Frank DuVal

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  1. Frank DuVal

    Trying to figure out what this car is

    As I too posted, I agree with a Greg. No question it is a 1969 Chevrolet Impala. People who write press releases know only what others say, rarely do research to make sure facts are true. This is back when cars had very distinctive changes year to year. Even in the blurry photos, the 1969 Chevrolet taillamps were seen. Of course, if one is under 40... In the front view, the 1969 only side marker lamps also were a clue.๐Ÿ˜‰ Very unusual to have 250 cu in six (only six for full size Chevys from 1966 onward) and 3 speed manual in 1969, but not impossible to order. My uncle had the slightly upscale Bicayne with the Powerglide. Ha! Yes, the Biscayne was the lowest trim level full sized Chevy that year (and all years from 1959 to 1972). And as said, being a RHD vehicle, it was built as an export model, not necessarily in the USA. Three speed six cylinder last year was 1973, in a Bel Air.
  2. Frank DuVal

    European radio frequencies

    Medium Wave is the AM Broadcast band here in America and the rest of the world (where there are still AM stations). As Spinney says, typically 530 to 1700 KHz. It was 530 to 1600 KC when the MG was made, 530 to 1500 KC before WWII. Only two clear channel stations still play music on AM here in America AFAIK. WSM 650 KC Nashville, TN [the original Grand Old Oprey Station] and CFZM Toronto, Ontario [Zoomer Radio, music for baby boomers]. Maybe more on the west coast or Mexico that I can not hear here. The only trouble in American vs European frequencies is if you have a digital radio that only tunes every 10 KHz for the American market, and the European standard is every 9 KHz. And Vice Versa, 9 KHz tuning does not match 10 KHz spacing. Analog tuning, no problem!
  3. Frank DuVal

    European radio frequencies

    More important is the AM antenna matched to the radio. Is there an Antenna Trimmer adjustment on the radio somewhere? It hides, not in plain sight usually. You adjust this on a weak station about 1400 KC (OK, KHz). Is this at night or in the daytime? How many AM stations are in your area?
  4. Frank DuVal

    Trying to figure out what this car is

    1969 Chevrolet. Very distinctive taillamps. Impala or Caprice. Wait, Caprice wheel covers, right? After looking at yellow car picture, it says Impala, not Caprice. Of course, it was a 3 year old car at the time, who knows what wheelcovers came on it.๐Ÿ˜‰
  5. Frank DuVal

    AC 46 vs. 46X spark plugs

    If Mr. "Guest" was right about 46X being called for in the manual, then "K" can use them in your car. No need to throw away good parts made for your car.
  6. Frank DuVal

    Pilot bearing lubrication

    I have seen a picture of oil bleeding through a pilot bushing with finger pressure, but I can not find it right now. You should see the motor oil bleed through the pores of the bushing.
  7. Frank DuVal

    Pilot bearing lubrication

    If Oilite, then you fill the bushing with motor oil, and squeeze the oil into the pores with your thumb and forefinger before installing it in the crankshaft. I've never had an issue using grease on an older already installed bushing, but C49er has. YMMV (old saying from the early days of fuel MPG postings). Either way, do not use so much it flows out and flings onto the clutch facing. Bob doesn't drive like my Dad taught me. In city traffic stop lights my foot is on the clutch the whole time I am sitting still. I know, should be in neutral according to some owners manuals, but old habits.....๐Ÿ˜ Got to be ready to go.
  8. Frank DuVal

    The Grinch

    I'm not sure what my 1995 Park Avenue Ultra was doing for GM, but when I bought it used in 2003 it had 37K miles on it and came with a fresh Michigan General Motors title with just a couple hundred miles difference between the title and current odometer reading. It was bought at a GM auction in Tidewater Virginia by a semi-retired dealer who sold it to me about a month later. He suspected long term use of dealer plates by a dealer's mother. It had suffered right side damage at some point, doors blended in. Only options not on the car are CD player and sunroof.
  9. Of course, I do too. Why would anyone want to look at things that do not interest them? It is those people who make rude remarks about vehicles they are not interested in that drives people away. Those people have bad manners, shouldn't go out in public, just stay as trolls on the internet....๐Ÿ˜‰
  10. For less than that you can buy a couple of cans of R12 with a can tap and do it yourself! How many pounds does the system hold? 2.5 to 3? If there is any in it, then you don't need three pounds. Here is a three can with hose for ~$60: Running about $25 a can right now, winter. Not that much more than cans of R134a. Is there a sight glass? If not, then you need gauges. Well, that runs the price up..... Harbor Freight no longer carries R-12 / R-22 1/4" flare type gauge sets .๐Ÿ˜ That's when you consider converting to R134a, when you and your wife are hot and R134a is available at a nearby shop. They will need to replace the failed hose anyway.... A small leak at the compressor seal you would have topped it off before you started the trip. Needing refrigerant in the middle of nowhere is usually a result of part failure.
  11. Frank DuVal

    56 engine questions..for those who know LMK

    Been waiting to see, but no luck. Who is LMK?
  12. Frank DuVal

    cunifer tubing

  13. Frank DuVal

    hot air heater duct hose

    That white hose just does not look right.๐Ÿ˜€ Maybe pant the aluminum hose a dark color..... I assume it is 4โ€ hose, as that is what the home center stores sell for dryer exhaust. if so, Clarkโ€™s Corvair also sells 4โ€ hose in fabric (like OEM) or in EPDM (lasts a looong time) C4255.
  14. Frank DuVal

    Coolant to water ratio?????

    Iโ€™m with Joe, been using yellow Prestone jugs since I started driving in the late 60s. No issues. Well, my not changing it often is my issue, not Prestoneโ€™s!
  15. Frank DuVal

    Anti-freeze Question

    You youngsters!๐Ÿ˜ They call all the "new" (since 1940 or so) stuff Permanent Anti-Freeze for a reason. The reason Tinindian told you. My father never got away from saying 'Did you check the alcohol in the car?" every winter. He grew up with alcohol as the antifreeze and knew it always needed replenishing to keep the freezing point low. There were also jokes at the time about winter city streets smelling like a distillery, because of all the alcohol evaporating. I see ads in Motor Service magazines in the late 50s that still show Zerex as selling an alcohol product. Cheaper than Ethylene-Glycol antifreeze. I put alcohol in my Willys-Knight at the suggestion of WOKR members. Where did I find it? Most any store (not just auto parts). I just poured in the blue windshield washer fluid from the store! Hope the garage does not get below -20ยฐF.๐Ÿ˜จ