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Joseph P. Indusi

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Joseph P. Indusi last won the day on July 5 2016

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Now this one I like. You have redeemed yourself MrEarl. Joe
  5. Pretty bad. I give up! Joe
  6. Come on MrEarl you have to do better than this! Joe, BCA 33493
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Neat little trick using the meter mechanical zero adjustment. And most of these old meters from back in the day always had a mechanical zero adjustment screw. Nice work. Joe, BCA 33493
  13. DB26: Seems like it might be too high but it might also be leaky considering it is that old. Some meters may test for leakage but you can connect one lead of the capacitor to one lead of a 100 volt or more DC voltage source. Then connect one end of a DC voltmeter to the other lead of the voltage source. Then connect the other lead of the DC voltmeter to the other lead of the capacitor. If you get any DC voltage reading at all after a few seconds then the capacitor is passing DC current or leaking. Observe correct polarity when connecting the DC voltmeter. Good luck.
  14. Let me put my two cents in here. Glenn you say it heats up under load, check to be sure there is a spring inside the lower radiator hose to prevent it from collapsing under high RPM. Joe
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