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  1. Yeah-I mean the inside , especially the steering wheel. I use whatever cleaner I have- 409, Simple Green, etc. I recently had a 74 Nova SS and I could never seem to get the steering wheel clean enough. It was always sticky. If I hadn't sold it to buy my Buick, I would have had to replace the wheel. It was a desert car-maybe that enters into it. Ed
  2. As usual, you are doing a great job. Whenever I clean things like this, I always feel that the parts are sticky. Do you run into this? If not, how do you avoid it? Ed
  3. Timing is everything! I pulled my hood last night to yank the radiator. Here are two different pictures. The first shows two 11/32 bolts that run through the center chrome. The second picture shows the forward cowling with access holes through the top. I think they line up with the bolts. I hope this helps. Ed
  4. Timing is everything! I pulled my hood last night to yank the radiator. Here are two different pictures. The first shows two 11/32 bolts that run through the center chrome. The second picture shows the forward cowling with access holes through the top. I think they line up with the bolts. I hope this helps. Ed
  5. Thanks. The picture really makes it clear what I am dealing with. Ed
  6. Much to my chagrin, the 1940 shop manual doesn't seem to have info about radiator removal. I gather that I need to remove the hood, fan, hoses and bolts that attach the radiator. Am I missing something? Anything that isn't obvious? Thanks. Ed
  7. April 2007 is the most recent. http://www.buickclub.org/Bugle/BUGLE407.jpg Ed
  8. My first suggestion would be to buy a Shop Manual. That will give you some guidance. Correct me if I'm wrong but it seems to me that the whole front end was different-early to late-with different upper and lower control arms and spindle supports. Did you kep the stuff you took off? Ed
  9. I know this is not anything major but, if we are going to change the title of a thread doesn't that mean it is time for a new topic? When I look to see what is active (on the title page) recently, the title doesn't jibe with anything on the message board. Again, a minor point. Maybe I'm way too easily confused. Ed
  10. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: 1DandyDaves</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> The auto I could buy for 81 grand! </div></div> I don't know. I was watching the RM classic car auction yesterday. The commentator said that "$250,000.00 is the new $100,000.00." I guess that would mean that $81k is the new $32k. Hardly seems worth it! Ed
  11. At one point there was an issue of incorrect springs <span style="font-style: italic"> </span> inside <span style="font-style: italic"> </span> the wheel cylinders. They were of a design which did not collapse as far as the OE springs. If that is the case, there are two fixes: <ul style="list-style-type: disc">[*]Replace the springs with those from your original cylinders. [*]Extend the slot of the shoe to cylinder pin which rests against the brake shoe. I hope this helps. Ed
  12. Came across this today: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BUICK-195...1QQcmdZViewItem Wow! Ed
  13. 40 for sure. I have one. It was wrapped in the factory paper until just before I bought the car. Some e-bay maybe bidder wanted to see it. GRRR! Ed
  14. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/587090586...1QQcmdZViewItem I have only one question-why? Ed
  15. Well, my 40 Buick came to me with tire chains! Ed
  16. Nice truck. It might be useful to include a measured picture of the spring in question. Ed
  17. Thanks, that's what I thought. Ed
  18. In 1970, Buick introduced the Estate Wagon. It was a return to a full size wagon. Did Olds have a comparable model or did it wait until 71 with the "clamshell" wagons? Ed
  19. Are you sure about soon? Lots of melting needed! Ed
  20. My dad used to tell about swapping the gas and radiator caps on Model A Fords. Apparently the lack of a vent in the rad cap could cause the fuel tank to collapse. Ed
  21. I was reading some old newspapers tonight. The papers were in with some old train boxes. Anyhow-The Boston Herald, March 6, 1933, had an ad for a "1932 Pierce Arrow, Seven Passenger, 142 Wheelbase, perfect condition, like new." It was listed in the $1899 or less used car listing. I'm ready to call Columbia 7329! Ed
  22. What is "nice rusty shape"? If it is a nice solid car, mechanical parts are readily obtainable. If it is a rustbucket-sheet metal parts are difficult to find. Your call. Ed
  23. Looks like a nice, solid piece! Good luck with it1 Ed
  24. I guess the bigger question is what is worth restoring? More to the point, why do we restore cars? Is it the "sporty" version of what might have been or the view of what <span style="font-weight: bold"> </span> was <span style="font-weight: bold"> </span> ? For me, the historian, I can only answer "what was"! The plain fact is that the world did(does) not exist in the sporty realm. Practicality reared its head and made 4 dr. sedans and 2 dr. sedans the best sellers because they served the populace best. Most of our memories are of these cars. No amount of rationalization can change a 4 dr sedan into a convertible and to attempt to do so is, at best, insincere. I know that it does not take any more money to restore a 4 dr as compare to a coupe and the rewards(?) are certainly greater for the coupe ,<span style="font-weight: bold"> </span> <span style="font-style: italic"> </span> <span style="text-decoration: underline"> </span> but <span style="font-weight: bold"> </span> <span style="font-style: italic"> </span> <span style="text-decoration: underline"> </span> that does not make the coupe more representative of what the average person dealt with. To me, that is the only thing that matters. So, are any 4 dr sedans woth restoring? Absolutely! Otherwise, the younger generations may think that 4 drs were an rarity. Ed
  25. We had radials on our 76 Electra. In fact, they were subject to recall(Firestone "721"). I remember my dad was pleased that car came with them as he had put Sears (Michelin) radials on our 72 Estate Wagon. Ed
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