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hi,

i am new in this group having just bou<ght a really nice 63 Riviera on ebay.

the car is well eqipped with accessories.

is there any way to know how my car was eqpped originall. i mean color,  hubcaps, auto dip headlights etc

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Body tag can give you most of the info. Others here can decode it. Its on the drivers side firewall. Take a pic and post it to get info.

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Welcome to the forum and congratulations on getting your Riviera. Go to the ROA website. On the left side tabs click on the Evolution and Stats then on the drop down menu click 1963-1965 Fisher Body Plate Codes. Here you can decode your data plate based on the options that required Fisher Body to make some sort of preparation for the option. For example items such as wheels or wheel covers are not identified on the tag because it had nothing to do with the body build whereas things like air conditioning and power seats did.

Only the original window sticker could tell you every option/accessory on the car when it was delivered. Certain accessories were only available as dealer installed.

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Thanks a lot both of you.I shall investigate a bit now. 🙂

Best,

Henrik

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Welcome to the group and congrats on your purchase. Consider joining the Riviera Owners Association to get access to a great magazine and lots of members only information on the website: rivowners.org. You can also join the ROA by following the Paypal link in the site. Be sure to share some pictures of your new car once you get it. I am assuming you are in Europe?

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hi MIke,

yes I am in Europe - how did you guess? and thanks for the welcome to your group. Already joined the ROA......

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Welcome, Henrik!

 

I am the ROA's '63 Riviera Technical Advisor.  Feel free to reach out to me with questions by email at 63Rivvy (at) gmail (dot) com

 

I also maintain a database of all of the '63 data plates on the firewall, above the power brake booster.  If you put a picture of that plate here, I will decode it for you and also add it to my database. There were 40,000 vehicles made for the '63 model year; I only have about 240 in my database, so I need more!

 

If you don't mind having the information in the public, i suggest adding your location (city, country) to your forum profile.  You will be surprised to learn that other Riviera owners might be near you!

 

All the best.

 

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Henrik,

 

Welcome to the ROA Riviera forum.  Congratulations on the acquisition of your 1963 Riviera.  I'm going to add some things that might help you sort out what you would consider an option on your Riviera by telling you a bunch of things that were standard equipment on the Riviera that were options on lesser models.   As Jason said previously, the data plate will only tell you what options and provisions for options your car had when it left the Fisher Body plant.  This list is what was standard

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Bucket Seats w/ console and floor shift

High performance engine - V8, four barrel carburetor, and dual exhausts

Power steering

Power brakes

Windshield washer

Two-speed wipers 

and some littler things like glare proof mirror, full wheel covers, trunk light, back up lights, parking brake signal light.

 

Options that you can look for would include

What kind of radio - Sonomatic AM, Sonomatic AM wtih power antenna, Wonder Bar (signal seeking), or Wonder Bar with power antenna. D on the data plate

Cruise control

Cornering lights

Tinted glass will be on your data plate - either windshield only or all windows

Power seat - J2 on your data plate - next to the trim number

Wire spoked wheel covers or cast aluminum wheel covers

Tilt steering wheel

Air conditioning - N2 on the data plate

Four note horns

Remote mirror - S7 on the data plate

Tire selection - 6.70 x 15 black wall, 6.70 x 15, white sidewall, 7.60 x 15 black wall, 7.60 x 15 white side wall.  6.70 tires came on 5-1/2" rims. 7.60 tires came on 6" rims

Power Windows - U7

Power vent windows - U6  If both are equipped, your data plate will read U8

Guidematic - automatic headlight dimmer X1

Twilight sentinel - headlights on at dusk X2  - my data plate has just an X and my car has both. ???

Remote Trunk release - Z4

Interior choices - vinyl, cloth and vinyl, or leather - the TRIM code on your data plate will tell you which

Positive traction rear end

Most 1963 Rivieras came with a 401 cubic inch engine - "Riviera Wildcat 445" on the air cleaner

Some came with a 425 cubic inch engie "RIviera Wildcat 465" on the air cleaner  (not proof, they're interchangeable)  Proof is stamped (not cast) into the engine block JT=401, JW=425

more on that as you get into your car.

 

Here are pictures of the data plate and window sticker from my '63.  You'll see that not everything on the sticker is on the plate

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I'm sure there are others that I can't think of right now.  Someone out there will add to what I've missed

 

If you're really curious and have the time, look at this list of options for regular models for 1963.  You'll want to look at the 6th column from the right - model 4747 - and follow it down.  X = optional, STD = standard equipment.  If the box is blank, it wasn't available on the Riviera.

 

https://www.teambuick.com/forums/view.php?pg=63_options_regular

 

Good luck and let us know what you find.  Be sure to get the data on your car to Jim.

 

Ed

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Hi, here is my plate on the 63.

i am still not quite sue how much can be detected from this plate. Does it show whether the automatic dip of main beams is original. On top of the dash is fitted a thing looking like a bullet or a torpedo that does not look original to me....

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Even though your data plate does not have the X on it for the Guidematic or the Twilight Sentinel (in the picture, your car appears to have both) these were available as dealer installed options.  Because of the angel and the lighting it's hard to tell what is reflecting light on the console.  Something round and appears lighted.  Can you post a better picture of it.  Also because of the lighting and the angle of the steering wheel, I can't tell if the car has a tilt wheel.  If you could, take a bunch of close up picture of the instrument cluster, the radio, and the HVAC control panel.  I think I see the cruise control switch in the upper left corner of the dash.  You might want to examine the turn signal housings and see if there's a big bulb in the very lower section of the lens.  If there is, it would indicate that your car has cornering lights.  

 

The large white bulb in the fluted section of this housing is a cornering light.

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Here's a photo of Frank and Dean in Frank's Riviera.  The Guidematic is prominently displayed in this picture.

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Here's a picture of a brochure that shows options that could be installed at the dealership.  In the bottom right corner are the Guidematic, and the Twilight sentinel.  

 

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Henrik-

You have an amazing car! 

 

I can walk you through the data plate:

 

The upper left corner, 11B means the body was built during the second week (B) of November 1962.  My car was made the week before.

 

The FB number FB 7632, is the sequence number for this body, 7,632 out of 40,000 made. 

 

The TRIM 798J2 means Saddle Leather with a power drivers seat and the deluxe trim with walnut veneer and the long arm rest with the second door opener handle on the end..

 

The PAINT code SS means it left the factory painted with Bronze Mist -- pretty rare, only 3,077 painted this color out of the 40,000.

 

Then the accessory line ACC means:

D = radio (exact model radio not specified)

I6 = tinted glass all around

N2 = air conditioning

SU7 is a combined code: S7 is for the outside mirror on the driver's door; U7 is for power windows but not power vents.

Z4 = remote trunk release

 

Other options don't need to appear on this plate, only the ones that Fisher Body needed to know about when they built the body.

 

Your early car has the "smooth dash".  Later cars have a "ribbed dash" veneer.

 

 

 

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thank you guys for all the info. I am impressed with all this help.

It seems that my car has almost any option available, even if some of them don't appear on the chassis plate : guidematic, sentinel, cruise control, power seat. Unfortunately not the mag wheel trims with spinners that look so grat on this model. Just bought a set of trims to fit .....

 

 

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Very well equipped indeed.  I looked at your console again and noticed the middle switch between the wiper and light switches.  That's  the switch for the rear window defogger.  I think it's kind of weird that so many of these accessories do not show up on your data plate. From what I think I see is also a Wonderbar ( signal seeking ) radio with power antenna.  And that sure looks like a tachometer mounted in the console.  Extreme WOW factor if it is.  Look on the floor board for a button - similar to a dimmer switch  - under the brake pedal.  That would be the foot control for the signal seeking radio.  The long bar on the radio is the hand control.  Push on the left side and the radio will seek to the left. Opposite for the right side. The smaller bar on the radio increases and decreases sensitivity - how far away the signal is that the radio will pull in.  Lookin' better all the time.

 

Ed

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Well, it certainly is the tachometer between the seats. I had no idea about the functions of the wonderbar radio , or even that this was a wonderer radio for that matter.  on the other hand I shall have to get modern sound into my car somehow....

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PLEASE  don't destroy the integrity of that original dash.  Do something remote like the installation of a redi-rad.

https://redirad.com. Find Matt's video on YouTube for a demo.

 

Your 63 has only a rear seat speaker.  When I get home later this afternoon, I'll post pictures of concealed aftermarket radios.

 

Your car is much too nice to be altering it's original looks.

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One can see the Wonderbar switch on the floor.  And although the data plate shows power windows, I don't see a crank for the vent (isn't that the toggle for a remote mirror?).  With leather, AC, cruise, Guidematic, Twilight Sentinel, and tach, this car is loaded.  Good catch.

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Good eye Chip.  Now to figure out what this car doesn't have and why none of the options show up on the data plate.  

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7 hours ago, hencal said:

Well, it certainly is the tachometer between the seats. I had no idea about the functions of the wonderbar radio , or even that this was a wonderer radio for that matter.  on the other hand I shall have to get modern sound into my car somehow....

Sir, your stock radio can be reconditioned to have better treble and bass response and ability to play mp3 through the radio. Additionally, you can upgrade your existing 6x9 speaker with 3” magnet and the correct number of Ohms for your car. I have elected not to punch holes in my 63 for a modern audio system. The upgrade of my existing radio and speaker is just fine for my taste.

You have a very neat automobile.

Turbinator

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If your radio is working or not let me add a chip to give you fm and aux. It will enhance the audio without altering or modifying the radio.

If the radio is not working we'll get it working and then add the chip.

 

Contact me for more information or see my website. www.billtheradioguy.com  bill@billtheradioguy.com

 

Bill N

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