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  1. Roadmaster75

    Garnet Red 57 Roadmaster 75

    Glad its running! Hope it’s a quick kill on the trans, Adam. was Dynaflow out recently by previous owner? Sounds like trans wanted to engage allright..... maybe an errant bolt or piece of hardware in there ? Cant wait to hear what you find!
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    Garnet Red 57 Roadmaster 75

    Another winner , Adam! Congratulations! On my little iPhone screen.......looks like an AFB on there, too..? Have fun with it
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    C 10 trailing arm placement

    Yes, my question, too........ as I understand, if you find a Buick differential from a 61 or 62... (open drive lines) it will bolt right in to your housing.
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    56 dynaflow fluid leak

    I’m no believer in “repair in a can”, BUT, I had very good luck with the Lucas transmission sealer/conditioner product in a leaky Flight Pitch Dynaflow in a 58 Roadmaster. Pricey, but noticable reduction in fluid getting past the torque tube seal , especially when the car was driven on a more regular basis. They don’t like sitting around!
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    1958 Caballero

    Beautiful work, Sir! Heads up........Those big ole 58 tail lamp housings use only the two long studs as the ground to the body. Ensure that those threaded ends are bare metal contact or you’ll experience the “Floating ground ghosts” with the tail/brake lights. I actually added a short hidden wire from the studs to the body to make sure electrolysis didn’t creep in. ask me how I know!
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    Dynaflow reliability

    I had a shelf full of trophies from U.S. 30 Dragstrip in H/SA back in 1966 and 1967. I had a 55 Special 2D Hardtop. with Dynaflow. This class was for stock vehicles with 265 cu. inch and auto. Needless to say every 265 Chevy with a cast iron PowerGlide would be in my class. Toasted all of them! Brake torque in LOW as much as you dare....then mash throttle on Green. Same scenario all the time...... I'd jump 2 to 3 car lengths at the start, wind it out, shift to D and they would never catch up. Then, just pick up the trophy, get a picture, pound the hubcaps back on and cruise home. They hated me........ Go out looking for Tri 5 Chevies and have some fun!!
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    1969 Buick Riviera

    my opinon..... i've done 5 of these motors. Although your rear main didn’t leak will at some point. Be fearless! Replace every soft part with new state-of the art seals and gaskets. This includes the timing cover seal conversion to a lipped, neoprene pressed seal. Stick it back in and enjoy your Riviera!
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    1958 Caballero

    Simply spectacular work on a spectacular Car.....! Would love to see your masterpiece in person someday.....
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    1957 Seat Belts

    For what its worth......... Dei’s pic shows exacrly the same weave and buckle style I got from Julianos. Good automotive archeology going on here!
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    1957 Seat Belts

    Lance I was very pleased with the color and buckle selection I made at Julianos for my 58 Roadmaster. It had the leather and cloth silver interior. They nailed the silver belt webbing and matched to a period correct chrome “airliner” style buckle. They are not the cheapest but I felt they had the greatest range of options for my car. Looked factory. No longer own the car or i’d send pics. Mike
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    Magic Potions

    Serious drag racers have weather stations in their trailers for a reason. The "air density" meter probably the most useful gauge in the pits. Humid , hot days at the strip meant slower times. Cooler, less humid air meant quicker times. Air pressure, air temperature, and humidity comprise "air density". Damp wet air requires leaner tunes. More dry air allows for richer tunes to make more power. Water molecules in the air are not conducive to burning fuel. I ran an alcohol front engine dragster for a number of years. The air density meter pretty much dictated the choice of nozzles on the mechanical fuel injection set up. Gasoline passenger cars are more forgiving, but the principle is the same. Our Buicks will always run better on a cool, dry autumn evening.
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    1953 Special - Smoke from crank case ventilation tube

    Neat car! If taking out from the top....... No need to be afraid of taking out the ridge at the top of the cylinder. Rent , borrow, or buy a small hand reamer. You'll have that ridge leveled in minutes. Getting the oil pan down so you can push out the offending piston remains will be covered in detail by my Buick brothers here shortly, I'm sure. You will then get to pull out the busted piston pieces and scrape out the thick layer of gray/black splooge from your pan. No need to fear this job.......just good advice from the boys here, a good helper, good tools, and good common sense. And, lastly ..... if you can't see daylight through the other pistons on that bank.... leave 'em in there and enjoy driving that car. Mr. Bond got it right!
  13. Quick kill....... replace condenser. have had 2 fail out of the box over the years. if you have a known good one....try it. falied condensers can exhibit the intermittent symptoms you are having.
  14. With great regret, illness dictates that I must sell my old friend of 28 years. I've been a BCA member since Spring of 1973. #2954. My preference is to sell this lovely car to a BCA member that will appreciate its originality and become the steward for it for the next 20-30 years! Not advertising it anywhere else at this time. I acquired the car from the original owning family in 1989. It had sat in their garage under a cover for 17 years. It had 31,800 on it when I picked it up. The car is dead original and totally rust free. It has one of the original tires for a spare in the trunk (8.00x15) I have not touched it up anywhere; including under the hood. The car is "Silver Mist" in color with matching silver gray interior. Paint is getting thin in spots on the front fenders. The engine compartment is NOT detailed. The car runs beautifully with its Flight Pitch Dynaflow. The dash is perfect including the pads. It still has the customer instruction sticker on the clock! I didn't want to remove it during all these years. I have most of the dealer delivery papers/tags that were on the car when new. The power windows all work fine, the power seat works fine, the speedo operates perfectly as does the "Speedminder" accessory. The radio works fine. I have many new and excellent used parts for the car that I have collected over the years; incl. NOS headlight sw., NOS hood eyebrow molding, NOS windshield wiper control assembly, rebuilt master/power booster, one rebuilt Rochester 4GC and another awaiting a rebuild. The car has a Buick AFB on it, incl. the correct accelerator start switch. I also have an entire differential with torque tube. Two near perfect aluminum 58 front brake drums go with it. Lots of other little goodies go with the sale. I recently put new rear springs on it from Detroit Eaton. These put the car at its correct ride height. I am asking $22,500 / with all the parts acquired. I can send more pics upon request. Just ask. Contact me thru the forum here or at 630-567-2507. Thanks for looking! Mike
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    1958 Roadmaster 75 - all original - 40,000 mi.

    Hi Svein im sorry but the car has sold. mike
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    58 Roadmaster 75 Turn signals

    Gentlemen, Just took the 58 Roadie out for a stretch of the legs before going to sleep for a month or so. The turn signals worked perfectly fine for the ride until almost home... Then, the stick suddenly went limp like a noodle on a left turn and no signal actuation. Clearly something went bad under that horn ring. (suspecting something plastic and brittle from age..) The car only has 40,000 miles. Before I dig into it & look for the shop manual ... any guesses on what broke under there? And, any parts to be on the look out for?
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    58 Roadmaster 75 Turn signals

    Thtats it all right, Caballero2. Mine broke at the skinny part of the casting. Years of interchangeability on this part? Perhaps other GM marques used same parts? Gonna ask myCadillac form boys if there's any chance Caddy stuff was the same Will start looking for used or possiblyNOS replacements. thanks to all contributors! Mike
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    58 Roadmaster 75 Turn signals

    Well Lads The pivot screw is in place......but that little pot metal cam deal has broken in half. How do I best source the replacement parts for this assembly? Are there any NOS turn signal parts out there that someone knows of? or, should I start looking for non-broken used ones? what years , makes , models might interchange? mike
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    322 Aftermarket Temp Gauge

    May I suggest acquiring an infra-red thermometer that has a little red laser in it. Go to Amazon, Harbor Freight, etc. $30 should get you a decent one. This will allow you to take pretty accurate temperature readings at various locations under the hood: top/bottom of radiator, thermostat housing, cylinder heads, water pump, etc. I've never completely trusted ancient temp gauges and I throw the IR gun into whatever old car I'm driving...just for a bit of extra peace of mind.
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    1958 Roadmaster 75 - all original - 40,000 mi.

    Forgot to mention that I have spare starter, generator, water pump for peace of mind on those long road trips! (Never had to use them!) Also, have two spare tail lamp housings and 2 repairable rear bumper ends. The ones on the car are somewhat pitted, but solid with no rust out. Thanks for looking Mike
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    1958 Roadmaster 75 - all original - 40,000 mi.

    Thanks for all the good wishes, guys. After 43 years in the BCA I can say it's given me a lot beyond the cost of dues over time.......! mike
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    1958 Roadmaster 75 - all original - 40,000 mi.

    For those asking..... Here's some shots of the interior and engine. The original glass fuel bowl is off for now. The driver's armrest and rear driver's side armrest will need to be repaired/re-stuffed; otherwise the door panels are nice. The headliner is not tattered & torn but is stained. Somebody said to spray with Oxi-Solve, but I'm too chicken! It has the full set of "BUICK" logo floor mats. Steering wheel plastic is perfect. Thanks, Mike
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    1958 Roadmaster 75 - all original - 40,000 mi.

    HI Marty I'll try to post pics of the interior and engine tomorrow. It has 40,000 miles. It does not have factory air. Thanks Mike
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    1958 Roadmaster 75 - all original - 40,000 mi.

    Hi John Sorry I should have put that in the posting.... I'm about 65 miles west of Chicago in a small rural town. Mike
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    help me figure out the electrical gremlins

    The 58 Buick has two LONG studs emanating from the die cast tail light housing that bolt through the body. This is apparently the only ground opportunity for that housing. Over time those studs corrode, as do the attaching nuts. I had the same issue on my Roadmaster. Removed them. Cleaned them up real good. And, ran a short hidden wire from the housing & light socket to body ground. Both filaments came back and did what they were suposed to do & the green arrow inside blinked brightly!