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.