Joseph P. Indusi

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Joseph P. Indusi last won the day on July 5 2016

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    Antique car restoration, electronics, fishing
  1. "Hill Holder"

    I had the No-Roll on my 48 Special Sedanet. The explanation above from the Studebaker Manual is probably the best you will find. I have some data on this that I will check on and report back. I doubt if you will find any for sale anywhere but maybe one might show up on eBay. I know Buick offered it on some models and mine looked to be factory installed and not aftermarket. They can be difficult to adjust if they are not set correctly. My understanding of the way they operated is as follows: When the car is facing uphill at a red traffic light, the operator would depress the brake and clutch. Then the brake could be released and the car would not roll backwards. When the light changed to green, the clutch could be let out and the brakes would unlock and allow the car to move forward. The No-roll had a linkage arm that connected to the clutch linkage with an adjustment to vary the the length of the arm. If not adjusted properly, the car would roll back and then go forward or the brakes would stay locked longer and interfere with the forward movement of the car. The Manual above provides a complete description of the mechanical operation of the No-Roll valve. I disconnected mine by securing the linkage rod to the firewall and the car functioned as any other standard transmission car as mine was not adjusted properly. I also was concerned that the rubber seal inside was likely deteriorated after so many years and I did not know where to get a replacement. If I still had that car I would probably spend some time trying to correct the adjustment of the linkage rod. Joe, BCA 33493
  2. 1937 Special Rear Shocks

    I have had good luck with hydraulic jack oil and it seems to be somewhat lighter than 30 weight. Beyond this I cannot help you. Please post the outcome when you get this resolved. Joe
  3. 1953 V 8 fuel filter Roadmaster - Skylark

    I have a 53 Special that has a Carter 2-barrel and is equipped with the flat pancake style fuel filter. I have seen these on other 53 Buicks as well. The name on the filter is Moraine Gasoline Filter. I have been unable to find a listing for this filter in my parts books. The illustrations for identifying the carburetor parts show the filter attached with a nipple to the carburetor inlet but does not call it out as "fuel filter". Somewhere there must be a reference to this part! Joe
  4. 1937 Buick Clock Recall

    I have seen this occur in many electronic circuits as well, generally brought on by excessive heat as stated above by Las Vegas Dave. My observation is that the solder forms a crystal like composition and develops cracks. These cracks on a circuit board are very fine but just wide enough so that continuity is lost. I have repaired oil burner relays, radios, TV's, power supplies in paper shredders, etc. by just finding and then re-soldering these defective solder joints. Joe
  5. 1941 Limited - How are my door panels attached?

    I have replaced the serrated nail clips on two Buicks, one 1948 and one 1953. Bob's sells replacements as described above. If the hole or slot in the inner door skin is too large and the nail does not hold, just place a length of thin heat shrink tubing over the nail, heat it up, let it cool and then push it in to the slot or hole. Generally holds well in my experience. Joe, BCA 33493
  6. Remember Driving the Big Buicks in Snow?

    I grew up in northern Westchester County in New York. This is a very hilly region, especially in the towns along the Hudson River. The old Buicks with Dynaflow were very good in snow if you started out slowly. I could usually take any of the hills in a 56 Buick Special that was my father's car. In those days we used bias ply snow tires during the winter and occasionally we installed chains. The Dynaflow was nice, no abrupt shifts, and if you gave it the gas gently the wheels rarely lost traction. Cement blocks in the trunk were sometimes also used to get some weight over the rear wheels and improve the front/rear weight distribution. Those were the days. Joe, BCA 33493
  7. Interesting '53 Special with factory AC?

    I have an original car and accessories price list dated January 9, 1953. It shows Airconditioner available on series 50 and 70 for $594.00. As Al says above, could only be on sedans and hardtops and not on Estate Wagons and Convertibles given the configuration of components in the trunk. Joe, BCA 33493
  8. 1953 Super Radiator Question

    All Dynaflow transmissions have to be cooled. The early ones ran engine coolant hoses to the cooler at the rear of the transmission and then in 1956 (I think) they ran the transmission fluid forward to the bottom of the radiator where inside the lower tank there was heat exchanger. You are always better off using your upper and lower tanks and having a new core placed between them. The 1953 Buick cars with Dynaflow all had a hose fitting in the bottom tank for the heater return line. The cooler was fed from two nipples off the water pump on all the 1953 series 40 Specials and the series 50-70. All had the pipe nipple at the bottom of the radiator. I will try to post the hose routing diagram for you. Joe, BCA 33493
  9. 53 Buick Special Questions

    I have the 6 volt Pertronix unit in my 53 Special for about 12 years or so and it works just fine. I have 00 gauge battery cables and use a Battery Tender upon return every time I take the car out. I think the key with these 6 volt cars is the need to keep all connections clean, maintain good grounds ( I think you fellows would say good earthing) and using the correct gauge wire for battery cables. I agree with Ben that there is no easy way to adapt another transmission to these old Dynaflow cars. But I find the Dynaflow does the job and it is very smooth. Happy New Year. Joe, BCA 33493
  10. Ha ha

    Not on this chart but what about "Ran when parked"? Joe, BCA 33493
  11. The 68s turn 50 this year

    I got mine today and as usual Pete did a great job. The Bugle is clearly one of the best. Joe, BCA 33493
  12. Front End Friday Photo

    Five years apart, but you can see the family resemblance.
  13. '50 Special Exhaust Manifold Valve is unstuck!

    See photos that show correct installation of coil spring. When hot box is cold and you push weight on firewall side down to open valve the coil spring will resist your movement. When hot the coil spring will relax and the weight will drop by gravity and open valve. In first photo exhaust pipe would bolt to right side and left side on second photo. Joe, BCA 33493
  14. '50 Special Exhaust Manifold Valve is unstuck!

    You need to follow up on this. When hot, the weight on the arm on the firewall side should be down toward the block and the anti rattle spring should be free and extended so that the valve is fully open. If the anti rattle spring does not allow the valve to fully open, then you can stretch it a little. Joe
  15. '50 Special Exhaust Manifold Valve is unstuck!

    With the engine hot, the themostatic coil spring on the front side of the hot box will unwind a little allow the weight to drop by gravity opening the valve. I say opening because the exhaust gases are then routed straight out to the exhaust pipe and not through the intake manifold plenum under the base of the carburetor. Just be sure the valve can open all the way when hot; this is most important. When cold the anti-rattle spring never really exerts any tension and it commonly just sits there to prevent the valve from rattling open and partially shut. Keep us posted. Joe, BCA 33493