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  1. Should be spring loaded pin on the flat metal side of the switch, push the pin in and hold while pulling on the knob and pull it completely off. Then there is a large nut holding the switch to the dash (now revealed by the knob being out of the way. Use a really wide screw driver or other tool to turn it out. Once removed, the only thing holding the switch in are the wires. I would check the wires where they are screwed into the junction strip for corrosion on the connectors as well as the connectors on the switch while I was in there. Mark
  2. I finally pulled a brake drum off the right rear to get an idea what was going on with the brakes. The brakes really weren't doing much even if I stood on the brake pedal. Pulled the wheel and felt a drag when I spun the drum by hand. Went to the adjustment hole and the adjuster was fully expanded. So moved that in so I could pull the drum. The inside of the drum was shiny but also deeply, deeply scored. The brake shoes were almost new except for massive deep scoring in the linings. Seems like someone was trying to improve braking by adjust the brakes to drag on the drum. I haven't pu
  3. You need to insert the posts into the slots in the base of the dome light and then bend them, as I recall they get a 90 degree twist.
  4. I got my spare pump with the vacuum pumps, should I be able to pull the pumps out by hand? They seem quite tight though I could turn one with a light strokes from a brass hammer. Should I put in some Kroil to make them turn easier? I got the vacuum side opem and it is full of white powdery corrosion while the fuel pump side looks like new. Mark
  5. Thanks, Old-Tank! I'll add the motor rebuild to the punch list. I bought an used fuel pump off eBay last night so I will have the vacuum lines I need. Mark
  6. I hooked up the wiper motor to the manifold port and the wipers move halfway up the windshield and stop, this happens every time I turn the wipers on. This is at idle. I haven't tried at speed. Not enough vacuum? Defective wiper motor? Mechanical issue with the wiper mechanism?
  7. I was going to try reconnecting my vacuum pump to the manifold and wiper motor to see if I could get the wipers functioning again (they have not functioned as long as I have owned the car. I anticipated either a quick triumph or disappointment. But feeling around the vacuum pump I discovered that the metal pipes that provide inlet/outlet access to the pump are missing entirely. Are these something that can be fabricated like brake lines, do I need any special fittings to fit the pipes to the pump? Would it be better to buy another pump with pipes and transfer them to my pump? It looks li
  8. I think someone did a home restoration 25-30 years ago and then it sat somewhere in a garage or barn for many years. I removed about 10 pounds of mouse poop and mummified mouse remains from between the headliner and the jute pad on the roof as well as inside the defroster housing. Much of the pot metal is pitted and the glass is delaminating and cloudy. Was also originally a blue and white car that someone repainted red and white. It looks really good from 10-15 feet away
  9. I haven't posted much since I bought my car but want to say that there is so much knowledge on this board that it is mind boggling. When I have a question I can usually do a search and find one or more threads dealing with the exact problem and how to fix it. I bought my 55 two years ago and started on bringing it back to life. The seller had said the car had a hard time going up hills and leaked some transmission fluid and he thought the Dynaflow needed a rebuild. Well one fuel filter and 3 quarts of ATF later the car was running much better. Replaced the distributor vacuum advance a
  10. Thanks for the feedback, guys, I'll let you know how it goes. Mark
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Thanks for all the information. I also found information both on this forum and other places using the term "choke tube."
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. I will get some pictures and post so you can see. Mark
  17. 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
  18. 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
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