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  1. Robert, Was that a cellular phone or a conventional radio mobile phone? Easy Question to define the type... Did the phone have a "SEND" and "END" buttons to begin and end the call? Only cellular phones had those buttons for those who were wondering about my question 😀.
  2. John, Those prices were from the late 70's and early 80's. When I started in the two-way radio business, just the phone type control head for a mobilephone radio could sell for $1500+ depending on features.
  3. Craig, RCC was a specific service that allowed telephone inretconnect to a radio system to provide mobiletelephone service. The radio system you are refering to was simply business radio service. The business owner applied for a license with the FCC and paid an application fee and the FCC would grant a license and frequency to operate on. The license was for 5 years and renewable for a fee for another 5 years and so on. Once they had a license in hand they could then buy radios and use them for business communications. The early mobilephone systems were nothing like cellular. The operator/owner of the system held the FCC license for everybody that used their systems. The customer either bought or rented the mobile equipment. Any two way radio shop could sell the equipment and set it up to the system it was going to be used on. That was me in my business as a two way radio dealer and repair shop. The customer had a contract with the system operator which provided them a phone number and access to the system. The customer would pay a monthly access fee for the access plus an airtime charge for the minutes used each month. The prices varied greatly depending on the coverage area and features offered. The access charge could range from a lpw of $30 per month to a high approaching $300 per month. The minute charges were between $.25 and $.50 per minute unless you bought a block of monthly time. Now one thing to remember is that these systems were for telephone operation only, not dispatch operations like taxi cabs or fleet service or deliverys. Now private businesses like taxis could install phone patch equipment at their base station and special microphones on their mobiles and then have telephone access from their cars to their phone line. There are a lot of ways to do this with varying costs and features. The system I owned and operated in the early 90's was quite basic. It was one channel, party line type operation and covered about a 40 mile radius from the base location on a hilltop just outside of town. I did not charge minute fees, but asked my customers to be courteous to others. I also did not allow long distance calls. I charged $50 per month and sold new mobiles for around $750. It worked well for me and my customers until cellular squashed me like a bug... That system and some of the mobiles were part of the tonnage that went to the dump. Oh well. Time moves on... I have gotten WAY OT with this so if anyone wants to chat more please PM me and we can chat.
  4. The equipment WAS available for purchase for the RCC service systems. The Telco owned systems I am not sure until the late 70's when both were available for outright purchase for sure. It really does not matter as both systems operated with the same radios. The only thing that changed was the channel names and frequencies and the control head (phone in front). You can tell which system by looking at the phone buttons. If the buttons have a two letter designation it is Telco. If the buttons have number designations it is RCC.
  5. Hi Greg, I will check and see if I still have any of the radio sets you are wanting. I closed my two-way radio shop about 5 years ago. When I was cleaning out the building I tossed almost 3 tons of old radio equipment. One of my friends liked to collect odd radio things. I know I had 2 Moto Pulsar radios with Seacode control heads. I think both were rotary dial. Now just so you are aware there were two different mobile phone systems and both systems operated on two bands, VHF and UHF. The systems were Telco and RCC (Radio Common Carrier). The Telco systems were owned and operated exclusively by the big telephone system operators. Think Ma Bell, General Telephone etc... All of the Telco operating frequencies have now been auctioned by the FCC to private owners for various uses and the RCC frequencies may also have been reassigned. The advent of cellular made these systems obsolete and non profitable. I am not sure. In any case these systems are most likely now out of service and an actual operating radio would be of no practical use except for show. To even transmit with one of those old radios would technically be illegal and in violation of FCC rules. Please do not get me wrong, I am just giving information. I am not the radio police and I have no dog in the fight! Anyway, I will check with my friend and see if he saved the Pulsars. Don't hold your breath, but I will check.
  6. There are actually several Buick clubs not to far from you. Two of them right in your back yard. Gene mentioned one and there is another 'The Puget Sound Chapter'. There is a third down in the Vancouver/Portland area and a fairly new one in Spokane. I am sure some of the members of those clubs could give you some ideas. The price you mentioned seems high to me, but I have not been looking for many years, so who knows...
  7. @edinmass, Do you have a 5 axis machine or do you job it out to a machine shop? Either way they look great!!!
  8. At this point I would remove, disassemble and compare the LF and the working RF cylinders. It sounds like the piston is blocking the fluid input port. This could be as simple as a misplaced spacer washer or as bad as an improper sleeve. You did not say if the cylinders were sleeved, but if they were there are more things possible. Check EVERYTHING against a known working example. Let us know what you find!
  9. My dads 37 Roadmaster has a heater, but no defroster and does not have that control.
  10. I will jump in here with a few points... This is an excellent way to derust parts. This method is well discussed in various places on the internet. My first are a couple of safety points. Only do this in a well ventilated area! The bubbles that form during the process are hydrogen gas and are flammable. Outside is best, but an open garage/shop door works. Next for safety is to avoid any stainless steel in this process. Some grades of stainless steel contain the metal chromium, and during electrolysis chromium compounds may be released into the solution. Chromium compounds are extremely poisonous and should be avoided at all costs!! Now for simple things... You can also use baking soda to make the solution. It is not as good, but almost everyone has some on hand to try. Next is the dc power for the process. If you keep the current low the process will not build as much residue to clean off. The drawback is it takes longer to defust. You can adjust the current by using a smaller anode piece, lowering the concentration of the solution or lowering the voltage if you have a variable power supply or a combination of these. One last very good thing about this method is that is does absolutely NO damage to the part you are cleaning. It does not attack the base metal at all. You can leave the part in the solution with the power on for as long as the part is covered with the solution and it will do no harm!
  11. I agree with the idea of returning the car to a stock configuration. However if you really want to have the 12 volt start you could salvage the Orpin switch from your battery and wire in to two 6 volt batteries like the diagram above. If you use Optima batteries they would fit into the stock battery box. You would just have to have custom cables made and mount the switch near the batteries. If you choose this option, test, test and test the Orpin switch again. If it is bad you are wasting your time....
  12. I will just provide an opinion. I have dot 5 in the 37 and it seems fine, but the car has been undergoing restoration for years and has not seen much road brake use. The biggest thing to consider between dot 3 and dot 5 is the water absorbing with dot 3. If the car is going to be used often Dot 3 is going to be fine. One thing I found with dot 5 was the bubbles. Dot 5 is easy to cause bubbles in by pouring to fast or roughly. When you pour dot 5 watch for the small bubbles in the reservoir. If they are there wait hours for them to dissipate. THIS IS A MUST!!! If you do not you will end up with the air in the system and spongy brakes. I have not had any problems with brake switches. Your results may be different..... Just my thoughts, but the water issue will always lead me to dot 5.
  13. @ILIKECARS53, I am glad you got it fixed. You actually fixed two problems. With that bad contact the generator would not be charging properly so you fixed that also 🤭!!
  14. As far as I know there is no way without popping out the pistons and checking when they are free.
  15. Paul, I agree with the above. Do some troubleshooting before throwing money at the problem. The regulator is more likely to be a problem. Get a service manual for your car and read and follow the adjustment procedures for the regulator. A few things to remember. First, never file or grind (emery) the contacts in the regulator. This will drastically shorten the life of the regulator. If you need to clean regulator contacts, use a thick piece of paper, soaked in a solvent to drag through the contacts with a light pressure on the contact arm. I like brake cleaner for a solvent. Second, depending on your battery, you may need to set the voltage a little higher to fully charge the battery, .1 or .2 volts at a time with checks after running for a week or so until you are happy. Lastly, check all battery and charging circuit connections. Make sure all connections, especially grounds, are clean and tight. A poor connection will cause grief while still letting things work close to proper.
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