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  1. Back when a lot of these new technologies first came out, I was in a new Acadia. I pulled into the Hampton Inn parking lot, against the hedges, Suddenly, the seat bottom started to shake. I stoipped, so did the shaking. Right side shakes, one thing. Left side shakes, another thing. Whole base shakes, it thinks you're going ti HIT something! I laughed. NTX5467
  2. I kind of suspect that the care and feeding of those display vehicles is handed off to a contractor of sorts. Which might still look like GM, but is a rep of GM. The number of activated features might seen over-whelming in their shere numbers, Just calmly run through the DIC Settiings to see what's there and then how to best deal with them. Might not be quite so onerous, when done! Main thing is to get rid of the "Dismiss?" questions! Just do NOT "Return fo Factory Settings" when done!! NTX5467
  3. Obviously, the car was delivered with everything activated. So the owner could see what they liked and then could turn off what they didn't like. Should ve somethung in the DIC Settings to do these things. ONCE you learn what's going on and why, it'll not be quite so annoying, from my experiences. No owner's manual CD in the spare tire sell with the cargo net? It gets better . . . NTX5467
  4. Obviously, we have some generational issues, here! Back when CarbKing was doing his many things with Carter carbs, back then, the "data" he was learning was from "original knowledge" which FEW people outside of the specific OEM engineering groups had access to. All highly-regarded engineering information. It used to be that "bigger" was always better, but when it was determined that things like idle quality, throttle response and even fuel economy were highly-prized by many Buick owners, then Buick engineering had to give then what they wanted. Especially IF the OEM might save a
  5. I've been a bit intrigued by the "grossly over-sized" carb orientations, on basically stock engines. Putting newer AFBs and such can be a bit problematic on Buicks due to some if their throttle hook-ups and such, PLUS the "heat tracks" in the intake manifolds (for which there are NO modern equivalents). Match the carb throttle bore sizes to the holes in the manifold's carb mounting flange. Past that . . . whatevere trips "passing gear BEST" for y'all. NTX5467
  6. It's amazing how comfortable the older cars could be with factory a/c and still be almost totally lacking in heat insulation compared to modern cars. Especially in the doors and roof! Hidden a/c condensate seeps, compounded by the hard rubber floor mats of the time, and those floorpan perforations "happen" with time. A strong case for the non-rubber-backed carpet mats, which don't trap moisture under them. One thing leads to another! Enjoy! NTX5467
  7. I presume you're wanting to use the factory-type a/c compressor, or the aluminum version of it, rather than an aftermarket Sanden compressor? One seeming unknown thing about the Sandens is that there are something like 17 different "backs", one of which attaches to the factory GM hose end. Just need to use the one appropriate to "the gas" you're going to use. Do you have the factory inside unit and control, too? Enjoy! NTX5467
  8. You might need to contact Auto Custom Carpet as they have had some of the larger/correctr carpet floor mats for similar year Chevies and such, in the past. By observatoin, all of the later-available mats are sized more for the '80s cars and are quite a bit narrower. They ALL slid around, back then, especially after the nubs on the back deteriorated a bit. I had to learn how to enterexit my '77 Camaro to keep the nobs from rubbing off! No image of the idle speed screw in the service manual, or in the carb section? Just curious. The idle speed screws do generally have a unique
  9. If those "supposed to work, or did when removed" fuel pumps have been exposed to ethanol'd fuel in their past, even if the diaphrams were "ethanol resistant", it's been said that once the fuel system dries out, those rubber diaphrams will deteriorate and crack. Which might be what's happened to your pumps? If they are the "Carter style" with screws around the edge, get a rebuild kit for them and make it happen. They are NOT hard to rebuild. Be sure to check that the internal check valves are working, too. Enjoy! NTX5467
  10. It's a generational "thing". Many remember the wimpy exhaust sound of a Chevy inline 6 with a glass pack, compared to a "big V-8" of the time, with dual exhausts being "much better", by comparison. That V-8 "burble" as it went down the street, as we hoped the driver might "get on it" so we could enjoy the sounds. Now, any V-6 with "dual pipes" is what many young 'uns think is cool, as we cringe at the sound. Much less a 6-cylinder diesel with no muffler and the injection pump "turned up". A few years ago, I looked up one Sunday afternoon and there were two late-model Dodge Ram
  11. Without the necessary length to develop any "lines", anymore, we get "blobs" with flat sides and disjointed shapes. Unfortunately, a Nissan Altima looks "boring" compared to a Toyota Camry. With Mazda being somewhere in-between. Chrysler and Ford seem to have the best luck re-creating/adapting "retro" into their models. The current Camaro looks comparable, but a bit too much "Hot Wheels" look and high pricing seem to have limited it's appeal, no matter how fast it might be. GM's "problem" seems to be that they come up with some awesome show cars, which get very good
  12. Not the desired answer, but close . . . Got to find a service station that has the soft drink machine set on "FREEZE". Insert coin to get an ice cold Coke. Open it, watching the ice crystals form in the bottle's neck. Take a quick swig. Open package of Lance Salted Peanuts. Pour contents into the bottle. Watch the chemical reaction as "foam" happens in the bottle, possibly catching any over-flow in the process. Carefully consume mixture, being sure to "chew before swallowing". "Gone already??" Better get that King Size Coke nest time! Circa 1963, when Coke an
  13. Next "Lance" question . . . What was a favorite way to enjoy the package of Lance salted peanuts? (Hint: chemical reaction)
  14. I recall one famous "Lance" football player, in the '60s, that had trouble keeping his pants on . . . from the way things sounded. Can't forget the "Lance"-brand snacks from the vending machine, in the 1960s, either.
  15. A time when most people in metro areas wanted to appear "upscale" and "well-off", I suspect. When owning a Buick, ANY Buick, meant you were "destined for better things in life". Certainly a different time, back then! Wonder how many "Hawaiian Orchid" Buicks were built back then? A bit of thin, red pearl on top of it would make it fabulous in the brighr sun, I suspect. NTX5467
  16. Sorry. Naming an electric vehicle "Electra" just seems a bit hokey to me. Glad to see the nameplate return and all of that, but . . . . "Lambo" double-suicide doors. Whoops! Ahhh . . . "butterfly" Might "sting" if they malfunction? (Just thought of some poor jokes about "lyrics" and "sonatas") Just 400 miles/charge? In TX? Thanks for the link! Enjoy! NTX5467
  17. I like to find a Victor trap and then screw it to a 2-3 foot 1x4 piece of painted wood. That way, I can use the wood as the "handle" to carry the tripped trap out into the back yard and dispose of the "prize" for the local cats to enjoy. Then re-bait and re-use again. Worke pretty neat. Might now consider using nitrile gloves to touch that mechanism with, these days? Enjoy! NTX5467
  18. If the flywheel teeth looked like that, what did the starter drive teeth look like? NTX5467
  19. Ran across a "My Classic Car" segment on YouTube today. A black '60 Electra 225 and a blue Olds '88 4-dr compared. Both out of the Schmidt's (National Parts Depot) collection. An interesting comparison! If you haven't already seen it, it's worth a watch. Take care, NTX5467
  20. In reality, the "top gear" acceleration test was probably the best way to do things. Not unlike how many cars were driven back then, when possible. You answered my initial questions about gearing and tire size, which was good. It might have been "work", but I also suspect it was quite fun, too! Thanks, NTX5467
  21. By observation, after the 1977 B/C-car re-designs, chassis components tended to become more "corporate". Much more so than at any prior time. The 1969 Chevy B-car with the F41 suspension package was one of the first "big cars" to use f/r sway bars, to great success. Almost all of the "Radial Tuned Suspension" packages of 1975 had rear sway bars on the B/C-cars. Station wagons, with their great proportion of the vehicle weight on the rear wheels, are a little different than the sedans with close to a 55/45 f/r weight split. The rear bars were used to decrease underste
  22. One other possibility of "no fit" is the way the rear lower control arms are angled between the body and the rear axle. I recall that Buick had changed a few things on the front suspension geomety for '70, so they might have changed something on the rear side, too? Each division had their own orientations of how to do things, back then, even some things most might not consider or sonsider to be "all the same". Enjoy! NTX5467
  23. You'd probably need to do some research in a Buick parts book, which was printed in about '70 to see what the part number was. Reason is that each GM division had their own section of the number spectrum staked out. IF the number is in the Buick section, it could be "Buick only". If it's in the Chevy spectrum, then interchange possibilities exist. BUT also understand that each divsion, back then, did their own suspension tuning. It might be that the bars will physically interchnage, but have different diameters. The other thing to look for in the parts book illustrations is ho
  24. "Passionately addicted"?
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