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  1. joe_padavano

    Steering wheel feels Tacky

    Volatiles in the GM plastics will outgas, causing the sticky/tacky feel. People have tried every possible cleaner for this. By far the most effective is the wax and grease remover solvents used just prior to painting a car. This solvent will not damage the plastic. Brand names for this product are Prep-Sol and Prep-All. Eastwood sells a product called PRE that apparently is the same thing, but I have not tried that product. There are other equivalent brand names. You can find these at an auto paint supply store. Do NOT get the newer water-based materials - only the older solvent-based ones. Goo-Gone is an equivalent product sold in smaller containers at a higher unit price.
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    1965 Buick Wildcat GS

    Since you KNOW that the car is not a factory-built Super Wildcat car, why are you even asking these questions? The ad clearly says that the dual quads (which only came on the 425 motor from the factory) were added to the 401 in your car. That means that the air cleaner and who knows what else were NOT factory installed and were likely installed in someone's home garage. What was the whole purpose of this thread? You already know it's not a factory built car.
  3. joe_padavano

    1965 Buick Wildcat GS

    Every single one-of-none car comes with a "special order" story and no documentation or actual proof. I'm really tired of the "well, anything could happen" argument, too. On another forum, there's a person who claims that his 1972 Olds 442 came from the factory with 1971 grills, because the factory used up prior year parts. Of course, his car was built more than four months after the start of production, and no other 72s with the wrong grills have ever been documented. 🙄
  4. joe_padavano

    1965 Buick Wildcat GS

    You mean because the recently-joined OP has only six posts, all in this thread?
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    1965 Buick Wildcat GS

    Just about everything on your car was available as a regular production option in 1965. The chrome wheels were an available option on any Wildcat that year. The chrome air cleaner and dual exhaust were part of the Super Wildcat engine option, also available on any Wildcat that year. Nothing there is part of any "GS package". More to the point, your photos look EXACTLY like the ones in this ad from a dealership. The description in the ad claims that the car has a 401 motor, not a 425, and that the dual quads were added. Obviously this is NOT a Super Wildcat motor if that is true. It also begs the question of what other parts were added to the car when this modification was done. Sorry to burst your bubble, but you have a home-built mongrel and not some rare factory one-off. It's a nice car, but the story doesn't hold water.
  6. joe_padavano

    1965 Buick Wildcat GS

    It's a cool car. I love performance versions of the GM full size cars. I'm certainly no Buick expert, but the 2x4 bbl Super Wildcat engine was factory available in the Wildcat in 1965. I'm not sure what other "GS equipment" you are talking about.
  7. joe_padavano

    1966 442 Tri Power convertible cowl tag information

    The 442 was not a separate model in 1966 and thus did not have a unique VIN. The RPO L78 442 package was available on the F-85, F-85 Deluxe, and Cutlass lines. The VIN would have been that of the base model. In your case, the 33867 VIN shows this to be a Cutlass convertible. The good news is that the 5V code on the cowl tag does prove that the car is a real 442. FYI, your posted VIN has a typo - you are missing a character as there are 13 characters in the VIN. The seventh character is the assembly plant. Given that the cowl tag shows this to be a Lansing built car, the VIN should be 338676M380066. For completeness, your cowl tag decodes as follows: 06A = built the first week (A) of June (06), 1966 ST66 = Style 1966 model year 33867 = Oldsmobile (3) Cutlass (38) convertible (67) LAN = Lansing assembly plant 8694 = Fisher Body sequence number, not related to the VIN TR980-8 = Trim black bucket seat interior C-2 PNT = Provincial White paint (C) with black convertible top (2) The remaining cowl tag data are option codes W = tinted windshield S = power trunk release 2L = floor cutout for 4spd shifter T = power antenna 4F = ??? C = chrome window sill molding at base of side windows (RPO B85 moldings) 5V = 442 package Y = deluxe seat belts Keep in mind that the cowl tag was installed by Fisher Body before the body was dropped on the chassis and only contains option codes that were installed by Fisher. You won't find any data on the engine or rear axle, for example. The four speed code is only there because Fisher had to cut the hole in the floor and install the adapter for the shifter boot. The 442 code is there only because Fisher had to pierce the body for the different emblems and the fender vents. There is nothing that will prove or disprove if the car was an L69 tri-carb car from the factory. Keep in mind that the tri-carb package was also available as a dealer-installed package in addition to being factory installed. Look again at the casting number on the intake. It should be 393238, which is the tri-carb intake. Look again at the other number - it's the firing order (1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2). Good luck, sounds like a nicely optioned car.
  8. joe_padavano

    Olds 1965 88-98-Starfire front fender extension

    You might have better results if you correct the title of your ad. This part does not fit an F-85.
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    1948 Car Production

    There are currently 93 1948 model year cars and trucks for sale on ebay.
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    1948 Car Production

    No one knows. Historically, about 1% of the cars from a given model year survive 20 years later (well, at least for cars of that vintage). Naturally this survival percentage is higher for more desirable models and lower for less desirable ones. I really only search for Oldsmobiles and I have seen a number of 48s for sale over the last few years, but frankly, everyone wants a 49 or newer Olds for the V8. About the only 1948 cars that stand out are the Tuckers, of course. Clearly a few more than 1% of those have survived.
  11. joe_padavano

    Olds 1965 88-98-Starfire front fender extension

    That part does not fit a 1966 F-85. The 1966-67 F-85/Cutlass fender extensions look like this: Your part is from a 1965 Olds full size (Delta 88 and Ninety Eight), as seen in this photo. The Oldsmobile parts book confirms that P/N 589852 fits all 1965 Oldsmobile EXCEPT F-85. Good luck with the sale.
  12. joe_padavano

    Failed Again! 1977 Seville

    Well, ALDL is Assembly Line Diagnostic Link, and GM at least uses ALDL to refer to the under-dash connector on both OBD I and OBD II systems.
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    Wiper issue

    Did you install the arm on the motor shaft 180 deg out?
  14. joe_padavano

    Failed Again! 1977 Seville

    Have the injectors been cleaned? It doesn't take much buildup on the pintle to hold them open enough to cause excess fuel to be dumped into the intake.
  15. joe_padavano

    Failed Again! 1977 Seville

    People need to READ the factory service manual before working on this car. As I pointed out waaaay back in the OP's first thread about this car, the port fuel injection used on this 350 Olds motor is ancient. It DOES NOT use an O2 sensor. There is NO feedback on the A/F ratio. It runs open loop all the time, by design. The ECU is an ANALOG computer, not digital. I doubt there are more than a handful of mechanics left in the country who understand how this EFI works, much less are able to troubleshoot it. Also, the injectors used in this system are unique to this system. You cannot simply install "Vette" injectors - they do not fit in the holes in the manifold.