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  1. I love my Riviera, the sound of the engine, the feeling of me controlling the ride and even the smell of not perfectly used gasoline. But it isn’t sustainable... I would have preferred hydrogen for the future although electric cars seems to take over which I can live with (or rather watch from the other side of the grave). I would have bought a Tesla today if I was looking for a new car but that won’t happen. Look at the statistics, https://www.energy.gov/eere/vehicles/fact-962-january-30-2017-vehicles-capita-other-regionscountries-compared-united-states , twice the number of cars in the USA per capita today compared to 1963 and a lot more overall as the population has grown. Not to mention the rest of the world. There isn’t enough oil to sustain this. Be glad that the electrical cars are taking over, it will hopefully lower the demands for oil and allowing us to continue to drive our beautiful dragons a little bit longer before they, and us, will be part of the past.
  2. This picture, taken from the 1963 chassis service manual, might help. I haven't touch the cover yet although it is on my to do list for a future AC job. The chassis and body manuals are something everyone should get as they have so much valuable information.
  3. You need to buy a few manuals: https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/buick,1964,riviera,6.6l+401cid+v8,1319464,literature,repair+manual,10335 here is a picture from a ‘63 manual that should be the same as in ‘64:
  4. I obviously lack in fantasy, 4747 would have been nice. Here’s my new number plate from Down Under. I just need to build a garage around the car too in our new home, luckily we don’t get snow here.
  5. I didn’t do anything with the surfaces as they were OK. i did have a problem with the front turn signals as they were a little bit to large.
  6. Hi Ed, i don’t know what you looked at. this is for the tail, installed successfully on my ‘63. https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/tail-light-bulb/1157-led-bulb-dual-function-27-smd-led-tower-bay15d-bulb/2625/5698/?year=1963&make=14&model=1380&scc_id=1445 I also bought a flasher for LED. Search for 372451495059 on eBay.
  7. https://www.superbrightleds.com/vehicle/1963-buick-riviera-vehicle-led-lights?make=14&model=1380&year=1963
  8. Nick, I don’t know where Bill got his from but I bought mine (‘63 black leather) at Clark’s Corvair, highly recommended. http://www.corvair.com/user-cgi/catalog.cgi?show_page=R-12
  9. Maybe you could try to measure the old bearing and try to find something similar at this site: https://www.skf.com/au/knowledge-centre/engineering-tools/skfbearingcalculator.html Hopefully someone else have a better suggestion...
  10. There are also reproductions, I don’t know how good they are: http://www.oldbuickparts.com/product_info.php?products_id=7164
  11. I got mine from http://centervilleautorepair.com/, can’t recall the brand but it works fine.
  12. There isn’t a headlight relay although it is advisable to put one (or several) in. There are stories about how to do that in the forum. The switch probably died from age, check the cabling and install relays before replacing the switch. New switch: http://www.oldbuickparts.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_354_355&products_id=6689.
  13. It is funny how we all perceive reality. The 63 that I had in Sweden in the 70’s had a rather small (10”?) grant steering wheel and “mag” wheels that made it sitt lower than normal, it felt perfect on the road with excellent feeling in the steering. The 63 I have today got really good after I installed Bilstein’s shocks and new H2 option springs with a great road feeling in the original steering wheel. Neither car had, as far as I know, a rebuilt steering box. Both cars where/is equipped with new excellent radial tires and perform great on the road. I can’t see any reason to upgrade the steering box on my current car as it sits so nice on the road, almost like a modern car but with the great feeling that only a Buick can give you. I am glad that others are happy with their upgrade but I have to say that my car drives better than any early to mid 60’s American car that I have had the pleasure to drive.
  14. Hmm, in this picture it isn't the the Alternator & AC Bracket that is in Hearse's car, it is just the standard Alternator bracket.