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1963-65 Wire Wheels
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Carter AFB Electric Choke
Carter AFB Rebuilding Tips
Door skin removal
Electric Antenna Repair
Electro-Cruise Repair
Heater Modifications
Pertronix Wiring Mods
Power window rebuild
R134A Conversion
Reverb Installation Manual
Rust Removal
Speedometer Repair
Trumpet Horn Repair


30 years ago I bought a 1963 Buick Electra convertible.  It had been sitting in a field with a rotted top, a rusted body, and a transmission that would only go in Low and Reverse.  Over the course of a year, I rebuilt the engine, replaced the transmission, repaired the body, had a new top put on, and repainted the car using a Black & Decker portable paint kit.  As I got more time, knowledge, and money, I attacked the car in more detail: the bumpers, grill, and all brightwork were replaced, the A/C was completely rebuilt, all weatherstripping was replaced, the power windows were removed and rebuilt, the interior was completely removed, and the floorpan was derusted and repainted, new brakes were installed all around, and the convertible top motor and the entire top mechanism were rebuilt.

Two years later I bought a 1964 Buick Riviera.  It had a robin's egg blue paint job that peeled off in the wind, but it absolutely screamed. Over the course of several years, I rebuilt the engine and carburetor, replaced the upholstery and carpeting, rebuilt the power windows, replaced the weatherstripping, restored the cruise control, rebuilt the power antenna, overhauled the brake system, rebuilt the entire HVAC system (yeah, I replaced the heater core) and converted it to R-134a, added a Pertronix ignition system, rebuilt the power seat mechanism, and had it repainted in the original Wedgewood Blue lacquer.

In the time that I've owned these cars, I've picked up as lot of repair techniques, a few busted knuckles, and some very inventive language. You'll find a good assortment of the repair and restoration techniques listed at the left.  Of more concern to me, you'll also find a list of parts that I need to keep the wheels of progress moving.

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