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  1. I would like to thank everyone who gave suggestions in dealing with this project. I took Tom's advisement and used the 64 support and drilled out two holes 1 1/2 ' apart, 3/4 in from center line of frame and slotted them to acquire a 1/2 in spacing from transmission. The frame has enough metal after this procedure to be strong enough to hold the support. Also, if I wanted to,I could have added a 3/8 in plate on the bottom of the holes to give added strength. All is superior to the way it was. Dennis
  2. I think you guys are spoofing us. 😜
  3. Thanks Ray, When the two supports get here, with both suggestions, I will need to chose one. Like I said before, you guys are the bomb. The suggestions you give to myself and others are great. Thanks for all your input. Dennis
  4. Tom T, Got it. easier to drill the holes in the frame. NP Thanks.
  5. Ray, Great write-up. thanks for the info. I purchased both center support bearings and I will take your suggestion and modify the support to accommodate the 2 1/2 ' bolt hole connection. Also Spicer is my choice now a days. I used them before. I think they are better than Moog and I will use those. Have them coming already. Might as well rebuild the driveshaft while I have it out. Thanks to all for the guidance and help. Dennis
  6. Ray, thanks for reading the thread and your first post. Should have included all that info, sorry. The post was started because the car was making a squealing noise right under the trans tunnel. Just to be sure, I put the car on my lift, strapped it down to the supports, started the car, lifted it up and with a stethoscope found the squealing right where the center support bearing is. Now, after much time and the help from Tom, Tom, and others on this forum and much research, I found out that my motor, transmission, driveshaft, rear differential, and rear axle are all from a 64. But, the center support bearing is a 63 measuring 5 1/4 " high and the holes are 2 1/4 " . Also the center hole for both the 63 and 64/65 center support bearings are exactly the same 1.575 ". That means to me one can use either one as long as the geometry is correct . So, it might be possible to use a 63 center support bearing and a 64/65 driveshaft. Now, after it is all back together I will do the math and see if geometry dials up okay. I also agree that it might not be that critical as long as one is using a 64/65 CV joint rear shaft. Dennis
  7. Very nice car Tim. Have fun with it.
  8. Ed, do you have a picture of your 63 drive shaft connecting to the pinion? Love to see it.
  9. Thanks Jim, I think that might be the case. Everything I see down under seems to be just that. This site is fantastic. Thanks for all your help.
  10. Hi Ray, My tranny is a TH400 (ST400). Here is the pan from the tranny. I do not have the driveshaft out yet, but I measured the bolt width of the center support from under the car and it measures 2 1/4 inch center to center. Also here are two pictures of the universal joints at the differential. Hope this will help you guys.
  11. Does anyone know what the part number is for a 1963 Riviera driveshaft center support bearing with bracket? Reading the chassis manual, it states that '63 and '64 have different driveshafts and they take a different center support bearing. so this begs the question, Which one do I have? My driveshaft has two universal joints at the differential end of the shaft. Is this a '63 or '64 driveshaft? Reason for the question is my car is a '63, but has a '64 motor and tranny. If the OP changed these parts, would the driveshaft need to be replaced also? Wow what a mess I am in. Thanks for reading and your cooperation. Dennis
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  13. Thanks John. It takes a while to put back a car to somewhat original condition. Sure things are not exactly the way the factory put it together, but it looks great and runs fine. Don't hurry the process. enjoy the time working on it. This is not the only ride I completed. Been doing this for years. Just my first Riv.
  14. Finally finished as far as I want to go this year.....driving great and having a good time.
  15. I also placed my "63 on my two post lift and used the frame for lifting points. I will never pick up a car or truck anywhere else than the frame. BTW, the "63 balanced very nicely on the two post. Will these cars ever go up in value?
  16. BTW, Thanks Tom (telriv) for helping me understand better the workings of the Nailhead engines in the first gen Riv's. Took it out today and ran fairly well. Still needs adjustments for altitude, but went down the road very well..
  17. Yes Ed , sorry i meant an AVS2....right now The car came with an Edelbrock 1411 750 CFM that's why I asked. The car went from Chicago 597 ft altitude to Denver area with 6120 feet . Too rich for the area. Yes I can and have changed many carbs for this place but thought someone might have had experience with a different setup....I will just adjust the carb. Thanks to all.
  18. Just curious, has anyone installed an Edelbrock MVS2 650 CFM onto a 401 Nailhead? Was the original carb a 750 CFM? Thansk in advance Denis
  19. Ha, I just went through this and did this. Gasket just for square hole carb on manifold, ( no cutout for the crossover ), shield next, then gasket for the carb. I figure ( probably wrong ) if the heat will dissipate better before getting to the shield then disparate even more before the carb. IMHO. Dennis.
  20. When I did my doors and windows, I used the 1963 Buick Riviera Body Service Manual and in section 2 it guided me through how to adjust the windows and doors. I also rebuilt the doors with all new rubber and weatherstripping. I found that the doors were hard to close, but they are now starting to close better. For the window adjustments, I had to slowly play with them to get the adjustment I thought was good. Dennis
  21. I agree whole heartily, around me they are chain stores and are NOT locally owned. If any of them were, I certainly would be a customer.
  22. got it. thanks......went toTA Perf. give business to others rather than local auto parts store.
  23. Hello. Before i take the valve lifter cover off the 401 I would like to know if there is some kind of gasket that goes between the lifter cover and the top of the block. Been reading my manuals and the forum but can't find info on this issue. Thanks in advance. DENNIS
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