Don McClair

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  1. I am trying to remember if the first gen Riv's have the same front bumper? I am thinking the 65 might have a little more cut out in front of the headlights for the clam shells to work. The reason for this is a good friend is thinking of having the 65 Bumpers (Front and Rear) reproduced and if they would fit the 63 and 64 would be a plus. These would be a high quality reproduction and cost about the same as having originals straightened and chrome plated. Since it is still in the planning stages it might take a while to get them but all feedback would be appreciated. Merry Christmas to everyone! Don
  2. I am thinking about installing a Vintage Air A/C system in my 65 Riviera. I know a number of people have installed this system in their Rivieras and neither Vintage Air or Classic Auto Air offer a specific kit to complete this task. If someone could list the specific parts that they purchased from Vintage Air and any pitfalls to be aware of I would greatly appreciate it. I am wanting to keep the car as stock looking as possible and use the original style compressor. I know that Vintage air used to sell their kits without a compressor. Thanks in advance, Don
  3. Thanks to everyone who responded. It has been a while since I have been on here but the information that is available from everyone is really great! To all, Merry Christmas!!!!!!! Don McClair
  4. The posi rear of my 65 Rivi is leaking pretty bad from the pinion seal and I am at a loss as to where to buy the crush sleeve and pinion nut. Any help with where to obtain the parts would be greatly appreciated. I have already checked with Randy's Ring and Pinion in Washington and they could not provide any assistance with the crush sleeve. Don McClair
  5. Is the Renaissance hotel is going to be the show venue/host hotel?
  6. I am trying to figure out which A/C drier is correct for the 65 Riv. One has a short neck between the cylinder and the in/out ports and window and one does not have the neck. The one that I have does not have the neck but I don't know if it is original to the car. If it is correct I can chase down one of those or have mine rebuilt. A picture would be great! Thanks guys,
  7. Jason, I will be checking on this again on Monday. The car is at a professional restoration shop and I am just trying to help out in anyway that I can. I will check with the owner of that shop and post any information that I can.
  8. Thanks for all the input. The car will receive the repro harness' as soon as available as this car has won numerous awards. I was thinking that if the Skylark GS engine harness is the same it might be more readily available. But typically folks like M&H make the harness after one is ordered and that carries a six to eight week lead time plus shipping. The forward light harness did not appear to be damaged but that still remains to be seen plus the engine harness was toasted all the way to the fuse block. I sure would like to know what started this. Thanks again,
  9. Ed, thanks for the thoughts but the headlight wiring is a separate harness from the engine harness and I am just trying to come up with what would be different on the engine harness. The engine harness connects to the distributor, blower motor, alternator, temperature and oil pressure sending units and the A/C compressor. That is why I am thinking that part just might be the same as on the Skylark GS. Any and all thoughts are appreciated.
  10. A friend of mine had an electrical fire in his 1966 Riv GS. The engine harness under the hood burned but he was able to get the fire out before any damage was to the paint or body. My question is, would the engine harness in the Riviera be the same as a 1966 Skylark Gran Sport? There is no visible damage to the dash but since the engine harness plugs onto the back side of the fuse panel all of the interior wiring needs to be checked out. He was pulling into his driveway when the car quit and then he saw the smoke coming from under the hood. If he had a battery cutoff there might have been a little less damage but he was even more lucky that the car was not in the garage when the fire started. I would suggest to everyone that you install a simple battery cutoff and use it. He was very lucky and any help/idea's here is greatly appreciated.
  11. I used Cast Blast on my rockers, clam shells and wheels to have them uniform. The Cast Blast is metallic, covers nicely and is available at your local auto parts store. After cleaning and then wiping them down with Prep Sol, I used 1/8 inch pin striping tape on the ribs. That takes a while to tape everything and I removed the tape while the paint was still tacky to make sure the paint would not lift with tape. I also used the pin striping tape to get a clean edge on the chrome when painting the wheels. I put masking tape over the pin striping tape and then covered the wheels with paper. Good luck on which ever route you choose.
  12. Ed in answer to your question regarding the Dynacorn 1970 Chevelle body, it is a brand new body shell licensed by GM. In a prior life where I worked, Dynacorn was one of my vendors and I have seen their reproduction bodies close up. For those who are not familiar with them they make tons of reproduction parts for Mustangs, Camaro's and others including body shells for Mustangs, Camaro's and 49 thru 1984 Chevy truck cabs and other parts. These bodies are pricey but good quality. Regarding Waldron's mufflers I would be interested in others opinions on the "mild imposter" sound versus the original style muffler sound for the first generation Rivi.
  13. Tony, thanks for posting the links. I have a question about the 1979 Riviera in picture number 7 of the newspaper article. Do you know the owner and I would like to know what U.S. state it was sold from? I may have owned that car. Thanks,