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  1. gas in oil pan

    Just get the stock pump rebuilt and forget the electric. If you MUST have an electric pump wire it through a switch and use it sparingly, for easier starting and in case of vapor lock, do not use all the time.
  2. 1940 Coolant checker

    That is a hydrometer, you can still buy them in parts stores I think. If you did you could swap the old float into a new glass tube and call it restored.
  3. Advice on a Bentley please.

    Do you really want the car? Are you a good mechanic, and can you afford to buy parts? Does the engine turn over and have compression? Does the price reflect the condition, in other words is it irresistibly cheap? If the answer is yes to all questions, why not have a go? Worst case you can't get it running but can sell it for what you paid, or part it out and get your money back.
  4. This Just Ruined My Day.....

    I can beat that. Local guy bought a 1951 Chrysler club coupe with 15000 miles on it. It looked and ran like it just rolled out of the showroom. His first move was to yank out the engine and replace it with a junkyard V8 "to make it more reliable".
  5. Parts availability 1950's Buick vs. Oldsmobile

    One minor point no one has mentioned. Buick used 2 completely different bodies for their 1955 line. The Special, Super and Century used the General Motors B body, the big Roadmaster shared its C body with Cadillac. This means windows, doors, and some other parts interchange among the lesser models but not the Roadmaster. I mention this because it is important when buying used parts, I know of one European Buick owner who bought a windshield for a Roadmaster and found it was no where near fitting his Buick Super.
  6. What were all these License Plate toppers for ? ?

    Pharmacies made deliveries in those days. A topper like that might act as a ticket repellent if you parked illegally, or exceeded the speed limit. You could claim you were on an errand of mercy delivering medicine to a sick baby. A wise cop would offer you a police escort and check out your story and slap a ticket on you if you were lying. But, it might be worth a try. Other than that guys put lodge insignia, or veterans had military toppers etc to indicate membership in some group or fraternity.
  7. Gas in a 6.3 litre diesel

    How much fuel was in the tank when you filled it up? We used to put up to 10% gasoline in diesel fuel in very cold ( zero) weather to prevent it congealing. No harm resulted. If the fuel was more than half diesel you may get away without damage. Does the engine turn over? Does it have compression? You should drain the system and refill with diesel fuel before you try it. I'm no diesel expert but believe the biggest worry is excess wear or scoring of the fuel injection pump due to lack of lubrication. The pistons, rings, and valves should be ok. They are practically the same as those in a gas engine but heavier duty or more durable.
  8. Parts availability 1950's Buick vs. Oldsmobile

    About the transmissions. They had 2 completely different approaches to making a transmission. The Oldsmobile used a Hydramatic which was quite complicated. It had 2 fluid couplings and a 4 speed planetary gearbox. The Buick Dynaflow was much simpler, a torque converter backed up by a 2 speed planetary gearbox, which was meant to be in direct drive all the time with a low gear for emergencies. So the Buick Dynaflow has the advantage of smoothness and simplicity. But it was exclusive to Buick. The Hydramatic was much more widely used, not only by Oldsmobile but Pontiac and Cadillac in the GM line, and was sold to Lincoln, Kaiser, Frazer, Hudson, Nash, and Willys. This extra demand may mean better parts availability, I will leave it to the transmission experts to comment. Both were medium priced cars of good quality capable of long reliable service if properly maintained. The Olds was more ruggedly built but this is of minor concern as you will not be using it hard. Given the age of the cars, condition, mileage and service history are more important. Personally I lean towards the Oldsmobile partly because I like its looks.
  9. painting car parts with a brush

    Tex you got a good color match on that Caddy fender. If you wet sand and buff it will look like new, you can do that with lacquer easy. I used to work in an ambulance factory. They had fibreglass interior panels that always got gouged during installation. I would touch up the gouges just like you did that fender using matching gel coat. When it was dry I could carefully sand it down with 600 paper, blend and polish it , and you couldn't tell it was ever damaged.
  10. Looking for career advice

    Everything else being equal, get a job with the government preferrably the federal government. It seems strange that your employer knows how valuable you are to the company yet seems determined to push you out. If you are curious you might have it out with the owner and find out what is really going on - but only after you have your new job sewn up.
  11. 1943-54 Chrysler Windsor 6

    Clean the engine and photograph any raised casting numbers. It will help if you highlight them with chalk or crayon. There may be something like a clock dial that gives the time or shift in which the casting was made.
  12. 1943-54 Chrysler Windsor 6

    There may be a date code cast into the block that will nail down when it was made, possibly to the time of day or shift. Don't ask me how to interpret them, I don't know.
  13. 1943-54 Chrysler Windsor 6

    One list of engine numbers shows IND265 as a 265 cu in industrial engine, built of the large Chrysler block with 25" long head.The 265 came out in 1952 and all the ones used in cars, had the full flow filter. Your engine does not have this filter but it is not a deal breaker, the bypass filter is just as good. It appears it was converted to 12 volt electrics with a GM alternator, Bosch blue (VW) coil and for good measure, a newer fan put on backwards. The starter will tell you if the engine was 12v from new. If it is 12v and comes with a good flywheel you are in luck. The industrial bellhousing may not be any good for a car, but might be handy to build a test stand. That engine in a light roadster or speedster will give you all the pep you need.
  14. A brass car - this Pierce Arrow?

    Another thought occurred to me. Pierce Arrow's next new model was the dual valve six of 1918. That means the car in question would have been of the older designs that dated to 1910 meaning that from a design standpoint it was solidly in the brass era.
  15. A brass car - this Pierce Arrow?

    Sure looks like brass trim to me. From what you say it was built just inside the cutoff for official brass era status. In my book you have a brass car from late in the era. Maybe not what purists think of as a brass car but it is one nevertheless.