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  1. I put this question out on the parts wanted area, but in case you did not see it, can anyone help? Thanks,
  2. I also vote to get rid of the electric fuel pump as a primary method of fuel supply. Get an original tank on the car and you should be good to go if it is repaired to new status. Remember that you can not beat gravity. Gravity always wins. The electric fuel pump might be used in a vapor lock situation that in somewhat common on cars from the change to fuel pumps in about the late 20's to fuel injection in the 80's.
  3. One additional thought. If you start changing parts from the standard configuration you will be on the road to making it a "frankencar" If you keep the car maybe five years of more will you remember all of the non-standard parts and part numbers of what you changed? The more you change, the more problematic it becomes. Parts for your car are reasonably available and if something breaks you can probably order it either locally or on line. This is especially important if you are travelling with your car. I know personally if I go to look at a car that has had some "improvements", I will automatically discount the vehicle or just walk away. Usually because if one thing is changed, it begs the question ....what else? All of my vehicles I try to keep them as close to original as possible to make them easier to find parts and work on them. I have changed some things like changing from cast iron pistons to aluminum pistons, rope seals to lip seals, ball bearings to tapered roller bearings and things of the like but those changes are for durability and safety because I drive all of my 100+ year old vehicles. OEM brakes when manufacturers went from two wheel brakes to four wheel brakes in the mid 20's, when properly serviced and adjusted were designed to stop the car. Brake fade would only happen when overdriving the car or coming down very steep grades, or running in deep water all which should be a proceed with caution alert anyways. Just my opinion.
  4. GM and most part manufacturers put date codes on all of their products. That is part of the traceability of parts incase there is a defect in a part and there needs to be a recall. It is the same as the date codes/ best used by dates on food products.
  5. If you have a brass car and it does not leak and mark it's spot, you have a problem.
  6. I have one of these and it works great on even the old cars. I use it on my brass era cars. Just need to hook the unit up to 12 volts to run the oscilloscope. Get an old time auto book that shows how to read the different traces on the scope. If you need a copy of the manual, pm me your email and I will send you a copy.
  7. I will third the Preval small sprayer. Used it for years.
  8. Basic question is WHY? If the brakes are repaired to factory specifications, they will stop the car fine. If you change to disc brakes you might be temped to "over drive" the car which will give you a lot more of issues and maybe excitement you probably would not like.
  9. If you buy new plugs, the plugs will come with new gaskets. You should probably be using Champion 589 plugs. If you want just the gaskets, look here. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=spark+plug+gaskets&_sacat=0&LH_TitleDesc=0&_sop=15
  10. How about a plumbing tool to tap oakum in cast iron drain pipes?
  11. You might want to check to see if your Skylark has a transmission cooler. The '63 Skylark that I had I believe if I remember correctly had an air cooled transmission. Finned converter to cool the transmission. Might not be able to tow a trailer with it. You should check the towing capabilities for the car before you start towing.
  12. Remember that you are buying an old used car. Like any used car it will need to be sorted out to become a "dependable driver" driver that matches you definition of "dependable" From my experience it can take a year of two to several years to get to that point. Two items to remember is that the old car hobby is not for the faint of heart or wallet. Also a general motto is, Drive it, Break it, Fix it, Repeat. Don't ever think you are alone. Those of us that drive our cars are with you because we all have been there, done that. That said you meet some of the nicest people the older the cars are. Not that all car owners are not nice, but with older cars everyone depends on each other to keep their cars running and finding parts to keep them running. You can not just go to the local auto parts store and buy parts or Amazon or RockAuto to order what you need.
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