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  1. Not normal, on the car it would be kicked back by the ring gear when the engine starts. You may need to twist it by hand. If you connect it to a battery it should run out under power and retract when stopped, may need a shot of penetrating oil.
  2. Vinegar or CLR will remove rust without damage to paint. Once is is cleaned up you can wax or clear coat. If it is real bad then more aggressive cures, and repainting will be needed.
  3. Mine would be Tucker with honorable mention going to The Young In Heart, a 1938 comedy featuring the Flying Wombat aka Phantom Corsair, a very funny movie with some great car action.
  4. It's the reasonably priced that has me wondering. Asking $20,000 Canadian. Last plated in 2015 so could need brakes, battery, who knows what (although the tires look good). I think it is on the high side but not too far out of line compared to asking prices I see for other cars but asking and getting are 2 different things. May make an offer conditional on putting it on the hoist and having a mechanic go over it.
  5. Another possibility is a couple of plug leads got swapped, in other words, firing order wrong. It seems like a dumb mistake but I have made it and so have a lot of other people. The way the wires are laid out makes it easy to do on a Chrysler.
  6. Depends what you mean by a "chip" but some high performance engines come with a groove in the middle of the bearing and they work just fine. A photo would help. If it is gouged up you might need to get some bluing and scrape it down.
  7. My brother is an upholsterer and he tells me what distinguishes a professional from an amateur is not that he never makes mistakes but that he knows how to hide them lol.
  8. Best case, it needs a stock clutch and the brakes bled. Worst case, it is a shiny plug job that looks good but has more bugs than a Chinese flop house in spring time. Only a careful inspection will tell for sure.
  9. I heard Dodge had aluminum rods before anybody. It was seeing them that inspired Pomeroy to remark "if you can make aluminium connecting rods you can make an aluminium motor" and that led to the experimental cars for Alcoa and Pierce.
  10. Have heard that aluminum is much more prone to metal fatigue and weakening with age than steel. Some cheap alloys crumble to pieces after 50 or 60 years even if not stressed. I can see where rods and pistons would fail under stress. Is there a formula to tell how fast aluminum loses strength?
  11. Ed I know what you are saying but there is always the chance the car was properly restored then a new owner thought he could "improve" it with aftermarket brakes and a 5 speed, and had the work done by a "mechanic" who didn't know as much as he thought he did. A good mechanic could check the car over and give the potential buyer a good idea what he is up against, we can't. I only suggest this because the OP seems sold on the car and says it is real nice other than the trans and brakes. If he pays someone $100 and gets warned off, it's money well spent. Or if it turns out the problems are minor, all the better.
  12. Lots of people can't or won't drive a standard and anybody under 50 probably never drove a column shift even if they know how to drive a standard. This cuts down the market and affects price. I wondered how much difference it makes? I'm tossing around the idea of buying it but not real passionate about the car. It's a nice one, and I like Oldsmobiles,
  13. If you feel that way, pay a local expert to look it over. Us telling you what we think, is really guesswork. Find a mechanic who knows that type of car and find out exactly what is wrong and what it will cost to fix or at least, a good estimate. I know you can't tell what you are going to find until you take things apart but there are things you can check in person that you can't over the net.
  14. Saw one of these for sale today by the local owner. Only had the chance to look at the outside but looks very nice with good chrome, paint, upholstery, one rust blister beside the back window. 55,000 miles. Two things slightly unusual, it is a base 88 4 door but the 4 door hardtop Holiday model, and it has a 3 speed manual transmission. I suppose like other cars of the time this was standard equipment and the Hydramatic was optional but have never seen one. The question is, how much does the manual trans detract from the value? I like it myself but I know it would turn off a lot of people.
  15. Since you are going the modified route I would not bother looking for stock type seats. I would shop the junk yards for some nice juicy leather upholstered seats out of a BMW, Lexus or the like. Take some measurements of the room available in the Greenbrier and take a tape measure along. Pretty much all the seats come out with the tracks and are simple to bolt down thru the floor. At most you might have to make a simple mount or reinforcing plate and drill a few holes.
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