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  1. REO - Ransom E. Olds - Oldsmobile
  2. Turn, I used my original mats as backing for matching carpeting onto which I added a heel pad. You could not tell there were mats in the car and it saved the original carpet.
  3. Excellent photos. Should not leave anything to the imagination. It also gives you an good idea as to how clean you can get them. Ed
  4. 78 days? The 78th day of 1963 was March 19th. Way too soon for 1964 production to have begun. I don't know if anyone has figured out what those numbers represent. I haven't heard of anything.
  5. A federal highway probably has mile markers along it. Find a nice stretch and drive for 10 miles or so and compare it to your odometer. An interstate highway will have markers every tenth of a mile.
  6. The spokes are actually V shaped with the apex of the V hidden under the spinner. Very simple to take apart and clean. Yes, the spring loaded teeth are the only things that keep the cover mounted. Don’t worry, there is a terrific amount of tension in those teeth. That cover is not going anywhere. I’ve never had one fly off or even come loose. You’ll develop some colorful language trying to get them on and off. Edit: in looking at the covers again, you’ll see two “levels” of spokes. Taking out the four screws in the center releases half the spokes by allowing you to
  7. @awk409ak Outstanding pictures. Should leave the next guy with no questions as to how to properly identify a true Super Wildcat installation. If these numbers do not match, you are looking at a clone.
  8. And your shop floor is so nice and clean. What's with that?
  9. I'm still curious if your odometer is correct. Miles per hour are now correct. Are miles driven correct?
  10. @DShoes Here are pictures of four of the 64 & > wire wheel covers I have. I'll send you a PM so we can discuss details. All four are exactly the same. These are driver quality, no broken plastic center caps, and no bent spokes. The nice thing about these covers is that they are easy to disassemble and clean. This picture shows the machine screws in the back that let you disassemble the cover for cleaning This next picture shows the teeth that grip the wheel. They have spring tension that keeps them tight.
  11. @DShoes This is the look you’re going for. That is a simple wheel cover with spring tension on some teeth around the inside of the cover. The teeth dig into the steel wheel. When I send you the pictures of the covers we discussed, I’ll include a shot of the back that shows the teeth. The covers MIGHT fit your rally wheels but the teeth would tear up the chrome; that’s why everyone is saying don’t do it. I’m headed to the shed to dig out the covers and send you the pictures. Ed
  12. I knew that you had a gear in the transmission. I thought that you were getting an inaccurate reading at he speedometer and installed a gizmo to correct it. When I bought my 63, it was equipped with a 3.91 rear end for towing purposes. The owner did not install a new transmission gear, he just had an overlay on the speedometer. I've always wondered what the actual odometer reading is because I know that 3.91 rear gear with a 3.07 speedometer gear threw the odometer way off.
  13. 👍 Thanks. You're right, I thought he swapped out a good gear that wasn't giving him an accurate read out.
  14. If you can find the oldest employ at your local jobber, who has been there for a long time, he can tell you how to read the nomenclature printed on a V belt. Top notches have no effect on a belt as long as the depth, width, and angles of the belt conform to the same dimensions of your pulleys (or the original belts.) I would imagine after 50+ years your pulleys could be very slick too.
  15. Bob, I'm saying that the gear and the cable are one variable that cannot change unless you physically install something different. The other part that I'm referring to is the actual speedometer head. If you change the gear or add a gizmo at the transmission end to fix a speedometer accuracy problem, that gear change/gizmo has a direct effect on your odometer. The use of the Gizmo probably makes up for some weakness in the magnets that spin your speedometer, but the effect of gizmo has a direct mechanical effect on the gear driven odometer. You may have corrected yoour speedometer but im bet
  16. Any 15” wheel with a 5 x 5 bolt pattern should work for you. Older Buick. Pontiac, Oldsmobile, or Cadillac. Probably the easiest to find would be 5 bolt Chevy pick up wheels. Either 5-1/2” or 6” wide. Measure width inside the bead seats on the wheel. But only the later Buick wheels will accept the cast aluminum cover that is bolted to the wheel.
  17. Tom, The “myths” of which I speak come from things posted on some Riviera Facebook forums. Just wanted knowledge to pass on when/if the time comes up again. Thanks.
  18. If you think the trunk in a '65 is Spartan, you need to look at an early '63 where the spare is on the trunk floor.
  19. If you're in doubt as to what the correct gaskets are for the carburetors, contact Jon Hardgrove, owner of The Carburetor Shop, Eldon, MO. Joh does nothing more that make correct gaskets for carburetors by carb number. Carburetor Kit# 1964 8 401 A/T Carter AFB 3633 1362638 859 1964 8 401 S/T Carter AFB 3635 1362640 859
  20. You'd be surprised what one can find in one's chassis manuals. 😎
  21. As 71GS stated above, you should look for a KX in the area on the illustration for the PRODUCTION CODE NUMBER. The one in the illustration is MT. That would be for a 1966 401. The ENGINE SERIAL NUMBER should match your car's VIN. K is the code for 1964; X is for the dual quad Super Wildcat 425.
  22. Can you Gran Sport owners post pictures of your Fisher Body Data plate showing the build date. I'm looking for ones built in August or September. I'm trying to figure out if the Gran Sport was an initial offering when the 1965 Riviera was produced or whether the Gran Sport was a December of 1964 addition. Trying to put an end to a myth or prove it. Thanks, Ed
  23. Bob, have you checked your odometer with the Gizmo installed? The speedometer is driven magnetically and as magnets age, they lose some of their power. The gizmo makes up for this with new gearing. The odometer is mechanical. What goes in is what comes out. Changing the gears on those has a direct effect on the input - output. Ed
  24. Sho nuff. In the 12 - 15 that I saw, this one wasn’t one of them. Looks good.
  25. I Googled "1971 Buick Riviera advertisements" and opened the images. All I saw were cars with the single white sidewall. The only year that I'm sure of that offered the dual stripe white sidewall was the 1965. As I said "that I'm sure of." I'd love to see other document by Buick. No myths from guys trying to remember what they thought they saw 50 years ago, please. Buick documentation for any other years that offered the dual stripe white sidewall. In typing this and doing the math, it's hard to believe that the original boat tail Riviera is 50 years old this year. Ed
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