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  1. Leave your outside mirrors as they are and install one of these wide angle clip on mirrors over your rear view mirror and see everything behind you. You probably couldn’t use it for backing into the garage but……. Then take it off when you get to the show,
  2. TRICO 43-180 is the correct refill; if no one before you has replaced the original 18” overlap blades with some shorter 15” blades.
  3. Art, In its introductory year, the 63 went through many mid production year changes. These are what Jim keeps track of. By matching FB numbers with the visible changes, dates for the changes can be narrowed down. In 1964, all of the “bugs” had pretty well been ironed out so no obvious changes were made during the production year so there’s really nothing to keep track of. A few years ago an ROA member had a registry, but it has not been listed in the Riview for quite some time.
  4. https://www.teambuick.com/reference/years/63/63_option_codes_regular.php This link is to a comprehensive list of options that were available for the 1963 full sized models. The Riviera is the 12th one from the left, model #4747. As you scroll down all of the options, you can see what was available is there's an X in the box, no X, not available e.g. power locks - Z3. Or option E6 - rear seat speaker; available as an option on every model except the Riviera. (It was standard equipment.) At the top, you'll see what is called basic group 1 and basic group 2. Basic group 1 suggests that cars be ordered with D1 - AM radio, S7 - Remote mirror, and T1 - white sidewall tires. Jim Cannon has stated previously that no outside mirror was the norm in 1963. For the Riviera, it was either ordered from the factory (by the buyer or the dealer did for his stock) or you had one "dealer installed" otherwise there was no outside mirror. In the 1963 "Engineer approved accessories" brochure, the remote control mirror is listed as well as a plain ol' stick your arm out and adjust it mirror. Someone who has seen the inside of a door that did not have a factory installed mirror would have to tell us if, when the door frame was stamped, was the hole for the joy stick punched out only for cars with mirrors or did every door frame have the hole punched in it. Same with the tab for securing the cable. Lots of questions about 58 year old cars and none of us were working the assembly line in Flint at that time.
  5. I had a set of Michelin Pilots on my 63, which at the time was sitting in my garage. Got home from work one day and the right front had exploded. Hadn't driven the car for 3-4 years and the tread still looked decent. Should have taken a picture of it. Scared the Beejeezus out of me when I saw it. Wouldn't even roll when we pulled the car out of the garage to change it (and the other three which still looked good and were holding air) Loaded up the Michelins in my Jeep and went to the tire store.
  6. $5 says you find the ones you lost the day after you get the new ones in the mail.
  7. Driving your car on and off the trailer and 5 mph to and from the show field is probably okay. You might be lucky and not have any problems but you have to weigh the consequences.
  8. If these have a 10 mm head on them, they probably also have a metric thread on them. Our older Riviera’s had no metrics on them.
  9. He’ll actually need two. One to put on his car wile he sends the other one in for repair.
  10. I have been looking for a 4-1/4” convex mirrors for years. The largest I’ve found is 3-3/4”. If you find one, PLEASE post your source.
  11. That is your center link. The bad news is that there is nothing new, and nothing from any other car fits. Everyone is having to have their originals rebuilt.
  12. How does s the technician get inside the rubber to inspect for rubber deterioration? I have a perfectly “good looking” set of 205/70r15 tires off my 90 Riviera; lots of tread and pliable but they were 7 years old so I replaced them. I’ve read too many horror stories about tires disintegrating and lives being lost because of old tires. Main reason to be cautious of the reproduction tires (Coker, etc.) They are not required to be dated so you never know how long they’ve been sitting on the shelf.
  13. 7.10x15 was the standard size and those tires came on 5.5" rims. Today's equivalent size is 215/75R15. The optional (extra cost) tire was the 7.60x15 which came on a 6" rim. Today's equivalent size is 225/75R15. You'll experience some front tire rub with 235 tires when turning lock to lock. Remember that the same 225 tires in 70 series are going to have a snsmaller rolling diameter and will throw your speedometer off and more revolutions per mile will affect your gas mileage. All tire sizes end in a 5 - 195, 205, 215, 225, 235, etc. Aspect ratios end in either a 5 or a 0 - 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, or 75. There are tire size calculators on line that you can use to find different size tires that have the same rolling diameter.
  14. If you can find this book, you can probably do most everything yourself except any machine work that might be required. Author is Cliff Ruggles. https://smile.amazon.com/Rebuild-Modify-Rochester-Quadrajet-Carburetors/dp/1932494189/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=rochester+quadrajet+cliff+ruggles&qid=1627496818&sr=8-2
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