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  1. Hobart II? Adam, Rob is correct. The French locks keep the nuts from working loose during thermal expansion cycles and engine vibrations (harmonics). If you check the manifold nut torque it's probably pretty low... on the order of 8-15 F/P. That's just enough to clamp the parts together, but not enough to put sufficient stress tension on the nut to keep it from working loose. If you tighten down enough to prevent the nut working off during operation (60-75 F/P) the manifold ears will likely be the first to fail during thermal expansion (cast iron is weaker than carbon steel), creating a whole 'nother problem. Cheers, JMC
  2. SOLD! Core Quality. Appears complete and sound. Has been stored for 20 years. Carter AFB # 4344S L6 This is a CA-only AFB for the 340. Estimate that has a 450CFM rating. BCA Price $30 + shipping PayPal (VS/MC/Disc/Amex/Debit) PM or email
  3. Slightly faded... NO appreciable pitting. Needs accent paint renewed. Both "ears" intact! No cracks! A very nice piece. Special BCA Pricing: $95 (Includes shipping and insurance) PM or Email PayPal (Visa, MC, Direct Debit)
  4. I sold the '65 Skylark! Selling the accumulated parts. Left and Right Tail Light Assemblies for 1965 Skylark. These were rescued from a desert car and are pristine! NO pitting on lamps or accent bars. NO cracks in metal Will need gaskets replaced and accents repainted. Lenses are the best of three sets. End pieces have some very minor stress cracks. All lenses were buffed and are clear. Includes corner reflectors. You'll be hard pressed to find a nicer set! Special BCA Price: $300.00 Plus shipping. Estimate 20# from 92101 PM or email me. I take PayPal (Visa, MC, Bank Debit)
  5. I have a pristine '65 Skylark NOS hood ornament. Never on a car. A re you still looking?
  6. Smartin, I've not chimed in from San Diego for a while, although I do keep tabs on your magnificent project from time to time. For what it's worth... free advice... If you have the opportunity to replace the wiring with new, I'd strongly encourage you to consider that option. Here's why: Plastic wiring is water proof... but it is porous and over the decades, becomes hard and brittle, and more porous. Herein lies the problem, because moisture does get to the copper conductor and it corrodes it over time. Ever notice that really old wire is tarnished when you do strip it? Braided or twisted wire is ever worse. So what? Well, the physics of electricity is that the current flows on the outside of the metal conductor and the corrosion raises the resistance in path of the electricity. That's one reason old cars have dim lights in spite of solid clean connections at the terminals. It's also a prime reason that high amperage leads like battery cables and starter cables are frequent problems. Resistance cuts current flow and raises temperature, degrading the insulation, allowing more corrosion... repeat cycle to failure. I know personally the best $165 spent on my old Skylark was the new rear body harness. I've also spent a lot of time in really old Navy airplanes with really old wiring (sniff... sniff... "Hey, you smell something burning?"). With a Buick, you could hitch home, but it'd be a sad day. Best regards, John Chapman San Diego
  7. Adam, nice work you've done... I could probably scare up another Centurion out here... I happen to know where a red '72? convertible is wasting away in a driveway... Probably needs a new top... Cheers, JMC/San Diego
  8. Lord Lucas... Inventor of the short circuit.
  9. Joe, Thanks for the refresher. The TBI setup I'm investigating offers a control module for the VSS on the 200R4. The 700R4 gearing: 3.06, 1.63, 1.00, 0.70... big step between 1 & 2. The 200R4 gearing: 2.74, 1.57, 1.00, 0.67... much more civil, methinks... Cheers, JMC
  10. NTX... Thanks for the insights. Maybe a new small Edlebrock and a mild cam/lifter set (like a Crower Level 1) is the way to go... Just need to take the 4bbl manifold to the machine shop for a good cleaning as a start. Cheers, JMC
  11. Joe, Thanks for the insights on relative cost. I'd love to have time to scrounge and pull a system together... it's an issue of time I don't have. So, if I want it done before I'm too old to enjoy it, I'm gonna have to pay for some help. I never can seem to reach a happy confluence of enough time/money/opportunity... one or more are always out of spec. Cheers, JMC
  12. Joe, Thanks for the update on the Edlebrock carb... I went looking and found that you're correct... about $300. The TBI I've been looking at is at: Affordable Fuel Injection - Latest News They seem to address the issues you mentioned. I'm waiting to see what they can do with the 300/4bbl. I'm hoping to put together a car that can do around 20MPG at cruise. Interesting that there are that many four bbl intakes on eBay. You can go a long time without them showing up. Kinda like '65 Skylark tail light assemblies, especially NOS left side... Cheers, JMC
  13. NTX, Something I'm exploring is a TBI setup. I've got the correct AFB, but it needs a complete rebuild and it is beyond my time/talent quotent. Local shops quote around $600 for rebuild/electric choke. The TBI conversion including electronic ignition looks to be about $1200 and would offer greatly improved fuel economy/driveability AND allow for electronic control of the planned 200R4. Look for more as my investigation progresses. Cheers, JMC
  14. Need... if you'll search the forums for "300" you'll find a lot of info... Here's a couple of places to start: http://forums.aaca.org/f118/64-300-4-vs-300-2-a-151698.html http://forums.aaca.org/f118/intakes-300-65-skylark-151724.html Also: Small Block Short summation: Headers: You might find an old set of Hedman's that were sold by now-defunct Poston's Enterprises, otherwise you'll be custom fabricating them as none are in production. Here's the good side: Factory headers flow pretty well... Manifold: 1964 used aluminum heads/manifolds, a one year only configuration. Four bbl manifolds are tough to come by, but were used on the Special/Skylark and the LeSabre 300 engines. There are no aftermarket manifolds produced. There are a couple of outfits that still make cams, lifters, etc., Crower being one. In short, the 300 ('64 aluminum head/intake; 65-67 iron head/intake) don't have much aftermarket support. Intakes from the 215/340 will NOT fit because they are too narrow/wide owing to cylinder deck height) but other accessories will fit. Oh, the '65 4bbl was a one year item too... so equally hard to find. That's the bad news. Here's the good: Many Buick 350 parts will fit (i.e. transistorized ignition), water pump, oil/fuel pump, etc. There are lots of aftermarket carbs available... but none are as small as the original Rochester 4BBL. Lots of hotrodders put a 600-650 CFM carb on the engine, but that's too much to get good fuel control at moderate throttle. Find either the Rochester or the Carter AFB ('65) for the engine, you'll be happier. In fact, I'd recommend the AFB with an electric choke conversion (use the power pick up from the transmission control solinoid) and get rid of the water heater on the Rochester. Cheers, JMC
  15. West, Thanks for posting the photos and story. In early 1992, while I was assigned to a squadron at NAS North Island (San Diego), about a half dozen B-25s were chosen to re-enact the Doolittle Raid launch from the USS Ranger (CV-61). The crews practiced carrier deck takeoff techniques from the approach end of runway 29 at North Island for about a week. The day they arrived, they flew over the field at about 250 feet and the wonderful ruckus of all those big radial engines cleared the hangars of those who remembered that sound. We were all on the ramp gawking like kids. The size of that group was small then, and certainly much smaller now. During my career, I was fortunate to log about 500 hours of single and twin engine radial time. We won't even discuss the things you can learn in that time about stack fires, back fires, vapor lock, fouled plugs, flooded starts, oil leaks, hydraulic leaks, chip lights... and the pure joy of feeling that big motor catch during a start. Love the smell of 130/145 exhaust in the morning! Cheers, JMC
  16. 1. Absolutely not! 2. That 'early repayment' is only $4.2B remaining onthe $6.7B note and ignores the remaining loan balance. GM is depending on an IPO to pay back about $46B. The success of an IPO will be dependent on the rapidly deteriorating global economic condition. 3. There is a subtle difference between 'blinded by ideology' and seeing things as they are, but that's your call, R. Now, back to our regularly scheduled program... JMC
  17. Don't forget the plastic Jesus for the dash... Sun-faded umbrella for the package shelf... A suicide knob for the steering wheel... The garter from the prom for the rear view mirror... HS graduation tassles to augment the garter... Rifle rack for the rear window.... (never mind... that's for pickups...) Pine tree air freshener...
  18. At 80 and partial to GM, the Malibu or the LaCrosse CX would be the quick sell. If you can get Granny to think out of the box, I'd avoid GM (government motors) for a lot of reasons, not the least of which there are companies out there that do a better job and don't suck up your tax dollars doing it. I drive a lot of these cars for a week or two at a time, courtesy of Avis, so I've got a pretty good perspective on who's doing what. Here's my recommendation set in order of preference: #1 Nissan Altima Hybrid. Just came back from a 12 day road trip with one. An honest 34mpg. Quiet, powerful, nicely finished, and well equipped (this was the base model with no big packages on it). Hybid operation might be unsettling to someone used to V8 automatics, though. In EV mode the gas engine start can be a bit rough when cold (two car data base on that) #2 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE. New on the market, but my #1 for a gas 4 cylinder. On road trip, came VERY close to Altima Hybrid in fuel economy and got 24 mpg in town. It's a real gem of a car. Fit and finish stomps Malibu and Buick. I'd compare fit to my Lexus and material is better than Camry. Can beat Altima H price by a couple of grand. It is a rocket, too. Best interior package of the bunch. Hybrid model coming in six months or so. Best warranty package. I had a red one... it's a looker (well, relative to a 4dr sedan) #3 Ford Fusion/#4 Fusion Hybrid. Nice package. Well put together. Choice depends on whether you think the hybrid is worth it. Ford's making it as a domestic without a taxpayer handout to the unions, so that's a cudo. Very competitive fit/finish, but just a whisker behind Hyundai and Nissan. Sync system is great on road trips but isn't a deal maker. I've ruled out Camry. At the price point, it's not as nicely finished and compared to the Nissan, the Hybrid isn't as well-integrated, IMHO, and the gas four is an ancient powerplant comparatively. Plus, can you count on it to stop? Good luck, JMC
  19. Uhhh.... lemme see... the climate is changing. Yep. Weather has been changing for... oh, 1.5 million years or so, right? 1. The ballyhoo of global warming has yet to explain why we've been cooling off for over a decade. 2. The IPCC's vaunted 2500 scientists is really <50 who have read the IPCC annual reports and <10 who have actually signed off on it. My numbers are generous. I'd invite your attention to the front matter of the annual IPCC reports available for scutiny from the UN. 3. The lies, the lies, the lies. The pranksters at CRU have been outed. If you begin with an agenda and then create the science to support that agenda, that is not science. It's a lie. 4. The IPCC is corrupt beyond the pale of the definition, yet our inglorious leadership continues to march toward the cliff of idiotic policy to correct a problem by implementing rule that will have no effect other than to transfer billions of dollars from productive uses to the pockets of the UN bureaucracy and thence to the accounts of countless third world despots. 5. I will never doubt the need for us to become more efficient, conserve resources, and develop realistic policies that will lead us to energy independence. I also see the potential for huge impacts on our hobby if the current path is continued. That's why we need to cease this Alinsky-like approach (Rule 5. "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon (e.g. 'denier' vs. skeptic) and Rule 13. "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.") to policy making and do some real work. You can continue to defend you position along with "the support of thousands of PhDs and tens of thousands of M.S. degreed and post-graduate educated professionals in the field" and ignore the reasoned and well developed arguments against AGW as you see fit. As for me, I'm disgusted with current policy to the point that I'm considering selling my Buick and distribuing money to help elect folks that have a reasonable approach to governing. You can bet Algore, Waxman, et al won't be on the list. Seeing that we've beaten this horse before, I'll let my comments stand. Reply if you wish, but I've said my piece and am complete. Cheers, JMC
  20. Dave, A predictably toned response from you. Recent relevations about the veracity of the AGP community aside, I doubt that 99.99% of the world's scientists are liars. I just think that the ones that support conclusions based on massaged data that are then foisted upon us by failed politicians for personal gain are suspect. With good reason and regardless of news source. Now, that said, I think we did say the same thing: conservation from both reduction of consumption and efficiency are the answer. A coherent national energy policy could bring to bear the natural and intellectual resources we have in abundance to solve our energy problems. We are NOT doing that, chosing instead to pursue a politically infused path that has a separate agenda not in the best interest of our nation. We should keep in mind that this is the nation that, in the short interval of 12 years (1957-1969), progressed from exploding rockets on the pad at Cape Canaveral to landing a man on the moon. We can do this. So, we don't have 200 years of oil... OK, what we do is prioritize how it is used. We do have 200 years of coal and a lot of natural gas. How can we best use those resources? And so goes the question... where's the coherent, productive policy? What would YOU do? JMC
  21. Well, as long as the hijack has taken place... relax and enjoy. As for the 'tax by mile' discussion, it's pretty easy to set it up. Progressive Insurance has already developed a module that will extract driven miles information from OBD II systems (most all passenger cars >1996) in order to offer MyRate (currently available in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, New Jersey and Oregon). Cars without OBD II could be easily required to have an annual mileage certification. No GPS required. If (and that's a big word here) all, or most, road tax was transitioned to a use-based tax it would be an effective way to generate tax revenue divorced from fuel consumption. IMHO, there should continue to be a reduced 'general revenue' tax component to road funding in reflection of the general good derived by a well-maintained road system by all citizens whether they directly use it or not. It would also be 'tunable' to impose the highest taxes on vehicles that cause the most wear on the roads. We must watch our greedy political brethren, lest they try to continue both (current fuel tax and mileage tax). The VAT discussion is germane. As for coupling this to the 'Tax and Cap' discussion, it is an essential part of that discussion. Whether 'Peak Oil' is the issue is irrelevant to a large extent. What is relevant is that the 'T&C' is an economy-crippling wealth transfer mechanism that will enrich some at the expense of many and hold productive economies hostage to unproductive economies. What we really need is a coherent, functional national energy policy that will maximize our natural energy resources and prepare the groundwork for transitioning to a fundamentally new energy use model. We have immense energy resources available in petroleum, natural gas, and coal. We need a policy that: First, significantly reduces dependence on outside sources; Second, begin a transition to electrification of personal urban transport; Three, work at restoration of our national freight and passenger train service; Fourth, let the Government set the guidelines and fund infrastructure... then get out of the way.
  22. Adam, Great progress! This would appear to be a project with a difficulty level approaching that of the scissor top on the Wildcat... I'm curious if you anticipate problems with body flex given that the 'C' pillars are so 'dainty' on the 4DHT and it appears you are spanning about 8-9 feet of body between the supports. Or, is it so rigid that you don't foresee a problem keeping everything true? Cheers, John San Diego
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