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  1. I am virtually certain that all 36's had Chancellor Gray (never body color) dash. Chancellor Gray is very dark, but obviously not black when compared with a saturated black. It has very fine metallic which can be seen on a decent original dash when cleaned up and buffed. I was able to match the color almost perfectly including the metallic. If anyone is interested I will look for my "ingredients". I cannot imagine duplicating the original graining without using "Grain It Technology's" printing equipment---patterns, dyes, rollers, etc. Counting all the garnish in the car, I believe there are 17 or 18 pieces including the rear view mirror and the handle on the back of the front seat. So the instrument panel and glove compartment "ain't the half of it". Grain It has great tutorials on line and you can practice and immediately redo dozens of times and still have supplies left over. It wasn't the most fun I've had, but sorta.
  2. Paul, On second thought, your car being a Holden Buick, may not have the same dash and instrument treatment as a US car like mine. Let me know. I can easily take whatever pics you may want of orig or restored.
  3. Paul, I have good pictures of original window garnish and dash, as well as my results using "Grain -it Technologies" supplies. The results are great (in my humble opinion) and the process using Grain-Its stuff was not difficult. I am am electronically challenged so cannot post the pics here but will email them to you. Incidentally, the solid "black" of the dash is not actually full black, but as I recall, "Chancellor" black, which also has some fine metallic in it. If you have a decent original dash you may be able buff it back to life enough to see the metallic in it. I did so and was able to duplicate the color very closely.
  4. Number one, you've got to get a shop manual. Asking questions here is great and you will find many smart and patient people. Also start using the "search" feature at the top right of the screen to look up specific questions. It takes a little practice wording your search to get the most helpful answers. Welcome. Good luck.
  5. Thanks for all the ideas everybody. I got hooked on Gary W's links re: carburetors/fuel pumps/gas tank senders/etc. Remarkable work Gary! Thanks. I will be going through all your contributions whether it involves a problem of mine or not! This whole discussion led me to follow everybody's ideas, and my own, all over the blog. Very helpful. Most contributors are very considerate no matter how new or uninformed the questioner may be. I had not known until today that there is a website to find no alcohol gas or that we can remove alcohol by mixing the gas with water to separate. Something so obvious, but I hadn't thought of it myself.
  6. I really do hate it when I raise an issue that all you old folks think is off the wall----but if modern fuels are such a problem can the old fuels be approximated by cutting slightly with a less refined product, perhaps kerosene or diesel? Would that result in a lower octane rating?
  7. Actually carbking, thank you for your response. I take it that this wicking problem would not have been present when the cars were built, but because of thinner (actually)? fuel and the porosity or surface "fuzziness" of the old castings, the wicking is a modern problem. I bought my 36 (now parts car) in 1956 and I recall no such odor situation in the garage then. Of course my memory may be as "fuzzy" as the old castings and I didn't have a wife who thinks gas odors in the garage are a negative thing.
  8. Actually carbking, thank you for your response. I take it that this wicking problem would not have been present when the cars were built, but because of thinner (actually)? fuel and the porosity or surface "fuzziness" of the old castings, the wicking is a modern problem. I bought my 36 (now parts car) in 1956 and I recall no such odor situation in the garage then. Of course my memory may be as "fuzzy" as the old castings and I didn't have a wife who thinks gas odors in the garage are a negative thing.
  9. Carbkings reply to my original question was not serious. Neither was my similar quality response suggesting that he fill his carb with epoxy. Carbking misunderstood my suggestion, thinking that I was making some kind of serious suggestion. All of this is not constructive. So, seriously, has anyone ever come upon an idea to stop gasoline from wicking out of the carb? Coating the inside of the bowl and cover with something impervious to fuel? Something like the old shellac on carb floats (before modern fuels). A few years ago I made a fiberglass gas tank for a boat using epoxy resin. Still good after at least 15 years. Any thoughts?
  10. Thanks Morgan. I realized that you didn't know that my carb is a downdraft. I especially appreciated the helpful suggestions from the king of carbs though. I am sure he would only propose solutions that he has tried and found useful. I wondered if he has considered filling the carb on his 1979 with epoxy to eliminate the odor. Or maybe he could consult a specialist.
  11. Morgan, my car is a 36 Roadmaster. This is not the first time I've learned something that everyone else seems to know. I'm thinking hard about carbkings suggestions to decide which ones to try. I'll let everybody know what works.
  12. The gasket between the bowl and cover on my carb is always wet with gas until the fuel is almost gone. The fuel level is exactly where it should be but it "wicks" up the inside of the bowl, blots through the gasket and wets part of the outside of the bowl. I have removed the carb cover, dried the inside of the bowl above the fuel and watched the gas crawl up the side of the bowl like it might wet a blotter. I made a new gasket of rubber (figuring its not "wickable") and fuel still gets out. What am I missing? I can't find anything on the blog about this. This really bugs me---I can always smell gas when I walk in the garage. Doesn't seem like enough to be dangerous, but still---
  13. 1936McBUICK, I have one that is in two pieces(both bent) and pitted. If he can work with that, he would be welcome to contact me.
  14. Well! I feel really dumb----or at least terribly unobservant! In your very good article Joe, I missed the "Key to Suppliers" which told where to get the bulb part numbers that you listed. Certainly takes the mystery out of things! I could also have helped myself if I had first learned what the abbreviation/code numbers system is all about. Thanks to all of you who did not point out that I should know at least a little bit before expecting to get bailed out.
  15. Many thanks to everybody!!! But especially to Joe. Joe, I read your article before looking for bulbs. It was perfectly organized and very informative but, of course, couldn't provide the specific detail that I was looking for. My head does not work well for electrical stuff and there were too many choices available on line. I do not know what the "L" means with the 63-L and 81-L but they are shown that way in my shop manual. And Joe, can you recommend a bulb for the stop light, # 87? The information and sources given by others will also be very helpful.----Turn signals are next! I'll try to go to school first. Thanks again everybody.
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