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Possible new 64 Riviera owner here greetings everyone!

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This is a non AC car at the moment. I'm about to head to that website to see what I can find thank you for the link I much appreciate it sir!! Ol blue eyes had a Riviera? really? I did not know that.  I believe I'm going to replace the timing chain and sprockets as well, I was told these nailheads has nylon gears which I find crazy. 

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15 hours ago, Hearse said:

Which Pertronix do you use Rivnut? I'm just out in the garage looking the car over,  I'm seeing many original vacuum lines, still pliable, original buick windshield washer tank, original starter and asbestos wrapped starter wire, choke tubes etc...definitely looks like a nice original preserved 96k mile Riv. 

 

Hearse - I also run the Pertonix ignition.  The part number I use is 1181.  It was an easy install but you do need to pull the distributor.  Make sure you mark everything so you can drop it back in.  I did but screwed something up and ended up learning how to align a distributor with everything unknown.

 

Chris

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I use the 1 wire conversion kits for electronic ignition. Been selling them for 12 yrs. now NO PROBLEMS. The only one who knows it's been converted is you & I.  I ALSO rebuild & re-curve distributors along with faster ratio steering boxes, mini starters, forged pistons & a whole host of other products. 

MY MOTTO 

"if I can't get it you don't need it".

 

Tom T.

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Ok so apparently the non AC cars received no fan shroud? I can see a spot on the core support for the upper fan shroud bracket I presume, and I see two tabs coming up from the bottom which I though were lower mounting tabs for the fan shroud, what do I need to put a fan shroud on this car? I need to know what kind of brackets I should be looking for , etc.

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You are correct with that assumping. The radiator mounting bracket is different from an a.c. to none A.c. car. . the tabs are for the lower mount that the shroud goes into. Going to need rubber bushings for them.  You are going to have to buy an a.c. radiator top mount or possibly modify your existing 1 to work. Also they repop the shrouds I believe they are made from fiberglass. No clue on the quality of the  fit.

Here is a link for 1 on ebay.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1963-1964-1965-Buick-Riviera-Radiator-Bracket-Top-Upper-Mount-for-AC-Fan-Shroud/232484286245?fits=Year%3A1964|Model%3ARiviera|Make%3ABuick&hash=item362124af25:g:5LAAAOSwfVpYpV8G

 

 

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4 hours ago, Hearse said:

Ok so apparently the non AC cars received no fan shroud? I can see a spot on the core support for the upper fan shroud bracket I presume, and I see two tabs coming up from the bottom which I though were lower mounting tabs for the fan shroud, what do I need to put a fan shroud on this car? I need to know what kind of brackets I should be looking for , etc.

Probably best to post a photo of your present situation. Almost sounds like you already have the correct brackets.

Tom Mooney

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You'll also need a couple of L brackets that attach to the front crossmember.  The shroud has two holes in the bottom and the L brackets go into the holes in the bottom of the shroud.  All it takes to mount it is the two L brackets and one bolt. 

I don't know if non a/c cars have them, but a/c equipped cars have a rubber seals that sit on the side of the radiator so all of the air is forced through the condenser and radiator.  I don't think those are reproduced, but they're just an L shaped long piece of rubber.

The non a/c cars don't have a shroud but they have something like a flat ribbed panel that would keep the service writer's tie from getting caught in the fan.

 

This picture shows the panel over the fan on a non a/c car.

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Ed,

 

   Of ALL the NON A/C cars I've seen, including mine from new, they ALL have the L-shaped rubber seals between the radiator support & the radiator.

   AND on the L-shaped brackets that hold the bottom of the shroud in place they have rubber insulators that hold the shroud fairly tightly to keep it from rattling & moving around.

 

Tom T.

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This is what the car has currently. Is it worth it to put the 8 blade and clutch fan combo on with the fan shroud? or just put an electric pusher on it and call it a day. I'd like to keep it out of 210 range I'm just picky like that, I like my engine's to run between 175 and 215 if possible. IMG_20190305_190754.thumb.jpg.e7470720d4ec484b73cbbf3f3727c26c.jpg

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Hi Hearse,   I'd trade in a heartbeat!  The Riv looks great, and I've never been much of a fan of the later Camaros.  I just got my first Riv yesterday, a '63 in Teal Mist.  

SPEAKING OF TRADING....I have a very nice set of wire/spinner wheels that I would trade straight-up for your hub caps!

 

Cheers from Tampa,   Rich

 

 

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Nice Riviera man! I love these factory caps I'm sorry I can't trade them off , I'm going to try and keep our's preserved with as much as she left the factory with and repair the cosmetics on her. 

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57 minutes ago, Hearse said:

This is what the car has currently. Is it worth it to put the 8 blade and clutch fan combo on with the fan shroud? or just put an electric pusher on it and call it a day. I'd like to keep it out of 210 range I'm just picky like that, I like my engine's to run between 175 and 215 if possible. IMG_20190305_190754.thumb.jpg.e7470720d4ec484b73cbbf3f3727c26c.jpg

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It seems to me that you have the correct bracket in place for A/C.

You might find the following a valuable read for your A/C conversion:

 

 

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You already have the correct AC type lower brackets in place. Are you sure your car never had AC? Post a pic of the Fisher Body tag located on the engine side of the firewall above the brake booster. Maybe someone changed to the AC lower brackets because they needed a larger bracket for the replacement radiator? Not sure how the factory shroud will fit next to the aluminum radiator, you might need to trim off the stud I see in the pic.

Tom Mooney

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ALSO looks like the bracket for the A/C condenser is also there.

WE NEED A PIC OF THE FISHER BODY TAG!!!!!!

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Hmmmmm ok one sec..let me get at the body tag, I didn't see any ac controls in the car though

brb

 

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Here are info from the 63 manual regarding standard heating and AC.

Also a photo of an AC car, the outlets that you see isn’t there in a none AC car. 64 has the same outlet but the controls has moved down for the AC, maybe someone else have a picture of that.

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Posted (edited)

Looks like your top bracket is missing? A factory shroud will work with an aluminum radiator. I have a champion and it fits up just fine.

 

Also dash cluster and glove box area would have vents if a.c..

 

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58 minutes ago, demon452 said:

Looks like your top bracket is missing? A factory shroud will work with an aluminum radiator. I have a champion and it fits up just fine.

 

Also dash cluster and glove box area would have vents if a.c..

 

If it's not too much trouble may I see a picture of your set up on your car? I think I just want to put the AC fan and clutch on with the factory fan shroud and call that done.

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03C- build date 03- March, C - 3rd week.

Trim 621 - Blue vinyl - custom (full length arm rest with wood grain on door panels and wood grain on the console.)

Paint CC - Arctic White

E - Tinted glass (all)

2D - Heavy duty A/C modifications - "I've never seen this before, but someone will chime in as to what the modifications are."  Perhaps the car was equipped with the larger radiator, clutch fan, and 5 blade impeller, but no A/C ??????

5Z - Seat belts

 

You're missing this bracket.  It's the bracket that you bolt the shroud to.  The opening goes over the radiator cap.  The two bolts line up with the holes in the part of the bracket that's already bolted to your core support. 

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Here's a picture of the bottom of the bracket.  This picture shows the bracket that's already on your car.  It also shows the bolt that secures the shroud to this bracket.

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I hope that you'll accept what I've posted here as information only.  I'm trying to help by pointing out some of the things that you'll want to know., nothing in the way of criticism.

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Wow interesting, thank you so much for decoding that tag!!! she was arctic white . I tend to like this blue she has now though and I was going to get it repainted this blue. Heavy duty AC modifications? I'd love to know what that means. I can see a stud head bolt for the AC as well I think. Thank you for decoding that sir I await for the other's to chime in on the heavy duty AC thing.

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Here's a picture of the needed bracket in place. The bracket to which you bolt the shroud actually supports the radiator at the top.  (Someone has added a couple of aftermarket Edelbrock carbs to this car.)  This car was originally equipped with A/C but the compressor has been removed.

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