Joseph P. Indusi

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  1. On my 1953 Buick Special I drilled a tiny hole in the air cleaner near the carburetor throat. The size of the hole is just big enough for me to insert the red plastic wand from a spray can of carburetor cleaner or similar. The hole is not easy to find if I don't tell you where it is. Never use starter fluid always use carb cleaner or similar. Open throttle wide open by hand on linkage and give it one or two sprays of carb cleaner. Then start the car. May take two tries before the engine fills the carb with gasoline. The best battery I have found is the 3-EH from Tractor Supply, 875 CCA and about $130. I use 00 gauge cables from battery to starter and ground on block. Gave up on those reproductions of Delco batteries from back in the day. Joe, BCA 33493
  2. My 1948 Buick 46S had backup lights bolted to the rear bumper guards. They was controlled by a switch on the gear shift linkage. I do not think there is much difference between the 41 and 48 models so if you can locate a linkage switch from a 1948 Buick it should fit. The 48 is also very similar to the 47 so I cannot say for certain that a switch for either will fit but my bet would be they would. Joe
  3. I have the original Pertronix in my 53 Buick Special 6 volt system for over 10 years with no problems. However, I noticed when the battery is near the end of its life, the engine will start just as the starter disengages because the voltage is higher than when the engine is being cranked by the starter. This happened recently when my 7 year old Type 2E battery gave up. Now with the new 3EH from Tractor Supply the engine sounds and starts like it has a 12 volt system. By the way, the newer Pertronix for the 6 volt Buick’s is not the same as the original in that it is more of a universal 6 volt device. Joe
  4. Looks like it is wearing 50's Oldsmobile wheel covers. Joe
  5. At this point it would be best to obtain a schematic of the radio. You will likely need two trimmer capacitors to replace your original 3 wire trimmer. There are various sources for schematics including free downloads and some Howard Sams service folders on eBay. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress. Joe
  6. sells 4 different trimmer capacitors that may work for your Buick radio. You may have to do some soldering and mounting changes to get one of these to fit. If you have a schematic or can measure the capacity of the one you have when the plates are as close as possible then one of these may be a close match. Joe
  7. Try a slightly larger screw from your parts box. Another option would be to find a similar one from a “parts radio”. There may be one available from a web based outfit selling antique radio and electronics parts. I don’t recall ever seeing one of these trimmer capacitors on anything other than a car radio. Joe
  8. First Born: Thanks for your kind comment and encouragement. I want to do a little more testing and then I will start writing the article for the Bugle. This conversion is nearly a “must do” for those still running a generator. In the past, when I was stopped at a traffic light with the turn signals on the ammeter was well over into discharge. Now the needle barely moves. The dash gauges are now easy to read at night. I also went to LEDs for the glove box, trunk, dome light and high beam indicator. In every case there is much better illumination with about 10% of the current draw. Well worth the effort. Joe
  9. I have converted my 53 Buick Special to all LED bulbs except for the sealed beam headlights generally along the lines described by Matt above. I modified a transistor hobby circuit to make a flasher to replace the old flasher. This will work for both front and rear direction lights. Because of the way most GM cars run the direction signal circuits I figured out how to get my flasher to work on the Buick without any wiring changes. I am thinking of writing an article for the Buick Bugle to describe the conversion. The current draw from these LEDS are minimal and they provide much more visibility. For the dash lights I use the warm white LEDS as they look original but brighter. Joe
  10. Lamar: I just stumbled onto this thread and am sorry to see you are leaving. You have given this community a great deal and I have great respect for your dedication. Even though we have never met in person, I feel you are a true friend. I also became a grandfather recently at the age of 76 and so I know how you feel. If you get up into the northeast, let us know. MRJBUICK and I are about an hour away from each other. Please check in to the Forum once in a while: would be glad to see your words of wisdom in the coming years. I wish you and yours good health and much happiness. Joe Indusi
  11. After you adjust the valve lifters as described above be aware that after you start the engine it will run rough for a few minutes and then will smooth out as the lifters fill with oil. Joe, BCA 33493
  12. I am not sure if the 1949 Super engine would have hydraulic lifters or solid lifters. If the latter there would be no oil in the lifters. Someone on this site will know if the engine came with solid or hydraulic lifters. If solid, the correct valve clearance may be stamped somewhere on the engine. Joe
  13. They were installed to seal the intake manifold to cylinder head. The factory just used these with no exhaust manifold gaskets. To seal the exhaust ports they used a mixture of heavy motor oil and graphite, at least that is what I have read and been told by guys older than me. Joe
  14. I would start by making sure every connection is clean with bright metal to bright metal at each connection. The bolt holding the ground strap to your motor could need attention as described above. Next I would move on to the brushes that may be accessible with motor in the car. Even though you can spin the rotor by hand if the bearings or bushings are worn the high magnetic fields in the motor may cause the rotor to contact the field poles. I think this was the last year for 6 volt system for Cadillac. Good luck and come back with the cause and repair. Joe
  15. I agree with Pete, this is a bargain. A re-core is going to cost well over $900 if not more and you may have shipping on top of that depending on your location and where you send it out. I know because I paid near $900 some years ago. Joe