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  1. Either car would have been a good choice. In fact a later picture of what they describe as a 79 Limited EW is actually not as it only has 3 ventiports so @MrEarls wagon would have fit in nicely.
  2. Not sure of this is the correct forum but close enough! For those that are interested, the Dec 2019 edition of Collectible Automobile has an article on 1977-79 full size Buicks. What classifies this edition as memorabilia is that my 78 Estate Wagon is featured in the article. Back in April, @JohnD1956 was contacted by the editor of the magazine looking for an estate wagon to photograph. As JD no longer had his wagon, he directed them over to me. After some very short discussion (I’ve always liked this magazine) a photographer was in touch and a photo shoot was arranged. I had to scramble and get the EW cleaned and polished during the early Spring weather but we got a nice warm day in early May for the photos. The magazine arrived this week and I am pretty happy with the full page spread. Thanks again JD for the referral!
  3. Ok @MrEarl I finally got out in the 78 EW today for a 100 mile round trip up the coast. Checked my speedo against a GPS Speedo on my phone. The actual speed seems to be consistently 3-4 mph faster than indicated on the cars speedo across the board. I think we have the same tranny and rear end ratio in our cars. Tire size is 225 75R15 so pretty close to stock size.
  4. Was able to get the wagon out today for a 100 mile or so drive. I really enjoy driving this car, it just seems to run better every time I drive it! Just getting over 12 weeks with a broken foot so trying to make up for lost seat time before the rains of Fall kick in. (Photos taken by back seat passenger over my shoulder)
  5. @JohnD1956 the service manual appears to show the same style sender you have in your 72. Ironically, after I ran it close to empty, I added about 7 gallons of fuel and the gauge is showing what looks to be a correct level. I’m going to set this issue aside as I have coolant coming out of the heater ducts so a new heater core seems to be necessary. This plus trying to identify an intermittent slip in first gear after the Tranny rebuild are going to keep me occupied for a bit!
  6. Thanks John, i do have the service manual and will pull it out to check. I’ve been more focused on the wiring and connections hoping to avoid removing the tank, but I don’t recall that arrangement with the canister. The gauge does work but it is highly erratic now, worse than the previous one so I think I will switch out the gauges again as I have to be behind the dash over the winter anyway. The reviews for the ebay sender basically talk about it being erratic, I think most guys are just happy to find one. They seem to be on eBay fairly regularly so I think I have some time to try different things. I was thinking mine has a “sticky” float as you found yours to be, I even have rapped the bottom of the tank with a rubber mallet to see if it would unstick 😂 The only bright side to removing the tank is finding the build sheet as you did! I’ve intentionally run the tank down for the eventuality
  7. I have had an issue with the Electra’s fuel gauge since I’ve owned it. Reads full or close to full for awhile then gets erratic for a bit settling in at about 3/4 full until it’s almost empty then goes quickly to empty. It’s unpredictable enough that I’ve never actually let it get empty (until today) and always just topped off the tank after about 250 miles. I have replaced the gauge once and no real difference. Also cleaned the ground at the tank without any real change. I figure the next step is to drop the tank and replace the sender. Does anyone have any experience with this sender on eBay? It comes up every so often. here’s a pic of my gas gauge at empty for the first time since I’ve owned the car, over 17 years! (I have no idea how empty it actually is!)
  8. Thanks Keith! I smile when I read your story as my wife, who’s 5’2”, can’t even reach the pedals of the Electra with the seat all the way forward! That must have been a taller woman! Must be why you noticed the car... 😜
  9. September has been pretty much a wash out around here with rare glimpses of clear weather (usually while I’m at work!). Got some decent weather between storms off the Pacific on Saturday so got the Electra out for an afternoon cruise. These pics are at the extreme west end of the airport, which gives views of the ocean and Vancouver Island on the horizon. I am am not ready for the autumn Buick’s thread yet John!
  10. I’ve not checked the 78 EW but the 67 Electra is only accurate at 60 mph. All other speeds are off. Odometer on the other hand is dead on correct.
  11. Inspired by a photo in another thread, I set out to snap a few photos of my car in front of the same train station. Beautiful day here and the Electra is running very well. I had the transmission rebuilt a few weeks ago and am trying to put it through its paces to make sure all is well. Have noticed an intermittent bog or slipping in first gear when pulling away from a dead stop but can’t replicate it for the shop... they’ll have to track it down. I broke my foot quite badly in July and am not supposed to put weight on it, which makes it a bit difficult to get the old cars out, but luckily it was my left foot, so the go pedal can still be activated. If you look into the background of the first photo you can see a red Studebaker Lark Daytona, some 80’s cars and an old GM bus. They are getting ready to shoot a TV show or movie I guess.
  12. Since I wasn’t trailering anything I’ll keep this short. Here’s a modern day picture of the same train station. Can’t take a shot from the same perspective as before as that road is a major thoroughfare now without parking, there is an elevated light rail system and the trees are very large. If you look in the background, you’ll see a red 63 Stude Lark Daytona and some other old cars including an old GM bus. Looks like they are getting ready to shoot a TV show or Movie.
  13. I believe this pick is taken at the Canadian National train station in Vancouver. Building is still there, but signage is changed to "Pacific Central". Still a train station with both Via Rail and Amtrak running trains, but now includes a bus station. I'll see if I can get the Electra down there for a similar picture (although all those small trees you see in the background are now huge!
  14. You may also check for it listed as a Cadillac DeVille part. It might show up as that part and cross reference back to the Electra. Happened once for me when looking for suspension for my Electra. Part didn’t list for Electra but was listed as a Cadillac part and in the notes said was applicable to Electra.
  15. Enquiring minds want to know! The pics look great, what setting did you change?
  16. Not much progress for me in this but took a step to rectifying it today. Drove the Electra to the tranny shop for a rebuild I’ve been putting off for 5-6 years. Not bad company there with a 74ish BMW 2002ti in the next bay. I’ll get it back next week so hopefully make some advancement on this goal after that!
  17. Lookin' Good Mr. Earl! So should we presume the carb and overheating (and maybe transmission/torque converter) issues are now resolved?
  18. @JohnD1956 both engines listed on those pages are non Buick. Top is the Olds 403 (R, K code) while the bottom showing the open throttle switch is a Pontiac 301 (Y code). Keep in mind it’s also a 78 manual not a 79. The Y series picture was the only one showing the radial a/c compressor and associated wiring. I guess in 78 the 403 still had the A6 compressor, although a Cali car could have been equipped differently I guess
  19. I think it was brought up earlier, but have you ruled out exhaust issues (plugged cat or broken baffle in the muffler?) to explain some of the power and bogging issues? We had a plugged cat in a 76 Pontiac wagon and it would not climb hills either. I would also be looking at vacuum lines and the condition of the coil as well, as problems there could explain some of the symptoms.
  20. Different motor too. From the chassis service manual, here’s the diagram showing connections with radial compressor. Note the ground is shown on the mounting bracket for the compressor, so I’m sure the clip on your harness is just a clip to keep the harness in place.
  21. Is that connection on the passenger side of engine behind the compressor? Looks like there should be two connections there, the smaller of which should be the hi-blower connection. I don’t think that clip is a ground but I don’t see it on the schematic. I don’t have the wagon here otherwise I’d go out and snap a pic. I might be able to get over to the car in a day or so.
  22. Wow, that is amazing @JohnD1956 there wasn’t near that much room on my 1997 Lumina! Luckily they had titanium plugs that supposedly lasted 60k miles. The 3100 had two “dog bones” like the one in the picture next to your distributor block. Both had to be disconnected to roll the engine forward. Super fun for the neighbors to watch me attempt it!
  23. Hi John, those rear 3 spark plugs are a real pain! For the 3.1 in my old Chev Lumina I had to unbolt the top engine mounts, put the car in gear (of course without it running) and let the car roll forward to tilt the engine forward. Still had to lay across and feel for the plugs but had just enough room to get my hands and tools back there. Have fun!
  24. The 258 is the factory setting for the light which should be measured close to the t-stat housing. Would be hotter at the heads. On mine with the temp reading 195-200 with an infrared thermometer at the t-stat housing, the heads are reading 220-225 if memory serves correctly.
  25. I’ve got a 195 degree T-stat as that is what’s recommended by the factory. On the 403, the fan clutch engagement should be at 190