Joseph P. Indusi

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  1. 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 conversion for the Bugle and perhaps Pete will publish it. I am working on a second article to deal with the issue of using LED bulbs for the turn signals. If you are adding turn signals to a car not originally equipped with them then try to purchase a solid state system that will function with LED bulbs. Finally, use 6 volt LED bulbs in a 6 volt system. You will be happy with the reduced current draw and the brighter output. For taillights or brake lights be sure to purchase red LED bulbs. Joe, BCA 33493
  2. 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. Anybody have any advice from experience with this? Joe, BCA 33493
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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. Joe, BCA 33493
  8. 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
  9. I replaced all the incandescent bulbs in my 1953 Special 45R with LEDs except for the sealed beam headlights. You will experience very much less current draw, brighter dash illumination and brighter exterior lights. In 1953 the Special models had a 6 volt system while the Super and Roadmaster models went with 12 volts. Below is the data from my 1953 Shop Manual and 1952 Shop Manual showing the 12 volt bulb numbers that correspond to the 6 volt bulbs. 6 Volt 12 Volt 1154 1034 1124 No Data 1129 1073 82 Dome Lamp 94 63 67 51 53 210 Park Brake Warning is 15 CP, try 94 55 57 Where is bulb #1124 used on your 1952 Buick? Hope this helps. Joe, BCA 33493
  10. The only reason I can think of for converting to 12 volts from 6 volts is if you are planning to install air conditioning. Otherwise with adequately sized battery cables and a good wiring harness these cars ran and will run fine on 6 volts. In any case good luck with this project. Jooe, BCA 33493
  11. Somewhat related to this is the fact that Buick never had an automatic transmission until 1948 and then only on the Roadmaster. While Olds and Cadillac had the Hydramatic since 1940 and 1941, I believe this put Buick at a disadvantage at least in regard to sales. My conjecture, and that is all it is because no person with knowledge of Buick engineering of that era has confirmed it, is that the approach to this shortcoming was to equip the Special and Super models with numerically high rear end ratios. Having owned a 1948 Special Sedanet I can attest that in most driving situations once the car was in third gear I rarely had to shift and use the clutch except for coming to a full stop. Tell me your views on my conjecture. Joe, BCA 33493
  12. I had a 3.36 put in a 1948 Special sedanet. I had thought I was buying a 3.60 from a now defunct Buick outfit in California but they shipped a 3.36. Worked OK but second gear was weak on hills but I could do 60-65 MPH with ease in 3rd but I never went above 60 because I knew stopping from 65 on bias ply 6.50/16 tires was too risky for me at my age. My 53 Special with a 3.6 with Dynaflow is very responsive and I can run at 55-60 MPH with no worries. Joe
  13. I am surprised as well as I thought the 4.454 was only used in the post war standard transmissions on the Super and Specials. Joe
  14. I would try soldering with a high wattage Weller soldering gun. Use electrical rosin core solder and clean both sides first. I don't think you want to use a torch, the Weller gun might work. Joe