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  1. Rusty_OToole

    1949 Buick RoadMaster starter won't disengage

    I have converted 6v cars to 12 v so I know how it is done. I don't think I would do it again as it is more trouble than it is worth, especially if you do it right. What I have a problem with is newbs who think it would be easier and cheaper to convert to 12V than to fix what they have. No it isn't. Just fix the 6v stuff. I know your case is different because you know what you are doing. But for someone just starting out with old cars it is usually best to go easy.
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    Water Slide Decals

    I have seen NOS Henderson X decals as installed by the factory on Henderson motorcycle gas tanks in the twenties and thirties. They were the kind that were silk screened on paper in reverse. You were supposed to varnish the gas tank, stick the decal to the varnish, then soak with water until the paper came off. Smooth down the decal with a cotton ball and when it is dry give it a protective coat of varnish. Sign painters did this kind of work all the time. I also recall the water slide decals from model kits of the fifties and sixties. They were much the same but printed the other way up.
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    Replace window glass with what?

    It's flat glass, any auto glass shop can cut a replacement. Take it to the glass shop and let them do it. It's not very difficult or expensive.
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    woody 50 guy speedometer problems

    Bouncing speedo needle usually means cable needs to be lubed. Disconnect at transmission, pull out inner cable, wipe it clean with a rag and grease with speedo cable lubricant. You used to get it from any auto parts store, $1.79 for a lifetime supply. Do not grease the top 6" to 12", you don't want grease working into the speedo. Check that the cable is hanging free in smooth curves, it should not be bent into a tight curve and certainly not kinked. If it is kinked or rusted real bad it may be necessary to replace the whole thing but usually a little grease fixes it up.
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    1948 Olds tires

    Drive slow until they warm up. The flat spots should smooth out after you drive a block or 2. How much pressure? 32PSI may help.
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    Ford Country Squire

    A car that has been sitting like that is a very tough project to put back on the road, especially for a beginner. You would be far better off to buy a better car, one that is already running and registered for the road and in good condition. Even if it costs thousands of dollars more, it would be a bargain. Compared to what it would cost in time and money to resurrect a car like that. It is very easy to underestimate how much work an old car needs, even for someone who has been through the mill a few times and knows how to do his own work. And if you have to hire a mechanic it will cost way more than buying a good car to begin with.
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    Water Slide Decals

    Decalcomania or transfers were invented in the mid 1700s and industrial use was wide spread by 1850. I haven't pinned down the exact date for your water slide decals but certainly something like them was used before cars were invented. In the 1920s and earlier it was common for decals to be silk screened on paper in reverse so that when the paper was soaked in water and laid on a hard smooth surface the design would come off and stick to the new surface. The surface had to be coated with varnish so the decal would stick, then the decal was painted with a protective coat of varnish. The difference between that, and a water slide decal would be insignificant and undetectable.
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    1948 Olds tires

    General tip for those buying new bias ply tires. Pump them up to 45 PSI for the first week or 2. This will help eliminate flat spots and thumping in the future. Afterwards deflate to 32 PSI or whatever you prefer, you will find the problem nearly eliminated. Unfortunately this only works on new tires, if they are months or years old it does not work. If the car is left unused for weeks or months it is best to jack it up.
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    Help with my 51 Chevy Wagon

    I have a few 51 Chev parts.
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    1949 Dodge Coronet Radio Tone Control

    I have seen tone controls on old radios labelled "Mello - Speech". You could give it more bass when listening to music, more treble when listening to a drama, comedy or news program. You may be surprised how well that old radio works, if you put it back to original condition. Way better than any modern AM radio at pulling in distant stations and with a nicer tone. The vibrator is used to turn 6 volt DC into 400 volt AC which is needed for certain tubes. It has a reed inside which is where the humming or buzzing comes from, when they get a bit old and worn. The hum is not obtrusive as a rule. If it bothers you, you can make or buy a solid state vibrator which is completely silent. The tubes are quite durable and if they do go, are pretty easy and cheap to replace. There are still a lot of NOS tubes around. The big thing is the capacitors. The old wax paper caps have usually given up the ghost by now. They can be replaced with modern mylar caps of the same value. They cost from 10 cents to a buck apiece. To take the radio apart, clean, test, replace parts is a fiddly time consuming job but not very difficult if you know something about electronics, radio, and how to solder. They are very similar to a typical home radio tube set except for the vibrator. If you don't want to tackle it yourself you may find an old time radio hobbyist in your area to help out. Or there are places that will rebuild your radio, for a price. They can be found online. DO NOT get sucked into paying $600 to have someone shove a $5 Chinese transistor radio into your casing. These are very inferior to the original radio not to mention a big ripoff. If you want more than just AM radio, there are devices that give you a lot more choices, that play thru your original AM radio. Here is one.
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    Shipping/Postage costs

    My favorite was the guy from Australia moaning about the cost of shipping a car part from Quebec. I pointed out that it was about as far away as it was possible to be, in fact if you went any farther you would be on your way back. I don't know if it made him feel any better but he had to laugh.
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    1970 AMC Ambassador Wagon DPL

    I seem to recall the DPL was AMC's answer to the Ford LTD and Plymouth VIP. In other words a super deluxe model with nicer trim and features.
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    Help ID this Rambler.. '59?

    In 1957 dual headlamps were legal in some states but not in others. Some cars that were meant to have duals, had single headlights for this reason. The car in the picture looks like the basic, stripped down model. Perhaps single headlights were used because they were cheaper. And they already had the bezels and headlights in stock.
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    1949 Buick RoadMaster starter won't disengage

    So all you had to do was change everything on your car to 12 volts, then later change the carburetor to fuel injection, then still later replace the starter with a 12 volt one.
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    1949 Buick RoadMaster starter won't disengage

    It is common on these conversions to leave the 6V starter alone. It is also common for the starter to fail after a short time (weeks or months). You could have the starter rebuilt with 12V field coils, not sure what you can do about the solenoid or relay, unless there is a slightly newer Buick 12V it em that will fit. The other thing the factory did when they changed to 12V was to change the flywheel ring gear and starter drive to a finer tooth because the faster starter chewed up the coarser ones. I am afraid that having a shop change your car to 12V is not the end, but the start of your electrical problems.