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Everything posted by rocketraider

  1. Best option for SSIV trim rings if you can't find good originals (and they are hard to find without road-rash) is a set of 1988-97 GM pickup 15" trim rings. They don't have the bevel the originals do but they will fit in the recess between the polyurethane section and the wheel outside rim. You can also use the narrow trim rings 77-79 Thunderbird/Cougar Polycast wheels used, but that's stealing from someone who might need them for one of those cars (and nothing else works on those). A lot of the Chevy truck pieces were takeoffs from people putting aftermarket wheels on those pickups.
  2. To my knowledge modern electronically controlled ABS was first available on GM E-body cars in 1971. That basic system is still in use today. Likewise, the 1974 ACRS (airbags) system has survived to present with the same basic architecture. I remember trying to help find a 1974-76 ACRS equipped Oldsmobile for the 1997 Olds Centennial Celebration and we never could find one. Shame since Olds Engineering pioneered the system.
  3. I always thought 428 was as large as the Pontiac block should ever have been taken, but after Olds went to 455 ci in 1968 Buick and Pontiac had to follow. I likewise think the Olds 425 and Buick 430 were better engines than either Division's 455, but cars were getting heavier and more strangled with emissions, so displacement had to make up for that. Biggest complaint I had with the Pontiac 455 is they tended to run hot and the two I had were murderous on starters. But in an F-body I'd lean to the 400.
  4. I like OCW's "new" appearance and hate hearing they have financial troubles. I'm one who still enjoys sitting down with a PAPER copy of my magazines. I can drop it and then pick back up a few hours later. Aggrafretting as hades to do that with digital. I was at my favorite Italian joint Friday night with my local newspaper, and the 20-year old server said he didn't know anyone his age who read newspapers or hardcopy magazines. Pfft.
  5. Don't underestimate your little 330. They could be had up to 310 hp rating, though that would be a real stretch on modern fuels.
  6. I have no experience with these engines, but the folks in National Antique Olds Club will know. and look thru the prewar advisors list.
  7. "License please" "It's back there man, on the bumper!" Couldn't get away with making a movie like that now. The professionally offended (or as my bud calls them "neeners") would be up in arms. Funny's funny, and I'm mighty afraid too many people have lost their senses of humor. And yes, I sat thru both Up in Smoke and Young Frankenstein with a stupid grin on my face and looking for something to eat... Hey, I'm a child of the 70s! who thankfully grew up.
  8. Fremont did things differently from the other assembly plants but that one doesn't appear to be as "out there" as some Fremont plates I've seen. Paul, do you or Joe P have your trim books handy? Mine are packed up. Right now I'm thinking 974 is gold vinyl.
  9. I can't swear to 61, but the one you pictured is a 1962 and Dave's pic is also a 62 interior. The star on the 63 is different. 64-66 are identical but larger to accommodate a 6x9 speaker where the earlier ones use a 6" round speaker. What year do you have?
  10. Virginia has 3 options for old cars: Year of Manufacture (which I use), state-issued white on black Antique plate, and a hideous blue on yellow state-issued Antique plate that is the only one that can be personalized. The white-on-black and YOM work fine for me for their one-time permanent registration fee. The blue on yellow is also a one-time fee but if you get it personalized DMV charges you yearly for the privilege. No thanks. Plus did I mention the blue on yellow plate is damned ugly? That said I've had a lot of fun with personalized plates over the years, making people guess what they mean. My favorite was on the 1976 Ninety Eight till it qualified for antique plates. I8JAPAN. Big long Godzilla-sized car. Wanted I8TOKYO but somebody had that on an early 50s Cadillac.
  11. I'm thinking disassembly may have demagnetized the head unit, but if it bench tested it should have also worked in the car. Are you sure the cable end is engaging and seated in the speedometer's drive hub?
  12. Let the greens and save the whales crowd get wind Nissan's formulating their trans fluid with whale oil, and sit back and watch the show. It does have some properties automatic gearboxes like...
  13. The practice is called "upselling" and if a service tech/writer/manager is paid commission, expect it. It's where they make their money. I had what was supposedly a reputable GoodYear service store try to sell me new upper ball joints and control arm bushings on a 73 Olds convertible I owned some 20 years ago. He was going by car's age, claiming the front end couldn't be aligned until those items were replaced. What he didn't count on was that I had rebuilt the entire front end less than a year before. I got that FEA plus an oil change free in return for keeping quiet. I didn't of course... and didn't go back there for anything else either. And for some reason the local Ford store is always trying to sell me a new oil pan drain plug for me 02 Grand Marquis... "Didn't you just put one in last oil change?" I guess that one's old enough to start using the IRS the 93 F150 and the Gray Ghost wagon go to.
  14. Make sure to put this on and the H/OCA website too. My guess is that, like most thefts of these cars, the perp doesn't even know what a Hurst/Olds or Aero/Hurst is, but sees only a clean G-body Olds- the gangster crowd's dream car. I think only one of the four 79-84 H/O's stolen from the 2009 Hurst/Olds Nationals was ever recovered and it was heavily damaged.
  15. The guy may be young but displays some impressive machinist's skills. I like it when young folks get into keeping and restoring older stuff. Thanks for sharing!
  16. The Japanese whaling industry is alive and well then?
  17. Matt- does this gentleman know anything about Slim Jim HydraMatics? Those of us cursed with those things are always looking for people who understand them and ain't a-skeered of 'em!
  18. Nope- doesn't look like any of the 04 series Peugeots my uncle used to work on! He always said the secret to successfully repairing a French car was to learn to swear at it in French! though I think he did more of that working on Renaults than Peugeots. Anyone know when Peugeot quit exporting their cars to the US? Guess it was simpler for them to stick with their home market than to fuss with all the US safety and emission fol-de-rol and ruin performance and styling.
  19. If it's only surface rust I'd hit it with a Scotchbrite wheel or wire wheel to get the loose stuff off, then coat it with black or red Rustoleum. POR15 is another option but I think it's messy and if it gets on anything it pretty much has to wear off. DK if you'd find correct rubber floor covering for it as it IS different from the Chevy floorpans. Carpet option was a flat weave and you might be able to find that and the underlayment. and search their online 1935-1960 catalog.
  20. They may be your best bet for that knit nylon fabric. The Morocceen Madrid grain vinyl is standard 60s GM stuff used across the board in Buick/Olds/Pontiac/Chevy.
  21. I just had the same amount of snow then. Them what loves it can have it. I'm good with 4-6" that goes away quick, but a 15" snowfall in this part of the world is odd. 14 days later there's still snow piles everywhere, and we're still a day shy of winter! At least the days will start getting longer after tomorrow...
  22. Bhigdog- your AE was absolutely out of adjustment. It took some effort but the things can be tuned to where they don't flash like a carnival ride. Moving the eye from the dash top to the grille eliminated a lot of the flashing problems. The later GuideMatic was an improvement as it was easier to aim and tune sensitivity. Olds finally dropped it in 1970 but Cadillac uses it to this day. What gets me are NEW vehicles that have automatic headlight dimming. Nissan/Toyota with it are especially annoying because they don't seem to be set to account for four-lane divided highways. They simply won't dim for approaching traffic. BMW versions get right up on another vehicle before they dim. And I'm told Jeeps that have it take about a 20-step process in the vehicle's computer to override or adjust it. Progress? I think not. My folks had a 66 Ninety Eight that had it and it did fine until reflective hiway signs appeared. We were returning from Lynchburg VA on US29 one night around 1970, about time bypasses around the small towns appeared, and my dad had the cruise set on 75 (US29 was a 70mph road back then) and GuideMatic turned on. We got on one of those bypasses and the new reflective signs sent the thing into orbit, to where after a few miles Mama said "Frank, turn that damn thing OFF!" 😸
  23. Craig, if you had 63-64 pumps I would be all over those! Never understood that 2-year change on 394...
  24. Statesmen like him are few and far between these days. A long and well-lived life.
  25. Ai-yi. Have you checked with Egge or Terrill to see if they have or can make one? My guess is this is gonna be a hard find.