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About M1842

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  1. Thanks for the feedback, guys, I'll let you know how it goes. Mark
  2. I would like to have some of SFE glass fuses in the 2A size should I need to replace the one for the clock but I can't find them anywhere. Are they available anywhere, the smallest I can find are 3A, would they be OK? Or could I take the fuse out and bridge the contacts and add a 2A AGC fuse in line for the clock? Mark
  3. I figured out the best technique to close my hood. I close the hood to engage the first latch then I open the second latch and press down on the hood so that the pin goes into it's opening. Then I release the latch for the pin and slowly let the hood back up. Then the pin will click into place and the hood stays down. If I press down with the latch closed, it won't engage the pin. Glad I got that figured out
  4. Thanks for all the information. I also found information both on this forum and other places using the term "choke tube."
  5. I would like to re-activate the automatic choke in my Special, someone decided to install a manual choke a number of years ago. The Buick Shop Manual mentions a heat pipe that connects to the automatic choke housing and the exhaust manifold in order to funnel warm exhaust gas into the housing. I can find no trace of a heat pipe and can't find any pictures of one on the carb. Can anyone show what this heat pipe looks like? I assume it attaches to the threaded port on the choke. Thanks! Mark
  6. I see that Cadillac used a coil with an integrated ballast resistor in 1955, could this be used on my 55 Buick? They are being reproduced now and run $49. Mark
  7. I will get some pictures and post so you can see. Mark
  8. So I what does the ignition ballast resistor look like? Is it a ceramic unit like the blower or is it a resistor wire? Thanks, Mark
  9. Hello to all the Forum members! I have recently gotten back into the car hobby with a 1955 Buick Special 2 door hardtop. My previous car was a 1951 Chevy Fleetline sedan. I bought the Buick last year and didn't get much done on it till recently. Problems when I got it: no lights, no fans, bad smell, hesitation under load, and massive transmission fluid leak. I've addressed the lights with a new headlight switch, rebuilt the license plate lights, ID'ed broken wires at the brake light switch, sprayed contact cleaner on the dome light switch (but still does not work off of new door switchesI installed). I put in a new ballast resistor this weekend which made a huge improvement in starting the engine. Yesterday, I tested the vacuum advance on the distributor and found it would not hold pressure so I ordered a rebuilt unit. The bad smell was about 10 pounds of mouse nesting material, mouse crap, and mummified mice between the headliner and roof. This week while waiting for parts, I am going to install a new fuel filter and 4" hose on the defroster heater. Interestingly, after I replaced the ballast resistor the fans for the defroster and heater came back alive. I can't seem to get the hood to fully shut, there doesn't seem to be edge for the latch to lock into, is it possible that the pin could be completely worn out? I have been lurking reading posts that are related to my problems and there is a lot of knowledge and helpful people here. Thanks, Mark
  10. Thank you for the rapid reply!! I knew this would be the place to get a definitive answer. Mark
  11. I found this picture while scanning photos from an old family album. The picture was probably taken around 1920 on a farm in Nebraska. Can anyone ID the car? Thanks, Mark