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  1. Tried to pass it in ​my Dad;s 1962 Olds 98, but, never could parallel park this barge. Finally passed using Dad's Plymouth Valiant. Regards: Oldengineer
  2. Thanks Guys for your advice. The car has 48K on it. From paper work I got with the car, It got a partial rebuild in the late 90s [ rod bearings, new rings, and heads redone]. Following you advice, I'll be using Castrol GTX 10W-30 in her. Regards: Oldengineer ;:
  3. What weight oil should I use in my 50 Olds 98. I'm guessing either 10W-30 or 5w-30. Regards: Oldengineer
  4. Car doesn't have power brakes, and, you really have to stand on the brakes to get her to stop. Pedal is good and hard. I suspect hard lining is the problem. Regards: Oldengineer
  5. I notice that the Olds I just acquired requires a lot more pedal pressure to stop the car than my 48 Chevy did. Is this normal? Regards: Oldengineer
  6. I just sold a fairly nice 48 Chevy Fleetmaster 2 door. I just ran classified ads in the local paper for 2 weeks. The first week I got only one call on the car. The second week I had 3 buyers wanting the car. The first one that showed up with $9K went home with it. If you live in a decent sized city, you might try this. Regards: Oldengineer
  7. Thanks guys. I didn't know they could scan my current color and match it. Regards: Oldengineer 1950 Oldsmobile 98
  8. Is there a good source of touch up paint for antique cars. I'm looking for some for a 1950 Olds in particular. Appreciate any help you can give me. Regards: Oldengineer 1950 Olds 98
  9. Thanks for the feedback. Are the Samco cars basically a fiberglass body mounted on a modified truck chassis?? A dealer who had one for sale mentioned that the car had a straight front axle and drum brakes all around??? Regards: Oldengineer
  10. I've been looking at the Cord replicas for sale on line. From what I've seen, they're either powered by a small block Ford V8 or a Chrysler 440, and, are rear drive. How enjoyable are these things to drive, and, what are the pitfalls to owning one. Appreciate your feedback. Regards: Oldengineer
  11. In 1963 I was at a local car show with a 1937 Dodge Business Coupe. I was in high school at the time. A guy walked up to me, looked my coupe over, and asked if I'd be interested in swapping cars with him. I asked him what he had. He wanted to swap me a Jaguar XK-120 even for the Dodge. I called my Dad and asked him if we could do the deal. Dad told me I was an idiot for even considering it. I had to wait until 2003, and, I bought a new Jag. Dad couldn't wait to take a ride in it. Naturally I reminded him of the deal he blew for me years ago on a car now worth about $100k. Regards: Oldengineer
  12. I equipped my 48 Chevy with a battery disconnect. However, I seriously doubt if the vast majority of teen-age car thieves could figure out how to start my 48, much less drive it. The column stick shift, and, five pedals on the floor ( dimmer switch, clutch, brake, gas, and starter button) should befuddle them pretty good. Regards: Oldengineer
  13. You might check Chevys of the 40's and the Filling Station's online catalogs. Chevy's in the 40s used a optional bypass oil filter set-up on the 216 engine. The filter kit included a fitting similar to what you want to hook up the hose to the filter, and the oil pressure guage line to the engine. It may look a little different, but, might work for you. Regards: Oldengineer 1948 Chevy Fleetmaster
  14. Have you tried cleaning the idle air control valve. It may be sticking and causing your stalling problem. Regards: Oldengineer
  15. Last year my wife and I went to a concert involving a well-known male singer. Despite a verbal announcement that pictures were not allowed before the show started, and, signs posted various places as well, one guy didn't get "it". Sitting in the front row, he started recording the show with his smart phone. The artist even asked him to stop, but, the guy just ignored him and kept recording. A few minutes later, the artist stopped the show, came down off the stage, and took the phone from the guy. He then threw the phone up on the stage to one of his band members and it was promptly smashed flat. After that the show resumed. Turns out the idiot with the phone was a local lawyer. When the show ended he walked out yelling at the top of lungs that he was going to sue over his smashed phone. The event staff quickly advised him that he didn't have a leg to stand on, and, they shut him up. Wife and I about died laughing at him. Regards: Oldengineer
  16. I've only got one antique car, and, that's all I want. It's nothing fancy - a 48 Chevy Fleetmaster sedan, but, I enjoy taking it to cruise-ins and shows. I collect other stuff - antique toys, clocks, etc., but, I just don't have the desire or room to own more than one antique car. Regards: Oldengineer
  17. Rusty: If you're careful, you should be ok with the pan removal. Just don't bend the troughs or move the nozzles while cleaning. My 48 doesn't have an oil filter either, but, I only put a couple of 100miles on the car between changes. Regards: Oldengineer
  18. Rusty; I've never adjusted the bearings on my 48 Chevy 216, but, the shop manuals will tell you how to do it with the shims. Be careful with the oil pan and don't move the oil troughs for the rod dippers, or, the aim of the 6 oil nozzles. It requires some special gauges to reset this stuff. You might want to pull the valve cover as well, and, make sure the valve gear is oiling OK as well. These engines like thin oil at high volume - I use 10W-30 in mine. Normal hot oil pressure at speed is 14 psi, hot idle on my car is about 4 psi. The 216 is a solid lifter engine - so make sure the valve clearance isn't set too tight. I do a lot of interstate running with my 48 so mine are set at top of spec, and, tap pretty good at idle. I also suggest you get on the VCCA forum. Lots of expert advice there. Regards: Oldengineer 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Town Sedan
  19. Brings back memories for me too. While in high school here in WV until 1964, I drove a 1937 Dodge Business Coupe to school every morning. Winter weather and heavy rain were certainly an adventure in the old Dodge - she loved to try to switch ends on a wet street if you hit the brakes very hard. Regards: Oldengineer
  20. Rusty: I have a 48 Chevy Fleetmaster with her original 216. This past Summer, I tuned the engine - put in new points, condenser, and plugs. I set the valves at top of spec as recommended on some of the forums for interstate running. I also advanced her timing about 5 degrees to account for the better fuel she's now being fed - she was designed to run on 76 octane gas. Anyway, I did a fair amount of interstate running with the car after all this work, and, she now feels quite comfortable running 60 - 65 MPH. Now, when I'm cruising along in the slow lane on the interstate, the car feels more relaxed, and, not like it's being "pushed". Regards: Oldengineer
  21. My son went through this with a 68. Cutlass. He first converted its origial 350 to a Rallye. Engine as discussed above. He replaced the original 2 speed automatic with a Turbo 400. He then upgraded the car's suspension and brakes as well. This setup wasn't bad, but, my son then acquired a 425 cid engine out of a 66 Olds Starfire. This engine, rebuilt and modified, is now in the car. Performance is quite impressive with this setup. My guess is he's getting about 400 hp and 500 ft-lbs of torque out of the 425. regards: Oldengineer
  22. The couple of times I've bought things off Craigslist, I arrange to meet at a very public place like the nearest 7-11. I also take my large dog with me - she watches my back very well. Regards: Oldengineer
  23. I have some General Motors Rotary Engine memorabilia. Back in 1973, I was working for Delco Moraine, Div. of GMC. The plant was being tooled up to produce the rotors for GM's new rotary engine. This engine was to debut in the 1975 Chevy Monza 2+2, the Olds Starfire, and the Buick Skyhawk At the plant's open house in 1973, they passed out little rotors made of powdered metal (about the size of a quarter) stamped "Open House 1973". Of course, the engine was stillborn, and, never went into production. I've got several of these miniature rotors and am open to offers if anyone is interested in them. Regards: Oldengineer
  24. I own a 48 Chevy Fleetmaster with her original 216 engine under the hood. Your Chevy engine is going to be a little trickier to rebuild because of the splash lube oiling system these engines use. You're got to get her dippers and nozzles back in correctly, or. her rod bearings won't last long. I'm also running my car's original 6 volt system as well - have had no problems with it. Regards: Oldengineer
  25. I have a 48 Chevy Fleetmaster with the 216 in it. These cars were titled by their engine serial numbers. The serial number is stamped on top of a flat pad just to the left of the distributor as you look down on it. My car has a ID tag on the firewall on the passenger side, and, there's also a tag mounted on the passenger door pillar about halfway up from the floor. Regards: Oldengineer
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