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  1. I've noticed the same thing around here since April.  I don't have anything older than 1953, but I've been out driving my stuff a lot, and I haven't noticed my usual ration of other old cars on the road.  My theory is that a good portion of people who own old cars only get them out if there's somewhere to show them off; since there aren't any shows this year, many people haven't bothered.  

  2. I'm learning about these cars once removed with my '63 Thunderbird, and mine's only a hardtop!  They're really cool, but way more complicated than most old cars, and they're pretty frustrating to work on...I can't even imagine how much more complexity and frustration a Continental convertible would bring to the party.  Anyone see that episode of Jay Leno's Garage where he introduced a guy who travels around the country fixing the windows and tops on Continentals?  Any time there's a guy who can make a living doing that, you know you're in for trouble.  


    But this isn't a hobby that makes sense to a lot of people...do as I say, right?  :)

  3. Dropping the pan in a straight 8 Buick isn't bad because the engineers thought of the mechanics having to work on them.  Your car should have four holes drilled in the front crossmember so you can easily remove the front four oil pan bolts.  Other than that, you may have to turn the crankshaft so the counterweights don't get in the way of the front of the pan as you slide it out.  It's been a while since I removed the pan from my '53 Special in the car, but I had to do something to the oil pump, and I believe I finished the job in an hour or two.  Make sure you have a manual on hand for torque specs and things like that.  Good luck - let us know what you find!  

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  4. 3 hours ago, Pfeil said:

    That's sponsored by Ames Performance Engineering. So it's used junkyard parts,  unless someone has some NOS stuff he's SOL.

    Yeah, but their forums are populated by people who own and like Pontiacs, so he might find that some of those people have NOS parts.  How could it possibly hurt to broaden one's search?

  5. It's the brake pedal I'm talking about (I already have the zip tied heater hose on the e-brake).  :)


    My car's a southern car and the spring hasn't given any signs of problems, but old springs are always potential problems in my experience, so I'm looking for a new one.  It sounds like I'll have to improvise.  

  6. I was underneath my '53 for several hours yesterday adjusting brakes and flushing the lines, and I noticed that my brake pedal return spring has seen better days.  To save myself some running around needlessly, has anybody used a generic off-the-shelf spring before, or is this a specialty piece?  Thanks!

  7. My favorite car is the '40-'41 Continental Cabriolet, but I think I prefer the Zephyr in the postwar years.  Neat car!  The weird half (three-quarters?) of me would buy it, spiff up the interior a bit, get a set of tires, make sure it's safe, and drive it around as-is.  It probably deserves a restoration, but beaters like that call out to me loudly.  

  8. You might want to try calling RENU to see if they got it.  I sent a 1963 Thunderbird power steering box back to a company in California as a core, and the part dropped off tracking one day.  I called the steering company, and they found it in their warehouse.  It had never been marked as shipped.  

  9. I'll second the chassis ears.  My '53 Buick was making a low, loud noise last year that I thought was a carrier bearing or an axle bearing.  I hooked up the chassis ears to both axle bearings, the center section, and the rear of the transmission where the u-joint is.  No abnormal noises...I swapped tires from left to right and the noise went away.  I also used the chassis ears to diagnose that the electric steering rack on my wife's 2012 Mustang was clunking, an odd problem.  If I were more ambitious, I would use them to track down all the little odd noises my old cars make, but some noises bother me more than others and I can be a bit lazy sometimes.  :)

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  10. The '65 Mercury has one of my favorite dashboards ever, and it's hard to go wrong with a Breezeway window.  I think you did really well here, but as my screen name attests, I think 1965 is the best model year for cars.  If the Mercury were mine, I think I'd repair the rust behind the wheels, try to wheel out the paint to get some gloss back, and spot paint my patches.  Then I'd just clean it up and drive it and repair things as needed. 



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  11. I'd say those are Special 45R doors, almost certainly for '53 like Dave said...I just went out and measured the length of mine (which is a '53 Special 2 dr. hardtop), and they were just under 45 inches long.  I know that '52s had a similar door and trim piece, but I don't know if it was identical.  

  12. 8 hours ago, Wamps98 said:

    The whole right side which is two bulbs for brake. Swapped the working driver side bulb into the passenger side and no go. Put the non working one in the driver side and it worked so it seems like the wiring running to the passenger side brake lights has an issue. 


    It's been a while since I messed with the lighting in the back of mine, but it's been quirky.  Make sure you check the passenger side bulb sockets really well.  They have to really seat in the housing.  If my memory is correct, I've had to replace one or two sockets back there.  

  13. After my grandma passed away about 11 years ago, my dad cleaned out her basement and brought home anything automobile related that he thought I might like.  I just got around to bringing most of that stuff home, which wasn't hard, as my mom and dad live about 6 blocks away from me.  :)  Anyway, in the bag was this old electrical component that I can't identify.  I've attached some pictures, so if anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear them.  Nothing on the piece pivots or moves, in case you were wondering.