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New member from Campbell River (Vancouver Island)
Now own a 1963 Acadian Beaumont convertible.
Basket case. 30K investment would make it worth 25-30K, but love it. Cool car.
Too old to be much computer proficient. Predate this car by 11 years.
Once I learn to navigate this site, I need to learn how to fix windows and doors.
Presently windows won't stay up. Window hardware loose from door. Have a bunch of 1/4" bolts but not sure how to relocate splined shaft and other loose pieces that rest in bottom of door frame.
Can't open doors from inside car. See long rods lying loose under window.
Can close doors from outside, but can't open from inside. Handles removed.
See splined shaft for door knob. Ordered new knobs. Require help to learn how to set up linkage from door knob to opening mechanism.
Anybody know of good reference manuals for DYI?
Thank you.

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Ron G.
 

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Know the feeling of having to get up to speed to post pictures. Do it a few times, and it's not that hard.

The benefit will be huge. You can post a picture or two of the area or part in question and you can get the factory name of the part, possibly some sources for how to fix it or a new one, and tips on how to do the fix the right way.
 

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Reference Manuals

New member from Campbell River (Vancouver Island)

Anybody know of good reference manuals for DYI?
Thank you.

Regards,
Ron G.
This information is some that I found on another forum but it summarized the various available manuals well. I own just about all of these in one form or another and they are likely the best investment I made in terms of restoring my car. Though I'd share.

The list of books that you need to restore and maintain your car.

You can find these invaluable books as a GM licensed photocopy of the original paperback book that has been cut apart and thrown on a flatbed scanner (most of the time half way straight) for about $25 each. All of these books were originally published by Helm publishing; which still has reprints for some years from the original type settings (that means that there generally are no greasy thumb prints, or mold, or coffee stains on the pages and that they are much easier to read).


The Service manual
The Chassis Service manual
The Fisher Body Repair manual
The Assembly manual
The Wiring Diagrams
the Accessory Book
and the Parts book.

The Service manual explains what special tools you need to pull from the tool room by GM part number (many of these special tools are still sold by Mac or Snap-On (if you can chase down their truck, or you can buy them on line). It tells you how to R&R (Remove and Replace) all of the parts that would normally wear on a car inside of the service warranty (generally shocks and brakes). It also explains a how to overhaul the big ticket items such as the motor, transmission and the rear end of the vehicle. As well as smaller parts such as the steering column or the alternator. It further has trouble shooting guides to diagnose any problem with items such as the brakes, motor, tranny, ignition, electrical, cooling, air conditioning and some suspension parts.

The Chassis Service manual explains everything there is to know about your front end and the rear end. It explains how to rebuild the rear end (again in case you lost your Service manual, and the same information for the brakes is again repeated from the larger service manual. What you get that is different is all of the specs to align the front end. It also shows how to R&R every part that bolts to the frame except the gas tank and fuel lines. So you can rebuild your front end by replacing tie rod ends, and ball joints; as well as explaining how to rebuild your Saginaw steering gear box.

The Fisher Body Repair manual was used by the body and paint techs to restore to original condition any car damaged by accident. It shows how to R&R all of the sheet metal, and the chrome trim. It also dimensions the location of where every piece of chrome trim or decal goes on a blank universal replacement part. The repair fenders at the dealer differed from the assembly line fenders in that the tech had to drill with a hand drill all of the holes in the panel that were normally stamped out on the assembly line part. So if you are using patch panels this is where the dimensions are found to place the reproduction or original part you found in the trunk in the correct location. It also details how the interior parts are removed and replaced for painting or because they were crushed along with the former occupant in a collision.

The Assembly manual is an invaluable aide in that it lists every part, by part number, (on the BOM at the bottom of the page), and every option that ever was offered for your year model, and make of vehicle. It shows how all of the parts were put together on the assembly line by way of an exploded diagram, and it lists all of the torque values for every fastener and what adhesives to use. It has a drawing of every part in your car and shows where it goes.

Wiring Diagrams are self-explanatory other than the fact that they were in full color printed on heavy card stock, and large enough to nearly cover the hood of a car.

The Accessory book listed everything sold by GM that was available as a Dealer Installed add on. It also had a brief explanation of how to install it with diagrams and drawings. This goes beyond floor mats and air fresheners as often many options where never factory installed but were only found locally as special packages of trim or combinations of parts that the factory didn't offer.

There are two pdf copies of the parts book floating around on the web both are on one CD that generally costs $75 bucks. It lists all of the part numbers for every Chevrolet part that was current in 1977 and went back as far as 1949. It lists them all by group number and if you know the part number, name or group it can be searched using Adobe reader. Even though it says Illustrated there are precious few parts drawings compared to the paper originals which cover a counter top as the books were about eight feet thick when laying cover to cover. The part numbers are all obsolete (the part number for any given part changes every time a part that would fit your car is modified to fit a newer car) the only real advantage is that the name remains fairly constant so if you know what to call it you can ask the counter clerk to try and find it in his computer at the service counter if GM still makes one. There are exceptions to the rule such as the SBC water pump gasket which didn't change from its introduction in 1955 until it was discontinued in 2001.

Sources for these books can be found on-line.
 

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Hi Ron and welcome to the site from Abbotsford. In another life, I owned a '62 Acadian Beaumont convertible. It's one that 'got away.' They only built 1644 cars like yours in '63 and not many are still around. As mentioned, just about everything in the '62/63 Chevy II Chassis and Assembly Manuals will cover your Acadian.

Bob
 

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:waving:Welcome from Wisconsin! USA. :horse: Pics? Good luck getting her all sorted out.
 

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Welcome from Ontario.
 
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