't any holes blocked that would be needed by the heads. As I understand things - Co
  4. Can you tell me which side of the head gasket goes toward the head? One side has a blue coating and part numbers on it, the other is plain metal. Last tiem I put these on I put the blue coating toward the head or UP, away from the block. Is that the right way to place these? Thanks
  5. Based on the suggestions and thoughts of folks here I tore the engine down and while I only have one of the heads off right now, there comes a couple questions I'm thinkin'; ... Felpro gasket set was used when I first got the car and 7922-1 is part number on the head gasket. - There is no indication which is the TOP and besides that, I notice that NONE of the water jacket holes are blocked when gasket is on; ... right way or wrongway! There are open spaces in the gasket that correspond to the coolant holes. Q - Which side of the gasket goes toward engine block?? (one side is covered with a so
  6. The car has a radiator with a top tank and a bottom tank, coolant fill in the center of the top tank. As I mentioned before both the inlet, from engine, and outlet, going into engine through water pump are now on the left side. Tomorrow I think the radiator shop is going to change upper hose location to the right side. I think he feels that may increase flow cooling effeciency simply because of enter and exit being then on opposite corners. Shoot, who knows, I may learn that a side tank or cross-flow radiator is what is really needed for this big engine. I agree with you Jim, in that there may
  7. WOW, now I'm really getting into this discussion. You folks got my head jus' spinnin' with questions about this water pump goin' the wrong way. I wouldn't have thought a thing about that except that I just put a water pump on a 454 in a GMC 1 ton Sierra dually. A friend had a pump for a 454 that he GAVE me and said 'just go ahead and use this one'! Turns out it was for an engine with OUT a serpentine belt, which my one ton does have. I had to give him back his pump and go purchase one that was speciffically for a serpentine belt application, ... because it turns OPPOSITE of the straight V-bel
  8. Thanks Matt for your reply. I understand about expansion but it makes no difference when a thermal gun indicates 230* above Stat housing and 198* just below. (I think that's the way it read) ;O) I appreciate your thoughts but you must understand that i've just spent several Hundred dollars trying those things mentioned and the car still won't go more than 5 miles without exhausting coolant and steam out of the overflow tube AND the newly painted engine bay I might add. I'm quite frustrated and I'm hoping you can be patient. I'm a car nut, not a mechanic by trade so I may not know just what to
  9. My Riviera still overheats and I can't figure out why. So far I have; Replaced head gaskets. (valves ground and heads surfaced too) Replaced Thermostat with 180* Had radiator "rodded" out. Replaced Fan clutch. Hand formed a 3 pc. aluminum shroud around fan. Replaced gaskets at Water Manifold ends AND the "O" ring in center. Replaced upper and lower hoses. Replaced radiator cap. Even had a garage power flush the system too. Checked water pump and it looks good. No shaft play or wobbly parts inside. Block plugs removed and water back flushed until clear Radiator flush, Prestone, used too. Yester
  10. I'm off to the radiator shop to find out if the radiator CAN be reversed on the top tank, putting the upper hose connect in the Right place, on the Right side. If this fixes problem then I've spent $50 wisely, instead of just getting a new radiator. (for alot more $$) I'll let y'all know what comes to be. Say a prayer for us 'cause Reva and I want to be crusin' soon. (may even think of going to the National meet in Monterey, CA.) Sure hopes this does it. More later.
  11. Hello all: and thank you for your input, everyone. Update follows and a PM from Keith (BuickNutty) - Called OPGI and they state correct hose connections will be upper on right side and lower on left side of the engine. THIS red. is conected at upper and lower on the left side. After I've looked at countless pics of original 63 Rivieras I think I'm gonna need a radiator or madify this one to have conncetions in right place. Got a shop here in Tucson that will change this rad. top tank to connect on right for around $48. May do that before spending several hundred on new rad. just now. (gotta st
  12. Maybe you could PM me and I'll post the short version (s) Thanks alot Keith
  13. I have this posted on the Riviera forum at buickforums.com - what do ya think?? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hello everyone: I'll just tell ya that I'm from S.C. Kansas, near Wichita. Now in Tucson, Arizona. I have a 1963 Riviera, with 68,425 miles on it. I need to ask your help. Question is: why is this car, with a good running 401 V&, STILL overheating??? I've done - Installed new head gaskets. OVERHEATS. Radiator rodded out, new hoses and 160 deg. thermostat. OVERHEATS. I made aluminum fan shroud. OVERHEATS. I put timing on 10 degrees advanced and added new plugs too. This is not original r
  14. To namsdio: Hello Jerry. It's gonna be some time before I finally need parts but I'd like to know some way of contacting you when I do. If you could PM me I would appreciate that. I'm sure that others could benefit from knowing someone with "barns full of parts" too. Take care. Michael.
  15. Hello all: I'm Michael and very new to Rivieras, having just gotten a '63 with only 68,488 original miles. I've just finished 12 coats of Bronze Mist, base coat/clear coat and just finishing the new interior. Got new rubber all 'round and am trying to solve those jig-saw puzzles now. I do have a question or two so I'll just jump right in. Who can I get the Rear Quarter window front edge seal CHROME pieces from? Need to know a good source for parts and will take any advise you want to give me. Stlll haven't figured out just how to put the roof rail seals on but fortunately the folks at OPGI wer
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