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  1. I have a 425 CI engine connected to a Dynaflow. It came out of a 1963 Buick. The engine is stuck. I plan on investigating the cause by placing the engine on an engine stand. Who knows, I might want it for my 64 Wildcat. But first I have to remove the Dynaflow. The shop manual says that I must remove the flywheel cover at the bottom of the engine (which I've done) and take out the three bolts connecting the torque converter to the flywheel. But you can only get to one bolt at a time because the others are at on top of the flywheel, hidden by the transmission housing. The shop manual says you must rotate the engine until the bolts are at the bottom where you can get to them. But the engine is stuck and I can't rotate the engine, therefore I can't get the Dynaflow off. Any suggestions?

  2. I drove up there one day to see him. It was about a 5 hour drive. He knew I was coming. When I arrived, he told me he thought I'd be hungry and had made me and my guest hamburgers for lunch. He invited us into his house and we ate home made hamburgers before we went out to the yard. Ken and Sue are great people.

  3. I've been reading about everyone else's cars for so long I finally decided to share one of my Buicks. It's still a work in progress but I'm driving it now like it is.

    I found the car in Lawton Oklahoma several years ago. It is a 64,000 mile car that sat outside for almost 20 years while the previous owner drove other cars. Attempts to purchase it then had us within $500 of a settlement. When he wouldn't agree to split the difference, I got mad and walked away. Then last year, the Bugle ran an article on 1961 Buicks and I called the guy back. Yep, he still had it. Yep, it was the same price and he still wouldn't give me the $250. I gave in to him. Pete Phillips and I went to get it last year in May and took it straight to his workshop where he and another mechanic brought it back to life. Pete deliverid it to me in September last year. Since then I have done minor mechanical work, cleaned off the pounds of red Oklahoma dirt, and had the interior done locally. Here are the pictures taken when we went to pick it up.






  4. I had the same problem with my 61 Electra. After driving it for a while I would notice leakage from the overflow tube coming out from the radiator cap. The problem is the radiator cap spring was worn and would not hold the pressure it was intended to hold. I replaced the cap (16 pounds pressure) and the leak stopped.

  5. Bill, you are going through the old 'heart vs. head' conflict. This situation haunts us all. Your heart says 'Drive it! It will be alright. You will have lots of fun.' But your head is asking you 'Is it worth the risk?' There's no easy answer. Personally speaking, I've notice a change in my thoughts about this. As I grow older I get more conservative, where the head usually wins out. When I was younger I thought nothing about driving a car across country without first getting to know the car. But after several trips that involved on the road mechanical problems, I've softened up a little bit. Now this is just my opinion, but I would not drive it 5000 miles until you feel confident in it. You'll know when it is right. When you can get to the point of hopping in it without hesitation, not even thinking about how it will fail, then you can take it. I know you've had that feeling with other cars you own. There's nothing worse than taking an old car on a long trip and expecting something to break. The fact that you posted this asking for opinions tells me you don't have that confidence yet. Whatever decision you make, good luck with it. I'll see you in Seattle.

  6. A few more pictures taken upon arrival. After it was unloaded from the trailer, it started and was driven into the garage. It came with many boxes of literature. Also, they are going back next week to get all the parts that came off the parts car. It seems like the previous owner had two complete 1951 Model 41-D Buicks, one automatic, and one manual. He restored the automatic one first, then started on the other one by stripping it down. But he has kept all the pieces.




  7. I told my sister in Minessota about them. She and her husband had told me recently they had wanted to get a car to restore. Well, they went and got them. This is what they got for $1000 and gas. These pictures were taken the moment the cars arrived on the farm. They promise me more pictures later. I told them I would sign them up for the BCA.