Coach101

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    1953 Buick Roadmaster
    1963 Buick Riviera
    1956 Ford TBird

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  1. Al, What are the chances of seeing what you have compiled so far?
  2. Ah, Ya of course! The Trim Code is 66. dash same color as car. Thanks very much for the rapid response.
  3. Hey Folks, I hope some body can help me. I'm just finishing up on a two year refresher restoration on a 1953 Buick Skylark. The first restoration guys got the color wrong so I'm having it painted the correct Mandarin red, BUT I'm not sure if using the same color on the Dashboard is the proper thing to do. I've seen other 53 Skylarks with that same sort of Burgundy colored dash. A white one and the other lighter red one as well. The car just went for paint and the paint tech thinks it maybe should have the dashboard done in the same Mandarin red as the outside. I'm just not sure if they're actually the very same color. Any help with this matter would mean a lot to me. I'm going to sell it when its done, and I want it to be as perfect as I can get it. Thanks
  4. This thing is killing me! The 1953 manual says very little. Plus the 1953 manual refers to the 1952 manual which is an older version with two pumps and staters. It did feel as if nothing was shifting when I moved it back to where reverse should be. I'm waiting for a new pan gasket to come. Also I'm going to drive it for a few miles when the weather clears to see if it's some kind of air lock with the fluid. If not I'm going to have to drop the pan and the servo and see if anything jumps out at me. Thanks for the suggestions.
  5. The shift lever moves but the transmission does not go into reverse. I know it's not an adjustment issue because I put the care on the lift with the engine running and shifted it by hand. No reverse!
  6. Hey folks, I have a 1953 Buick Roadmaster that will not go into reverse. It was having trouble locking into Park. I found that the linkage was bent. As part of the service, I drained the fluid, dropped the pan and cleaned it and the screen. I did not drain the torque converter but I did let the transmission drip into a pan for a week or so, flipping the shift lever from time to time to release more fluid from the valve. I replaced the pan and fluid and set the linkage as per the manual. I now have Park, Drive and Low only. I disconnected the linkage, started the car on the lift and shifted it from underneath the car while running. It would not go into reverse at any position I put it in. I'm baffle! Please Help. Thanks​
  7. Hey Terry, This a perfect example of odd ball technology. This Buick has a power on/off switch on the dash and the starter motor engages when you step on the gas. There's a vacuum controlled switch mounted to the carb that opens when the engine is dead and closes by vacuum to turn off the starter once the engine fires up. It was sticking closed so the engine would not turn over. A little TLC did the trick. But still no reverse. HEEELLLP!
  8. Thanks for the ideas. I'm thinking that the drain down had to be the problem too. It just scares me to drive around with no reverse. With my luck these days, I'll get into a predicament that I can't back out of. I just hope I didn't cause something to come apart inside with all the shifting I did to let fluid pass through the shift valves. The other reasons for not leaving the barn include the brakes coming and going (I bleed them at the booster and have brakes, next day they're gone to rock hard pedal) and the gas pedal starter system seems to work when it wants too. I'm a good mechanic with many years of experience, but this car has so much odd ball technology that none of my wrench buddy's or myself have seen before. This car has me laying awake at night and taring out my hair during the day.
  9. Tinidian, Thanks for the reply. All the mounts are new. The car had reverse when I backed it in to the lift. Then i dropped the tranny pan to clean and paint it. I actually went under the car with the engine running and moved the shift lever on the tranny by hand. All it will do is go into Park, Drive and Low. Thanks Again.
  10. Hey folks, I have a 1953 Buick Roadmaster that will not go into reverse. It was having trouble locking into Park. I found that the linkage was bent. As part of the service, I drained the fluid, dropped the pan and cleaned it and the screen. I did not drain the torque converter but I did let the transmission drip into a pan for a week or so, flipping the shift lever from time to time to release more fluid from the valve. I replaced the pan and fluid and set the linkage as per the manual. I now have Park, Drive and Low only. I disconnected the linkage, started the car on the lift and shifted it from underneath the car while running. It would not go into reverse at any position I put it in. I'm baffle! Please Help. Thanks