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  1. If you go with a used wheel, choose one from 1955 or later. These will have the safety ridge in the bead area to keep the bead on the rim in case of a blow-out or even if the tire goes flat.
  2. Stockton Wheel can build new wheels using the center section of Buick wheels.
  3. Assembling clean parts is where you clean your hands before you start working not after.
  4. Instant overheating? Consider the presence of an air lock in the system. A common problem in nailheads solved by drilling a 1/8" hole in the flange of the thermostat. Another way do it is to pull a vacuum on the system and use that to pull coolant in.
  5. (Mabey start a new thread on this) Anyhow get out your infrared heat gun and demonstrate adequate temperature drop from the thermostat housing and water pump attachment at the lower hose. Use same heat gun to check the exhaust manifold runners. Hot engine at 2000 rpm. And demonstrate that the vacuum advance is functioning.
  6. For 1955 in addition to black and white, blue green and tan were available.
  7. The original drums are hubcentric. And replacement drum should be hubcentric also. The big problem is keeping everything aligned while mounting the tire. Just make some temporary studs to screw in while mounting the tire. I use these even when mounting original setups.
  8. White or black would be safe choices.
  9. The relay and circuit breaker for the windows and seat is behind the driver side kick panel.
  10. In addition to the impact tool take a punch and a BFH and punch the flats outside the phillips crosses...all 4. This breaks the countersunk attachment and somewhat restores the buggered crosses from previous attempts.
  11. A switch sticking in the applied position will cause the circuit breaker to open up and disable all your windows.
  12. Probably plenty of serviceable used one out there. It looks like it has been "messed with" before...
  13. Vapor lock occurs on the suction side of the fuel pump. Any pump will push fuel and any vapor in the line.
  14. Nothing special about the engine, just a stock rebuild with quality parts like Sealed Power moly rings running Castrol 20-50 oil. That rate of oil consumption has not changed in 110 000 miles. I had the cylinder heads off at 85,000miles and there were still hone marks in the cylinders and the cam and lifters were pristine. Tranny was out for front seals 3 years ago and does not leak driven locally less than 100 miles, but will leak on extended road trips. With modern lubricants I don't think you can wear out a Buick.
  15. Back home. 2705 miles total at 16 mpg overall. Used 1 qt of oil and one pint to tranny fluid. It was difficult getting used to the harsher ride of the wife's 2008 Marquis and my 97 F150. i said it in my earlier post...that Buick is a fantastic car! Easy riding and easy to drive as any modern car. If interested ask about the (few) modification the made it this way. Great show to get together with old and new friends. Thanks to Brian DePouli and the AACA for a great time. After attending a successful show, I still don't understand the BCA cancellations .
  16. 400 miles to Texarkana. Much hotter today with congested traffic. Not so many trucks but 10 times as many little cars, little cars fighting over the lanes look like roaches scattering when you turn on the light. One wreck on the opposite lane where a Toyota Prius hit the attenuation fence and got a little hairlipped. At least the fence did his job without having that car coming to a head on in our Lane. Had a little scary when I truck tried to pass or did pass on the shoulder at 80 mph. I expected to see him upsidedown down further down the road. The only downside was I found my gas door open when I came down this morning. The gas cap was still in place and I hope that they only got a little gas but did not put anything in my tank. That's the only time I think the car was messed with and all these years of driving cross country. 425 mi back to home and it may be a few days before the last update. Tell Bill stoneberg that the imperial stout beers tasted real good.😆
  17. I thought that was you going by at 80 mph pulling a 2000 lb trailer with a 5000 lb Buick on it.
  18. Party is over so now it's drive drive drive. 480 mi to sikeston Missouri. Nice cool weather averaging 16.2 miles per gallon. Traffic was light and very few trucks. Only real exctement was a lady (?) trying to merge who had a long acceleration ramp but decided she wanted my Lane while I was in it. Honking did not help so I slowed and moved over while watching her give me the finger. Tomorrow it will be back to wall-to-wall trucks. Planning on the 400 miles to Texarkana.
  19. While driving the 55 around town it was called to my attention that my brake lights were not working. Checked the fuse and it was okay. Finally found my bright tach light that I remembered to pack but forgot where I put it. Turns out a wire had come loose from the brake light switch. Mudbone had a lucky guess without even looking at it. Now it's back to party time after I dig all the grease out from under my fingernails.
  20. That appears to be a minor wear compared to some that I've seen. And is serviceable.
  21. Five or six blade fan plus a shroud unless it already has one.
  22. We are both in Auburn and even found a brewery to eat and drink at.
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