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  1. Tinindian

    Pilot bearing lubrication

    I have always held the clutch pedal down when waiting at a light, except when I was driving a specific 1953 White tractor in 1964/65. I wasn't strong enough to depress the clutch with one foot. Pushed the pedal down with both feet and started then drove floating the gears.
  2. I had to replace the honeycomb rad in my Pontiac in 1962. The drain in the original was two tubes up from the bottom of the cross flow rad so when I Grandfather put the car away in the fall the rad didn't completely drain and the bottom was burst. The replacement radiator had the drain right at the bottom. Fifty six years and 400,000 miles later it still works as new. It has always had 50/50 antifreeze in it and I have never had to add coolant between changes (usually every two or two and a half years. I would say from my experience that the rad has the same ability to transfer heat no matter it's age.
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    Headlights 10.25" diameter

    harvest, the 5 year old in the avatar was taken in 1947, the one with the canoe was my Pontiac's blue period in the 70's and the last one is me with my Pontiac in 1997. Same person, me, same car.
  4. We sold hundreds of these in the late 50's and early 60's. GM authorized them so they must have been "rocket science engineered". Many of the mechanics doing wheel bearings didn't replace them. Nobody brought them back or complained that they didn't work or complained that they were missing.
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    crank handle identification requested

    Maybe 29/30 Chev??
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    1953 Buick Special drivetrain change

    Save your money to buy gasoline so you can enjoy driving your Buick. As it sits it is capable of driving comfortably and safely at or above the speed limit on any north American road. I consistently drove mine 400 miles in five hours, including a stop for a leisurely meal and a gas up. Did this trip twice a month, Winnipeg to Moose Jaw Friday evening and back before work on Monday, every month for over ten years. Drove the car in WSCC rallies and ice races, even came second on a rally and fourth in the races. A fantastic car.
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    Oil Pump Screen for 32 90 344. Missing?

    At least one of us is not too shy to ask what others of us have been wondering. Probably a 344 cubic inch internal combustion engine in a 90 series GM vehicle built in 1932, but if you did not own one who would know. In 1932 Buick did have a 90 series with a 344, but if you did not want to do a google search or were not familiar with Buicks specifically how could you help the op? I have always found that it is necessary to make it easy for people to help you. Posted under the Buick-Pre War topics this would probably already been answered. The opposite of course is the person who wants a rear main seal for their 1938 Ford coupe. ( the engine doesn't care what body is on the chassis), or the person that wants a rear tail light (where else would a tail light be but on the rear). Too little, too much, reminds me of a story with bears in it. At least it gives us something to think, puzzle or joke about.
  8. What is regular grease. I have three grease guns each with different grease. Following is an excerpt from https://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/a2948/choosing-the-correct-grease/ A primer about grease: It's basically nothing more than a heavy oil mixed with enough soap to make it stringy and clingy enough to remain in place as the bearing spins. This will ensure the bearing's rollers or balls are constantly covered in the oil. The soap is based on a variety of compounds, notably lithium or aluminum complexes for most of the greases used in cars, trucks and boats. Problem: Not all the soaps are compatible with each other. This causes the soap and the oil to separate, letting the latter settle to the bottom of the cavity the bearing is in. No surprise—a lot of grease caps have a poor metal-to-metal seal and will let the oil leak out after some weeks. Like yours did. Your wheel bearings were probably originally lubed with a lithium-12-complex grease, a perfectly good grease for wheel-bearing use, even on a boat trailer if it's maintained. Shooting some more grease into the bearing cap with a grease gun isn't a bad idea. Shooting an incompatible grease in is. This counterpoints the need to completely remove the last vestiges of old grease from a bearing whenever it's repacked. Yes, you want to remove the dirt and wear particles, but odds are you won't know what kind of grease the last mechanic used. I'm not going to print a huge grease compatibility chart here, although that kind of information is available on the Internet. If you always clean the bearings properly before repacking, it will never be a problem.
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    Headlights 10.25" diameter

    Of course in this case it will only indicate the origin of the rims and lenses, not the buckets and reflectors.
  10. The owner of a GM dealership where I worked in parts once said "any system is perfect, until you put people in it".
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    Anti-freeze Question

    The difficulty with alcohol as antifreeze is that it boils off. That is the reason Pontiac went to a cross flow radiator in 1928/29. The rad would be filled to just above the inlet hose and the space in the top half of the rad would collect and condense the evaporated alcohol. It would run down the right side to the rad outlet and remix with the rest of the coolant. I always run antifreeze as a 50/50 mix with tap water. Change it every two or three years. Have not had to add coolant between changes for years.
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    Headlights 10.25" diameter

    The rims look exactly like 29/30 Pontiac.
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    Steering wheel finger grips

    1926 Pontiac had finger grips in the walnut wheel rim.
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    There is a market for everything. A fellow I knew with a mid thirties Buick had four sets of these on his wall. At first glance they all looked they spelled Buick but each manufacturer had stylized them differently to get around copyright or patent.