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  1. Grand Prix Race this Saturday in Coatesville, PA

    Very cool. Thanks for the heads-up, Steve. I had not heard of this before.
  2. Cutlass Cruiser NOS grill logo

    Not from a 1973 model. Olds didn't even use the Cutlass Cruiser name that year. That part number appears to be for a 1981 Cutlass Cruiser.
  3. 1968 buick skylark custom

    Yes, it's a beautiful car. Good luck. The "Swap Meet" forum is for, well, threads about swap meets. The "Buy/Sell" forum is the classifieds.
  4. Interesting vintage Hurricane photos

    My dad saved the newspapers from that hurricane. I remember reading them as a kid in the 1960s.
  5. "High" Nuts vs Standard for Cylinder Head

    That is not entirely true. It depends on the ductility of the bolt and nut materials. The statement is more accurate for hardened steels, like Grade 8 bolts. More ductile materials will yield slightly and allow better load sharing among the threads. Aluminum threads are the opposite extreme, for example.
  6. 350 swap to 63 buick skylark

    You DO realize he has a BUICK Skylark and is putting a BUICK 350 into it, right?
  7. 1964 Olds Dynamic 88 disc brake conversion

    The brake booster won't make the brakes go out. All it will do if it goes bad is cause higher pedal pressure to be required to stop the car. The brakes work when the engine is not running and there is no vacuum, so a bad booster is exactly the same thing, The 1975 master cylinder will NOT work for two reasons. First, there was no 1975 Olds that did not have front disc brakes. The 75 D88 master is configured for these disc brakes. That means that the piston diameter may be wrong and the front brake port does not have the residual pressure valve required for drum brakes. Second, the 1975 master cylinder has a shallow hole in the back for the short pushrod used on 1967-up power boosters. Your 1964 power booster has a long pushrod that will bottom the M/C piston. The correct dual circuit M/C to use with your booster is the 1962-1966 Cadillac M/C. Raybestos P/N MC36373, available from RockAuto for about $63.
  8. 350 swap to 63 buick skylark

    The supercharged 3800SC is also cool, but either require a trans swap also.
  9. 350 swap to 63 buick skylark

    The Tempest also had different front suspension, different brakes, and five bolt wheels instead of four bolt. It also had the transaxle in the back, which made up for the difference in engine weight on the front wheels and suspension.
  10. 350 swap to 63 buick skylark

    This car doesn't have a frame. It's a unibody car. There is a suspension crossmember that bolts to the unibody and also has welded-on mounts for the rubber motor mounts. Your bigger problem is that the iron Buick 350 weighs about twice what the original aluminum V8 weighed. Brakes, suspension, rear axle are all undersized. A far easier swap is the 4.6 liter Rover motor, which is externally identical to the original 215. 300 HP out of one of those is not difficult, and power to weight is better than for most musclecars.
  11. A replacement piston question

    As I said, mixing and matching pistons like that is not uncommon when one is trying to build a stroker motor. A longer than stock stroke requires either shorter rods or reduced compression height in the piston or both. Unless you are building a small block Chevy, there are few off-the-shelf pistons for such custom applications. This is where careful selection of off-brand pistons can provide an inexpensive option. For example, it's not uncommon to use Mopar pistons in a stroker Oldsmobile build. Pontiac pistons also work depending on the bore and stroke desired. Also, it is common to turn down the rod journals (usually required anyway to offset grind a stroker crank) and use plentiful Chevy rods in other makes. Again, the Chevy rods are available in a wide variety of lengths for a fraction of the cost of custom rods. The motor neither knows nor cares what brand of rod or piston is in it.
  12. A replacement piston question

    Very impressive work for a self-proclaimed "amateur".
  13. A replacement piston question

    Cool. That would be helpful info to have. As I said, we hotrodders frequently look for oddball piston applications for custom motor builds. For example, I've got a 1969 Olds 400 motor with the insanely small 3.890" bore and 4.25" stroke and I'd like to find pistons that will let me open the bore up somewhat - that block can probably take nearly a 0.200" overbore, pending sonic testing. I have to say that you've piqued my interest in the custom machining work you've done on your friend's motor. More info would be greatly appreciated if you get the chance. Sounds like a fun, challenging project.
  14. A replacement piston question

    I was under the impression that the OP knew where to buy low cost OEM pistons but was asking about a database of such sorted by dimensions, not by application.
  15. First Aid Kit

    Steve, no argument on any of that, and I'm not suggesting that one shouldn't carry a first aid kit. I question the wisdom or need for requiring it for judging, however. A fully-stocked safety kit (or several, depending on the size of the event) controlled by the event officials makes a lot more sense. EMS professionals nearby certainly makes more sense. Frankly I'm not terribly worried about paper cuts and the like. Given the graying of our hobby (and the degradation of the health of the American public in general), I'm far more concerned with heat stroke, heart attacks, and other serious health issues with participants or spectators.