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  1. If you have deep pockets and want something that looks aesthetically identical, this place might have what you're looking for: http://www.vintageautoradio.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=54&Itemid=64. But first you need to find a factory radio. Otherwise you can check places like classiccarstereos.com that sell modern radios that don't look original, but fit into the existing dash for most classic carts without modification. I think JohnD suggested the best option, which would be to find a factory original AM/FM radio that should be relatively easy to find for your
  2. Nothing very exciting, but I took the '64 Skylark out for a road test on Saturday when I put it back together after changing out a leaking timing cover gasket. First time on the road since November when I discovered the leak after returning from a car show. I'm ready for Spring to start feeling like Spring out here in NJ.
  3. Got it John, thanx. I hope to have it all back together and ready for the road in a couple of weeks. Now that it's all apart I have to clean everything up, pick up some bolts and get everything back on the engine. Not a very big job, but I'm only going to have an hour here and there to work on it.
  4. Thanx EmTee. I didn't realize that the long bolts in the block were open to the coolant passage. I get it now.
  5. JohnD: I had planned to use anti-seize on along the length of the bolts and also on the threads, but would you please explain the purpose of the thread sealer? I've never used it before and I'm not sure why you recommended it. Thanx, Jim
  6. I sure will, Bill. I have a supply of anti-seize that I use for my motorcycle spark plugs, O2 sensors and various other things on the family cars.
  7. Thanx for the tip, Tin. I have a set of those, around here we call them easy-outs. I hope not to need them since most of the bolt remains sticking out of the block and I'll be able to use my stud extractor on it. That process should go fairly quickly, since I'll be able to use the oxy-acetylene torch to heat things up without worrying about ruining the aluminum case. You probably know this already, but you live in a very beautiful part of the world. I was in the City of Vancouver back in '77. Loved Gastown. Didn't make to the island, though.
  8. Success! The cover came off without damage. Repeated cycles of heat, ATF/solvent, a drill, and pressure via a harmonic balancer pulley placed in between the block and the water pump mounting boss did the trick. After several cycles of heat and ATF over the course of several days I managed to get the timing cover to start wiggling, and that was encouraging. I hit a snag though, when continued efforts over the course of two more days failed to get the cover to budge beyond the wiggle stage. I noticed that what little movement there was could be seen where the cover meets the block, and the end o
  9. Yep, gonna take all your advice. I will start tomorrow with the process, and if my work schedule permits I'll treat the cover over the course of next week and hopefully I might get it off undamaged by next weekend. I have an acetylene torch that I'll use to gently heat the area to hopefully move things along. Hotter than propane but not hot enough to easily damage the aluminum like oxy-acetylene would. I agree, patience is the key.
  10. John and Old Tank: Thank you for the suggestions. First, there was a bolt sort of hidden between the oil pump and the oil pan that's not easy to see unless you get under the car or look at it head-on. Yep, all the bolts are out. I have a nice, clear view of the cover because I removed the radiator. I hadn't heard of using transmission fluid to free up stuck bolts, but it's worth a try. I'm not sure that the stuff will migrate along the bolt since the bolt is horizontal and there's about four inches of travel required but hey, I'm willing to give it a go. As for drilling along the b
  11. Hi All: I had a leak in the water jacket gasket between the timing cover and the block, so I'm going to replace the gaskets and install a new water pump while I'm at it. This is probably not a new issue to many of you, but I'm dealing with snapped-off bolt heads. I'm not too concerned about the short ones on the water pump as I will deal with them after I get the timing cover off, but there's one four-inch bolt on the passenger side that goes through the cover and into the block. That one snapped off right at the head, and it seems to be welded (figuratively) to the timing cover. C
  12. Took the Skylark to an event in Egg Harbor Township NJ known as Fleming's Pumpkin Run. Acres and acres of cars (antiques, classics, stock cars, you name it), farm equipment, tractors (as in tractor-trailers) and various other things. Buick was represented by a few examples that included a '64 Skylark convertible, a '64 LeSabre, an early '80s Regal, and a '57 Caballero. There were others here and there but I didn't have time to walk the whole thing, and it was one of those venues in the woods that's not arranged in an easily recognizable pattern where you can easily determine where you've been.
  13. My first was a black 1950 Special that I bought for $85 in 1972. I drove it around for several months with no problems except for a leaky, squeaky water pump.
  14. Took the Skylark on a four hour outing to Eastern PA last Saturday to visit a hospitalized friend, and then on to a clambake. Instead of showing its appreciation, the car sprung a leak in the power steering pressure hose. Guess what I'll be doing tomorrow?
  15. Took the Skylark out with my wife on Saturday night for an ice cream run to a nearby creamery in Bellvale, NY. The place has decent ice cream and killer views. I was more interested in driving the car than eating, but the ice cream provided a good excuse for an hour long round trip. It was also my first time out at night with the car and I learned that a couple of instrument panel lights need replaced.
  16. Drive-ins were fun back in the day. I think there's only one left here in NJ, but it's more then two hours away from here. There's one close by in Warwick, NY, only about 15 minutes away. I've been up here for 30 years and I've never been to the place, although my kids and many of my friends go there. Maybe it's time for me to take the Skylark, my wife and a can of Off.
  17. I agree with all of the prior comments. What's with that air cleaner thing going on in there? Admittedly I've never been under the hood of a '57, but it's a mighty strange angle it looks to be sitting at. - Jim
  18. Attended a Summer Bash car show in the Poconos yesterday, my Skylark's first "showing." Mostly 'Vettes and muscle cars, many of them modified. Lots of nice work was evident. My car attracted much more attention than I would ever have thought. One of the spectators told me that they don't see many bone stock, plain Jane, four door family sedans at shows (I guess they won't, at car shows sponsored by the local 'Vette club). The weather was perfect for a three hour round trip.
  19. Thanx for the tip. I was hoping to find out what they originally used so that I would get the proper air flow so that the choke would pull off properly. I'm guessing it was some type of felt. No biggie, I'll figure it out.
  20. Hi All: My 1964 Skylark carburetor is missing a proper air inlet filter for the choke unloader piston. Someone had stuffed steel wool in there, and I want to replace it with a proper filter. What's the proper material to use for the filter? The carb is a Rochester 2GV. Thanx, Jim
  21. What a beautiful car! Best of luck and many happy hours behind the windshield.
  22. Good points, all. The only rebuilt things I ever bought over the years were starters and generators and never had any issues with them. It was a learning experience, and fortunately I was able to learn on the other guy's nickel. Now I can't wait for Spring when the salt and gravel will be off the roads and my Buick and Harley will be able to roll again. Jim
  23. I picked up a nice '64 Skylark a couple of months ago and drove it 100+ home with no trouble. However, there were two issues that I wanted to fix as soon as I could after I got home: severe hesitation when starting off from a stop, and the engine was running extremely rich. The prior owner indicated that he had installed a rebuilt carburetor earlier this year, but that it he thought it needed some adjustment. Here's what I found when I got around to pulling the air cleaner: The carburetor was rebuilt by Autoline, a Canadian company that sells rebuilt carburetors through Advance Auto Parts. I
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