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  1. joe_padavano

    1931 Oldsmobile 2 DOOR

    Looks like 5541 standard 2dr sedans and 3833 Deluxe 2dr sedans in 1931. This data was originally taken from Helen Early's records published in Setting the Pace. As for photos, if you type 1931 oldsmobile 2dr sedan into Google, you get a lot of photos. There's one for sale through Hemmings right now. Here are other photos on the web.
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    So whom would you sell it to?

    "Money talks, BS walks"
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    THIS! Most states have a documented process for dealing with lost titles, abandoned cars, etc.
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    Misfire Teaser - straight flathead 6

    Did you happen to swap the no. 1 plug to a different cylinder to see if the problem is the plug or the cylinder?
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    Log truck

    How do you know it's going downhill? The fact that the photo is taken at an angle does not mean that the roadbed is angled. It looks more like a bridge over a gorge.
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    Backing up an in-tank fuel pump with an in-line one

    Well, my data point is my Chevy truck. It has just under 300,000 miles on it. The factory pump went at about 80K, the replacement I put in went at about 160K, and I proactively put one in at 240K. One thing that has an effect on pump life is your average fuel level in the tank. Running around near empty all the time accelerates pump wear, both from not having the fuel around the pump to keep it cooler and by sucking up more of the crud in the bottom of the tank.
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    Backing up an in-tank fuel pump with an in-line one

    Automakers put pumps in the tank for two reasons, first that makes them much quieter and second, the fuel cools the pump. Unless you run a completely separate inlet fitting to the tank, the external pump will be sucking through the failed internal pump. That may or may not work. I've just taken to replacing my in-tank pumps every 70K miles or so as a preventative measure, as I've had them go repeatedly at 80K or so. This way you do it on your terms when the tank is empty.
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    Buying on ebay. Don't use your phone!!!!

    I'm willing to bet that even if those buyers had used a full size monitor, they would have found something else to complain about. Some people are just like that.
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    Need suggestion for a mysterious coolant leak

    Yeah, but there isn't any UV dye in that water, whereas he's seeing it in the water coming out the exhaust.
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    Need suggestion for a mysterious coolant leak

    I think that is a reasonable conclusion. I'd suggest that your problem is either a head gasket or a crack that is closing up as the engine heats up.
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    Does anybody have a time machine?

    If you had a time machine, why go to that junkyard? Just go back a few more years and buy a new one.
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    Need suggestion for a mysterious coolant leak

    Don't confuse humidity in the air with a real internal engine leak. The air sucked into the engine always has some humidity in it, and water vapor is a byproduct of combustion. There will always be some water vapor (and often liquid) at the tailpipe when you start the engine until it warms up. That doesn't mean that there ISN'T a head gasket leak (which may or may not be sealing itself as the engine comes up to temperature and parts expand), but some water is normal.
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    Need suggestion for a mysterious coolant leak

    Most dealership "mechanics" are only parts-changers. They plug in to the diagnostic connector, they read the codes, and they replace the parts that the computer tells them to replace. They have little or no diagnostic skills and thus a problem like this that doesn't set a code will be a complete mystery to them. Sadly, this is the state of auto repair today. The suggestion not to overlook the independents is a good one in that independent repair shops (especially older, well established ones) will have much more experience with actual diagnosis.
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    1962 GM turn signal actuator assembly

    I'm not sure exactly what you are calling the "actuator", but here are the illustrations and listings from the parts book. All 61/62 full size cars use the same parts for the turn signal actuation, noting that in some cases automatic and standard columns require some different parts.
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    Need suggestion for a mysterious coolant leak

    A leakdown tester should allow you to find a leaking head gasket.