Rod Frazier

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About Rod Frazier

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  • Birthday 08/31/1942


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    Farm raised. Small business career. Lived in California, Maryland, Mexico, Utah. Current buicks 1940 Century, 1968 Electra. Passion - Banjos and Old Time Music.

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  1. First drive of the year! Capitol Reef National Park.
  2. It's been a while since I've checked on EBay, so I'll give it another try.
  3. Actually, no, but I think the starter has never been rewound. It has worked fine for many years.
  4. I'm still looking for this part, if anyone has it lying around under the work bench!
  5. I drove from Utah to South Carolina and back, mainly on secondary roads, to attend the Glidden Tour in Rock Hill. I probably drove about 200 miles on interstate highways, but quite a bit on US highways. Here in Utah the speed limit on the interstate is 80, but it was generally about 60 or 65 in the southeast, and usually the US highways were 55. Mostly I used the Google Maps navigation system, and it only got me lost a couple of times, though often I had little idea of exactly what routes I was on at any particular time. I averaged a little over 300 miles/day and tried to stop early to have time to explore the area and get a little exercise. The Buick was a pleasure to drive and the only mishap was the wiper mechanism either breaking or coming loose in a rain storm in Oklahoma. Bought and applied some RainX at a truck stop and soldiered on. I think I'll go back for the Chrome Glidden Tour next year in Tennessee.
  6. Ben: What's involved in that '55 Century rear end swap? Complete axle? Pumpkin? Just the internals? I've been looking for a rear end with the 3.61 gears, but your idea sounds even better. Not that I want to cruise that much faster, but sometimes you have to get on the Interstate and it's good not be in other people's way!
  7. Drove my well-worn ‘40 Century with 3.91 gears on a 5062-mile trip this year, mainly at 55mph or less, and averaged 13.2 mpg, with a single tank best around 16.
  8. Success! It was tires, after all. Two hours of intensive road force balancing, including swapping tires and rims to find the best matches, solved the problem. I drove her home 65 miles with nary a shimmy! Thanks to all for the ideas and advice.
  9. Got home yesterday....5,062 miles without another problem except the driver's side wiper mechanism broke in Oklahoma! Dreading that job. I'm going to try swapping some tires/wheels with mine if I can find some that will fit and, if that doesn't help the vibration - which I suspect it will not - then to try and figure out how to look for an imbalance in the driveline. Keep the good advice coming, guys!
  10. Thanks, Marty, and sorry I didn’t get to the music night in time to join in. Then again, THREE banjos could have been a tad excessive!🤪
  11. On the way home. 3000 miles under my belt, 1750 more to go. Can’t wait to take things apart and get to the bottom of this problem. The Glidden Tour (with a dozen beautiful Buick’s) was great fun, and I continue to be amazed at the beautiful scenery, especially in the mountains! By the way, the car that was driven the farthest to get to the tour was a Buick!
  12. Mark Shaw, I fear you may be right. Butch at Vintage Cars did a detailed inspection for me last night and found no problem in the wheels, tires, suspension or steering. Oh, for an open driveline! Guess I’m just going to have to tolerate the shake until I get home to Utah. 2200 miles to go and I’m loving the drive anyway!
  13. Balance and rotation had no effect. Thinking now that the shimmy is felt mainly through the seat rather than the steering, but still planning to install the new stabilizer links when they arrive.
  14. Found some worn bushings in the stabilizer links and new links are ordered and on the way to the hotel. Just in case, am having the tires rotated and rebalanced tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed!