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About Riviera63

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  • Birthday 03/26/1954

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    Stevens Point, WI 54482
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    Working on our Buick Riviera, reading, watching my Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers, walking and do-it-yourself projects.

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  1. Nick, The trunk cardboard is and should be gray. Here is a link to a trusted Riviera parts vendor selling his on E-bay. James is a good guy and sells good stuff. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1963-1964-1965-Buick-Riviera-Trunk-Cardboard-Lining-Board-with-Remote-63-64-65/232547076266?fits=Year%3A1964|Model%3ARiviera&hash=item3624e2c8aa:g:IAEAAOSwc6pZ-q-p Bill
  2. May or may not be your issue. I had a similar problem going to the BCA National Convention in 2018. Battery died for no apparent reason. Replaced battery, still not charging from the alternator. Coincidentally, pulled into an O'Reilly's and got a voltage regulator as a test at a Tires Plus said it was bad. Still not charging. Replaced that voltage regulator with another one. Still not charging. Got a new alternator. Still not charging. In the end all components were good, new and old. The culprit was a bad connection/connectors at the alternator. They looked good with a visual inspection. Old connectors snipped off, new connectors put on and the problem was solved. Of course, it was in the high 80's and humid while we were changing all of this stuff in the O'Reilly's parking lot and my brother-in-laws driveway. Bill
  3. John, Here is a thread that might shed some light on the washer issue. I went through this with my front seats. To sum it up: there are 4 plastic washers, one at each pivot, each with a retainer, the inboard retainers are C-clips, the outboard retainers are the chrome caps. The plastic retainers cheaply purchased at a local do it yourself building center. They came in a pack of 20. I am sure I have some left I could send you. Bill
  4. This is true. Lloyd's Mats are only available directly through them or one of their distributors that are listed on their website. It is cheaper to go through one of the listed distributors or buy from one of the listed distributors that also sells on e-bay. Through Lloyds directly you will have to pay shipping, whereas the distributors offer free shipping. The prices are the same and you can get the plain mats through the distributor. The mats are made to order and drop shipped from Lloyds. Plan for some delay because of this and they are a little behind because of the covid thing. It took about 3 weeks for mine. Bill
  5. No modifications necessary. These mats come with the necessary cut out for the gas pedal and a cut out for the dimmer switch with a grommet. They fit perfectly. Bill
  6. I was looking for a set of nice front mats that I could have in for everyday driving. That way my OEM style rubber mats stay clean for shows. I purchased a set of Lloyd's front mats from a vendor on e-bay. They are the classic loop with the classic Buick tri-shield logo. You can also get the Riviera script. I am very impressed with the quality. The fit is perfect with a large coverage area. Very happy with the purchase. Bill https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lloyd-Classic-Loop-Carpet-2pc-Floor-Mats-for-1963-1965-Buick-Riviera-Choose-Logo/274176369836?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=574296019208&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
  7. I probably would have painted them but, I have vinyl left over from recovering my armrests. Clark's only sells vinyl by the yard. I have plenty left over, even for mistakes. Bill
  8. I have both the inner and outer trim pieces from Gene. I have not installed mine yet but, the fit is good with the brackets. I will probably cover with interior seat vinyl so they will have the grain as original. These won't break like the original, old, brittle plastic ones. Bill
  9. I just did the front U-bracket reversal on my driver's seat yesterday. It turned out to be a very easy and simple conversion. Being able to raise and lower the seat in the front and the rear really makes taking out and installing the bolts very easy. The outboard rear foot on my seat had 4 identical oval holes so no drilling was needed there. The inboard rear foot had 2 circular holes with the front one being smaller as was mentioned above. That front hole was big enough for the bolt to go through. I did drill it out larger so that I had some room to shift that foot slightly when reinstalling the seat. This made it easier when aligning the other rear foot. Everything lined up easily and as it should. I like having the extra room even though it is not a huge amount. It also now allows my OEM style rubber mats to lie flat now and stay in place better. Before there wasn't quite enough room and the back edge had to curl up against the brackets and the mat had a tendency to creep forward. Bill
  10. There is an idler arm for our cars (and the others listed) that implements ball bearings, which I was told is superior to the the OEM design, especially when installed on manual steering cars. When I purchased my new idler arm I was presented with both styles for purchase. I had never heard or seen the ball bearing style before that. I decided to stick with the OEM style. The bottom arm looks like the ball bearing arms that I had seen. Bill
  11. I just used what was published on the CARS,Inc. website as a reference. Ask Glenn or Jeff where they got their info. Bill http://www.oldbuickparts.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_350_351&products_id=6423
  12. For sale is a 1963 Buick Special, Special Deluxe, Skylark, 4000, 4100, 4300 Chassis Service Manual. The manual is used and shows the usual signs of use and wear. Overall it is in very good used condition. The front cover has some water stains on the inside and the back cover has some water stains as well. The inside pages are clean and in excellent condition. $10.00 plus shipping via USPS Media Mail. Please PM me if interested. Thanks. Bill