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Joseph P. Indusi

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  1. Kestrel: Thursday nights were when executions were scheduled. The lights dimming is a legend or myth. My grandfather operated a pasta factory to supply the Italian-American communities along the Hudson River with pasta and other products that he imported. He also used to hold contracts to supply Sing Sing prison with certain food products. He was friendly with warden Lawes who would allow trusted prisoners to celebrate their birthdays with their families. He wrote a book “20,000 years in Sing Sing” about the prisoners whose total years of incarceration added up to 20,000. Several mo
  2. I use a Battery Tender 6 volt model and use it to restore the charge in my 53 Buick 6 volt battery after each use of the car. I disconnect it once the green light comes on indicating it is fully charged. For long term maintaining the battery charge I use a Battery Tender hooked up to a garden variety lamp timer set to charge the battery for about 1 hour each day. Many battery maintainers claim you can leave the maintainer connected to the battery and it will maintain the charge. In my experience I found that you cannot trust a maintainer or charger connected as it will eventually cook o
  3. NY State plates back in the day were also "School Bus Yellow" and black. I believe they would have yellow background and black letters for a few years and then switch to black background with yellow letters for the next few years. They eventually stopped issuing new plates every couple of years and went with a little painted steel tag in the upper right corner that denoted the year. Also as John D. states the NY DMV says restored plates are a no-no. Old Tank did a great job on his plates, the best I have ever seen. I don't know about Texas, but New York license plates were manufac
  4. The horn internals consist of an electromagnet near a thin steel diaphragm. The horn blows when the electromagnet goes on and off rapidly that flexes the diaphragm to create the sound waves. To cause the electromagnet to go on and off rapidly (basically vibrate) there is a set of points that make and break and the armature of one point is pulled off when the electromagnet is on creating a strong magnetic field. When the points open the magnetic field collapses and the points then close again repeating this cycle many times a second. Now the electromagnet is basically an iron core s
  5. Walt: Great post. I also prefer a printed page or book in my hands when available over something on a screen that may be hard to read or of poor overall quality. I find that I do use the web to look up something but I have to consciously do it whereas my son automatically checks the web on his smart phone for anything. I am a firm believer that a manual or reference book or special tool is always worth buying even if you just use it once because you can waste a lot of time working without the correct information or tool. Best regards. Joe Indusi
  6. One other possibility comes to mind. I assume when the needle dips negative the headlights also dim a little. Check the generator drive belt. The reason is that headlights will dim whenever the generator output drops, for example driving along at night and then waiting at a red light at idle speed, the lights will dim. If the belt is slipping every so often, the needle will move into the discharge zone and then move back to charge when the belt is not slipping. Should be an easy check to do. Joe
  7. In addition to this, Pete’s work and articles in the Buick Bugle are without peer. It’s not easy to put together a quality publication like the Buick Bugle every month. My hat is off to Pete for all he does for the BCA.
  8. In the June 2020 Buick Bugle my article on LED conversion for my 6 volt 1953 Buick Special contained a table for replacing the original incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. I have run with the LED bulbs for well over a year now (I did the conversion first and then submitted the article) and have had great success. From the table I would suggest you replace bulbs 51 and 55 with SUPERBRIGHTLEDS.com LED # BA9S-WW4-32-6VAC. I also list bulb 63 not 63-L. I am not familiar with 63-L or 81-L. What does the L signify? For the 63 I suggest you use LEDLIGHT.com # 68798WWBA15S#63, 9 LED and
  9. This is the Sedanet or the jetback model that is very good looking but eventually fell out of favor with buyers back in the day, partly because of limited trunk space. Also, the 2 door hardtops were just coming out in 1949 and were very attractive also. They made the same model in 1950 but the production was way less than the 1949 models. I believe there were no more made in the Roadmaster series after 1950. My question is what year in this model is more sought after today, the 1949 or the 1950? I am talking for restored stock models not modified cars. Joe, BCA 33493
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Now this one I like. You have redeemed yourself MrEarl. Joe
  17. Pretty bad. I give up! Joe
  18. Come on MrEarl you have to do better than this! Joe, BCA 33493
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
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