Jim Cannon

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    I learned to sail when I was 10 years old. I am an Eagle Scout. I have always had The Knack for repairing things mechanical and electrical. I learned Spanish on the streets of Miami from the children of Cuban refugees. I can tread water for hours with my hands and feet bound. I am a recognized expert on the 1963 Buick Riviera. My hands work independently of each other, allowing me to do two things at once with them (such as remove or tighten nuts or bolts).

    I once constructed a "bicycle built for two" with the riders sitting back-to-back, just to show it could be done. I spent a week traveling up the Amazon River by boat. I swim with piranha. In my spare time I build model bridges with wooden match sticks. I love to teach science to Second Graders, and tutor Physics and Calculus to High School students. I played golf twice and decided it was not very challenging, so I dropped it. I cook award-winning Churrasco.

    I collect music from the 20s and 30s on original 78 rpm records and play it on my three vintage Victrolas. I don't perspire. I can throw playing cards across the room with deadly accuracy. I was the 11th caller, and I could name that tune. Jimmy Carter and I built houses together all over the world. I successfully kept hummingbirds in my aviary; zoos consult me on their care.

    I restored my first horseless carriage when I was 14 years old, something that I enjoy to this day. I learned to drive a car with a clutch on a 1929 Ford; the car sits in my garage to this day. I'm completely ambidextrous, which allows me to paint a house in half the time. Despite rumors to the contrary, I have never infiltrated a secret Russian air base outside Moscow. I hunt quail on the pampas of Uruguay. My work was instrumental in understanding how much damage had occurred during the accident at Three Mile Island. To entertain myself, I recite Burns aloud. I am no longer welcome at the Palms in Vegas.

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  1. Yes. Your experience is consistent with mine and with every other 1st gen. Riv owner I have heard from that has installed these bushings in their car. Glad I could help.
  2. Bill (and everyone with a 1st gen. Riviera with a tilt column): I strongly recommend that you remove the external spring from the underside of the turn signal switch down on the column. The spring is not needed. It is over-engineered. The tension of the spring on the turn signal cable sheath is what breaks it over time, especially if you tilt the steering wheel to the full up position. That stretches the cable out to its full length and pulls the switch up a bit against the spring. The switch body is designed to slide up and down two pins. You can see them in the picture of the switch with the spring removed. You can see how much the switch moves by the marks left where the pin heads slide. Make sure it is free to move on those pins. Let the wiring harness pull the switch down, instead of the spring.
  3. I used an internal gear/pulley puller. The attached picture is the official Buick tool to do it. Seeing this, you could probably make one from a piece of sheet steel.
  4. The poly track bar bushings hold the axel more precisely in the rear, over the coil springs, to give better lateral stability (handling), especially at higher speed. That's the purpose of the track bar. I have had numerous 1st gen. Riv. owners comment to me, after installing the poly bushings back on the track bar, as I suggested here, that they were AMAZED at how much better the car handled, how much more stable it felt on the road. Of course, this is compared to worn out original rubber bushings. The poly bushings are MUCH easier to install than the rubber ones. The hardest part is getting the old bushing sleeves out of the track bar. The Poly bushings cost less. Poly bushings did not exist for cars in '63 (were not used by OEM). IMHO, the poly track bar bushings are much better than rubber.
  5. No, one set does the one track bar. This bar runs left-right between rear axel and chassis.
  6. It is the track bar bushings. A common problem on the 1st gen. Riv due to age and original bushing design. Easy to get new bushings (a set for about $25) that you can put in yourself. Get the polygraphite ones from P-S-T: https://p-s-t.com/i-23160475-polygraphite-rear-track-bar-bushing-set.html I don't know why they do not have the '63 or '64 Riviera listed as fitting; they do.
  7. I can't tell for sure without seeing this publication (48 pages) but it sounds like they have taken the 3 Dealer Service Bulletins related to the visor headlights and combined them into a single publication. I don't know if Buick did this for their shops or not. They are getting $24+6 shipping=$30 for 48 pages. My CDs have hundreds of pages for $17. Maybe I should raise my prices?
  8. Yes, J2 is the power seat. D = radio of some type, not specified here. It told Fisher Body to put a hole in the fender for a radio antenna, but did not specify if it was manual or power, and did not say which kind of radio (3 to choose from in '63, including AM/FM). The week this body was built (3rd week of May, 1963, that's the 05C in the upper left corner of the plate) was the first week in '63 that the firewall was painted satin black. Prior to this they were painted body color. The 737 = Sandlewood is for Sandlewood cloth & vinyl. Not as cool looking as the 798 interior option, the Saddle leather & vinyl with the Fawn Mist paint.
  9. Yes, there are 3 bulletins in '65 discussing the headlight visors. Here's the Index for Group 10 - Electrical. The scans on the CDs are much clearer than this screenshot.
  10. Back to the top. Postage is still $7.35 for destinations in the USA. Priority Mail, takes 2 or 3 days. Contact me with questions. Thanks! Jim
  11. Please look at the placement of the brake shoes on each backing plate. You have "primary shoes" and "secondary shoes". One faces forward and one faces toward the rear. See shop manual for details. If you accidentally put the rear-facing shoe in the front, it will make the brakes really grab as you apply them.
  12. Both cars are kind of rough when you look beyond the shiny paint. Don't get a '65 without the clamshell headlights. Keep looking. Don't be in a rush. How difficult would it be for you to import one from the USA? There are a lot of nice 1st gen. cars available here.
  13. The wiper switch is behind the knob just below the radio, to the right of the headlight switch knob. Before tearing into that, I suspect the wiper motor. Run this quick test: Start the engine. turn on the wiper switch. Get out of the car and "help" the wiper arms up from their parked position. If the wipers start to run, the motor has a bad switch contact inside it.