1965-66 Seatbelt Retractor Installation

  1. Wind retractor clockwise 7-8 full turns. While winding, be careful to hold retractor firmly in hand.
  2. Turn belt over with opposite hand. Push belt under tabs. Position retractor in the middle of the outboard webbing. (Figures 1 & 2)
  3. Position retractor squarely with belt and crimp tabs securely against belt webbing. (Figure 3)
  4. Check for proper operation of retractor and make and adjustment required.

Installation Notes:

  • If it is necessary to rewind retractor, do not exceed 9 full turns.
  • Caution, do not install retractor to the buckle half of the belt.

Use of belt:

  • Seatbelt must be fully extended when in use. Pull belt so it is fully unwound from retractor, then connect belt and make adjustment at the buckle for proper fit.
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1962-74 Tach Drive Distributor Restoration

**Detailed Bushing Installation**
Distributor Rebuild Guide

  1. Remove distributor assembly from engine and place lower part of housing in vise, clamping securely.
  2. Remove cap and rotor from cam assembly.
  3. Lift off springs and weights from cam.
  4. With a drift punch drive out lower distributor gear split pin.
  5. Next, remove lower gear and shim.
  6. Remove the brass coupling which houses the tach driven gear and shim.
  7. The main distributor shaft can now be removed.
  8. Next remove the small spring clip at the top of the point plate from the groove in the upper distributor bushing & the lead wire from the point assembly.
  9. The point plate can now be removed. Remove the 2 screws retaining the vacuum control unit & remove unit. The distributor housing should now be stripped bare, with the exception of the lead wire, which should be inspected for brittleness and/or bare areas. Replace this if necessary.
  10. Now remove the felt washer and the plastic seal from the distributor housing.
  11. The next step entails removal of the upper and lower bushings by either using a small slide hammer, or sawing them in half lengthwise with a hacksaw blade.
  12. After removing old, worn bushings, install Paragon’s lower (short) bushing in base of housing with the chamfered end first. Use our installer tool for this process. Insert shafted end of tool in bushing I.D. and drive in by tapping end of tool with hammer until flush with housing bottom. See below for detailed bushing installation guide.
  13. Next, insert tool in upper bushing (long), making sure that the notched end is down, and drive the upper bushing into position, getting notch lined up with I.D. bore for tach driven shaft inside housing. Drive upper bushing down until it is 1/2″ from the top of the distributor housing ring in which the plastic seal is pressed. (Shown in diagram)
  14. Now you are ready to insert the drill guide tool into the coupling threaded hole. Do so and tighten down snuggly with 7/8” wrench.
  15. Insert 13/64 drill into guide until it bottoms out against the housing. Apply oil to bit and drill hole in the housing.
  16. Remove drill guide and insert tap guide, using the same procedure. Insert 1/4-28 N.F. tap, and tap out hole in housing. These guide tools are hardened steel and can be used over and over again. They also provide an excellent way to center the hole in the housing for a setscrew, which eliminates endplay, and hence gear failure.
  17. Clean out all cavities of housing with solvent, and dry.
  18. Pack liberal amount of silicone grease, or high quality grease, into cavity around the upper bushing and then install felt seal and plastic seal.
  19. Lightly oil bushing I.D. and reassemble distributor in reverse order. At this time you will install Paragon Reproductions new and improved tach drive gear with the brass thrust button.
  20. After assembly is almost complete, inspect brass coupling I.D. carefully for wear. Now apply a liberal amount of high temperature grease in the grease grooves of our tach drive gear shaft, then insert shaft in I.D. of coupling.
  21. Now screw coupling in distributor housing (use a little Loc-Tite on coupling), after placing liberal amount of lightweight grease into cavity. This grease aids in lubricating gears until engine oil can reach gears and protect them.
  22. Now take the enclosed set screw, and screw it into the newly tapped hole until all end-play is removed from gear shaft, then back-off approximately ¼-1 turn. Check to make sure the distributor shaft turns freely, if not adjust the set screws & coupling until the shaft will move freely in both directions. Putting on a small amount of Loc-Tite will prevent screw from backing off.
  23. Paint if desired and reinstall for many trouble-free miles of operation.

NOTE: Delco started using a nylon thrust button in 1968 on some 427 equipped and other special high performance cars. In 1969 and 1970 350 engines and all 1971-74 cars had this nylon button inserted in the hole in the opposite end of the tach driven gear in the housing to limit it’s end play. This button was very ineffective in preventing end play as the centering hole in the end of the gear would drill right into the nylon and then start wearing on the cast distributor housing.

Bushing Installation Guide

  1. After, installing upper bushing, in the housing, use an inside micrometer to check entire length of Inside Diameter (I.D.). This is critical because in some cases the distributor housing I.D. bore varies in size and therefore can have a “crushing” effect on the bushing causing it to close up on the shaft Outer Diameter (O.D.). Another aspect that must not be ignored is that after engine-operating temperature is reached, the shaft expands and can cause the shaft to seize up on the bushing. Adequate clearance therefore is essential. The proper installed I.D. of the bushing should be .493 to .4945. Include the lower bushing in the procedure.
  2. To enlarge I.D. of bushing to this size will require use of an adjustable reamer which most automotive machine shops use. There is no way to avoid this procedure, as the distributors were line reamed after the bushings were installed at Delco, and there are variations in all distributors. In the event that your O.D. exceeds the maximum size and the bushing is loose, a small amount of Loc-Tite or a similar epoxy liquid applied to the bushing O.D., before installation will harden and keep the bushing firmly in its proper location. After installing bushings, upper and lower, install the long distributor shaft as an alignment tool, to hold upper bushing in straight line with lower bushing until the epoxy cures.
  3. Failure to follow these above procedures will void any warranties!
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1967 Seat Track Roller Installation

  1. Remove the seat track from seat frame.
  2. Position the track so that you are looking at the bottom (View A). Slide inner track toward the front, so that you can access the dimple on the outer case. Remove the dimple that is located just inside of the hole by striking with a blunt punch and hammer.
  3. Turn over the seat track (View B), and slide the inner track toward the rear. Be careful to catch both roller wheels and the old guides as they fall out.
  4. Slide the inner track all the way to the front and put the roller in place and install the guides into the slots, one on each side.
  5. Now slide the track back towards the rear, and install the guides and roller at this end.
  6. Re-punch the dimple so that the roller cannot advance past it.
  7. Re-install seat track to seat frame.
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1964-67 Parking Brake Pawl & Spring Installation

  1. While the spring and pawls can be replaced on the car, it is much easier to remove the handle assembly from the car first.
  2. Remove the stop pin by lining up the stop pin with the access hole and using a flat punch to drive the pin out from the bottom access hole. Do not twist the stop pin to try and remove it or it will break due the knurling on the pin.
  3. Remove the handle shaft, the old pawls and the spring from their tube.
  4. Place the new pawls in their slot as per illustration and place the new spring over the tabs as you slide the pawl in place.
  5. Holding the pawls up, re-insert the handle and tap the stop pin into place.
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1963-67 Vent Window Regulator Repair

Is your vent window regulator in need of repair? Save money by rebuilding your original regulator for a fraction of the cost of a new one. With only a few common tools and these simple instructions you can breathe new life into your tired vent windows. See for yourself how quickly you can rebuild this assembly.
  1. Drill off the rivets heads to remove the end plate (10) as noted in Image 1.
  2. Remove wave washer (9), worm gear (8) and thrust washer (7).
  3. Drill out the holes in the housing (6) where the rivets were located with a 13/64 bit, and then tap with a 1/4-20 tap.
  4. Remove the cap (1) by bending back the staked edges as noted in Image 2. Then remove all remaining parts. Thoroughly clean all parts and lube the worm gear and NEW gear.
  5. To re-assemble, first insert retainer (5), followed by the NEW gear (4). Then insert washer (3), plate (2) and cap (1).
  6. Next you must re-stake the edges to secure the cap. You will need to use a flat or round nose chisel to do this. Be sure that there is little to no end play after you re-stake.
  7. Place the thrust washer back, followed by the worm gear and the wave washer.
  8. Finally, place the end plate back on the housing and secure into the tapped holes with the NEW 1/4-20 screws (11) provided.

Additional Tools Needed:

  • 13/64 Drill bit
  • 1/4-20 Tap
  • Flat or round nose chisel
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Part Update: 4713 Power Steering Pump Stud Now Paragon Made

New Paragon Reproduced Part!Power steering pump stud, (1) stud required for pump mounting and (1) stud required for pump adjusting. Stud is 3/8″-16 on both ends.
Years: 1963 – 1979
Type: Stock
Packaging: Each
Condition: New
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1962-64 Powerglide Shifter Linkage Installation

  1. Set control rod bell crank (A) in Park position.
  2. Set control shaft lever (B) in Park position.
  3. With both the bell crank and lever held in Park position, assemble control rod (C) to lever (B), then adjust clevis on rod (C) for easy entry into lever (A).

**Please note that parts numbered in the schematic are included in our 271K linkage kit**

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1957-62 Muncie 4-Speed Linkage Installation

The 4-Speed transmission gearshift linkage utilizes three shift rods and levers. A simple gauge block will aid in making the proper adjustments. The adjustments can be made without the gauge block by having an assistant hold the manual shift lever in the neutral positions. Remove transmission gearshift lever seal from the floor pan.

  1. Place transmission in neutral and install gauge block in position as shown in illustration.
  2. Remove the cotter pin, anti-rattle washer and clevis pin at each shift lever.
  3. On each shift rod, adjust the threaded clevis to permit free entry on the clevis pin into the hole in the transmission shift lever.
  4. Reconnect the clevises to the shift levers.
  5. Remove the gauge block and check the shifts. If any roughness still exists, one of the clevises may require adjustment of approximately one-half turn. Determine the rod and clevis requiring adjustment by sighting along the slot where the gauge block was used in step 2.

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1957-62 Borg Warner 4-Speed Linkage Installation

The 4-Speed transmission gearshift linkage utilizes three shift rods and levers. A simple gauge block will aid in making the proper adjustments. The adjustments can be made without the gauge block by having an assistant hold the manual shift lever in the neutral positions.

  1. Remove transmission gearshift lever seal from the floor pan.
  2. Place transmission in neutral and install gauge block in position as shown in illustration.
  3. Remove the cotter pin, anti-rattle washer and clevis pin at each shift lever.
  4. On each shift rod, adjust the threaded clevis to permit free entry on the clevis pin into the hole in the transmission shift lever.
  5. Reconnect the clevises to the shift levers.

Remove the gauge block and check the shifts. If any roughness still exists, one of the clevises may require adjustment of approximately one-half turn. Determine the rod and clevis requiring adjustment by sighting along the slot where the gauge block was used in step 2.

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