akejama

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About akejama

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    About 50 years of driving oldsmobiles. Best cars were a 63 Starfire, a 442 Hurst Olds W30 1969, and an aluminum block 4cyl. F85 Cutlass in 65
  1. I have looked high and low for the vinyl interior trim molding for a 1965 Jetstar 88 rear window. I'm looking for the original vinyl or any kind of a substitute vinyl trim suitable for that interior. I'd like burgundy but I'm willing to paint whatever I can find to match. If you have a source or found some unique way to overcome the problem of crumbling vinyl trim molding around the windows please let me know. I don't know but I imagine I could use 88 olds vinyl or maybe something from another GM model. Anyone with knowledge please to share with me. I am lost. Thanks, Tom in Indiana PLEASE DO NOT MOVE THIS INQUIRY TO THE "BUY IT" PAGES SINCE ALL I EVER GET IS A HUNDRED OR SO SCAM EMAILS FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES THAT HAVE EVERYTHING I WANT IN ABUNDANCE. They don't even know what a Jetstar 88 looks like.
  2. I don't care about keeping anything but the face and indicator arm. I'll go look up John Wolf Co. and see what they charge. I've found several in the $240 range but thats a bit over budget with all the other repairs we're already doing. The tach would be great to have back in service, but conquering the minor oil drip is a higher priority for me. thanks for your reply. TDE
  3. I would appreciate directions as to how to convert a tachometer to work with an electronic ignition. I see there are some parts including a circuit board on ebay, but I'm electronically challenged,so schematics mean little to me. I just need a plain old English take part A and connect to part B type of help. This is for a 1974 Corvette. I have several 30's cars and this forum has always been of great help to me, so please don't beat me up for asking for help on a 70's car. I asked how to do this here because the people here are really great to help and give advice. It may not be the correct place but when you trust folks, then thats where ya go to find out what you don't know. So my apologies if this thread offends anyone. And Please, if you know of an American company that can do this for less than $200 please let me know. Being retired has left me with a limited budget to indulge in saving really cool cars. thanks, Tom
  4. Hi, I already posted an ad on the sales boards under "looking to buy" but that usually gets me nowhere except 20 emails from scammers in Europe who always have what I want in stock for immediate shipment.....right! So, please don't beat up on me for posting here where I always have gotten good advice. I need to find the vinyl trim or something that I can use for vinly trim to do the interior back window in my 1965 Jetstar 88. It's the cheapest car Oldsmobile made in 65 and this is a 4 door to boot. It drives like a dream with only 40k actual miles on her. The interior looks like its right out of the showroom; all but the back window vinyl trim which is just turning to dust. Any ideas? Any sources? Any suggestions I would appreciate. I've been looking on various Craigs Lists and Ebay, etc etc. but nothing. I may even be looking or asking wrongly. Whatever help is always appreciated. Thanks, Tom in the cornfields of Indy.
  5. Hi.. I'm wanting to buy the trim or the vinyl material to make the trim for the rear window in my 1965 Jetstar 88. I don't care about color I can paint. If anyone has an idea or suggestion of where I might find the material to make the trim please let me know. Mine is crumbling from too much sun exposure. (IF OUTSIDE THE U.S.A. DON'T BOTHER ME WITH THE "WE HAVE IT IN STOCK SCAM." ) thanks tde
  6. No problem getting the Ancor P/N 2261 mounts which cost less than $10. at Auto Zone. So, I drove the Cutlass over to my shop to install the mounts only to find that the 1965 Jestar 88 that I had left on my lift a couple of weeks ago had sprung a leak from the water pump, so decided to just go ahead and replace it and then work on the Cutlass. I finished the water pump and moved the Jetstar off the lift and parked it outside. When I came around the building to move the Cutlass onto the lift I found that my wife had parked her Jeep on the lift expecting an oil change and reporting a squeaky noise in the driver side front wheel. Squeak turned out to be a bad wheel bearing which meant replacing the spindle. Normally not a bad job for me to do, but the rust gremlins had welded the old nuts tighter than David Bowie's jeans, so long story short the Cutlass is still sitting in the bay and it will be Sat. or Sun. before I can get to it. I'll have to report the outcome later. Thanks guys, and happy holidays to all. Tom
  7. Joe, I sure appreciate your time reading my question and your very informative response. I plan on effecting the repairs this week. I'll let you know how it comes out. Thanks for giving me such great information. Godspeed, Tom
  8. And YES, Today when I examined the engine on the lift I could see the rubber was totally destroyed. So, thanks to you and Joe I'm on my way to getting a satisfactory repair completed. I was also very glad to learn that the 403 was pretty much a 330 in disguise so far as looks go. That is really kind of neat to know. Everyone here is just great to share their knowledge. Father time has taken most of my friends over the years ... so at this time of year its particularly nice to have new friends show up to take the time to help you out. Bill, and Mark, and Brady knew all this stuff but unfortunately they took their knowledge with them. I didn't get interested in working on cars till I turned sixty-five, so I'm having to ask questions that most probaly think silly. I try to research stuff before I ask, so as not to look too totally stupid, but sometimes I just need some help even framing the question. Godspeed, ya all made my day brighter, and my car run better. How cool is that? Tom
  9. Wow! Problem solved with the p/n # even.....thanks. The help I have rec'd here has been nothing short of extraordinary. I do so appreciate the help. Its just great to have people share thier knowledge and time. People I most likely will never get to thank face to face. None the less, I do appreciate what I consider a most generous gift. so THANK YOU, Tom
  10. MY SITUATION: I recently bought a 1966 Cutlass Covertible for a driver, not a show car; I can't sit still long enough for shows. This 66 cutlass came to me with a mid 70's (1974 I think) 403 motor installed that runs quite nicely. It seems well suited to the transmission, is pretty easy on gas, starts every time, and happily burns today's junk gas without complaint. MY PROBLEM: I do notice that the motor torques up when I accelerate quickly, so I am going to assume I have a motor mount problem. MY STUPID QUESTION IS: Assuming the mounts weren't properly installed by the previous owner, should my primary concern be finding motor mounts that are a perfect fit for the engine or a perfect fit for the frame? Or by some quirk of fate might I actually expect to find mounts that will work without alteration or welding? I figure asking here is the wisest course of action since I usually get pretty good advice. Obviously I'm a green horn learning as I go, so any and all advice is appreciated.
  11. I WANT TO THANK EVERY ONE FOR THEIR IMPUT ON THIS THREAD. Having listened to all of you and argued with some of you .....in the end I heard you well and decided to pass on the car we were considering to buy. Some have said that scarcity isn't important that its just demand, but to my experience short supply coupled with demand is what drives price. In this case, we learned there were several tens of thousands more units manufactured than we had been given initial reason to believe. The car itself is fine, it's not a show car, but it wasn't represented to be one. It could be elevated to show car status with attention to details, but that was never my interest. I prefer to own a car, enjoy it, perhaps improve it a bit, and then pass it along to the next custodian. If any profit at all is realized then I consider the car to have been a good investment. I will not use the word "investment" on this site again. LOL Again I thank you each and every one for all your imput. Your thoughtful participation made our final decision to pass on this vehicle a bit less traumatic.
  12. Thanks Rusty I appreciate the effort you made to find me some kind of useful evaluation...I could not get the on-line guides to work. Most on-line guides I've found don't go back to the 1920's and I really wanted to avoid making a huge buying mistake. I obviously like this car or I wouldn't be asking about it. It's just a cool look and the nostalgia of driving it should be a real hoot. Please remind me never to use the word, "investment" on this site again.. LOL... I has been schooled. My mother and this car are the same age, so I think it should be a great lark having them get together for a trip to the DQ on Sunday afternoons. Again, thanks for giving me some numbers to hang my hat on. Muscle cars I know, but Grandpa's cars are out of my comfort zone. I have never seen another one of these around this part of the country, so I think it will be fun to drive to the fairs, drive-ins, etc. I can't sit still long enough to go to a car show as a participant, but maybe my son or grandsons will enjoy doing that. I'm really not a trophy kind of guy. Thanks for helping me out. I feel better.
  13. I notice you own the car you are extolling, so I'll accept your imput as expert. I read carefully and appreciate all your comments, particularly the one about getting nickle plating done on the bright works. I will certainly use nickel instead of chrome. However, with 40+ years of experience, painting is something I do quite well, A couple of gallons of Lucite with my new brush and she'll look just fine.*grin* Thanks for your time and thoughts.
  14. Well John, nobody enjoys riding in old cars more than me, but all the guys I try to buy from seem to think price is pretty darn important. Banks are paying 1% right now, so buying an old car that is a good value seems to make sense to me as both an investment and entertainment. I readily admit I have limited resources so I have to spend them with care. So, I came here to get some valued opinions before I spend several thousand dollars on a car I'm really not that knowledgable about. Thanks for yours.