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About fordrodsteven

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    : North Andover, MA


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    All-round machinist, Hydro-mechanical technician, Took night course in auto body, Been working on cars & motorcycles since the age of 12.
  1. What a Horible Shame

    If you've done that much to the car why would you take that HUGE loss? I know you cannot get out of it what you have put into it but..... you can easily fix the items that you mentioned and have a very nice driver. The "other forum' is and you will also find tutorials there regarding repairs on many items and specifically on the bushing / bolt repairs for the cradle. If you're trying to make a concours correct restoration you will have trouble finding "original" parts and then you will have to empty your wallet for some certain parts. If you want to have a very nice driver it is easily within your grasp.
  2. VL2 - when I am looking to check for some interchangeabiliy (if that's a real word) I usually go to Rock Auto and bring up the part I'm looking to buy. I then click on the part number in the description and it brings up a pop up window listing all vehicles it will fit. I have even used that function to cross check part numbers across different suppliers and have sometimes found I could get a part from another source if not in stock with rock Auto. for example, I clicked on the lower radiator hose for a 1929 Cadillac and when I clicked on the part number it popped up a listing of about 30 other cars / models using that same part number. Sometimes makes it a little easier to find something.
  3. ISO Buick Reatta convertible project

    There was a guy named Dan Herrick up in Flint, MI. He was at a Dort Motor car factory (now defunct). He was parting out many Reatta's and parts for someone's estate. I don't know if he is still there doing that but you can check it out. I was texting him at 810-515-6859 when I bought a complete rear suspension assembly from him. Another place you could check is Matt's Used Auto parts in Hyde Park, New York. When I was there buying a few Reatta parts he was trying to sell me a whole car. He said he had three he wanted to sell. He also had more in the yard that were being parted out. (845)471-2377.
  4. Buick straight 8 running rough, help plz

    I once had a car misfire when under a load and finally found the problem to be a loose screw that held down the condenser inside the distributor.
  5. Nickel

    I used to use semi-chrome to polish the aluminum covers on my motorcycle and then years later I used Mother's to polish the aluminum wheels on my MACH I Mustang. They both are very good products and as said earlier "elbow grease is required". I had good results and the aluminum shined like chrome when I finished. After the initial hard work to get them looking like that the upkeep /maintenance was much easier to keep them looking like chrome.
  6. Saw this nice 1955-56 Thunderbird the other day....

    that is one very nice looking '55!
  7. code 031 - do I need to remove transmission?

    DONE!. I took it out for a drive. Everything is functioning as it should. Happy! Happy! I also changed out the front brake hoses along with replacing three lower trans mounts, engine oil pan gasket, outer CV boots, Rack & pinion boot, lower ball joints, torsion bar bushings, front ABS leads/sensors and sway bar links.
  8. code 031 - do I need to remove transmission?

    Well I made a little progress today and so far it looks good! I was unable to find the exact replacement shaft (8646946) ( unless I decided to salvage one from another transmission). So I had ordered the newer part number (24236102) and I already had it in my hot little hands. I was trying to figure out how the get the shaft with threads on the lower end. Then I had an epiphany!. I didn't have to have male threads on the end I could make it work with female threads. I ground away the peened over material on the new part then drilled and tapped a hole so I could install it using a bolt. I figured it would be the same level of difficulty to get it re-assembled whether I was installing a nut or a bolt. Here are some pictures of what I did. I put Loctite on there and I don't think it will cause any future problems.
  9. Are Riviera headlight switchpods useable on a Reatta?

    Do you turn the fog lights on every time you get in the car? (to use them as daytime running lights). It seems to me that there was once a thread regarding setting the car so that it would automatically put on the fogs as running lights. If I remember right it was an option you could set using the touchscreen. Reason for the option was because at the time of manufacture of Reattae the law in Canada was to have daytime running lights and it was not yet a law in the U.S. I also remember reading among those threads that the fog lights would be on but dimmer when in the DRL mode but would get brighter when the fog light switch was activated. In 2015 Padgett wrote; Original discussion was much closer to the start of the century however the Mc-Reatta post in 2012 appear to be right. It just involves using the built in diagnostics to change a code in the BCM (BCM Override option #1/ BD 90. Believe Canada (DRL) is code 48 and USA (no DRL) is 144. Most detailed is page 8D14 in the 88 FSM but does not mention 48/Canada. Is easy to retrieve if you get it wrong.
  10. New owner of a 1958 Citroen 2CV Van

    I think that the guys on Wheeler Dealer did one of these vehicles. It looked like theirs needed more work than yours.
  11. Dead Mouse in Reatta

    Mine didn't have any critters in it when I got it home but it did have droppings pretty much throughout. I gave the car a thorough cleaning. (three times before it didn't have a stink to it!) I found a very smelly nest in the trunk under and around the spare tire. The jack is missing from the large rubber insert in the trunk and that piece of rubber was really stinking up the whole car. I finally had to pull the piece of rubber out of the trunk. Other places I found nests / droppings..... up under the dash on top of those plastic covers right above the floor well. The foam on those covers was permeated with urine. It took a few times soaking and drying to get the smell out of those. There was a nest inside the console as mentioned earlier by someone. There was a nest under one of my seats. There was also a mess of stuff (which I thought was the remains of a nest) inside the heat / blower cover at the evaporator. About three months after I replaced the evaporator the fan started making a racket. I remover the fan and found half an acorn shell sitting in the bottom. It was hitting the fan blades and made a lot of noise.
  12. I graduated in '71. I was driving a '63 Mercury Montclair with the breezeway window. Definitely not the fastest off the line but did pretty good once we were rolling. Two cars come to mind though. One was a 62 Valiant that one of the guys had sandwiched in a small Hemi engine and a 4 speed. The other was a 64 Malibu with a big block 4 speed in it. More than once they lined up out on the hill in back of the school to see who could leave the longest stretch of rubber.
  13. How old was your car when you bought it?

    55 Thunderbird I bought in 1975 when it was 20 years old and I was 21. It is now my retirement project car.
  14. code 031 - do I need to remove transmission?

    Easy friend! It's not that I was ignoring you. I already have an account with GMpartsdirect and I have gotten parts from Flow Chevrolet before. I don't have access to a metal cutting lathe but I agree I could probably get a shaft made. I do need the new shaft so I can insure proper orientation of the flats to each other. No my rooster comb is fine.
  15. code 031 - do I need to remove transmission?

    I ordered the "lever" shaft (24236102) on-line. When I clicked on GMPARTSDIRECT it took me to "FLOW CHEVROLET" . I submitted the order on July 10th. Today (July 15th) it says it is "on order". I'm getting a bad feeling I might soon get a message that the part is unavailable. Dang it!. I decided to check for any other sources just in case and I found one on E-Bay with a picture. They changed the design when they superceded the part. It no longer has the threaded extension on the bottom. That means for me to use it I may have to remove the valve body from my transmission in order to have clearance to slide the new shaft up into the hole.