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  1. Everything past the end of the spring. So the whole rear axle, wheels, brakes, the front control arms, brakes, wheels. Racecars take it to the extreme... inboard brakes, magnesium wheels. The lighter the unsprung weight, the more responsive the suspension is. That, and full articulation. I've always disagreed with manufacturer's desire for suspension that binds to increase the spring rate. When I rebuilt my ponycar's front suspension, I went to full bearings instead of bushings. It allowed full articulation of the control arms, and made for a much smoother, responsive ride. Noisy as all hell though.
  2. They were all tan? I have a couple pieces of mine left, someone must have painted them gray. Is that buick mat available in other colors?
  3. I'm thinking it's wiring too. Whenever i've had slow starting or dead starters, it was usually the cables. Hidden corrosion under the insulation, or inside the lugs. It was the worst here in the desert, the chinese garbage cables would last for about a year, maybe two, then not carry enough amps to crank. My riv had an issue with the solenoid not pushing hard enough to engage the motor. Turned out the primary power wire had been burned, and had no insulation. I suspect the heat changed it's ability to carry amperage.
  4. I see them with sunglasses on too. I assumed it was the UV coating in the glass causing it.
  5. My 64 has glue in glass and green tint. I had to glue in (with tape) all my side windows, age caused them to come loose.
  6. When I was younger, a friend of mine liked to use his hand brake to get his VW Rabbit to go sideways. Fun, but I wouldn't want to do it anymore.
  7. I had a 76 Eldorado that had an emergency brake pedal that worked like a mechanical brake when the car was in gear. In that it didn't lock or ratchet unless the car was in park. I really liked that, I thought it was very clever. I didn't know about Dot5 fluid, i'm going with that when I do my brakes.
  8. Looks like HPS has 3mm silicone hose with a 1.5mm wall thickness (HTSVH3TW-BLK5), i'm going to measure and see if that would work for the heater control hoses. Maybe some type of vinyl tape to mark them. Although those marked rubber hoses might be good, because it's not near high heat.
  9. If anyone is looking for a cheap one that'll do well, I can recommend Leader's waterproof one, number 10301009. 228" fits reasonably well, slightly on the small side. It seems waterproof, and my cat doesn't like clawing it up.
  10. My uncle had a 390 in a AMX years ago that was build by a professional racer he knew. Massively ported heads and the biggest valves possible, 12:1 compression (or higher?), single plane intake, Holley 850 double pumper, solid lifter cam, blown out header mounted glass packs. It only made around 500HP. It was barely drivable, it was so ragged. Backyard builders are getting 700+ without blowers from GM's LS motors with the right parts. Maybe that's where he got the number from? I think he'd have to go blower or turbo and put some real money into the bottom end to make a big buick live at that level.
  11. I've been using 3M Clear Silicone Paste. My car is in progress, so I don't have real world time on it to see how it holds up. I read somewhere (here?) that it was good stuff for tracks because it doesn't melt and drip. I used what lithium grease on another car, it was slick enough but would drip. My window motors were slow and not much power, and it was because of the original 50yr old grease in the motor's gearbox. Once cleaned out and regreased, they were fast and strong. The grease had turned into something like clay. I'd also clean out the channels from old grease with a narrow flat blade screwdriver, and then a paper towel soaked in 90% rubbing alcohol. You'll want to wear gloves for it. I'm curious to know if your window rollers are stiff but will turn with some force.
  12. I forgot about the tiny screws. Mine were such a PIA to remove, I must have forced the memory out of my head. Was it the T nuts that are brass? I haven't been able to work on the car in months, i'm starting to forget stuff.
  13. I've used a floor jack to hold it, and pieces of 2x4 to make a cradle for it. Worked ok. I like using a piece of pipe on a breaker bar to make it easier to get the bolts loose. I've only done it about 3 or 4 times, every time was wrestling a bear.
  14. I got my regular sized hoses on amazon, bought an assortment of sizes. I haven't found a source for the thin wall heater control hoses yet.
  15. I go by feel, and by ear. About 3/4 on the long belts, less on the short runs. If they squeak on startup. I tighten them slightly.