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  1. Matt, you are killing me with all these fabulous original cars! It's a good thing it would never fit in my garage...
  2. Can't help with a picture but Rubber the Right Way is a good supplier: https://www.rubbertherightway.com/
  3. We have another batch of Ebay auctions for Prewar Radiator emblems, a nice Buick Motometer, threaded hubcaps and other automobilia and industrial items. Makes included are AAA Chicago Motor Club, Auburn, Buick, Cadillac, Chalmers, Chrysler, Cord, Dodge Brothers, De Laval, DeSoto, Ford, Gates, Herschel, Hudson, Hupmobile, Marmon, Master Bodies, NASC, Nash, Oakland, Oldsmobile, Packard, Pontiac, and Rickenbacker. Please take a look: https://www.ebay.com/sch/rusty_packard/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686
  4. My next project was to install new rear shocks. It came with load leveler shocks with the outer helper spring which probably is a crutch for worn rear springs, the old ones were both leaking. I duplicated the shocks which were Monroes, fairly reasonable with free Prime shipping! Installing these was a much easier job than the front shocks / sway bar, the whole thing was done in 3 hours including lunch break. After installation the ride greatly improved, still a little boat like befitting the car's heritage but no more bottoming out. The car sits level but to me it looks a bit saggy in the back, I may try a pair of those bolt-on helper leaf springs later.
  5. I was 15 years old in 1963 and already very into cars of all kinds. My next door neighbor, a man in his 50s, bought a new 63 Riv so I saw it a lot and I really loved the styling. I also saw and loved the 61-63 bullet Birds as well. These were dream cars that our family had no chance of affording and I didn't buy my first new car until 20 years later. A long list of dream cars established itself in my mind and when I finally got to the point where I had some disposable income to act on that list, the first car I bought was my white 63 Riviera. I owned it from 2007 to 2009, enjoyed it greatly, then moved on to other cars on the list - I still have not owned a bullet Bird - yet.
  6. You may want to post this in the Prewar Buick forum.
  7. Thanks John, if I paint the springs then I'll have to paint everything else, and as I explained above that's not going to happen.
  8. James R and Doozer, thanks for your comments about preservation. I am kind of in the same boat as you as far as exactly what - or if - to deal with the rusty areas. On my 34 almost all of the patina is totally real and a product of 86 years of existence and 68 years of storage. The only exceptions are the repainted wheels, substitute '35 gauge cluster, and the exhaust system - the PO even sprayed the replacement tailpipe with salt water to age it in the visible area - you can see it in the above photo. The car will never be out in rain while I have it and its honest appearance is one of the main reasons I bought it. I doubt I will do anything under the car with the exception of wirebrushing the leaf springs and painting them with oil. I have thought about all the surface fender rust on the outside and may look into some type of rust converter but I do not want to repaint. I would also be interested in other's experiences in this area.
  9. I posted this back in April but got no response - Why was Chevy using a negative ground system when most everyone else was using positive ground?
  10. Yesterday I put the floorboards back in, reconnected the battery, lowered the car and took it for a ride. Success! The clutch feels much smoother and the engagement point is more in the middle of the travel range. It's not perfect, a bit grabby, but then I have no idea what "perfect" is on this car so I am happy. I still have to put the floor mat back but my next chore is wirebrushing the leaf springs and painting them with oil. I have been told to do this with the wheels hanging, can any experts tell me where to safely jack up the car on the frame rails? I do not want to tweak anything.
  11. The first time I ever had a car shipped I worried about cost and used the open trailer shipper recommended by the seller. The car arrived with all the top surfaces covered with oil and a thick layer of mixed in dirt. Luckily it was a hardtop car and could be cleaned. From that point on I have bit the bullet and paid for enclosed shipping without any other issues - well worth the price.
  12. I am also a fan, that Pierce really got my attention. There were two very large black sedans that delivered the mob boss in the last episode, can anyone ID?
  13. GM actually had three to choose from - the 63 and 64 Oldsmobile Starfire had most of the same features as the Grand Prix and was marketed as a personal luxury car. It did not have the performance credentials that the GP did but it moved pretty good. I do love the 61 to 63 bullet T-birds but as far as style the Riv beat them all. It was a true concept car released for street use.
  14. Did a little more work today. I did follow Matt's suggestion and bought an oil can with a flexible spout, that definitely does the trick for filling the shocks. Funny thing was, they were both already full! I put the toeboard back and adjusted the clutch freeplay - I went with 1 1/2" against a 1" spec. I plan to replace the floorboards and test drive the car then may have to adjust differently. I did find something interesting, I picked up a copy of the "Chevrolet Mechanic's Repair Manual 1932-36" on Ebay and in the clutch section there was most of a page devoted to "Clutch Chatter 1933 Models". It describes a kit that changed the clutch linkage parts and redrilled the shaft bracket holes to change the engagement leverage. Looking at the picture it turns out this exactly what I have on my car. I have no idea if this was original equipment on my early production 34 or if the kit was installed at some point.
  15. From The Filling Station, https://www.fillingstation.com/ $9.99 a quart but the shipping was expensive.