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  1. 61polara

    Heater control

    I'm thinking Pontiac or Olds. Push buttons for Off, Heat and Defrost and a slide bar for the temp control.
  2. 61polara

    Electrical problem

    Micky, I'm in Charlotte and would be willing to make a trip to look things over for you. I have a '65 Thunderbird and Lincolns of the same years. I'll PM you with contact info to discuss further.
  3. 61polara

    Electrical problem

    The hot wire is in the connector for each of these items. You can google and find these wiring diagrams. Here is the one for the windows.
  4. 61polara

    1937 Special Hot Differential/Rear Wheels

    I'm going to take this in another direction. You say your brakes are hot as well. I would look for dragging brakes first. If you rear brake hose is failing internally it will limit the brake fluid return to the master cylinder and keep the brakes applied. The last time I had this problem, I cut the old hose open and the fluid passage had reduced to the size of the tip of a ball point pen.
  5. I agree, I would not convert. The car that I bought with one fried the unit, so I converted back to a points system and no problems since.
  6. 61polara

    In honor of Father’s Day

    My Dad loved cars and instilled that in me. He didn't have old cars, but supported me in my endeavors. When I turned 16 and was given a handed-down 8 year old Dodge (1961 Dodge Polara 2HT that he bought new), I told him I thought it needed a tune-up. Thinking he would say, "We'll take it to the shop", he surprised me and said, "We'll buy the tools and parts and do it our self, if we break something we can't fix, then it will go to the shop". We did my first tune-up together and it worked. He loved attending shows and events with me. Dad and his older sister on Grandpaw's 1919 Maxwell. His sister is now 103. Here he is on the left with his life long friend with his first car. This is about 1942. Both of them left North Carolina for the first time to work in the Glenn L. Martin factory building the Martin B-26 Marauder in Baltimore. Both were drafted from there, Dad serving in the 164th Combat Engineers in Europe. His last car, another coupe was a 1988 Oldsmobile Toronado Trafeo. I miss him dearly. He was a great father and friend and I would not be the person I am without him.
  7. 61polara

    Brake Fluid, Booster

    Brake fluid burns as a white smoke out of the exhaust (not blue white like oil). Look for it when the engine is at high vacuum, idling or when you close the throttle quickly. If you see the white smoke, then it is the booster. If not, it may be the booster or something else. When did you last check the brake fluid. How long and how much driving did it take to get low? Did it evaporate? Don't assume it's the booster yet.
  8. 61polara

    1950 Studebaker Champion Clutch

    Steven, Let us know what you find. Many good people on here to help guide you. Post pictures as well and it will help us guide you.
  9. 61polara

    49 Buick Convertible

    Dave, I would leave the top up and windows down and front seat all the way back. Part of the answer depends on if you are using brake fluid or ATF in the system. In the up, down and back position the push rods are all the way down in the cylinders and in the fluid. Brake fluid absorbs moisture and the rod that is out will begin to corrode. When you put the window down next spring, it will start to cut the top seal and soon it will leak. With ATF, there is an oil coating on the exposed rod and it is not as big of a deal.
  10. 61polara

    Loosing another piece of Buick history

    I worked at a tech school that were GM and Chrysler training sites. They had a pre-production Dodge Viper VIN # 3. GM and Chrysler both required that the cars be transferred to another tech school or other educational institution or proof of destruction. Many times the company would send someone in to view the destruction of the car.
  11. 61polara

    1950 Studebaker Champion Clutch

    Your car doesn't have one. I would look at the clutch return spring to see if it is broken or missing. Your clutch actuation is all mechanical unless someone has modified the car in the past.
  12. 61polara

    1956 Buick Power Wipers/Washer conversion

    Beemon, Let's get back to basics. You have a good vacuum wiper motor, but say that your wiper will slow down or stop in certain conditions. What have you done to your factory vacuum pump? What you describe sounds like you are running the wipers directly off of engine vacuum. That's how they worked on Chevrolets and other cars without a vacuum pump. I've driven many miles in all kinds of weather in a '47 and '57 Roadmaster with factory vacuum wiper systems and pumps and they do not slow down. I think your car runs a dual fuel pump with a vacuum pump incorporated. Have you tested the vacuum from the pump? That's where I would look next.
  13. At a Board Meeting this Friday, FCA may announce the end of the Chrysler line. https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/could-chrysler-be-killed-this-friday/ar-AAy2mSb?ocid=spartanntp
  14. 61polara

    1963 Buick Electra 225 Brake Issues

    Your hard braking problem is most likely the booster.
  15. 61polara

    1963 Buick Electra 225 Brake Issues

    I would agree to stay with the stock system and single master cylinder. Rather than converting to a dual system, spend the additional dollars on replacing the brake line and wheel cylinders and everything else. With a dual master cylinder system, it's just as important to check the fluid level on a regular basis. Dropping fluid levels may indicate a leak or just evaporation or need to adjust the brakes. I've owned may old and new cars over the past 40 years and have had brake failures (loss of brakes). All but one were on a dual master system! When a MC goes out it's gone. No matter if it's a dual or single MC. The failure on the single MC car was also the MC. I don't live in the rust belt, so rusting out of brake lines is not an issue. Rubber hose failures tend to collapse the inner lining of the hose and cause the brakes not to release. That stops you and the car. And remember that you also have an emergency (parking) brake that should stop the car if adjusted correctly. Spend your money where it matters. BTW Beautiful car! Remember a neighbor having the same car with a white top.