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    oil bath air cleaner modification

    I wish I had my info handy--but I believe a good tight fit on my '56 Century was found using a filter designed for a mid-80's Chevy S-10. Seals without needing additional gasketing.
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    Anyone tried the Speedo Cable Repair Kits?

    Turning the cable by hand might not get the needle to move. I chuck the end of the cable in a cordless drill to get enough rpm to get the speedo moving.
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    1956 Buick Special Heater Core R & R

    I've done it on my '56 Century. Did not have to remove the fender. I don't recall it being that big of a deal. Had a radiator shop replace the core for me.
  4. Couldn't think of a better place to ask for assistance. I have a time stamp just like this one--except the plunger is stuck in the down position. The plunger shaft is brass, the housing cast iron. I've tried PB blaster and as much prying and hammering with a rubber mallet as I dare but to no avail. It's been this way for 30 years or more. Any recommendations? Heat & Cold? I've taken the clock works out but can't get the die out with the plunger in the down position, and the die most likely has the name of the Hawaiian sugar mill where it was last used.
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    Understanding the Dynaflow

    Living on the West Coast it was simply a knit hat or ski hat. My Canadian relatives called it a toque. But moving here to the East Coast (NC) I got real confused when people called them tobbogans. To me that's a 6' snow sled.
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    1956 Buick Century axle studs

    I had the same challenge some 20 years ago. I bought grade 8 bolts of the larger diameter and thread, then took them to the local vocational school where they cut off the heads and turned down the narrower diameter and thread pitch needed. Said the hardened bolts needed 3 passes each on the thread cutting lathe. They worked wonderfully! I've since moved back to the original wheels and hubcaps.
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    56 Power Steering Rebuld Kit

    Sorry I wasn't more clear--Fusick wants to buy one they can keep so they can develop the kit at their convenience. I took a vacation day today and visited the bearing store in Raleigh for the seals and the rubber store for the O-rings and felt seal. Some of the rings looked a little smaller in the cross section than the originals, and they had to trim and reglue one of the larger rings to fit. The cost of the O-rings and felt seal was less than $4. Not sure how much the seals were, will pick them up on Tuesday.
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    1955 Buick Dynaflow problem

    I bought a test gauge at the farm store, and found that the threads on a flexible grease gun hose were exactly what I needed to connect the gauge to the various ports on my '56 Dynaflow. On a somewhat related note, if you ever need to check pressure with the transmission out of the car, I used some thick rubber and a couple of hose clamps to attach my largest socket to the center of the torque convertor. Then I attached an old 1/3 hp corded drill to spin the unit up for pressure testing.
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    56 Power Steering Rebuld Kit

    Finally decided it's time to get this project done, but no one seems to have a gasket and seal kit. Spent some time on the phone with Terrance at Fusick--says the 56 Buick box was a one-year only unit, and they have not yet developed a kit for us. (They will PAY $100 and shipping for a unit they can tear down and use to create a kit.) Anyhow--are there any other suppliers for a kit?
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    56 Power Steering Rebuld Kit

    I pulled the seals at the pitman shaft and the input shaft. The pitman shaft seal carries the following identifying info: EP 46 5683373 The input shaft seal reads: GP 20892 09 5682846 Are all numbers significant, or just one set--maybe the ones starting with 56? If I match those numbers, are all the appropriate dimensions going to be correct for this application? Thanks,
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    56 Power Steering Rebuld Kit

    I too was expecting to see gaskets in those two places--but in both cases it was a large o-ring.
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    56 Power Steering Rebuld Kit

    Jerry: Do you have a part number for the kit from CARS? I'm not having much luck searching their site. My steering box leaks more than my Dynaflow, but otherwise works fine. I disassembled it a couple of days ago--it's pretty straightforward, but I'm planning on leaving the control valve intact and am not planning on tearing into the piston or ball nut--just replacing the assorted o-rings, and the seals at the pitman shaft and input shaft. So far it looks like 3 large o-rings, 2 medium sized o-rings for the elbow on the control linkage, and two small o-rings between the control valve and main body. Plus the seals and washers. Thanks for any direction you can provide. Rick
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    WATER HOSE ROUTING

    I love the business card from Braley & Graham in Portland, OR. My '56 Century still has the chromed logo from that dealer on the trunk lid.
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    56 Special Heater core removal/replacement

    John D. beat me to it--followed the same process on my '56 Century. Just takes patience.
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    1956 Hood Scoop

    I had that same question a few years ago...the first explanation I heard is that the AC cars had the open grill and the non-AC cars did not. Subsequent discussion here on the forum discounted that theory in favor of the running change. On the other hand, if you wanted to turn it into a "ram-air" scoop it wouldn't take much ductwork. I've seen it done on tri-5 chevys with crate engines and better air filtration systems than stock Buicks. I run the stock air filter housing but use a paper filter that fits tightly--from an S-10 if I recall correctly. Rick