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  1. 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.
  2. 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 kits.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. I just got the cruise control working on my 63 Riv, but need the air filter. Anyone know where I can get one, or the best way to make one?
  6. Very interesting . . . and informative for a newby. It will be interesting to see what Jim has to say.
  7. More evidence of a half-way job!! The car was owned by an old lady, who obviously was taken advantage of.
  8. This was brown, mud-like, and flushed nicely out of all the components. Reminded me of wet rust. Any ideas what that was?
  9. Ugh!! As I'm working on this car I'm finding a lot of poor quality maintenance work, even though it only has 63,000 miles on it. The AC was one example. It seems that a couple of components were replaced and it was updated to R134. However, because the expansion valve was hard to get to, they didn't bother. When I removed it, it was full of "gunk," so much so that it completely blocked the system. The lines going into it were full of crud while the lines coming out of the evaporator were clear. Even the STV appears clean. I'm not a mechanic, but I learned to distrust mechanics so much that when something needs to be fixed, I'll educate myself and then do it myself, if at all possible.
  10. I'm still hoping. Actually, before I took the system apart, the compressor was running and the system was holding vacuum. It wouldn't cool because the expansion valve was completely blocked. SO . . . I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
  11. Thanks, Steve. Do you by any chance know where I can find it in the manual. I'd like to read up on it. Tom
  12. Okay, I'm slowly working on getting my ac working. I'm about to remove the compressor to refill the oil and noticed a component that I had not noticed previously. As you can see from the picture, it is located between the high side of the compressor and the condenser. I certainly looks like an original part but my shop manual does not show in any diagrams and I've been unable to find any mention of it in the narrative. Can someone help me? Thanks, Tom