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  1. Not so certain that they will fit a 1963 although they claim that as that was the last year with half RH and half LH... just a comment although not relevant for this 65.
  2. Maybe this could help http://www.oldbuickparts.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_354_356&products_id=6531
  3. The silver headliner in my 1963 from Clark’s Corvair was installed by the previously owner. I don’t know how perfectly it matches the original but to me it looks great and I am very happy with it. The headliner was installed in late 2012 and included parts R150 and R153 with color RHZ as per the order information. It might sound like a comercial but I must say that everything I have ordered from Clark’s Corvair such as new seat buns and bucket seat bottom (leather) have been of excellent quality. Good luck with your project.
  4. Tried all except for the dash pad.. Still took a few hours to finally get it to move. Thanks, but it will sit in its place now until I start with the internal setup for my AC conversion.
  5. Hi Jim, Thanks but I guess I just have to live with it until I feel the urge to remove the clock again. Setting the clock once at each trip isn't that hard compared to the hours I had to spend to get it out...
  6. Thanks for all the suggestions. I got my '63 clock running again although it was horrible to remove the clock.... Question: the clock loses ~5 minutes a day. I understand that it is supposed to be self adjusted when one change the time but 5 minutes a days seems to be a rather large amount to adjust. Any comments?
  7. Hi Ed, I bought a pair of holders from cars a few weeks ago. I just don’t understand why the spacing is so different for the fourth cable. Do you (or someone else) know?
  8. David, you are not alone. I have this policy of always looking in the mirror first to find the root of a problem if something no longer works after I have made a change. That works even for IT... Been there , done that.
  9. http://www.oldbuickparts.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_354_355&products_id=6692
  10. That is a lot of money for a car without air conditioning. I don’t see your problem with the odometer as it is only likely to be how the photo has been taken. Maybe there is someone living near the dealer that could have a look for you. Good luck.
  11. Tony, congratulations to have seen the light... I was extremely happy with my conversation in my ‘63 for which I also used Narva although another model (they might have changed). I also used 4 relays, all with a built in replaceable fuse but I might be a little bit over cautious.
  12. It is beautiful, I could almost eat it https://www.cloetta.com/en/our-brands/brands/ahlgrens-bilar/
  13. Weird but fun. Another mystery to ponder, why did some ‘63 come with one and others with two different keys. A special unknown option?
  14. It is the same setup for my '63 Riviera. The owner manual talks about "Two keys are provided with your new Buick. Each key operates all locks." (page 35).
  15. I bought a new one from Russ at http://centervilleautorepair.com/fuel-pumps-and-filters He might have old ones too as he works with nailheads. I am very happy with the new one that I got.
  16. I found this regarding removal of the rear windows in a ‘63 if it is of any help for someone. Never done it myself.
  17. Ed, my car will have vintage air a/c in a year or two as driving in Australia without it isn’t as fun as it was in much colder Sweden. You might have seen elsewhere that I am slowly converting it with fan shroud and other parts already in place under the hood. The internal will look stock a/c in the end (I already have all parts for that) so none of your suggestions are an alternative for me. It is strange how the look of the car got stuck in my brain when I bought my first ‘63 as a teenager, the autometer gauges look very nice and I was consider them for a while but went with their oil and water gauges in the ashtray instead to minimize the esthetic impact.
  18. Here is a picture of my setup. Oil and temp in my "spare" ashtray compartment. As you might see any extra instrument setup in the upper left corner isn't practical on my '63 with cruise control. The dual gauge in the clock might have been a good solution for me if it was reversible but I am happy with the setup that I have, looking forward to see what Steve Gunnoe (jsgun) will end up with .
  19. Here is an alternative for a ‘63 in case one would like to go further and add disk brakes to the front and a dual master cylinder: Wilwood Proportioning Valve w/Brake Light Switch. This allows for adjusting the brake power between front and rear whilst also having the brake switch built in. Works fine for me. http://www.freakride.com/product/wilwood-proportioning-valve-wbrake-light-switch/
  20. Thanks for adding the picture. I am glad that it works for you although it isn’t for me.
  21. Sorry, I didn't have any intention of starting a heated discussion about how we drive and perceive reality. I too think it is important to look at other things than blindly concentrate on the road which is likely to, as Ed mention, get us to " be falling asleep at the wheel ". I would also be delighted to go for a ride with Tom if that opportunity ever materialize and, as mentioned, I do think his setup is a better practical solution than mine and hope that he can get his camera to upload a picture or two of the setup. I always need to be extremely alert the last 10km (~6miles) to my home as I am driving through the most kangaroo infested area in Australia. There are normally close to 50 dead kangaroos at the side of this highly used country road (some on it too) that are constantly being replaced by 2+ new ones every week. I lower the speed, avoid driving in the dark and bad weather but still I had a kangaroo jumping into the right hand door skin a few years ago whilst getting out of our gate at ~10kph (6mph), I did notice it in my peripheral vision but not a chance to do that much when it comes in from the side. This is probably one of the reasons why I am so concerned with having the eyes on the road and use my "special" instruments in the way as mentioned above. Kangaroos are nice but not on the road, maybe I should be glad that we don't have any moose here. Anyhow, sorry if I upset anyone. That wasn't my intention. I am certain that most, maybe all, of us car lowers are really good drivers as we do love our cars.
  22. Hi Tom, I am afraid that it is an illusion if one think that one still have the eyes on the road while looking at any instrument. That is probably why so many nowadays thinks they can text and drive without any issues but they are just fooled by how our brain works. Admittedly your setup will minimize the time getting the information compared to my setup which, admittedly, will take longer and increase the risk. However, I do get the benefit of being able to look at the oil pressure at startup and I can also see it with not that much of a risk at lower speeds to get an understanding of where it is at. I am also more concerned with the temperature at lower speeds and especially at stand still. As for you I still have the idiots lights that will alert me when something goes really bad. I am spoiled as I have the pleasure of traveling most of the time with my wife who also look at the gauges from time to time although probably not very frequent as she enjoys the Riviera rides too much. I am still interested in seeing your setup and would appreciate any pictures. I did investigate different options that would have allowed me to get the information that I wanted without impact on the, in my view, beautiful instrument layout in my 63 but couldn't find anything better then what I selected. The -63 Riviera that I had in Sweden between 1976 and 1982 came (from previous owner) with the gauges on top of the dash which was very effective from an information point of view but looked really crappy. I do love the functions of the Dakota Digital replacement instruments but couldn't get myself to go down that road as my car would have lost some of the soul that I love so much. http://www.dakotadigital.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=product/product_id=997/category_id=411/mode=prod/prd997.htm
  23. Hi Steve, I am afraid that I bought mine Down Under: RETROMODâ„¢ NEO-SERIES 6'' x 9'' 200-WATTS DUAL VOICE COIL SPEAKER https://www.retrosoundusa.com.au/ RETRO SOUND SINGLE VOICE COIL 3-WAY ULTRA THIN (1.7'deep) 6x9 INCH SPEAKERS, 200 WATTS WITH NEODYMIUM MAGNET & TWEETER However, I think it is the same as the R-69N that you can get from https://www.retromanufacturing.com/products/6x9-inch-ultra-thin-dash-speaker?variant=31329865422 but you better double check this yourself. Regards, Jan
  24. I bought a retrosound model 2 for my 63 and added a 200-WATTS dual voice coil speaker for the middle rear location. I am very happy with the outcome although I also find the screen protectors useless. No need to modify the dash.