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  1. Very nice car Alex. It looks kind of familiar.
  2. How about a 1955 Buick Special 2-door Riviera (41R)? Will need patch panels in floors, rockers, trunk. Will need complete interior. Bumpers re-chromed in 1990 are still decent. Engine and Dynaflow have been removed. Engine has had complete machine work done except for rocker arm assemblies. Dynaflow is apart; have many new dynaflow parts I bought off ebay over the past 20 years. Built in Arlington, Texas. I have clear title. If interested email me at jrnewwc@gmail.com
  3. Thanks for your reply JohnD1956 and MrEarl. I'll jack up each wheel and ring the spokes with the handle of a hammer or something to see if they all ring at roughly the same frequency. If all ok, I won't worry about it.
  4. I have a set (including the spare) of the KH wire wheel originals on my 1955 Buick Roadmaster Convertible, which I have owned for only a year. I'm pretty sure they are original to the car. I know nothing about these wheels (neither in general, nor the 5 that I have in particular). I have had the car up to about 65 MPH and did not notice any unbalance or out-of-round vibrations. After reading this post, I have become a little suspect of them and am thinking I should remove the tires and have a look. Fr. Buick and NTX5467 made mention of torquing the spokes. Can anyone inform me of the amount of
  5. Well, it certainly portrays a work ethic I haven't seen in quite a while.
  6. Bernie, I soaked the breaker plate assembly in 30 W oil overnight. It now takes 19 oz to rotate it, still 27% over the Max called for in the manual. I'll try it as it is rather than trying to figure out a way to reduce it further. Thanks. Thanks Old Tank. I'll use a roll pin. Bill
  7. I am in the process of restoring the distributor for my 1955 Buick Roadmaster Convertible. The engine in this car is a 1956, but it has a 1955 distributor in it. That's not good because in 56 Buick changed from a steel camshaft to a cast iron one and so the oilpump/distributor gear is cast iron also. So what I have now is a steel gear (1955 distributor) running on a cast iron gear (1956 camshaft). This incompatibility can cause the camshaft gear to wear faster than the distributor gear, which is the opposite of what you want. Fortunately, the engine only has about 2000 miles on it since it was
  8. I certainly agree that "95% of carburetor problems are electrical" (to quote an old saying), however I don't detect any misfiring of the engine. Still a possibility I guess. I do see a hint of black smoke coming from the tailpipe after the engine is warm, choke is wide open, and exhaust by-pass valve is open. This car has an electric fuel pump (with no pressure regulator) with the mechanical pump bypassed. The thought occurred to me that the electric pump may be supplying to much fuel pressure and overwhelming the float valve system in the carburetor. My next thing to do is to put a pressu
  9. I have a 1955 Buick Roadmaster that I recently acquired with a 1956 322 engine in it. The 56 engine has the 1955 intake manifold and 1955 Rochester carburetor. I have heard that this is incompatible in some way. Can someone shed some light on this? The engine is running ok, except for very poor gas mileage and running rich.
  10. Our newly acquired 1955 Buick Roadmaster Convertible. Lovin it!
  11. "For that car, just remove the end plugs to remove from the car. Disassemble, clean and inspect. About the only thing that goes wrong is broken springs. When adjusted according to the service manual there will be some "play" due to compressing of the springs". Old-Tank, would that apply to a 1955 Roadmaster as well as a 1956 Special?
  12. Howdy – my name is Bill Newland. I live just outside of Fort Worth Texas. I have been working on old cars since I was 14, was an aircraft ground support equipment mechanic in the Navy, went to school to become a mechanical engineer, worked for a diesel engine powered equipment company and then a helicopter company, and am now retired. Since my wife and I acquired our 1955 Buick Roadmaster Convertible about three weeks ago, I have been lurking on the technical forum. In fact, I perused all 274 pages and copied the links which were of particular interest to a file. A wealth of valuab
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