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    Axle Seals

    If the bearing is pressed onto the axle shaft itself, instead of being pressed into the axle housing, then a hydraulic press and suitable fixtures will be necessary to remove and replace the bearing on the axle shaft. I don't have a GM parts book here to look at to see just how everything is on that particular axle, but am speaking from generalities of how that type of situation is usually done.<P>I would recommend you find someone who has experience on this type of situation to do the work. I would not let some chain store do it as their employees typically are younger than the car.
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    Remember that any springs you find in the salvage yard could also be "sagged" just as yours are.<P>If you can find an auto supply with a TRW, Moog, or similar spring catalog, you can quickly find what interchanges might exist for model and year of vehicle. The aftermarket suppliers typically only used a "std", "A/C", or "HD" listing where GM had many variations for the same situation. In the back of that spring catalog will be a listing of the "specs" of the springs. Wire diameter, free height, "checking" height (in the vehicle under normal load), and the way the spring is finished on
  3. If the turn signals still flash, everything is working as designed.<P>Some flashers click louder than others. A metal case flasher probably is louder than one that is plastic just as the HD flasher can be louder than the regular one. Could also be that it isn't pushed into the retaining clip under the dash. Sometimes, attaching it solidly to a metal bracket under there can amplify the sound somewhat.<P>
  4. I concur on two items, the location bill buick gs mentioned and also that it should be in the owner's manual regarding its location. How much of that $100 is for the filter and how much is for labor to change it? While it should be easy to do, seems like it might take .4 hrs labor to do the while deal--disassemble the plastic cowl screen, remove and replace the filter element, and then reassemble.<P>Do they live in an especially dusty area? If not, the stated mileage interval which might be mentioned can easily be extended. I believe the main purpose is to stop pollen and other irrit
  5. MARTIN, "the sheep" just don't know any better. As I mentioned earlier, how such swaps are viewed depends on the point of reference of those doing and also those who view the results. By their point of reference, they've done something neat. Our point of reference can be different. We might shake our heads, but many of those in the street rod ranks would give them the attention and accolades they are seeking.<P>While I might not condemn them, I might not praise them either unless there is definite merit to what they did or how they did it. In our point of reference here, putting a B
  6. An Alero with a supercharged 3800??? Is this something new?? <P>If you want to see some neat GM cars and equipment packages, check out the GM Holden site. Then check out the GM Mideast site and see some of the same cars with Chevrolet Caprice badging.<P>With all of the exciting stuff "down under", it makes me wonder why we don't have some of that stuff up here!! Maybe we need some new people to mind the store at GM headquarters in Michigan?<P>There are certain market segments where a manual transmission would be beneficial to the GM lineup. This is also an area where GM h
  7. I did my own search today to see what I could find, and it was dismally lacking in the later C/H platform Buicks. I did find a link to a "GM FWD" site, but it was oriented toward the intermediate and smaller GM vehicles. I did find a Buick club in Yahoo!Clubs, but it was pretty young.<P>I did find the newsgroup (alt.autos.gm) that I used to look at. I also went into <A HREF="http://www.geocities.com" TARGET=_blank>www.geocities.com</A> and put "buick" in the search window and it seems there are something like 9500+ pages in there that come up under that search. Pages of
  8. I found a GM VIN decode site.<P>//bran.org/vins/index.asp<P>Has some other GM related links also.<P>NTX5467<P>
  9. The main GM Oldsmobile website has a section on OSV (Oldsmobile Speciality Vehicles) that includes a high perf Alero (4cyl and manual transaxle) and the companion Intrigue (either supercharged 3.5L or NorthStar V-8). That might be where the Alero you mentioned was seen?<P>As the Alero and current Grand Am use the same chassis calibrations and platforms, probably built in the same plants too, when the Olds brand goes away they will need another product to keep production up and the plants open so a Buick variation might not be so much out of the question.<P>I doubt it would have th
  10. Now that Yahoo! has purchased almost every web ring/mail list internet entity, you can probably go into Yahoo!Groups and search for "Buick" and find some. I do know that there are some GM-specific newsgroups in the Usenet newsgroup area (I used to access them from an automotive area that was something like "ClassiCar.com" or similar). The newsgroup I remember was a general GM car group instead of Buick specific, but there were many later model Buick posts.<P>Also, there are some individual webpages for owners of those vehicles. Depending on how you look at it, they typically seemed to
  11. As I recall, the spreadbore Rochester QuadraJet 4bbl debuted on the mid-year introduction 1965 Chevy Caprice 396. With that time frame, it could have been on some combinations of Buicks the next year. Might not have been quite the "standard" 4bbl for a few years afterward, but still available.<P>Also note that the 1957 Buick sales lit also referred to "Quadra Jet" carburetion for the 4bbl carburetors that year. They were NOT the same carburetor as they were of the earlier 4GC family of "square bore" Rochester 4bbl carbs.<P>There are some very experienced rebuilders who tend to
  12. Perhaps what we could do is look at these engine swaps with a certain perspective. If the vehicle was built "back when", it was very possible it would have had a Buick, Olds, or Cadillac engine, or a Chrysler Hemi as those were typically the "salvage yard go-fast" options of that era. Check out the car magazines of the early 1960s and those swaps (and adapters to put anything anywhere in front of most any transmission) were there. Buick Nailheads, Olds Rockets, Cadillacs, Lincolns, and Chrysler Hemis (all with multiple carb setups) were the upscale engines of choice. They had more tire-smo
  13. Part of the old hot rod culture was putting luxury car engines where they didn't come. It was cool to have a custom Lincoln with a Cadillac ohv V-8 in place of the Lincoln's flathead or a Chrysler HEMI or Buick in a Ford. Then along came the 265 cid Chevy V-8 and that all changed.<P>In those earlier times, drive train swaps were a way of life. But since everyone had a good ohv V-8 by the late 1950s, things changed.<P>I look at modern street rod engine swaps like I do other things on the car when I see it. Like the correctly restored Plymouth with a Chevy motor, when I see a cor
  14. I was not really interested in what plants did what back then, but I do remember that during the fwd H-body production years, there was another plant building them in addition to Flint. From my observations, the Flint LeSabres were nicer than the other plant's cars in fit and finish.<P>While there might well be some generalities on these cars' points of production, there was some juggling of plants and capacities within the GM car lines and what might have been true one year might have been changed for the next--especially in the 1980s.<P>For a particular vehicle, decoding the VIN
  15. The first generation of these H/C platforms were good designs which only got better with the second version.<P>The transaxles had problems during the first years of production when they changed to electronic controls, but are good in the later versions.<P>From the dealership level, the only bad things of the engines were the magnetic "interrupter" falling out of the cam sprocket (which killed the motor as the computer lost that input signal), but that has virtually vanished with the later models for some reason.<P>The window regulators typically have more problems with the ba
  16. Considering how the factory vinyl tops of that general vintage tended to age, especially down here in TX, preparing it might lead to a determination that it is better to replace it just from the age/deterioration issue.<P>The side issues of hidden rust underneath are also very valid. It would be better to get all of that done at the same time and then put a new vinyl top on later. <P>Other than the normal rear window areas, when you remove the top you might also find rust in the pillar area where the quarter panel joins the roof panel. Sometimes, the filler applied in those area
  17. Many tire manufacturer sites have spec sheets for their various tires. BFG, Michelin, Firestone, Goodyear all have these as does the various tire sections on the TireRack site.<P>I concur that a P235/60R-15 should equate to the older G60-15 size.<P>From my best calculations, the P225/70R-15 size is the older G70-15 size equivalent. From my observations, if you go from a 70 series to a 60 series, you add "10" to the section width number. Hence going from a G70-15 (P225R/70R-15) to a G60-15 would be the P235/60R-15 size. That relationship typically works. Naturally, the 60 serie
  18. Adding hardened valve seat inserts is a normal-type automotive machine shop operation, but does require a competent machinist to not ruin a set of heads by cutting them too deeply for the inserts. In one respect, if the motor has already had a couple of valve jobs, the next time time the seats are dressed (hopefully not "cut") might result in them being too far recessed into the casting so doing the hardened seat installation would be the best alternative for such a situation.<P>An article I found in a Chilton trade publication (from circa 1973) showed a Chrysler research exercise. Wit
  19. Change is a fact of life whether we embrace and manipulate it, tolerate it and adjust, or resist it. How we handle it might also be related to our particular "tolerance of ambiguity".<P>Evolutionary changes (the Buick LeSabres, for example) are typically easier to adjust to than revolutionary changes. <P>In the case of computers, if you really like your vintage 286 machine, you will eventually find that it is too slow to do anything on the internet due to the newer programs and protocols which demand faster processors. So do you grouse about it or go get a newer and faster compu
  20. Thanks for your work on the dual white stripe J78-15 glass-belted tires. Their addition will definitely be worthwhile for those owners of Buicks and other luxury makes that came with them.<P>Over the years, there were also some other sizes that came with dual white stripes. Such as H78-15 and L78-15s. Also in glass-belted construction. In some cases, the H78-15 size might also be a good addition (possiby later) as it could also be used on some of the cars as a possible replacement for H78-14 cars which might have had factory disc brakes and needed such a tire.<P>The dual stripe
  21. TWO QUESTIONS?<P>1--Why pose this question in the forum instead of contacting the President of the BCA Board of Directors or any other member of the Board of Directors??? I would suspect that, if the questioner is a paid up member, they might be able to request such information wihout getting the general membership involved and further fragmented on this issue.<P>2--Why are the BCA numbers of these supposedly paid-up BCA members listed as "*" instead of numbers? Are they fearful for their identities??? If so, why???<P>In conclusion, if this is a valid concern to the origin
  22. In many cases the underhood insulation was under the hoods of luxury make vehicles. In the earlier times where the hood lines were high and there was much underhood air space, the basic orientation might have been to decrease the noise under the hood. It could also have decreaesed the oil can effect of the hood sheet metal in some instances also.<P>By the 1960s, when hood lines were lower and underhood air space was minimized from what it was in the earlier decades, the heat issue also started surfacing. With the decreased distance between the hood and the engine, there was no space f
  23. The earlier AFBs, from about '67 back in most cases, use a smaller air horn mounting "circle" than the later AFB versions now available and the similar Holley carbs now available. There is an adapter you can purchase to make the air cleaners with the larger base plate hole adapt to the smaller mounting circle of the earlier carbs. You might need to adjust or replace the air cleaner stud for something a little longer also.<P>
  24. Ford spec Type F fluid has a more agressive intial fluid characteristic than the Dexron fluids. That's why it has a "quicker" shift in a trans designed for Dexron. TrickShift is a B&M transmission fluid which approximates the Type F shift characteristics in non-Ford transmissions.<P>Later Ford transmissions, switched to Dexron fluids and their current Mercon fluid is basically the same as Dexron and many makers claim they are interchangeable.<P>Also be aware that many of the newer Ford and Chrysler transmissions/transaxles require trans fluids of particular specifications whi
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    Fan clutch

    Until the "lock up" temperature is reached, the clutch will freewheel. On initial startup, it might be tighter until the fluid inside gets to where it needs to be, then it will freewheel or decouple. <P>Lockup temp typically is going to be above 190 degrees. With the cooler temps of this time of the year, possibly everything is operating as designed.<P>Even at highway speeds, it should not be locked up until the temp gets to about 210 degrees. If the undercar baffles are in place, there should be enough air flow from the vehicle speed to keep the clutch from needing to be locke
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