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  1. No aftermarket aluminum drums, but there are used drums out there that are within specs. Or you can have yours re-lined. If you're shopping for good used drums, make sure you get the 45 fin drums, not the 90 fin drums. The 90's will work, it's a matter of aesthetics. Oh yeah, left side drums with hubs from a 63 will have left hand threads. Righty loose, lefty tighty. Only 63's on the driver's side.
  2. On the ROA website, in the member's only section, you'll find a series of articles entitled Options Not Included. The author of the series breaks each year down by color in percentages. I think you will find that throughout time, white, followed by silver, will be the most popular.
  3. Herr Klaus is most easily recognized by his accent. 😎 Pretty much like most of the other ROA members: over 50, caucasian, wears glasses, hair is starting to grey, and likes Rivieras. Until he recognizes someone he knows, he'll probably be wandering around alone. Ray Knott, the ROA Director, will be checking everyone in. As you resgister, ask him if Klaus is attending this year. If yes, ask if he's registered yet. If yes, ask if his whereabouts is known. If the answer to the first question is no, then the rest is moot. I looked at pictures from past meets put there were very few of people, mostly just cars. Thanks, Ed
  4. Just the front. BUT, there is a way to install aluminum drums on the rear.
  5. You want to remove the rivets, go ahead. You have to remove shavings anyway. Remove the rivets, if you can, then remove the hub to cleanout the remains of the old rivet. Then put the hub back on without regreasing. Makes sense to me. Too bad someone didnt think of this 50 years ago.
  6. I read somewhere that more methane gas is produced in California by cow farts than automobiles. Whadda you do about that? 🤔
  7. Chances are you'd need to remove the hub assembly to remove the rivets anyway. I've had my drums turned and cant remember the guy running the brake lathe having to remove the hub assembly. If it aint broke, don't try to fix it.
  8. On a non a/c car, you have the top support bolted to the core support. Remove that bracket and the radiator is free from the chassis. Remove the automatic transmission cooling lines for the bottom tank on the radiator and the hoses from the radiator. Then just lift the radiator out being careful to keep the fins away from the fan and the core support.
  9. Call the manufacturer and ask what the differences are beteween the radiators for a/c cars and non a/c cars. From the descriptions there are different part numbers for each but they appear to be the same. Best bet is the guy who builds them. Tell him that you'll be sharing your findings with the other members of this forum. If he sees some free advertising, he's liable to tell you more.
  10. If I were you, I'd be going for this one. 005070AADZ Yes 4 YES 2-5/8 It's for an a/c car It has four rows of cores and it has the cooler for an automatic transmission. (hence the A in the part number in lieu of an S [Standard trans] in the one above it with the same basic dimensions.)
  11. To expand some on what Randall says about bringing an inappropriate car. At a number of meets in the past, guys who show up for the first time with cars that aren't what they consider "show quality" often leave with a greater understanding of what they can do to their cars to make them more "show quality." In 2014, on gentleman drove his silver '65 GS with a black vinyl top to the show. He only did so with some encouragement from some friends. He had the paper work that showed his car was a true GS but for some reason he thought something was amiss. After looking at the car, I could quickly tell that someone in the provenance had replaced the original LX engine with a MX engine. The first clues were that the engine was painted red and the water crossover pipe had a lifting ring on it. I sent him an earlier style water crossover pipe and he bought some Buick green paint from CARS. The next meet he went to he received many raves for his car. The carbs, intake, and all of the other GS goodies were used in the swap. Just one example of what a "newbie" can learn just by driving the car that's being worked on. Another example comes to mind. In IL in 2015, the owner of a '63 wanted to know what kind of bracket his transmission dip stick tube was to be bolted to. It was discovered that he had a later model passenger side exhaust manifold on his '63. The later model manifold did not have a boss on it for the attachment of the dip stick tube. Next meet in VA he had that corrected. Little things add up and sometimes it takes a discerning eye to catch them. Bringing your car and asking someone who owns a like one to look it over is a sure fire way to make sure that at the next meet, you're one of the ones answering questions rather than asking them. Let's see what you got!
  12. Don't give away that information, it's a trade secret. I find all sorts of stuff on Craigslist and eBay just by typing in misspellings. Take advantage of their mistakes. Chances are if they don't know how to spell correctly, they don't know much about the car and you can get a good deal.