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  1. Thanks for the additional comments, but the Chevy/GMC coils or leaf spring rear suspensions were also operative on the 1/2 pickups. Most of those trucks were ordered with their "standard" suspensions (coil for Chevy, leaf for GMC) I highly suspect. Unless somebody got into the order guide and looked at all of the options, they would not have kniown about that deal. Just as '67-'72 wide-bed models had a steel load floor as the GMCs had a wood floor, which could also have been flip-flopped. One of our late chatper members, Mr. David Corbin, found a Buick Self-Shifter at a swap m
  2. Torque Tubes were not always as Buick did them. Rather "closed driveshaft" designs. In the 1951-era GM pickups, Chevrolets had a closed driveshaft as GMCs had an open driveshaft, from my experiences with them. Both had rear leaf springs. GM pickups went to the trailing arm rear suspension when they went to rear coil springs in the earlier 1960s, even with torsion bars on the front inm '61-'62. This continued untilo 1973. BUT, Chevies were standard with the rear coil springs as GMC used rear leaf springs and Dana rear axles . . . AND Chevies could be had with that leaf spring r
  3. (Worse in damp/humid weather?)
  4. One of our members ("First Born") built a tubular intake and used the TBI kit on his '50s Buick. The fuel system was from Affordable, which was where we first learned of that company. Better fuel economy and better performance were two benefits. There shoudl be some threads un here from when he did it initially and afterward. On any EFI, if the system is not "sequential", then they fire all of the injectors at once. The issue of closed valves, with the engine "at rpm", does not seem to be an issue, although it might seem that it would. Things apparently happen so fast the clos
  5. What about a slightly smaller power steering pulley to turn the pump faster for a given engine rpm? Not a huge difference, but probably 1/2" smaller diameter at the most? I suspect that having a properly adjusted "low wear" gear is important, probably more than pump volume for a given line pressure? Plus any "joints" in the steering column/steering gear interface that are still "tight"! Enjoy! NTX5467
  6. What type of work are you considering getting done? Just curious, NTX5467
  7. I remember "MG Mittens"! To me, the good thing abour "real" car covers (rather than a generic fabric used for such" is that they will repel water/rain, but also let any accumulated moisture evaporate through the fabric. Covercraft has always been a premium brand for these things, and one of the first in the industry. Enjoy! NTX5467
  8. In the case of the Chevron website's information on RFG (ReFormulated Gas), which was when MTBE was initially used as an oxygenate to gasoline, it mentioned "increased crank time to start" when compared to the then-existing fuels they sold. As if that would be a noticable change in this area, from their extensive testing of the new and old fuels. A slight fuel economy loss was noted too. At that time, I was driving a 1970 Skylark Custom 350 2bbl CA emissions car in which I documented a 3% fuel economy loss from non-RFG Chevron gasoline (Chevron's information pamphlet stated "3.2
  9. Seasonal blends have been around since at least 1963, when Texaco advertised "customized blends" for regions and times of the year. I suspect that other main brands did similar, just that Texaco tried to capitalize on it back then. In the back of the websites of both Chevron (circa 1990) and Mobil (circa 2000s), there used to be some great information on the then-upcoming (RFG in Chevron's case) and USA maps (Mobil's website) with the many ozone non-attainment areas and their related fuel blends. Doing a recent Google search for the maps came up with the same or updated maps on t
  10. Just curious, what are the reasons for air ride? Smooother ride? Better handling? Varying ride heights? Smoother ride -- more a function of shock absorber choice than type of spring Better handling -- more a function of shock absorber choice, sway bar size, and the condition of ALL rubber suspension bushing stiffness and condition Varying ride heights -- just desire the correct ride height or to imcorporate some sort of automatic leveling system? Personally, I'd aim for OEM-spec HD suspension springs, a good HD shock (I keep hearing "KYB" in other forums),
  11. Deck heights (spread between the banks) related to stroke?
  12. You probably will NOT find what you're looking for in any "service manual", unless it is a "body manual", which is usually for all GM divisions, not just Buick per se. The OTHER place to look is in a Buick parts book for that general period of time. "Illustrations" of the top mechanism and such. There is also a separate pamphlet on "convertibles" which all full-size convertibles came with from the factory, but it's more about "care and feeding" than anything technical (after I finally found one!). GM used two sizes of convertible tops for their full-size cars. One size for Chev
  13. Isn't there a band in there that might have broken? Just a thought, NTX5467
  14. I happened across a YouTube video of a guy in SW OK who used 10% muriatic acid rather than the normal chem-dip. Cleaned it up just fine, EXCEPT it took off the cad plating and it came out gray-silver instead. He noted that that would not be correct for any judged show where things needed to be stock, but otherwise, it worked just fine and was inexpensive from the swimming pool places. Just something I found, NTX5467
  15. Shop clutter can really be unprocessed projects or "projects in waiting". Just make sure there is enough room for fire fighters in full "combat gear" to be able to walk through without hitting anything, for good measure. These "wide trails" can also allow any visitors to find their way in or out easier. IF the floor space becomes more like a field warehouse, then get some shelves. Increase the number of shelf units as needed. When more floor space is needed, THEN might consider some "thinning of the herd". NOTE: for "private-use shops" only. The more commercial-oriented the situation m
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