avgwarhawk

1960 Buick Electra

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I picked up my new 1960 Buick Electra today.  They Dynaflow is a curiously cool transmission.  Just keeps pulling.  The previous owner kept records and receipts.  Had the Dynaflow serviced quite a bit.  I'm guessing this is what keeps it working as design.  

 

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Now that is one pretty car!  ;)

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Welcome to the 1960 Buick Universe :D

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1 hour ago, avgwarhawk said:

I picked up my new 1960 Buick Electra today.  They Dynaflow is a curiously cool transmission.  Just keeps pulling.  The previous owner kept records and receipts.  Had the Dynaflow serviced quite a bit.  I'm guessing this is what keeps it working as design.  

 

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I love the color on that car!  And, may I ask what the width of your white walls are? 

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9 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

I love the color on that car!  And, may I ask what the width of your white walls are? 

I will take a measurement and post. The brand is Coker I do recall that from the receipt.

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Can someone explain the air flow switch on the dash? Appears mechanical via cable.   Currently the blower motor is continuous blowing high and will not shut off.  I suspect the blower resister has gone bad.  Anyone have this issue? Any outfit produce a replacement?  

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11 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

I love the color on that car!  And, may I ask what the width of your white walls are? 

2 1/2 Coker 800-15.

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Thanks. They look really good on your car. Would be interested in a drivers road performance report. 

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5 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

Thanks. They look really good on your car. Would be interested in a drivers road performance report. 

 

 

Work and feel like a bias ply.   I did run at 65-70 mph for 150 or so miles driving it home. Effortless and not a chore like my 54.  Performed well and I did not spend time correcting the steering.  I need to replace the rears and will purchase the same Cokers that are on the front.   I like the bias ply WW look as well.

   

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Going to need to dig into the heating.  Blend door that is has a vacuum pod attached has been has a small rubber bungie providing pull on the door arm as it appears the vacuum pod is not working.  

 

   

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Very nice ride,I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one that doesn't mind an extra set of doors ! So many people don't even give a    4-dr. a second look.Makes me even more antsy to get working on mine, a '60 LeSabre. How many miles on yours? Mine has been named "Elvira",all black and looks like she should be driving.

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14 hours ago, avgwarhawk said:

Can someone explain the air flow switch on the dash? Appears mechanical via cable.   Currently the blower motor is continuous blowing high and will not shut off.  I suspect the blower resister has gone bad.  Anyone have this issue? Any outfit produce a replacement?  

 

 

I found the reason for the blower motor to run on high at all times.  Reading the manual(RTM go figure) it states the air flow lever should have detents for each speed.  I noticed my lever was smooth when pushing and pulling.  I removed the flimsy black plastic cover over the cable and found the cable was off the detent lever on the bracket.  Once attached and fresh lube the blower motor now runs on all speeds.   Easy fix. God is good.

 

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15 minutes ago, RivRider said:

Very nice ride,I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one that doesn't mind an extra set of doors ! So many people don't even give a    4-dr. a second look.Makes me even more antsy to get working on mine, a '60 LeSabre. How many miles on yours? Mine has been named "Elvira",all black and looks like she should be driving.

 

The two doors are getting harder to find and when found they cost an arm and leg.  I have gotten plenty of thumbs up, looks and horn honks in the past two days that we know the 4 doors are admired, liked and are cool land yachts.  My brother who owns a 1960 Imperial Southampton said 3 times when looking at it today what a beautiful car this Buick is. His Imperial gets looks all the time.  Just a unique ride.    I went to fill the tank and a gentleman asked me if it was a MERCEDES!!!  Good chuckle.  Then he proceeded to say the green is very soft on the eyes.  My brother said the same thing concerning the green.   The Buick is a cream puff.  I let my 19 year old daughter drive it today.  She was just smiling!!!  

 

I have been a 4 door sedan driver most of my life.  I prefer them to be honest.

 

The mileage is 30680.  It is original mileage.  The interior is pristine with exception of 1 wire that has broken though the piping sewn into the driver side seat.  It is in the typical lower back spot were everyone rubs their arse as they slide into the car.   The paint is original and has a few warts.  I should look so good at 57 years old.  Chrome is in great shape.  Windows are excellent with exception of a wing window showing age.  I need to find or repair the wing window regulator on the driver side.  Other than that, an entire brake overhaul was performed in 2014(all cylinders, hardware, hoses and rebuild of the master cylinder was done.  Once done the car was driven less than 200 miles before I made purchase.  I have to say the person who did the brakes did a great job.  No pull when leaning into the pedal. Pedal feels good.  Car stops very well.  Over the 3 year period of sitting the brake light switch went south.  I replaced it after purchasing and brake lights are functioning.   

 

I understand there is another rubber brake hose somewhere along the torque tube that is overlooked.  I need to take a look at this hose to assure it has been replaced.       

 

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27 minutes ago, avgwarhawk said:

.  I need to take a look at this hose to assure it has been replaced.       

 

 

and flush the brake fluid every 2years.

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Concerning the Dynaflow, I do not detect any leaks.  Surprised the hell out of me. After sitting for the night it leaked motor oil!  To be sure I pulled the stick for the transmission. It was full and nice clean reddish fluid on the stick was observed.  I pulled the oil stick. Down a quart and dirty.  The cardboard I placed under the engine had drippings of dirty oil.  I know valve cover gaskets are leaking. Fuel pump is leaking at the gasket. So, time to start repairing these leaks.  I have not looked under the engine yet.

 

 

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Posted (edited)

You will love that car.  I have a 1960 electra 4 door hardtop and it is a dream to drive.

I love your cars color.

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One thing people forget is the rear end,well worth changing.Just a suggestion,I use Lucas products in every fluid in the car,especially with cars not driven regularly,keeps gaskets and seals from drying.When I bought my Riviera 25 years ago,she had a whine in the rear,used the Lucas oil stabilizer in the rear,suggested on the bottle, and has not made a noise since.Rear main seal was dripping and that also stopped.I have a pair of Hudsons that have stopped any oil leaks also,Lucas in everything I own.                                            One of the most unusual parts of that '60 is the speedometer,how many people realize is is embedded in the top of the dash,upside down and backward and you are looking at a mirror to read with an adjustment on the side for you're height behind wheel !

 

 

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8 hours ago, Bill Stoneberg said:

You will love that car.  I have a 1960 electra 4 door hardtop and it is a dream to drive.

I love your cars color.

Love it already.  Rides great and commands attention.  The green is unique!  

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32 minutes ago, RivRider said:

One thing people forget is the rear end,well worth changing.Just a suggestion,I use Lucas products in every fluid in the car,especially with cars not driven regularly,keeps gaskets and seals from drying.When I bought my Riviera 25 years ago,she had a whine in the rear,used the Lucas oil stabilizer in the rear,suggested on the bottle, and has not made a noise since.Rear main seal was dripping and that also stopped.I have a pair of Hudsons that have stopped any oil leaks also,Lucas in everything I own.                                            One of the most unusual parts of that '60 is the speedometer,how many people realize is is embedded in the top of the dash,upside down and backward and you are looking at a mirror to read with an adjustment on the side for you're height behind wheel !

 

 

 

I replaced the rear end gear oil in my 54.  The smell was nothing short of atrocious. Had to be original oil.   I just started using Lucas Classic Car oil for the 54.  Will use it as well on the 60.  I drive my cars one a week weather permitting.  Keeps them happy!

 

The dash is unique!  

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Went to obtain the historic tags. DMV...enough said. >:/   I was questioned on two items....

 

1. Why did the State of PA DOT write "exempt" in the blank for the mileage located on the title? (How the hell do I know. I do not work for the PA DOT.  It is notarized by the DOT of PA. Call'em.)

2.  Does the car really have 30650 miles on it?  (Why yes. I can show you older cars with even less miles. What does it matter anyway????)   

 

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18 minutes ago, avgwarhawk said:

Went to obtain the historic tags. DMV...enough said. >:/   I was questioned on two items....

 

1. Why did the State of PA DOT write "exempt" in the blank for the mileage located on the title? (How the hell do I know. I do not work for the PA DOT.  It is notarized by the DOT of PA. Call'em.)

2.  Does the car really have 30650 miles on it?  (Why yes. I can show you older cars with even less miles. What does it matter anyway????)   

 

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In NC on older cars (without the extra digit on the odometer) they put "mileage exceeds mechanical limits"

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1 hour ago, wndsofchng06 said:

In NC on older cars (without the extra digit on the odometer) they put "mileage exceeds mechanical limits"

 

Apparently NC does not know about the AACA and the members who say WHEN the mileage exceeds mechanical limits. :D   Never give up!!!! 

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