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Everything posted by JohnD1956

  1. Some people will put the car in L (low) range to start from a dead stop, and then shift into D (Drive) range while moving. And that is a good strategy if you need quick pickup. But in this type of transmission it is important to know that in doing this, you are using two separate parts of the drive mechanism. It would be incorrect to assume the trans should have that same response from a dead stop if you merely held it in D range. And in most instances, in 1949 there was no real need for starting in L range. Todays driving habits are markedly different. You will be best served to limit your highway experience with that car till you have significant experience with starting it and more importantly, stopping it.
  2. There are tests described in the Buick Service Manual. They will indicate certain ports on the transmission and what the oil pressure should be at those ports. This would be the best indication of a problem. Other indications would be the condition of the transmission fluid. Is it a clear red color, or a brownish color with a burnt smell? You could also set up a tachometer and then take a test drive and observe the results. Engine surging while cruising would show slippage in the trans. But I would expect you will need several hundred miles of driving to believe in this unit. It is one of the earlier Dynaflow transmissions which got a bad reputation for lack of pickup. It was given the nickname of Dynaslow. Probably because of the driving experience you described.
  3. Thats how a Dynaflow usually feels. With the transmission in D, you will not feel a gear change because there is none. Ratio changes are continuously happening in the transmission hydraulically. That was the design and beauty of the transmission.
  4. Looking forward to some pictures.
  5. Probably not identical but theoretically the same. Most 40's and 50's Buicks use coli springs with tapered ends. That is because there is an oblong shaped washer used along with a nut to hold the coil springs to the axle, and to the frame above the axle. Many 60's and 70's cars had coil springs without the taper. But both styles are available. Note that there are several coil spring attributes. Along with tapered or non-tapered ends, you would want to confirm the number of turns in the spring and the thickness of the spring materials.
  6. Mr. Earl, I'll be the first to ask that the picture be returned. It is probably worth educating folks on how these cars fared in major accidents. It is a fact of life, and it was likely photos similar to these that have lead to the improvements we see in vehicles today. Still, with the fact that many of these cars are on the road today, it seems to me that it is a good idea to let folks see just how much they need to pay attention to the risks when using our cars.
  7. I believe that woman is gone! look at the bend in the steering wheel. That's a very upsetting picture!
  8. 2K miles saved on the Regal GS so far! And it just seems to be better all the time. I recommend buying one if you find it. Although I'd try to stick with 92-93 for the 3300 engine. It has amazing pep and pickup and that's with a 180K reading on the odometer!
  9. oh man! Are they giving it away? Might be a cool car with a later 1995 Supercharged 3800 transplant!
  10. @Centurion Well, Ed's pictures makes the car look a totally different color. But it is a beautiful combination!
  11. @95Cardinal check out the post above this. Not sure if you were in Portland in 2014 or not but thought you might be interested in the one 57 pictured.
  12. A "run log". That's something I never would have though of. Having so many cars does have it's own set of problems. Meanwhile I have been revisiting pictures from my trip to the Portland National meet in 2014, which now includes some pictures from Ed Allmond's camera as well. Here are two 57's you may be intrigued by from the Portland meet. These have not been edited and as such I think the 2 Dr is the salmon color, but cannot be certain. Anyway, just thought you might enjoy looking at these.
  13. Oh boy, is my face sunburned! My experience is trying to fit a 65 Buick Electra wheel onto a 66 Olds Dynamic 88. In this case the Buick has a smaller hub and the Buick rim would not go on the Olds. Both cars did have the 5 x 5 bolt pattern as evidenced by the fact that the Olds had a set of '53 Kelsey Hayes Wire Wheels on it. None-the-less, this is why I cautioned not to overlook the center hole diameter. Sorry for any confusion!
  14. This question would be best answered by the Chief Judge, John Steed. He does not participate here but his e mail is listed in the Buick Bugle. I know he uses his e mail.
  15. I believe the engine is a non interference motor, so unless you changed original specs with taller pistons and thinner head gaskets, there should not be a problem. I assume that you have primed the oil pump and perhaps primed the oil system before the first try to start the engine? If not I would recommend priming the oil system now to make sure there is some lubrication everywhere it should be on start up. Also the comment about the timing gears by @pont35cpe above is spot on. Without the factory description many folks would automatically line up the timing marks on the timing gears, but that is not correct for a Buick of that age.
  16. French Lake Auto? In Minnesota?
  17. I've never seen a bracket like that one for the generator. And that generator looks huge! Considering the carb is a marine application I wonder if this came from a boat? I have no direct experience but one a competent mechanic told me that the Buick engine in his boat ran the opposite direction of the car engines. ps: That generator bracket looks like a shoe in for an AC compressor.
  18. That's a nice car with some positive points from this view! #1, no vinyl roof! Have you looked closely at the body near the trim underneath the rear windscreen? That area usually holds water and rusts through underneath causing leaks into the trunk.
  19. Do not overlook the diameter of the hub opening. Some Buicks have larger hubs than other GM's of the same year, and not all rims will fit.
  20. Do not count on not getting dinged. But consider the possible point reduction. You still have headlights, so it should not be a full deduction, and there are only two lights so it wouldn't be a quadruple deduction. If those few points make a difference to you, carry a spare set of T-3's regardless if they work, and mount them for the judgment day. No one asks you to turn them on.
  21. @Hearse welcome to the Forum, and possibly to the world of Buicks. Your question though is like playing Russian Roulette. There are so many points you have not covered any one of which could cause a misinterpretation of the responses you receive. For example, you did not mention how you view the hobby. Do you like cars retained in their original build format, or do you prefer modifying cars. If modifying, resto-rod or full customizations? Do you want this Riviera for a daily driver? A project? A show car? An investment? Or a "take the kids for ice cream Saturday night" vehicle? If I were to offer an opinion on the trade for none other than the reasons you have already indicated, I would say the difference in the two vehicles is so wide that I would suspect something else is wrong with the Riviera. Otherwise why would the owner be willing to trade even for the Iroc? However a 64 Riviera is an awesome car! And if that is all that is truly wrong with it, then it sounds like you found the worlds greatest deal! It may be that the better question to ask is: What are the weak points in a 64 Riviera and how difficult is it to find the parts. Then you can better evaluate the candidate of your choice. And that question should be asked in the Riviera forum a little further down on this list, because those with specific knowledge of the car may not visit this part of the Forum regularly. But at any rate, I wish you good luck with your pursuit!
  22. @Selim It was a good thing you asked your question rather than taking a stab at the wiring and getting it wrong. Looks like a Beautiful Buick. What did you do in terms of the overhaul of the engine?
  23. A bad condensor is very likely. Or a bare original wire in the distributor that shorts every time the advance comes into play. Certainly worth checking before yanking the torque tube unit.
  24. Check out the two cars in slide # 16... Collection in Wisconsin