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  1. old-tank

    55 Century 66R Project

    I guess so...everybody uses one don't they. Since I never worked in a body shop, I don't know the "proper" tools so other devices become re-purposed: like using stick-on sand paper on a carpenters level for the large flat panels.
  2. About 10 years ago with the new owner driving away (that was a transfer of aggravation....he is about to spend 6 months and $5000 replacing computers). I can't even remember the year of the Reatta...good riddance!
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    1960 Torque Tube R&R

    You made my point Bernie . Leave it alone if just tooling around locally within limping distance of home; fix it now if you drive far away. Much cheaper and less stressful to fix at home than pay someone far away or pay to have it shipped back home. This is a foreseeable problem unlike a broken axle and fuel starvation problems that interrupted two of my cross country trips (water pump and generator failures were just a nuisance since spares are carried).
  4. old-tank

    1960 Torque Tube R&R

    So, anyone with one of these should replace the U-joint if not recently done? 60 year old grease in those things will soon fail.
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    This 55 Special was a very early production example with the lack of lower body color behind the rear wheels and a shorter sweep spear that does not go all the way to the tail light bezel. Some nice upgrades like WWW tires, gas door trim and tail pipe trim.
  6. old-tank

    Not Always A Good Day For A Buick

    It does look like it has a (Cadillac) "Flathead"
  7. old-tank

    WTB 1956 1957 1958 starter relay

    This is in service on all of mine. Paint it black or switch caps from original for show.
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    Steering Wheel Repair

    I have seen THIS used. I have a 'straight" wheel with no plastic (core to send off?).
  9. old-tank

    '51 Super's frozen heat riser

    Believe me you will never miss it! i have eliminated the heat riser in all of mine with carburetors and they perform perfectly in temperatures a s low as 20* F. The available fuel in winter is much more volatile than when these cars were contemporary.
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    Salvage or no

    If you have 1955 or 1956 heads with bad exhaust seats then the larger 1957-1958 364 valves can be used. Source If the the heads are otherwise structurally sound, they can be refurbished like any other. Installing valve seats is just something else that can go wrong --- in the case of nailheads the process sometimes cuts into the water jacket.
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    2 AMP SFE Fuses? 55 Special

    Cut the original fuse holder out and splice in for a modern blade fuse. No one will see it! If you find some original fuses, they are junk because the cement is giving up...if you find some of recent manufacture, they too are junk (Pacific Rim source).
  12. old-tank

    Salvage or no

    Ask a machine shop to look at it and give an opinion. Rather than seats, if available, an oversize valve can be used.
  13. old-tank

    '51 Super "super dirty" transmission filter

    What is the refill capacity? Mine is 10 qts.
  14. old-tank

    '51 Super "super dirty" transmission filter

    Check to see if yours has plugs in the torque converter (to drain it) like my 55's.
  15. old-tank

    AFB manifold on 322 truck engines?

    The Chevy version of the 322 was called "Loadmaster". The 4gc and wcfb carbs used in chevys were a wide base vs the narrow base of the Buck version, so maybe they carried that over to the 322 when used in trucks(?).