Gene Brink

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About Gene Brink

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  • Birthday 01/19/1947

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    Buick fan all my life. Born in 1947 - first parents' car I remember was a '48 (it was used) that was replaced by a new '52 my dad picked up in Flint when we were visiting family in Ohio. Miss what made Buicks truly unique - engine and transmission different than everyone else. Oh well - things change...

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  1. Gene Brink

    Denver 2018

    I don't have a solution to the problem, Pete, as regardless of where the cars were parked you would still be up & down the same number of times. Seems to me the walk between cars spread out might actually give a bit of relief by providing some recovery time...😉
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    Welcome aboard!
  3. Gene Brink

    1931 60 exhaust leak

    Tom Telesco on V8Buick says the only gasket to use is Remflex - Info about reads well, makes sense and might be worth a try.
  4. Gene Brink

    1953 Pinehurst Green

    Craig, Duco#202-57365. Ditzler#41336. RM (RInshed Mason) #PS-0341-D. No idea how close any of these will match your original color. Had a problem getting a PPG number for my daughter's 65 Rambler but managed to find a paint shop that actually kept all of their old chip books so managed to get a good match using an old school formula that evidently never made it into the computer so you might try another paint shop. Good luck!
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    Hood Mechanism Help - 1955 Buick Century

    Word of caution, Paul. If the hinges are binding (agree with suggestions that you oil the hinges) and you force the hood down by pushing down on the front end, on either side of center, you can cause the hood to buckle on one/both of the edges about 10" or so from the front edge. Not at all an uncommon problem when I was in my teens (a l-o-n-g time ago).
  6. Gene Brink

    New Classic Buick Owner

    Welcome, Paul. Love to see additional pictures. Guessing you actually have a Turbo-Hydramatic 400 transmission (assuming so as you indicated it has three speeds and a Dynaflow would be low and drive only) which generally would require that the torque tube set up originally in the car be scrapped and an open driveshaft and extensive mounting of the rear axle be modified. (Just saw that Ed beat me to this...). In any event the car will be a lot of fun for you - enjoy!
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    My First Buick

    Nice! What year? When was the picture taken?
  8. Gene Brink

    New to me 61 Invicta 2dr hrdtp

    Nice! Enjoy!
  9. Gene Brink

    newbie with 72 Electra

    Beautiful and hardly broken in...😊
  10. Gene Brink

    bucket seTS

    Boy if it did most of us would be driving small cars...
  11. Gene Brink

    Another nailhead question

    Uncertain about whether or not you need plugs in the pictured holes but they do not appear to had plugs given the "old engine" discoloration of the metal. If they should be plugged I'd bet you would show oil leakage from your previous attempts to raise oil pressure by turning the oil pump as it certainly would flow oil freely if it were getting to them. Your front cam bearing should have an elongated hole and two round holes in it and cannot see clearly enough in your picture to determine if yours does. Roughly speaking the elongated hole should be at the bottom (slightly to one side to align with the oil passage in the block) and the two round holes positioned like the upper arms of a Y (also aligned with holes in the block) so the oil can flow to the valve lifter oil galleries on each side as well as on to the rocker assemblies. As others have stated the front journal on the camshaft has to have a machined groove in it that will align with all three holes in the bearing to permit a volume of oil to circulate. From your previous descriptions of what you've tried, etc. I'd bet the camshaft bearing is incorrectly installed (or worse yet the machine shop inserted the wrong bearing in the front position) or, if replaced, the cam front journal does not have the necessary groove in it. A good oil flow diagram for your engine can be found at (fig 60-124) Good luck.
  12. Gene Brink

    What's your Dream Buick?

    Wow hard to pick just one as I lust for three (at least 3 for the longest time...). In order of preference they are '65 Riviera, '65 Skylark GS, '67 Electra
  13. Don't forget that the '55 was the first year for variable pitch stators that felt much like a lower gear when engaged (NOT as low as the low position though) by flooring the gas pedal giving a noticeable improvement up to 50 mph or so. If your transmission is working properly you should feel something like this when you floor it. If you don't feel anything like that the shop manual gives instructions on how to adjust the linkage (connects to throttle linkage) so it will properly engage. Assuming this works it sounds as though your transmission is working correctly. I can advise that you don't want to shift from low to drive on a regular basis - especially if you do so under full throttle - unless you enjoy removing/replacing transmissions (which I did six times when I was much younger and felt the "normal" position for the gas pedal was tight against the floorboard).
  14. Gene Brink

    1940 Special

    Almost without exception I do NOT like the way big rims and tires look on an older car but this one carries it off better than most. Pretty pricey...
  15. Last nights episode had a beautiful '65 Riviera Gran Sport on it. Jay was a bit confused about engine specs - but can't really blame him as it must be very hard to keep track of specs on as many cars, trucks, bikes, etc. that he owns. Worth taking a look if you love (even like) the first generation Rivieras.