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  1. I had my drag link remanufactured by Rare Parts a few months ago.  Great service and only a 1 week turn around.

    I paid about $400 for the service (1965 Buick Electra).

    I did find that the exact same service was available at Autozone for less money. Their ad even said the item was supplied by Rare Parts, and there was a core charge.
    And after returning the core, I could have saved 75 bucks.

    Since the part is so difficult to find, I didn't take the chance with a middleman, and dealt with Rare Parts directly.


    I've also dealt with Then and Now and had great service.  Yes, hard to get a real person to answer the phone, but when you do talk to someone, they are very knowledgeable.

    I did learn that there are a few less employees at Then and Now then there used to be. At one time I believe he said there were 6, and now it's only 2 or 3 working the shop.

    when I talk with him on the phone, I never felt that he was trying to hurry and he shipped it to me quickly. 


    I'll deal with both of these vendors again.



    Good Luck






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  2. I guess the deciding factor was the thickness of the 'Club Member' letters. They are a bit pudgier than the top and bottom plate.

    The white background of the middle plate was also too white for it's age. But the more I looked, the more I questioned myself. I went with my first choice.


    Thanks for posting Chris and Jill




  3. Not sure of a specific car club for Minerva, but they ARE represented by WOKR - Willys Overland Knight Registry.

    There are approx 40 Minerva's  listed in the roster. 

    The Crawford Museum in Cleveland has a great example. Certainly a classy car.



  4. I had one on my Whippet and sold it with the radio awhile back.

    The antenna was just an aftermarket item that was mounted on a 90 degree angle bracket and was bolted to the running board. It was mounted in the very inside of the running board and wasn't visible easily.  The antenna wire came out the bottom and was routed to the dash board area.

    Shouldn't be too difficult to manufacture.



  5. Beautiful looking car.....but then I'm partial to 65' Electra's.

    Does your engine have the cable and lock to hold down the engine in case....when....the motor mount breaks? I remember receiving a recall notice or some form of notification from GM in the early 70's stating that I should bring it back in for the lock and cable to be added.

    I didn't bother to get it then, but added it about 15 years ago when I found one available.


    Good luck on your Electra'



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  6. Rare Parts

    In Stockton, CA.


    I just sent mine to them on Tuesday for rebuilding. Be sure to call them for instructions for shipping so you center link doesn't go to the wrong dept.


    I have a new centerlink that wouldn't fit my 65 Buick Electra. It was to be for a full size Buick. It was close, but not exact. I don't think it fits a Riv either.



  7. The larger Service Manual details the horn circuits and relay testing. It the proceeds to the horn switch plate in the steering wheel. No photos in that section.

    There maybe other illustrations in the book... like this one. It even states to use the existing bolt.




  8. I finally got under my 1965 Electra to find out why it wanders when driving. I found a bad drag link, so I went upstairs and grabbed my spare I bought many years ago....and it's not the same.

    Here's a photo of my current drag link and the new one that is marked 715. I looked up Mood DS715 and could not find a photo or listing. I'm thinking the new one is for a LeSabre and not my Electra?

    I'd like to put it up for sale but I'm not 100% convinced it's for a  65 LeSabre


    So close. But not close enough.

    Any way to figure out what the new one fits? Here are some photos and description.

    Tie rod to Tie rod hole = 19.0625

    Stud to Stud = approx 28

    Overall length 29.50

    shaft .870

    Has 715 printed on the shaft in yellow.









  9. Got to ask: You say that the #2 spark plug was dry, but you smell raw gas like it is being dumped into the exhaust?  And you think it is coming from # 2 ? If it's dry then #2 must be firing or not receiving any fuel air mixture to actually fire.


    Is this Cadillac engine an externally balanced engine similar to a  Buick 401 nailhead? 

    Any chance the flywheel is not installed properly and your getting an out of balance vibration and not an actual miss?


    Good Luck




  10. What model is it?

    Does it take a super small SIM card or is the memory tucked away inside the device?

    I have connected a garmin to the computer and copied the software to another device before. It had to be the exact same device.


    I have 2 old garmins that I still use. I like the fact that I don't use data on my cell phone.


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