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About msdminc

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    '65 Riviera Caretaker
  • Birthday 05/11/1959

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    Became a proud owner of a 1965 Buick Riviera in Mid 2013 and a 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint in Mid 2014.

    Started working for General Motors when I was 18, working at several GM Assembly plants over 18 years in engineering capacities. Engineering Graduate of GMI - 1982.

    After that I worked as an Executive in the Information Technology within the HiTech, Manufacturing, Medical and Government Industries.

    Did all that for 32 years and then started a small manufacturing company in 2009 - Main Street Dream Makers LLC, we manufacture TelePrompTers for Musicians, The Wolfgang TELEMONITOR. I also run a small Audio Recording Studio. Our primary customers are baby boomers.

    Now working on starting a new classic car organization with its mission of saving old Detroit Iron. We affectionately call it D.I.R.T. - Detroit Iron Rescue Team.

    Married to a beautiful car girl, three grown children

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  1. Prior to the early 70's there was not as much data required by government agencies to be kept for cars built in the USA. There were records retention requirements. After the requirement was lapsed, the records were typically destroyed. When I worked for GM in my GMI co-op years, I had the opportunity to clean some of these records out and send them to landfills, like inspection tickets, build sheets, etc. Additionally, the cost of computer storage (online) and historical data tape retention was also kind of expensive back then, and of course we didn't have the internet, so they were destroyed or reused when the retention requirement was over (I worked in their Data Processing or IT organization for many years). Add to that some divisions in GM did keep historical data, and some of it is available for research. Unfortunately not all divisions saved what we now see as important build information detail down to the individual vehicle. Therefor our Riviera ownership today is more like an archaeologists adventure in order to piece together our cars history. The obvious things like Body Plate, VIN number, build sheets, and observing your car can give you some of the information/facts. Then there is the history that some owners saved for their beloved Rivieras, including receipts and oral history. Tracing down that history can prove to be difficult as the years go by and the people that were of car buying age in 1963-5 are moving on to new digs. Sometimes it requires a little creativity to put all the pieces together, but at no time can you say that what you see is 100% correct, in my opintions. As and example, dealers put Rally Wheels on Rivieras back in 64 even though they were not available, because they could order the Wildcat ones and to make a customer happy by mounting them on a Riviera. There were some other things that could be done in a dealership before delivery, that are unknown today for the most part, like purse hooks, compasses, and other small things. The dealer could install a rear center armrest, put in a four note horn or rear seat belts for the customer - the service parts were readily available in the dealership, and may not have been well documented - anything for a sale. Unless you have the itemized original sales receipt (and that may not tell the whole story), you probably couldn't know what was delivered, and even with that there may be a set of better hub caps thrown in the trunk by the salesman as it drove off the lot, thanking a good customer. Records for our cars are unfortunately incomplete, and were not retained, compared to today. The laws didn't require it, and it was expensive to keep the paper, computer tapes, etc. Computer storage today is cheap and plentiful, and now we expect everything to be at our fingertips. Our quest is something that requires research, perseverance, a little magic, and luck - and even with all of that we are probably not that close to 100 percent. Rock On gord
  2. Sixxer, Susan and I live in south Overland Park Kansas and we had a few sprinkles (not far from either of you guys as you know). We also didn't have any branches or leaves out of place like many thunderstorms. We were in KC at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. They had as "Shelter In Place". Didn't seem like there was much in KC either. Bonner Springs and Lawrence got hammered from the pictures I saw. Seems like there weren't many injuries only property damage, which is a blessing of sorts. I guess with the tracking technology and everybody connected with their smart phones, things are a bit safer. My mother in law from Lincoln Nebraska was here for the Kauffman thing and when she went home yesterday because of the floods, what took her 4.5 hours last Saturday to come down, was over 7 hours with all the detours. Rock On gord
  3. Andrew, I have one that is available, but I am not looking to trade. I will sell it to you. Attached is a picture of it, PM me if you want to pursue a transaction. Rock On gord
  4. All, My phone number has changed. It is best to get me on my cell at 303-842-6308. The one stated above is my old office number, it is changed to 913-232-9299. The listing in the Riview has been revised for the latest issue. Sorry about any confusion. Rock On gord
  5. Marty, thanks for your interest, but it is on its way to DiskHarv. Rock On gord
  6. DiskHarv, I sent you an email with my contact information. Rock On gord
  7. I have the twilight sentinel. I believe it was available on 1963 and 1964 (X2 on body plate) Riviera, and across the Buick lineup for those years. It isn't color coded, it is a black round disk that sits on the top of the dash. I have instructions for installation, and has been tested. You can see in the pictures the entire harness, the instructions. The pigtail on the picture with the instructions is the thing that sticks up from the dashboard.
  8. DiskHarv I have one. $400 plus shipping PM if interested. Rock On gord
  9. Marco, the other one is a return line to the tank. It is for AC equipped cars. Rock On gord
  10. 65VerdeGS, They are triple stripes on 225 75R15 Toyo tire. I bought them sever years ago. I bought 5 and they were $239 ea plus shipping. I think the shipping was about $94 to Kansas. Hope this helps. Rock On gord
  11. Mike, they will look great on your 68. They are a very good tire - good looking and very comfortable.This is what they look like on a 65.
  12. Ken those unfortunately are aftermarket switches or at least the one in the picture is.. I can rebuild just about anything from a stock original switch, but I cannot rebuild the aftermarket switches. I am sure that is your problem those are typically junk. If you can get a rebuildable core, I can typically work miracles and send back a working switch (or two). You may be able to find some cores out there. I rebuild them for $15 per switch. Sorry about the bad news. Rock On gord
  13. Tom, I saw you posted a link to a Faxon copy of the document in question. Can you post a page from the guts of it? Like one of the detail pages. From the cover and index page, it looks more like something that would be a high level document to get assembly concepts on paper to allow the assembly plant manufacturing engineers and plant engineers design the actual assembly process and accommodations for the plant to make in order to actually build the model. Or it could also a derivative of plant documentation to be used actually after it left the assembly plant. Assembly plant documents were very detailed and this looks more like an overview, looking at the index. In the former case your guess at 10 copies per plant would be pretty good. Department Heads and the plant engineers working on change would get them, and they would be very tightly controlled, as they probably had new techniques and technologies discussed. Rock On gord
  14. Tom, much of the documentation the assembly plants used in the 50's and 60's was very similar to the documentation used in the 70's and early 80's (in the mid 80's computers were much more prevalent and much of the documentation changed), so I probably can identify what it is and how it was used in the plant. Then I could likely figure out how many copies there would be in the plant. We had lots of different kinds of assembly manuals, from operation descriptions(OD's) to time studies. They were all pretty restricted in distribution, and marked to identify the level of confidentiality. For obvious reasons GM didn't want them to fall into the hands of their competitors. There were lots of copies of most documents, especially if they could be produced on a Xerox machine (there weren't many copy machines in the 60's and 70's but you could get documents reproduced in the stationary stores department quite easily}. If you have a page or two of the document in question, send it to me or post it and I can probably identify it. I don't need much to go on. Rock On gord