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Joseph P. Indusi

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  1. Most of the wiring under the hood suffers from the heat from the engine and radiator. You can make your own harness by purchasing the correct color coded wire, connectors such as spade lugs, rubber covers to go over the connectors and the correct black tape or loom cover if you are good at soldering. Even the connector strips for the headlight/park lights are reproduced. Most likely the splices of the under hood wiring harness is along the inner fender on the drivers side. I am not sure if you can purchase just the under hood wiring harness. The wiring under the instrument panel may
  2. I did not understand from your prior posts that the starter operates when the ignition switch is turned on. This would definitely indicate a problem with the carburetor switch. The relay on the firewall is activated by the carburetor switch and the pull in coil gets +6 volts from the carb switch and the other end of the coil gets -6 or ground from the GEN or ARM terminal of the generator. This is because when the generator is not turning the ARM or GEN terminals are at ground potential. When the coil is energized the points close on this relay and send +6 to the solenoid allowing the
  3. The Buick accelerator starting system has a switch on the carburetor, a relay usually on the firewall, and a solenoid on the starter. From your messages I suspect that the carburetor switch is OK. The relay may be chattering but if is loud it is likely the starter solenoid on the starter that may need service. Sometimes they can stick in the start position and then the starter will continue to crank the engine; you determined that you have to move the key switch to OFF to overcome this problem. Check all grounds, all your positive cabling in the starter circuit and then remove the so
  4. I converted nearly all the lamps in my 53 Buick Special to 6 volt LEDS The flashers sold for LED turn signal lamps function on some cars but not all. See the June 2020 issue of the Buick Bugle for my two page article on the conversion I did. I also give the names of some suppliers and the numbers on the replacement lamps I used. Overall I am very happy with this conversion as the LEDS give more light with much lower current draw. The only incandescent lamps in my car are the sealed beam headlamps and the front park/turn signal 1154 bulbs that allow the flasher to function without add
  5. Old-tank: Your 55 Buick’s probably have a generator so you are doing very well with AC on these beauties. Sixty- five mph is a good speed given you have drum brakes on your 4000 pound cars. Can’t think of why 65 mph creates a problem for your cars. Happy 4th of July to all! Joe
  6. I installed one on my 53 Special 45 R about 8-10 years ago. Compared to the standard thermostat it does offer a larger area when opened for coolant flow. I noticed that the car did run cooler. I sourced mine from Bob’s. Never had any problem with it since. Joe
  7. Now this one I like. You have redeemed yourself MrEarl. Joe
  8. Pretty bad. I give up! Joe
  9. Come on MrEarl you have to do better than this! Joe, BCA 33493
  10. I converted all the bulbs in my 1953 Buick Special to LED bulbs except for the headlamps and the front park/turn signal bulbs (#1154, a 6 volt bulb). I retained the front incandescent 1154 park/signal bulbs so the original flasher would function. The currently marketed flashers for LED bulbs will not function on all model cars without some rewiring. I designed and built two transistorized flashers so I can replace the front incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. I purchased all the LED bulbs from LED bulb suppliers as recommended above by Matt. I prepared an article on this conv
  11. Installing new trunk rubber gaskets on 1953 Buick Special 45R. Have done door gaskets, window fuzzies and front vent window gasket (very challenging) a few years ago. Never touched trunk gaskets until found a small leak after washing car. I have a few bare spots in body gasket track from scraping old gaskets off and a few minor surface rust spots. Somewhere I heard that 3M super weatherstrip adhesive will attack paint and possibly not adhere to metal track. I want to touch up the bare metal spots and surface rust but maybe should apply adhesive directly to cleaned up metal track.
  12. As far as I know most of the Chevrolet models in those years used the GM “A” body whereas the Buick Specials were built using the GM “B” body. They do look similar and it is possible that both bodies shared the door panels but only detailed measurements as suggested above by Gene Brink could help you resolve the issue. Joe
  13. Get under the car and check the condition of the motor mounts and transmission thrust pad. Also check the transmission shift lever linkage. Any defect or improper alignment in these components may cause the transmission to shift from Drive or Low into neutral in certain instances. Joe
  14. Wamps98: Follow Cheezestaak process and check wiring to see where you lose voltage. Old-tank gives good advice regarding fuses. The fuse element can disconnect internally but appear visually to be good. I have experienced this several times over the years. Please report back when you find the problem. Joe
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