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  1. Mines been in my 64 since I bought it in 2014. Put 24k miles on it since then.
  2. Here’s my setup, 15 x 8 U.S. Wheels all the way around. M/T drag radials, 295/55/15’s in the rear and M/T sportsman s/t radials 255/60/15 in the front. They fit nice with no rubbing in the rear with full exhaust. In the front, they will rub on the inside at the very end of lock to lock.
  3. The gear vendors is a nightmare to install. I did a write up on it in this forum a few years back. To me it was a fun challenging job that involves a lot of fabrication. I found my GV unit for about $800 on Craigslist which is why I went that route. I would go with the 2004r if I was to do it again though.
  4. I have a gear vendors unit in my 64 riv. and it takes my 3.07 down to a 2.38 final drive. I can tell you that you should have no problems. In fact, I wish my final drive was 2.16 because I still think it revs to high at speed. I can shift to overdrive at 20 mph with no problems. It is possible that the stock convertor is slipping to much also. But I haven't been in another riv. to check.
  5. I’ve had 194’s in mine for 4 years now with no melting problems that I have noticed. Since I use it for work, my dash lights can be on 30mins at a time.
  6. Replace your dash lights with 194 bulbs and it will brighten up. Not sure what bulb will brighten up the clock though.
  7. I never used it in the oil, but I will put about 4oz in with the fuel now and then.
  8. If using a spacer, the best type is the one you described.
  9. My rear drums also are cast iron and look like the ones just posted. Stockton wheels may be able to change the backspacing of your Buick wheels (depending on how they are made) as another option, but it would be pricer than wheel spacers.
  10. Paint was very light, but I see your point.
  11. That should look good. You will have to use longer wheel studs if you use a spacer but you probably already know that.
  12. I know the 15x7 Chevy rallys have more backspacing than the 15x8 corvette rallys. Which doesn’t make sense but it is the case. Might be the same case with the Buick. Several friends of mine couldn’t fit the 15x7 rallys on their gm g bodies, because they would hit the rear frame rail with the tires installed. 15x8 rallys would solve the problem. It would appear from the pictures that any more than 4” of backspacing would hit the drum fins.
  13. I am running what appears to be the factory drums. Aluminum up front and cast iron in the rear. The drum fins look to be very close to the rim but still clear. I can take pictures if you want to see. I painted the front drums black where they would be seen through the wheels.
  14. Your combo will fit. My wheels are made by U.S. Wheel and are 15" x 8"'s with 4" backspacing (Bonus with this wheel is that the stock hub caps fit) and I have 295/55/15's in the rear and 255/60/15's in the front with no problems. The wheels even have divots to clear the front drum rivets. Had to do some slight clearancing for the front hub. All clearances are close in the back with the 2.25" exhaust pipes with some apparent rubbing at times that I never hear but can see when I take off the tires and see the shiny spot on the exhaust pipe. Even though there is over 1/2" clearance between the tire and the exhaust at rest. Must come from tight turns on inclines or declines. I have over 12,000 miles in 3 years on these wheels and tires.
  15. Fairbanks hit 96 in 1969, and the hottest recorded temp in Alaska was 100 degrees June 27 1915. at Fort Yukon.
  16. The Climate has been changing for millions of years without our input. So yes, climate change is real and we are smart enough to adapt to it. Seems like every decade is full of alarmists that talk about how we are all going to die. We were supposed to run out of food a long time ago because of overpopulation. In the 60's and 70's there was an Ice age coming. The was report after report in the 2000's by respected scientists talking about how bad things were going to get by 2012, then 2015. Acid rain in the 80's, Ozone holes, etc... How crazy do you think scientists would get if the drought conditions of the 1930's happened today in the U.S.. We were supposed to run out of oil a long time ago according to scientists of the 60's and 70's Now we have more oil reserves than ever, enough to last more than 100 years. And when we run out we will adapt to something new. People need to be educated on the benefits of oil and how almost everything that makes us live more comfortably comes from oil. The fringe environmentalist thinking has been slowly become more mainstream because of the constant bombardment of the liberal media, and teachers in schools. And no I am not one of the guys that think pouring used oil down a drain is ok or that the clean air act was a bad thing. (Exhaust pollution etc... was really bad in the 60"s and 70's and something had to be done.) No one talks about the benefits of climate change or how we can adapt to it. You can find that info but it's very hard because no one wants you to see it. Heck, There is a free app called "Inconvenient Facts" (Each fact is verified by three sources) that got so popular that Apple stopped all iphone users from being able to get it because it debunks so much of what you hear in the media. You can only get it if you have a Samsung android phone. It's always about how we are destroying the planet and that our children are all going to die if we don't do something. What needs to be talked about is how to use our resources responsibly and in such a way to not impact the way we live. Not all this chicken little stuff.
  17. The only way I know to remove the brake drum is to remove the front hub bearing assembly and the drum will come right off the spindle. You don’t mess with the rivits.
  18. Just wanted to update anyone that's interested. I tried several times, after removing pin on splines to see if all vibrations would be eliminated moving the to the factory spec. location. Unfortunetly, the way my shaft was welded, the spline spacing was about 43 degrees and 27 degrees. (I couldn't get it near the 33 or 37 degrees.) Both of which enhanced vibrations in the 40-45mph area and 60mph on up. So I ended up putting it back at 0 degrees and my vibrations went away. Except for above 70mph which isn't really that bad. This is on a gear vendors, overdrived 64 riviera with a shortened driveshaft.
  19. I will see if that is possible. Got to clean it up first to see what’s what.
  20. If you look real close at the 12 o’clock position between the splines, there is a pin, which I intend to grind out.
  21. Driveshaft your commenting on runs smooth till 70mph. I'm thinking if I phase it right it will work perfect.
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