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  1. NTX5467

    1997 LeSabre--what is this electric motor for?

    The ONLY motor in that part of the car is for the factory auto-leveling system. It should connect to a height sensor (the sensor/control will connect to a rear control arm by a thin, metal link rod), which then has a plastic tube that connects to each of the rear suspension's air struts/shocks. IF the air structs/shocks are not there any more, just unplug the motor. NTX5467
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    56 engine questions..for those who know LMK

    From what I've observed others to have mentioned over the years of watching these discussions, you pretty much have to duplicate what's correct for the pre-'57 Buicks and their engines, UNLESS you do a large amount of extra work to use the incorrect model year items. Old-Tank knows the '55 Buicks inside-out and sideways, by observation. NOT book-larnin', either! Additionally, some things that might be suspected to not change between model years DID change and need to have coordinating parts to go with them . . . no mix-n-match in so many cases. On the issue of pistons, I've seen a listing for "Export" pistons for Specials. Something like a 7.5 compression ratio? IF that matters. The best way to know what's really accurate for the vehicle, with respect to GM-Buick parts, is to have the first edition of the particular model year parts book, which came out in the fall of the year for the new model year just beginning. It normally used to have a front section of parts that were new for that model year, to allow parts managers to see what new parts they might need to order. The later editions of the same book, printed after the first of the year didn't have these things. By the time the later model year books are out, the earlier cars' part listings will reflect part number changes and even part application combinations. As to the noted cylinder heads being superceded into just one part number, that seems a little unusual, to me. If the 'earlier heads were designed for the 264, I would perceive that the port sizing was good for that engine size. IF the same head could work well with a 322, then it should be over-sized for the 264 from the start, possibly. In reality, the smaller ports (IF that is the actual case) of the 264 head would possibly (with the same CR) make a bit more low-end torque response but hinder higher rpm power a bit. Which might explain why the "smaller" heads were superceded to later work on the larger 322s and nobody noticed. Back when it was starting to be fashionable to have an OHC motor, in the earlier '80s, a Buick rep was quoted as saying "For our customers, acceleration ends on the other side of the intersection." No real need for higher rpm power, typically. In the case of the particular model year where all engines were 322s, I suspect the main power differences between the Specials and the other Buick cars, other than the noted camshaft issues with manual transmissions, was due to the 4bbl carburetor, with a little help from the higher compression ratio for the higher-line cars' engine. BUT you'd probably need at least 1/2 throttle to feel any difference, in normal driving. IF you could modify the intake manifold to use the larger Rochester 2bbl (the 1.69 throttle bore size which some Pontiacs used back then), it would possibly have as much real air flow capacity as the 4bbl had . . . which would make it an incognito upgrade, of sorts. Might need a Pontiac air cleaner, which might have some cosmetic differences, though. Just some thoughts, NTX5467
  3. Seems like I remember seeing them in the old JCWhitney catalogs, early ;'60s time frame. Like some of the other whiz-bang things they sold back then. WHAT design changes/features made these items obsolete on later model year Buicks? Curiously, NTX5467
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    1969 Electra, reference engine paint

    In the USA, where I ran across the Pantone chart was when we were getting some T-shirts printed for a car show I was involved in. It's also more prevalent in the sign world, too, I suspect as accurate colors can be very important in the advertising and company logo realm of things. Red was a somewhat common engine color in the '50s and '60s. Whether on particular engine options in some brands of cars to farm tractor/industrial engines. They were ALL different, although similar. And, of course, GM had spray cans of engine paint for these things, back then. Most were discontinued when that engine family/option was no longer in production. Finding a "Buick Red" paint might be tricky as I doubt that GM has licensed it to any other paint supplier to sell. Some of the normal spray paint suppliers might say it's "Buick Red", but no guarantees that it's accurate for your car. Which gets back to the "custom mix" or "close-match" situation, unfortunately. In the USA, by observation, DupliColor is the company that builds all of the current GM touch-up tube paint, for GM. It's also the main supplier of touch-up paint, period, by observation, whether with the OEM brand or their own brand on it. They also have other OEM-related colors for wheel paint and such, too. You might order up the particular DupliColor paint listed above and see how it goes. With DupliColor's OEM connections, you might see if a supplier more local to you might be able to procure it, but getting them to order a single can might be tricky, minimum order quantities being what they might be. Just some thoughts, NTX5467
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    Power brake upgrade ideas needed

    Isn't somebody reproducing the aluminum drums? An Australian entity? For the street rod/roadster market? NTX5467
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    1969 Electra, reference engine paint

    Howdy. I presume your "RAL" number might be similar to "Pantone" colors? Where a particular Pantone shade is issued a standardized number that can be reproduced anywhere? One resource might be a sales brochure for your car. Many times, there were engine pictures in there, of some sort. Might not be the best resource, as the color might appear to be a little "dark". Some of the old paint books used to list engine paint formulas in them, but that was a hit/miss situation, by observation. Other than the correct shade of red, the engine paint's main function is to cove the bare metal such that surface rust doesn't happen. At the engine plants, their purpose was to just get coverage of the paint, NOT in a concours manner at all. Unless your existing color is too deep, too crimson, or too orange . . . for a red, then leaving it as is is a good suggestion. How did you arrive at using that particular color of red? Just curious. The factory engine paint was usually a basic enamel, not related to "car paint" per se. GM was using acrylic lacquer for the car paint back then. It's not unusual for the paint on the intake manifold to "cook" in the area of the heat crossover passage, on each side of the carb. Once you find the shade of paint you like, or is the most correct, then a paint store can match it for you. Single-stage would probably be the best as BC/CC paint on an engine is very much overkill, to me. Just some thoughts, NTX5467
  7. NTX5467

    The Grinch

    Few people realize that GM (and others) do (or used to have) fleets of vehicles that are driven by factory reps. Parts reps, service reps, new car sales reps, etc. that use these cars to make their rounds between the dealers in their assigned areas. These fleets are usually "turned" to the OEM's dealer auctions for resale, along with their lease returns and such. Various terms, as "factory rep cars" or "brass hat cars" have been attached to these vehicles. Once, our parts rep showed up in an extended cab 1/2 ton Silverado . . . with a Borla cat-back exhaust system under it. The Borla systems were a new GM Perf Parts item, so they were using the factory fleet to use to show these systems to the dealer network. After a few months, when the mileage limit was hit, it went to the auction. Another time, our vehicle sales rep was driving a 2nd-gen Reatta Convertible. Our Finance guy took a fancy to it, so we made arrangements to get that car when it got turned in. When the lease-return cars come back to GM, they can be used to gauge durability issues. As the use of DexCool in particular, in the later 1990s, was something that was paid attention to (with regards to why some vehicles seemed to have no problems and others did). A rolling research fleet, of such. After reconditioning, then off to the dealer auctions. At one time, GM would take their year-old "fleet" of cars, completely refurbish then (tires included), then internet sale them to the dealers as "Front Line Ready". At that time, in the earlier 2000s, the Intrigues and Regal LSs were all $15996.00 and had about 15K miles on them. NOT a bad deal at that time. What impressed me was that if the car needed "H"-rated tires, it got them, for example. Everything was "to OEM production specs", when some dealers wouldn't go quite that far. A great deal while it lasted! NTX5467
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    The Grinch

    A few years ago, one of our body shop customers, out in a rural/ranch part of the state, related a situation of one of his customers. The guy had a late model Ford King Ranch HS2500 4-dr pickup truck. He was out in the pasture and got too close to a tree. Knocked one of the outside mirrors off. He came in to Jeff to see about getting it replaced. Jeff called his Ford dealer parts guy and priced the mirror. The mirror was about $700.00, for the part, plus labor and such to install it. The pickup owner thought that was outrageous! He couldn't believe it. Jeff didn't cut him any slack. "You own a (then) $60,000.00 pickup and are complaining about a $700.00 mirror for it?" After the owner got his money together, he got it fixed. Back in the '90s, a guy came in wanting to price an outside mirror glass for his Suburban. The VIN verified it was a heated mirror. That one was $150.00. He didn't know he had heated outside mirrors, which was a part of the higher-level option package. The normal mirror glass replacement was $20.00. Guess which one he bought. You can tell what's selling by the number of variations in models and equipment levels, for USA brands. In GM 4-dr pickups, there are TWO cab lengths, THREE bed lengths, and trim levels from spartan to ultra-luxury. Plenty of tech stuff, too! The larger 4-dr cab has limo-like rear leg room, with the 5.5' bed. The normal 4-dr has the 6' bed. We could probably sell every GMC Denali 4-dr Crew Cab HD2500 Duramax we can get. AND then put a 4" chassis lift on it, too! Between the $400K house, the $70K pickup, the $80K Escalade, and such, I'm not sure how everybody's financing this stuff! Much less living expenses and such. I happened upon a website for some upscale apartments in Fort Worth a while back. New, but not in a currently hot location. $3500.00/month lease. Lots of amenities and space, but $3500.00/month? They ARE close to downtown in a quieter place. Would probably mean an income of $70K/year for that lifestyle? Not sure where that's all coming from. But they are getting leased and more are being built down the street from them. In 1978, when a fully-loaded (with sunroof) Caprice 4-dr just topped $10K MSRP, I thought that was stupid. Why buy a Chevy for that price when other nicer cars could be had for similar money? A valid point, back then. And 40 years later, Cadillacs can top $100K with far more post-space age stuff than is really needed to get to the grocery store from home. "The mess" is getting worse with time, it seems. Enjoy! NTX5467
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    The Grinch

    A year or so ago, they advertised them as "The Most Tech You Can Buy for Under $20K". When they came out, the base car has a slightly larger 4cyl, but the higher level models had a small 4cyl with a turbo for about 10 horsepower more, as standard equipment on them. As things are evolving with "low speed pre-ignition" on the smaller GDI turbo motors, the base engine might have been the better deal, as the cars age? NTX5467
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    The Grinch

    We live in a more diversified world now. City dwellers (as in NYC) pay huge amounts to park cars for their apartments/condos, etc. They don't need to really own a car. Public transportation, if it works for them, usually works fine. Others pay the price and own a car. Being car-less has benefits and also some "crimps in style". If you need to go out of town, a car rental company can do that for you. You buy their LDW (or have a credit card that does the same) and enjoy. If you live in the TX panhandle, you need either a 4-dr pickup truck, SUV (of any size), or a smaller car that's big enough to not get blown off the road by a big truck. If you live in Dallas or Houston, or similar, and head out to the country every so often, but mainly stay in town or in populated areas, then a Volt or similar might work. IF you live in a "Home Depot World", then you need something to make trips there. A 2010 Impala will easily haul 6' lumber, as will the earlier ones, too. Put the rh frt seat laid back, and you can to limited amounts of 8' lumber, too. But few people know that. Plywood or bulk lumber, get a pickup truck with an 8' bed. Or a Dodge Magnum. Or a used minivan and remove the seats? Self-driving cars work as long as the GPS mapping system works! A few years ago, we got GPS "surveillance" on our work vehicles. I was watching it as I was in a more remote rural area near a major lake. The road I turned onto was a two-lane "park" road, which connected to another state highway. That Park Road was not on the GPS map, so the image on the unit showed me just turning off the main road and going out into uncharted territory. How many times have we heard of people getting lost in the desert or mountains by relying on GPS directions? Even at this advanced date, more work to do in the non-metro areas. Volvo announced a year ago that their next-gen of vehicles would be hybrid or full electric, probably for this reason. The unrealized truth is that GM, as a global entity, will soon need more electric-tech vehicles in Europe as larger cities have been banning gas/diesel vehicles of a certain age from their inner city locations. Paris, France is one. Others will follow. On the "sedan" issue, just not enough room to haul "stuff", even for a college kid who changes apartments every so often and doesn't want to hire a moving company. Obviously, a Chevy Sonic or similar might sell better in NYC than in OKC, but an SUV of smaller proportions can go "everywhere". Consider that the Chevy Eqiunox is one of their best selling CARS, over the past few years. I have a female cousin who's a single mother. She moved back to "west of Pyote, TX" to help oversee the care of her mother. She bought a smaller Hyundai "sedan" for the gas mileage. Then she managed to have a tire problem "out there, on the road". Had to call a tow truck as the car had a can of Fix-A-Flat and not spare tire. She traded it for a mid-size SUV and is happy with the added security of some kind of spare tire in it. She's willing to give up a few mpg for that security and larger size, too. So, as some cars have gotten too small for many people's use, 4-dr pickup trucks have gotten too TALL and expensive, existing "sedans" can't really fill the needs of a typical customer, as they used to do. So that leaves the Chevy Equinox/GMC Terrain size of vehicles that can work for them. Mpg has improved a lot, too. Small cars aren't as cheap to buy as they used to be. A Chevy Malibu can cost almost as much as an Impala used to cost, say pre-2015. Why buy the Malibu unless you needed something that size. I suspect that many opted for the larger Impala with basically the same mpg and "a few dollars more" MSRP. The success of the new Chevy Colorado surprised many, including FORD. Ford has the Mustang and their F-150s. BUT they will be coming out with a new mid-size SUV-style vehicle. Smaller than an Explorer, possibly between the Equinox and Traverse, to fill the void between 'stangs and "trucks". Chrysler had to discontinue their mid-size 200. Too much competition from the import brands who were "already there" in that segment. Not that the 200 and similar Dodge were not good vehicles, they were in a very tough market segment that USA brands had previously shown much weakness in. Sometimes, it seems that some car magazines wield too much "weight" in what cars sell and don't sell! The #5 or #6 cars are still good cars, and will work for many customers who have a good dealer in their area, but everybody looks to the #1-3 cars instead, when considering which one to purchase. In reality, many of the cars which GM will delete were vehicles that, in their last redesign/update, got too expensive compared to what they replaced (Impala, Cruze) or were not well-conceived with "tech" that wasn't right for that segment (CT6 and its innovative body construction AND expensive tech, even with a turbo 4cyl in a CADILLAC?). And, thiere will be some companion vehicles, too. Which leaves Cadillac with CTS and Escalades? I strongly suspect that the vehicles which GM comes out with will have both autonomous and manual driving versions. They could be just physically smaller than the current Impala, but roomier inside with some carrying capacity cargo space. I know we all hate to see the Buick Lacrosse leave, but one of its companions is the Impala and XTS, I believe? But to me, that particular car was not executed very well. What, you say? When I first sat in one, when they first came out, I was surprised how narrow the passenger compartment was. My right leg was against the console! The car just was not as wide inside as its outside size might indicate. A 4-passenger car. Well, maybe 4 normal people and a kid in the back? I will admit that the last versions looked nice, but that interior width, and lack thereof, combined with a not very user-friendly way to change the radio controls, worked against it. The later verisons where everything would go through the touch screen were probably better than the earlier models. Possibly too much infotainment for a typical Buick owner? As sales of the smaller Buick SUVs set records. Just some thoughts, NTX5467
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    Spam Pie

    We needed that!
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    Spam 🥧?

    In the original Charles Phoenix website, there was a picture of a medium-sized group of party goers getting ready to dive into a buffet of sliced Spam "pie" on a serving dish. There was a long thread on the "Spam Pie" subject. Lots of other neat pictures (with cars) from 1960s Los Angeles in that old website, too. Seems like SPAM was an ultimate convenience food, in an era before "cold cuts" had proliferated? A while back, I got some Underwoods "potted meat" at the store. Not even enough in there to feed a finicky cat! But I remember it had a lot of buzz about it in the '60s? Now, wondered what the real buzz was about. LOTS of flavors of SPAM, now . . . NTX5467
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    How would you fix this car?

    Tolerance of "cost" probably should be in the "Should it be . . . " discussion, too? I know that "anything can be done, for a price". As I look at the cars I have accumulated (and I drove for years), I'm now wondering if "fond memories" might be best? As long as they go to an appreciating home. Perhaps this is an "advancing age" situation? NTX5467
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    Bet you've never seen one of these!

    Interesting! Never knew of a stretched wagon. Probably the fastest 6-door car this side of a Grosser Mercedes limo, circa 1969. Thanks for the link. NTX5467
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    Any one else watch Perry Mason?

    Thanks for posting that video, Bernie! Neat stuff. Always watched Roy and Dale, back then. NTX5467