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  1. No speaker wire on the 63. Rear speaker only.
  2. The bushing need not be Tee shaped, just how three gear heads chose to solve the issue on Saturday morning drinking coffee. The original post says a bushing is needed, but no specifics were given. The antenna shaft must be separated from the base or it will ground and interfere with the radio. The inside of the Riviera base is tapered, being larger at the bottom then the top. The top of the tee above the base only serves as a locating ring to keep the bushing square in the tapered hole and from dropping too far down and dislodging. We made this an interference fit, meaning the outside of the bushing is .002 larger than the hole to help keep it in place. Fortunately, my uncle, a retired tool and die maker was one of the three gear heads at the shop that Saturday morning. I think he recorded the specifics of the bushing if needed.
  3. The Hirschmann has a separate black ground wire. It can be seen in a couple of the first pictures. The case is plastic, so a separate ground is needed.
  4. I moved the pics off my phone and resized them on my desktop. They end up about 20% the size they were before so you can post more at once. Ed, we thought long and hard about the dash switch. Factory switch and antenna can be stopped going up or down in any position. Just release the switch. But this one has no intermediate setting. It is all up with both wires energized or all the way down and closed when the green wire looses power. Note sure any other position would be possible or needed.
  5. Yes. The bar that connects the two transmission arms also connects to the motor. Take it loose at the motor and rotate the arms around 180 degrees and reconnect.
  6. Since I have had my car, the Wonderbar radio has never worked. Electric antenna did, but over the years of non-use didn't anymore. And I wanted to change the antenna before I started work replacing the radio. As stated in the earlier post, I started with a Hirschmann Hit Auta 2050. You can pick this up on eBay or Amazon for about $90. The access panel in the front wheelwell is exactly that, remove it and drop the old one right out. To get the new antenna to fit flush in the original escutcheon, you need to trim about 3/4" off the bottom. Up to the first notch. You also need to trim the third leg of the spring clip. This will allow the new antenna to fit flush on top and be rotated into any position to fit below. We made a nylon T shaped bushing to go inside the original escutcheon (guess which picture came out fuzzy?) that will isolate the base from the antenna and keep it centered. The nut of the new antenna has a flange that goes inside the base, so it is the ID of the bushing. It ends up being about .015 thick each way. We made a bracket to attach to the bottom of the antenna and the cover of the access panel, just as Buick had. We added a weatherpack connector to the wiring. I can unscrew the lead and unplug these wires and drop the antenna out for paint without disturbing any of the radio controls. This antenna will not work with the original dash switch. Red wire goes to battery hot and the green wire goes to radio power. When the green wire is energized the antenna is up. When there is no power to the green wire, the antenna goes down. As stated, I do not have a working radio yet. I can hot wire this and know it works, but that is all at this time. New radio to follow soon, but wanted this out of the way so I only had to remove the radio once. And it turned almost all the pictures when I added them.
  7. Back in 2016 a member of this forum showed pictures of a flush mounted antenna in a 63-65 Riviera. This peaked my interest and others here, but I was not sure anyone had finished this. Here is a link to the old thread and a teaser pic of mine completed. More details to follow shortly.
  8. For several decades, GM built two starters. A high torque and a low torque. Noses were different to bolt to the various blocks, but only two different cases. These were the same external size, but the internal windings were different. Easy to tell the difference from the outside. If there is a spacer and long bolt in the connection to the solenoid, it is a high torque starter. The connection from a low torque starter we about an inch further toward the center of the case and was attached to the solenoid without the spacer. High torque pictured here. I have never seen a big Buick with a low torque starter, most of these were in Chevy's and Pontiacs. The mini starters TelRiv sells are great. We had a 54 Chrysler New Yorker with a hemi in the shop last fall. Fighting starter issues for a while. Put a mini starter on it and it now starts like a dream.
  9. The simple answer is you are going to have to use March for an aftermarket system. I have had my eye out for something along these lines myself, and go to 3-4 large street rod events a year. The only supplier/manufacturers that has anything for the nailhead is March and Alan Grove. Alan Grove has some nailhead items, but these are not the single serpentine system you are looking for.
  10. Billet Art still has their ad for a 65 grille on eBay, but I can't find one for a 63. I know they have the pattern for a 63, as I own one. Have you contacted them to see about getting one made? There is a contact seller option on this page.
  11. Looking back it has been almost 10 years since I did this. Good luck with this. let me know if you have questions.
  12. If you decide to replace the steel lines, the hardest is the one running through the frame front to rear as Tom states. Before you try to remove this line, tie a nylon string to the front of the line. It comes out the back, as there is more room. As you pull the line out the back, feed the string in the front. When the line is out, you should have a string through the frame where the line was. Attach the new line to the end of the string and use it to pull the line through the frame from the front. Still not easy, but it can be done.
  13. Lower picture is a Turbo 400. Should say Hydramatic on the pan.
  14. has a kit for the 63 Riviera. Booster and dual master.