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About PeteO

  • Birthday 08/29/1945

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  1. Thanks all for the replies. It looks like the jack or motorcycle fluids will work nicely. Off to the store I go.
  2. My shocks are quite weak. Fifty years ago I used hydraulic lift fluid to top off the shocks. What's recommended these days?
  3. You've got to be careful with those Klaxons since they are six volt motors. To make them sound properly a series resistor needs to be added. I wound a simple resistor of nichrome wire insulated inside a thin fiberglass sleeve; the correct value was determined when the voltage measured across the horn was six volts. Once a resistor is in place, adjusting the motor penetration screw can be done. The horn that I added to my '37 Buick came from Midnight Auto in 1961 when I was a teenager. It came out of a 1925 Dodge hearse that had rusted to pieces.
  4. Not long ago I took a Coker Firestone tire to the local Firestone tire center. I was told that they couldn't put the new tire on the wheel because it has a tube. They don't know how to put in a tube; about eight attendants working there and none knew how to install a tube. I volunteered to show them how to do it, having installed tubes a hundred times back in the 1960's.; nope, too dangerous. From there I took my tire and tube to a place that handles truck tires. No problems after that.
  5. I also had bad experiences with Bob's. My first order was for "part A" and that was fine. A second order was placed for "part B" which I received plus an unwanted "part A". It didn't cost much so let it go. A third order for "part C" was received but also included third "part A" and a second 'part B", Everything I ever ordered just got added onto all subsequent orders. I spoke to Bob (five yrs. ago), explained it to him, and h shouted back that he doesn't write the ordering software and can't do anything to resolve the problem. No refunds either. Eventually I shipped back all of the unwante
  6. PeteO

    old oil

    I've always been a fan of kerosene first and if that wasn't working well, acetone. The primary problem with acetone is volatility; one little splash on an outlet will cause an immediate flash. Been there, done that. These days I put tape over close-by outlets when using acetone.
  7. Years ago New Jersey had very strict rules for driving with antique plates. These days the state only inspects cars less than 25 years old. Even so, I have regular plates on my '37 Buick and drive it frequently every day of the week.
  8. Just an idea- try aligning the headlights without the lenses. I might give you a more sharply defined beam.
  9. Those Buicks have three-beam headlight. I trust that you've found the two positions of your dash pull switch in headlight mode. The shop manual shows the best method for aiming; even so the beams are kind of wide and not sharply defined on a garage. I've always liked the foot switch to change beams; its something I grew up with going back to the early sixties and a previous '37 Buick.
  10. I too have added an electric fuel pump in my 1937 Buick. It is mounted on a metal plate that covers the crank case hole where the original pump mounted. This is a driver class car so I've taken some liberties. I don't recall the circumstance that made my not-so-bright mechanic mount the electric pump high on the engine. Positioning the pump high allowed fuel to drain back to the gas tank and leave the fuel lines empty, forcing the pump to pump air before pumping fuel. Mounting it low on the engine like the original allows gravity to keep the pump filled with gas and ready to opera
  11. A plexiglass 1940 Pontiac. It sold at the time at auction for $305K.
  12. I knew the model would come to light quickly.
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