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  1. I've never dropped a gas tank before. What are the problems encountered? I'm concerned about weight as well as not having a lift.
  2. I can confirm what Tom said. I wrapped much of the line in rubber but the noise did not disappear. I dropped the gas tank somewhat and the noise lessened. However, I'm concerned about loosening the tank too much rather than dropping it and inserting spacers, which I'm not eager to tackle. Any suggestions? Is it safe to loosen the tank enough to eliminate the rattle?
  3. I'm probably showing my ignorance here, but I have a rather loud rapping sound in my 63 Riv that I can't locate. Here are the observations in bullet points. Loud, rather heavy rapping sound which speeds up and slows down with the engine revolutions Sound occurs when the car is in motion Sound continues when drifting in neutral, Sound is intermittent, but more prominent in winter than summer Sound slows and ceases when coming to a stop. Now, here's the kicker . . . the sound is coming from the right rear, above and behind the right rear tire. As stated
  4. Specialty tools, and breaking parts I can't replace are my biggest concern. Thanks for the input.
  5. My guess is the problem is with the speedometer itself. The odometer seems to be working find. The speedometer works fine as well, just reads faster than it should. (Tires are the right size.) Although I'm not a mechanic. I just like to figure things out and fix them myself. Gives me a sense of satisfaction not to mention a break from my academia responsibilities. Anyway, my question is . . . is this something I could do or is it beyond the scope of a do-it-yourselfer?
  6. I'm looking for help on calibrating the speedometer on my '63 Riviera. Is it even possible? I can't find anything in the service manual to indicate that it's adjustable. Tom
  7. Very helpful info, Nick. Thanks. Tom
  8. The vacuum actuators are working, but I don't know about the STV. That was going to be the last thing on the list after I got the connections right. Fill me in on the bypass switch. I'm not familiar with that.
  9. I need help to resolve a problem I've been working on the past two summers. I have a 63 Riv and I'm trying to get the A/C working. The expansion valve was clogged so I bought a new one. Unfortunately, according to Jim Cannon, all parts manuals have the same expansion valve listed for all big 63 buicks, but the Riv actually had a different one. The two main connections on the replacement valves are different sizes, although in the original they were the same. I had an AC company make me an adapter. But they said they can't help me with the following problem. The third connection, the equalizer
  10. Thanks everybody for the helpful comments. The most helpful to me was the tension issue. During the 60s I only had non-AC cars, and we always tightened the belts hard, usually with the jack handle. I was completely unaware of the problem with tension with AC. In fact, while replacing the fuel pump a couple of weeks ago, I tightened the belts with a bar. Based on what you all are saying, I did it to myself!! Thanks for all the help. You're never too old to learn.
  11. I'm frustrated with the water pumps I've been buying lately. On two different vehicles they've lasted less than one year. On my 63 Riviera, there was a replacement water pump on it when I bought the car at 63,000 miles. It went up shortly thereafter. I put a new water pump on it, and now, in less than 1,000 miles, it's gone again. I've been searching for reviews that rate the quality of pumps from the various manufacturers (re-labelers) but can't find anything useful. Suggestions?? FYI . . . I have the original pump. I thought it might be best to rebuild that, but can't find any k
  12. Great ideas. Where was my head at?? I should have figured that one out on my own. But that's what you guys are there for. Thanks.
  13. Just got my cruise control working, but need the air filter. Anyone know where I can get one or the best way to make one?
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