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  1. NTX5467

    6.50x13 Bias Tire to Radial Change?

    If you have one of the 6.50x13 tires, you could inflate it to 30psi and measure the circumference with a cloth tape measure. Then divide that length into 5280 feet to get "revs/mile". Then go into www.tirerack.com and look for 13" tires. Then look in the "specs" section of a 13" tire listing and seek to match the revs/mile number with available sizes. Might need to do an individual search on many different tires to get there. The tire you find will probably be wider than the one you have, which is to be expected. Might even find some whitewalls! In their search function, you can look for "sizes" and then look in the individual search results for the revs/mile spec you need to get close to. Kind of a different way than above to find equivalent diameters/revs per mile tires that will look correct and good on the car. NTX5467
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    1956 Pistons advice needed

    Regardless of where you get the piston, weigh the old one a digital scale to see how much it weighs. THEN make the new one weigh that much in order to keep the "balance" correct. The ONLY pistons that weigh what your's does is a FACTORY piston, as all aftermarket pistons will weigh more, by observation. Just a thought, NTX5467
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    1966 conv.---glass or plastic rear window?

    As I recall, Ford started the "glass" rear window in convertibles, hinged horontally in the middle, on their 1965 full-size Fords and Mercurys. GM and Chrysler HAD to follow suit in order to "keep up". Might look at some sales brochures? NTX56467
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    Which spark plug for 1956 322

    The "reach" of the plug is the thread length. That needs to be the same. One thing I didn't like about some of the AC plugs is that they tended to have a "boss" that extended past the threads, into the combustion chamber. Champions and others didn't do that, for example. In my Camaro and our '69 Chevy pickup, I had much better durability from the old Ford Motorcraft plugs of the correct heat range. I usually liked to go one notch colder so that I could advance the timing a few degrees more, which would raise the plug's actual temperature to what it would have been with the normal plug and normal timing settings. The extended gap plugs have a wider heat range then those that don't have that feature. Run a bit hotter at lower rpms to better resist fouling, but then the increased mixture flow at higher rpms will cool them off. Some claimed that using extended gap plugs, in the place of normal gap plugs, was like effectively adding a few degrees to the base timing, as the plug was nearer the center of the combustion chamber and would light the mixture sooner, as a result. I'd rate the NGK V-Power plug as "slightly exotic", but not in the same ballpark as their Iridiums or similar. I found a spark plug designation decode chart on NGKs many years ago, online. EVERY aspect of the plug has a designation for it. NTX5467
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    A nice '56, no doubt! Somebody might have added an "Imperial" name plate somewhere in the car's prior life, but it didn't come from Buick with one. Chrysler Imperials were sold in Europe by Chrysler dealers/brokers over there. Chrysler had the name "Imperial" trademarked since they first used it in the earlier 20th Century. A Buick "fit for an Imperialist"? A picture of the name plate on the car would be nice and would certainly help us identify the car it came from. Thanks for sharing that picture! NTX5467
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    Anyone with an original tri-tone Buick?

    I would suspect a "tri-tone" would be done the same way a "two-tone" car would have ben done? Same paint "divider" lines, I suspect, just three different colors rather than two. Just a suspicion . . . NTX5467
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    1960 electra A/C wiring harness

    ONE thing leads to another . . . but won't it sure be nice when it's all fixed! NTX5467
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    Oil change noises

    Do you do regular steaks? NTX5467
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    Customizing fad of the era

    Another reason that Buick grilles were not in the salvage yards?
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    1960 electra A/C wiring harness

    Some of the GM a/c systems had a "thermal limiter fuse" for when the a/c compressor started pulling too much juice. Would disengage the clutch. When you get it all put back together, you might want to check the head pressure of the a/c system, for good measure. And make sure the air flow through the condenser is not impeded. With cooler weather, might not have issues until next spring? Not sure if your system might have one of those "protection" devices, just a thought. Keep us posted, NTX5467
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    Oil change noises

    If it's "up top", then it's probably the lifter galleys needing to be "re-charged" and purged of air. That was a common situation on earlier '70s Chevy big-blocks until they started using screw-in galley plugs that had a .030" hole drilled in them (per a prior TSB about this). I certainly would pre-fill the oil filter before installation. Then add the balance of the quart to the sump after the rest of the oil. Can't hurt. Might unplug the coil wire and spin the motor with the starter right after the change. When oil pressure comes up, then plug the coil wire back in and enjoy. NTX5467
  12. It's nice that you now know the origin of the replacement engine, but it's affect upon the ultimate value is nil. As long as it's "correct" in size and such, that's all that matters. We had a chapter member who had a 2-dr hardtop. 215 V-8, 4-speed, and under-dash a/c (I believe). Nice looking car! And, of course, anything of that vintage with a 4-speed was usually deemed "a performance car". Be that as it may. Parts for those cars can be a bit quirky, sometimes. NTX5467
  13. From the plates you reference, there is no real way to tie that to the engine number, I believe, on those earlier models. After about 1971, probably so. The under hood plate describes the body only. The door post plate is for registration purposes. That particular number can be basically decoded, I believe, as to car/brand division, model, engine type, production plant. model year, and "sequence number"? The interior has been "trim shopped". Not bad, but not correct. NTX5467
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    L78-15 Tire Pressure

    Handling is aided by higher pressure, ride inversely so. 30psi might be the best compromise. NTX5467
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    1964 Buick Rear Control Arm Bushing

    Have to buy the bars new with bushings already in them? That's common in the OEMs as that's the way THEY purchase them from the vendor. That way, no additional assembly required at the assembly plant. BUT, back then, those bushings had to come from somewhere and were probably in a suspension catalog somewhere (other than a Buick GM parts book). Remember, too, that in the earlier '60s, finding a shop with a hydraulic press might be "a trick". Then getting the bushing in the hole "square" could be another issue. Not that it couldn't be done, just some extra effort involved. So "buy new" was the best way out for most customers, back then. One other option might be to use two shorter bushings, putting one in from each side of the arm. Making sure the two make up the same total length of the one OEM bushing. Just some thoughts, NTX5467