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Everything posted by JohnD1956

  1. 180 for me but cant help with a part number
  2. An interesting post script. While the color is not indicated, the 1960 parts manual shows a different hood spring for each yom 53-60
  3. I do not know the specific answer to these two questions. But if you are looking for a driveshaft that easily interchanges, i dont think there are any. '56's used a fine spline for the first time. Prior years had a coarse spline. "57"s and up used a two piece shaft with a universal in between. I might suggest either unit could be made to work but, would probably require changing the entire rear axle/ torque tube assembly.
  4. All I will say is that at the time I bought my car it was nothing more than thoroughly used, and the likelihood that someone before me up and decided to paint the hood springs lime green is very small. There is no overspray lime green on my hinges. My car was built in CA. Chances are other factories used other colors. I dont think hinge spring colors are deductible in BCA judging but that may be incorrect. So the color charts the limit.
  5. I don't think Kosage is selling his car but rather, the car he went to see, and is pictured in that particular post, may be offered up for sale. Meanwhile, Nice Century!
  6. Had a chance to run the '56 for a few hours today. And what a fine few hours it was. It was 90° when starting out. After a thorough warm up of 20 miles or so on a generally uphill trajectory I drove a fairly steep mountain road for this area. The road rises from 600 ft asl to 1400 asl within a 2.5 mile stretch. While on this section the engine temp climbed to the hot side and promptly cooled off on the downhill side. I did get too much pinging for comfort though. Anyway stopped for a few pics of which I like this one... Then cruised home around the lake. Just a nice 80 mile round trip. Then after dinner I was able to get the GS out for a 20 mile ride in the area. As before, the GS just loves to go!
  7. Nice car @BuickLvr. Is that a 2 bbl carb or 4 bbl? Factory A/C, aftermarket, or non? Any other options or amenities? Factory colors and condition of interior? Lots of considerations when seeking input on valuation.
  8. Horn contact Here is a dissertation on doing this job on a 56 Buick with a Dynaflow. This is different from your car since the 56 employed a rag joint connection between the steering column and the steering gear. But it is generally the same to set up the horn contact. Btw. You may be able to get a flat blade screwdriver in the hole and easily wedge the contact ring and insulator back down the steering shaft to realign them. But probably not worth it if the end of the contact ring has become deteriorated.
  9. Good advice on working in the A/C'd garage. Meanwhile, that would be a Ford I would like to have, if I was to have one.
  10. If you have not seen the back cover of the July Bugle yet, please be sure to check it out. There is an August 1st Deadline.
  11. It comes apart. You have to twist it quite a bit to get it out while the engine is still installed. At least you have that situation with the big series cars. Not sure aboit that on the 40/60series.
  12. It may not be the problem but in the picture it looks like the high pressure line is distorted where it runs over the top of another line (perhaps the vacuum line to the master cylinder?). As I understand the pumps operation on my 56, when the system is not needed the bypass valve diverts the pressure back to the reservoir instead of to the steering gear box. Perhaps that distortion is causing an erroneous symptom in the system or restricting fluid to the steering gear box?
  13. The 56 manual says the power steering is a power assist system. Essentially that is described as providing more assistance when required ( sharp low speed turns) and less as need is reduced ( straight highway driving). To apply this to your car, from my observation it is very difficult to turn the steering wheel when the car has no power steering and is fully stopped. It is a two handed job. It is harder still to turn that non power steering car when stopped and there are radial tires. If you can turn your steering wheel when stopped with one hand then your power assist is working. By contrast the 72 Electra has full power steering all the time. Sometime it seems like a strong wind appropriately placed can turn that steering wheel all the time. Between the two cars I prefer the 56's system.
  14. Probably popped open when the body twisted. Note the steering wheel hitting the sun visor. I dare think that there was at least one fatality here.
  15. @Bill Stoneberg X2. Thank you Bill
  16. @Scott DWhat State is the vehicle located in?
  17. I wonder. Maybe this is truly Victoria's secret?