Joseph P. Indusi

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  1. Joseph P. Indusi

    Buick Dynalite for Dynaflow Drive Indicator

    This was a Buick factory authorized accessory in the 1950’s. The shift quadrant on these early Dynaflow equipped cars was not illuminated so when driving at night this accessory, consisting of a bulb, socket, wire and a mounting fixture could be installed to provide illumination. I have one on my 53 Special hardtop. I think these are quite rare. Joe, BCA 33493.
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    1958 Special model 49D almost done!

    Looks great and as nice as any Caballero. Other than the engine are there any other differences between the two? Joe
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    1948 Buick Suoer windsheild washer

    I obtained this from the 1948-49 Buick Shop Manual. Hope it helps. Joe, BCA 33493
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    38 Buick Century, 160° Thermostat...

    There are slight differences in thermostats other than the opening temperature. My 1953 Special straight eight had what I call a standard 160 F thermostat that had a 1" diameter in the open position. I replaced it with a so-called heavy duty thermostat that I sourced from Bob's and I measured this to have a diameter of 1 and 5/16" in the open position.. The replacement from Bob's is a Robertshaw Power Performance thermostat and the increase in the opened area (calculated using pi times radius squared of each thermostat) gives an increase in area of about 1.75 times the standard thermostat opening area. This may be enough to cause the fully warmed up temperature to be slightly higher as you are reporting. However, I think it is best to use an infrared hand held unit to do a comparison as this will be more useful for comparing temperatures. Finally I note from an original Buick Parts book that there were 4 thermostats listed under Group 1.246 for straight eight engines covering from 1942 (my book begins at 1942) to 1953 Series Forty cars. The lowest temperature thermostat is Part # 3133595 for 151F and this is the old bellows type, the others were 160, 170 and 180F. The diameter of the opening on the 151F thermostat is just about 1 and 5/16". Joe, BCA 33493
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    Fixing a cracked manifold ?

    All good advice from posts above. I agree that the heat riser valve was stuck in the “heat” position. So either try to free it up or remove it completely. I had to junk an intake manifold a few years ago because there was a rust through from the outer plenum to the actual intake tubes. Joe
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    Another battery disconnect question

    Steve: Save yourself some trouble and buy a heavy duty cutoff switch especially for a 6 volt car. Joe, BCA 33493
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    1941 Buick interior lights & button switches

    Don is correct. The bulb that goes here is a single filament with one end of the filament going to each of the contacts on the base. One contact is wired to the door switch. The other contact is wired to a +6 volt source. The body of the bulb and the socket may or may not connect to ground but they are not part of the circuit. Nearly all sockets that are used with a dual filament bulb will have one of the socket side channels longer than the other so that the bulb can only be inserted into the socket one way. This is most common on the stop and taillight combination bulb systems. Joe, BCA 33493
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    Torque tube seal or bushing

    The seal shown above was made to slip over the splines at the end of propeller shaft so it has an interior surface that matches all the splines. In the 53 models they supplied a metal collar that slipped over the splined part of the propeller shaft. The seal for this is a simple circular seal that contacts the outer diameter of the collar. It is driven into the end of the torque tube with pucker toward the front of the car. I think this type of seal was used for several years after 1953. Joe
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    Accurate tire pressure gauge

    Thanks. I will check with local NAPA. I have seen those long types at service stations some years ago. Joe
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    Accurate tire pressure gauge

    I have one Bourdon tube type tire pressure gauge that I think is of the more accurate type as opposed to the pencil shape type. I like to carry a gauge in each car so I am looking for an accurate pencil type if they exist and would like to get some reccomendations. Thanks. Joe BCA 33493
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    I agree with the above posts regarding the model name Imperial. But could it be a European term for a four door sedan? This looks to be a 4 door with a B pillar that tends to look more formal than the hardtop. Just a guess. Joe, BCA 33493
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    two Post-War Buick wagons

    Pete: Two very interesting cars. Only 9 years apart in age but what a difference. Good luck and keep us posted. Joe, BCA 33493
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    1953 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Body Bushings

    The 1952 Buick Shop Manual has a diagram, with dimensions, of where body mount points are located. I will check 1953 Shop Manual and see what it shows in this regard. Joe, BCA 33493
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    Oil change noises

    I rarely make a misteak! Joe
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    Use Of Premium Fuel

    While we are on the topic of gasoline I am interested to know if there is any definitive information regarding the claim, by some, that the 10% ethanol in the fuel causes our old engines to run hotter than they would on straight gasoline? Joe, BCA 33493