Joseph P. Indusi

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  1. Joseph P. Indusi

    Best differentail lube for 1950's Buicks

    Follow-up. I have the back cover with the raised section for the ring gear. Before draining the lube (85/90 GL4 from about 3 years ago) I calibrated a plastic jug to catch the drained lube. It measured just about 4 pints. So I refilled with the 85W-140 GL5 Valvoline dino and will drive it some in the next few days. Thanks for all the responses. Joe
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    1956 parts book, group and parts number?

    My parts book for 1942 to 1956 under Group 3.158 lists Fuel Feed Pipe, but this may include hoses as well. In any case, they list Part 1169718 for 1956 All. I have checked my other references and I cannot tell if the part above is a pipe or a hose. Joe
  3. Joseph P. Indusi

    1937 Special Hot Differential/Rear Wheels

    Some additional data from the 52 Shop manual and the 53 Product Service Bulletin. It seems the original fill for the rear axle was 3 pints. In these references they indicate that differential with the numerically lower axle ratios should be filled with 4 pints of lube requiring that the back cover be rotated one hole higher. Then in 53 early production they came out with a new back cover with the raised section for the ring gear. The 4 pints will bring the lube to near the bottom of the axle shafts. Joe, BCA 33493
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    Surprise award

    Congratulations Ben on a great write up. It takes technical knowledge, writing skills and many hours of work to produce this kind of product. I and many others enjoyed reading your work. I am glad that you have received this recognition. Joe Indusi
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    6 volt bulbs - Best Bang for Your Buck

    The interior of the dome light on my 53 Special is painted white, not the socket, just the interior frame or body to which the socket is mounted. Haven't looked inside my tail light assemblies to check, perhaps just unpainted. Joe
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    6 volt bulbs - Best Bang for Your Buck

    If the internal reflector in a car light is rusted or soiled, clean it and then spray with white paint. I have noticed that many of the old car lights had internal reflectors that were painted white. If I recall from physics, white will reflect all wavelengths of light. Joe
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    Timing mark location on 320 straight eight

    The timing index mark on my 53 Special looks like the small point in your photo that I drew your attention to. The illustration in the shop manual is just that, an illustration and not a photo of the timing index mark. Paint that point with some white paint and paint the advance mark on the flywheel and with a good timing light you should see both. I find that when I work under the hood of the Buick I use a pallet that is about 4-5" high so I can see and reach things better. At 5'9" in height I am not short but these old cars were much higher off the ground than today's cars. Let us know how you make out. Joe
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    Timing mark location on 320 straight eight

    I see a small bubble of metal with a point on the end just above your yellow arrow in the photo. With a small screwdriver touch this gently to see if it is just some debris or if it is immovable. If the latter, apply some white paint to the pointed tip and proceed to hook up your timing light to check the timing. Sometimes the marks on the flywheel are not easy to find and you may have to remove the bottom cover on the bell housing to locate them. That point I describe above may just be the index mark. An alternative may be to use a vacuum gauge to time the engine and some old-timers swear by that method. Joe
  9. Joseph P. Indusi

    Best differentail lube for 1950's Buicks

    Thanks to all who responded. I was able to find Valvoline 85W-140 in non-synthetic so I think this will work for me. The rear is original and has not been rebuilt but I made a vent by drilling a hole through an aluminum bolt and use this on the back cover near the top but not in line with the ring gear. I agree with Bernie that rear end service and lube is important but rarely given a thought. Joe
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    Best differentail lube for 1950's Buicks

    I did some more reading and it seems that synthetic gear oil for differentials out performs the regular types. For such a small quantity it will not be too expensive to use Mobil 1 synthetic 75W-90 in the rear end. Any down side to using synthetic in the differential of my 53 Special? Joe
  11. Have been reading that GL-5 gear lube is supposed to be rated the highest and was thinking of 85W-140 in regular non-synthetic for differential in my 53 Special. Also most brands say it meets the old MIL-2105 specification. Am I on the right track? Joe
  12. Joseph P. Indusi

    56 trunk accessory?

    Oval cutout with 2 screw holes to the right may be for trunk light. Joe
  13. Joseph P. Indusi

    53 Special Steering wheel removal

    Bought a "Drag Link Plug Driver" for 1/2" drive for $12.55 on Amazon. Worth the price to have one handy. Joe
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    53 Special Steering wheel removal

    UPDATE: Front end guy adjusted tie rod ends so steering wheel is straight ahead when going straight. However, a fair amount play in the wheel requiring frequent correction with any change in the road surface. I decided to check the adjustment in the center link where the pitman arm ball connects. Removed the cotter pin and had a hard time to get the plug to turn but finally with WD-40 got it out and cleaned up the threads. Turned it back in to stop and then backed out 2 turns according to the shop manual. Lubed the center link with the grease gun and noticed that new adjustment location is about 1 and 1/2 turns in so there must have been some wear over 66K miles. Took it for a test run and most of the play is gone, perhaps 70% or so. Front end guy says these cars were never great in the handling department but it sure is a pleasure to drive now. I had to use a large screw driver with a square shank and a wrench on the shank for moving the plug in the beginning. There must be a tool or bit that would fit a 3/8 ratchet drive, anybody know the name of the bit? Best to all. Joe
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    Alternator Regultor Schematic

    The conversion from 6 volts to 8 volts is a crime. These cars ran for decades with the 6 volt system. Use heavy battery cables and assure the charging circuit and components are all in good shape and there will be no need to convert to 8 volts. I know of cases where this has been tried and either the regulator has to be adjusted to 9+ volts to charge the battery and burn out the light bulbs, damage the radio and other accessories or the 8 volt battery needs to be charged with a plug in battery charger. Joe