joe_padavano

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    Can anyone tell mw what car this is?

    Not even close to either Grumpy's Toy nor a drag car in general. Note wheelie bars, hood scoop, and big-n-little tires. The car on the shirt is a roundy-round racer, NOT a drag racer.
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    Can anyone tell mw what car this is?

    Considering that I stole the pony stock photo from a Mercury Capri website... 😉
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    ‘60s Olds/Buick question

    Are you asking about the 1960 model year specifically or 1960's in general? Clock location varied with both year and model, though typically it was to the right of the speedo. Upholstery could have been cloth or vinyl, again depending on year and model.
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    ‘60s Olds/Buick question

    I can't speak for Buicks, but the few Oldsmobiles of the 1960s that did have consoles never had a clock mounted there. Olds installed a tachometer or occasionally a vacuum gauge. The 1962-63 Jetfires even had a vaccum/boost gauge on the console. Oldsmobile clocks were always located in the dash. Oldsmobile clocks of the 1960s did have a second hand - even when mounted in the center of the tachometer on the infamous Tic-Toc-Tachs of 1968-72. By the way, no Oldsmobile station wagon of the 1960s ever came from the factory with a console of any sort. Bench seats were the only option.
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    Can anyone tell mw what car this is?

    Traditionally with white shoe polish. 😉
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    Can anyone tell mw what car this is?

    I'll add that the rear spoiler was available from the aftermarket. The car on the shirt appears to be a pony stock race car.
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    Can anyone tell mw what car this is?

    It is a caricature of a 71-73 Vega hatchback, to be exact.
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    Trying to figure out what this car is

    And THIS is why I asked the country. I didn't think it was a car sold in the US, and it DEFINITELY is not an Oldsmobile.
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    Trying to figure out what this car is

    Might help if you gave us a hint as to which country you are talking about.
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    Alfa Romeo

    But... but... It has all the buzzwords. "Barn find". "Estate sale". "Patina". How could it NOT be worth that much? I am curious, however, how, if the car is currently in Portland, it spent it's "entire life" in the Southwest... 🤣
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    Rust Valley Restorers , a new low ?

    No, I'm pretty sure it's these three...
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    1953 Buick Special drivetrain change

    I don't disagree with this, and many novices who watch too many cable shows think you can built a car like this in seven days. On the other hand, you can buy an aftermarket trailing arm suspension setup that will replace the torque tube with a minimum of "reengineering" and math. Attention to detail and proper weld technique is always necessary, however. Alternately, you can also get a plethora of aftermarket four link kits. The Buford already has provision for the panhard rod.
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    1953 Buick Special drivetrain change

    That is nowhere near the big deal you are implying. People have been swapping newer axles and transmissions with an open driveshaft in place of torque tubes for well over half a century. No, it's not a bolt-in, but neither is the engine. I realize this is AACA and not H.A.M.B., but this is not rocket science.
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    Spray 9 as alloy wheel cleaner

    I'm very happy with Spray 9 as a water-based degreaser. I have not used it for brake dust before. Thanks for the tip.
  15. This must be a record for bringing a post back from the dead, but the bottom feeder Jetstar 88 was available in all body styles (hardtop, convertible, and more door). The J I and J88 are still confused with each other, yet were aimed at very different markets and price points.
  16. Apologies for dragging this thread off topic, but no, you could not use SuperStock wheels. The full size cars use a 5 x 5" bolt pattern. All Olds SuperStock I/II/III wheels only came in 5 x 4.75" (unless you happen to stumble across one of the ultra-rare, hand made versions used on the actual 1977 Pace Car - not the ones on the replicas sold to the public). And technically, those 64 wheels aren't "mags", they are wheel covers bolted over plain steel wheels. The only styled wheels ever made by Olds for the 5 x 5" bolt pattern were the SuperStock IV wheels offered on the 1971-72 Delta 88s, and even these are polycast - plastic foam molded over a steel wheel.
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    Coolant to water ratio?????

    Huh? I've been using green Prestone from a yellow jug in all my vehicles for the last 45 years. That includes cars dating back to my 1962 Olds.
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    Coolant to water ratio?????

    With a 16 psi cooling system, even straight water doesn't boil until nearly 265 F. Note the footnote that points out the temps assume a 15 psi system. Antifreeze does nothing for boiling point.
  19. Well said! To me, the key is "automotive history of all types". The automotive aftermarket is certainly a part of our automotive history.
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    Modern fuel gauge for 6 volt system

    The real problem is that you have the wrong gauge AND sender. Step A, select a 6 volt gauge. Step B, select a sender that matches the gauge. There is no other option.
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    Ebay Sellers on This Site

    Ebay is an auction. The price changes as bids come in. You could require the starting bid price. Frankly, why is it so hard to click on a link and see the current bid price of an ebay auction?
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    No crank

    If you can't turn the key to the LOCK position, it likely means the shifter isn't all the way into PARK. That would also prevent the starter from cranking since the neutral safety switch won't be making contact.
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    Modern fuel gauge for 6 volt system

    You can get new 6V fuel level gauges (check vendors of antique tractor parts and early Jeep parts), but I doubt any of them will work with a 240-33 sender. Get the gauge FIRST, then get the sender that matches it.
  24. I've started having a problem with the forum when using the Firefox browser. Whenever I try to respond to a post or to start a new post, the box where I would enter text is greyed out and I am unable to type anything. If I try to quote a previous post, the same thing happens, but the quoted text will appear if I submit it. If I then try to edit that post to add text, I again get the greyed out box. I am typing this using Microsoft Edge, and that works fine, so this appears to be a problem with Firefox only.