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Marty Roth

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  1. On 1/20/2021 at 2:14 PM, avgwarhawk said:


    I generally use a large flat head driver to push in the middle arch of the clip.  It does the trick.  Never the less, thanks!  


    Me too,

    and I do the rear one first since the first on seems to clip more easily,

    and then I have aneasier time both reaching, as well as finding a leverage point, to use the screwdriver to clip the one I can actually see -

    same procedure for 331 ci Cadillac engine's distributor

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  2. Welcome, Tomas,

    That is a nice car, 

    You may wish to explore repairing the original Starter-Generator, as your neatly designed generator drive will cause excessive wear to the water pump drive shaft and related parts. The starter-generator can, with proper information, be made fully functional, and works well as designed.


    Best wishes for you to enjoy your Buick/McLaughlin

  3. 18 hours ago, Rusty_OToole said:

    I wouldn't want to depend on a "vintage" car for commuting but if I did, I would look for a rear drive Lincoln Town Car or Ford Crown Vic or big Mercury. Find one with low miles, many racked up hundreds of thousands of mile as limousines, taxis and police cruisers, and are still in use. But low mileage, one owner examples still turn up and they are not expensive.

    Next choice Chev Impala, big rear drive Buick or Cadillac with the Chev 350 under the hood, not the Cadillac 368 or Northstar.

    Or, a Chrysler Fifth Avenue with the bulletproof 318, a nice car and probably the most economical of the lot.

    I wouldn't turn down a front drive, large Buick with the 3.8 V6 if it was in good shape.

    All cars that are durable, well proven, not too hard to work on and parts are available cheap everywhere.


    Great advice from Rusty_OToole,


    Our 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis

    and our 1995 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham could easily be used as daily drivers,

    but in today's traffic, size really matters we prefer to have even more mass surrounding us,

    so we pay a bit more in fuel costs and daily drive our 

    2500 series Suburban

    2500 series Avalanche 4WD, and 

    7.3L Excursion 4WD


    When someone else in another big pickup makes a poor decision, as happened when our Sebring convertible was T-Boned by an SUV which crossed the median on an Interstate, we hope to fare better than last time - size (mass) matters !

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  4. While your car may not have been the Top-of-the-Line model, the owner seems to have splurged a bit by optioning the wire spoke wheel, and therefore "may" have also shelled out the very few extra bucks for white wall tires -

    just an opinion,

    but some folks with less expensive cars did dress them up a bit.

    Remember though, that in 1931 the Great Depression was going strong, and while many struggled, someone with the wherewithall to buy a new Oldsmobile, might also have had the affordability to option it somewhat.

    Also, many with superior affordability, who otherwise might have purchased a more elegant car (Buick, Cadillac, etc) were very aware of public perception and chose not to be seen in the "Lap of Luxury", and therefore intentionally buying "downscale".

    In any event, the choice is yours, and a car with dual sidemount spares could very well have had the optional whites, at least in my opinion.

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  5. We've toured coast to coast and border to border, 

    driving cars with 4-wheel Drum Brakes,

    and once even drove hundreds of miles along with dozens of POWER TOUR participants while we drove our 1954 Cadillac - surely a well-powered car with Drum Brakes.

    We had absolutely no issues, and have never seen the need to re-engineer a perfectly decent design.

    Of all our collectibles, none but the ones built in the 1980s and 1990s have Disc Brakes - they were built that way by their respective manufacturers,

    and there is no verifiable reason to change them.

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  6. While my 1960 Rambler American had an external and inverted FRAM spin-on oil filter, my father's 1959 Rambler American, with the same flathead 6 had a Toilet Paper aftermarket oil filter. 

    The first time I changed my filter, even after letting it sit for some time after warming up the engine, during filter removal the remaining oil which had not completely drained from the filter managed to spill everywhere. I learned a "trick", and that was to punch a hole at the top of the spin-on filter to allow more complete draining, and to use a shop rag or paper towel arond the base to reduce the mess.

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  7. Back in Jersey in the ‘50s it was called a “Necker’s Knob”.

    You could steer your car with only your left hand,

    allowing you to keep your right arm where it belonged, 

    around your girlfriend who also managed the 3-on-the-tree Stick-Shift while she cuddled up close !


    All of my cars had a Neckers Knob, 

    And I still have a couple of them,

    but not installed.

  8. All of our Citroens have been AMAZING cars-

    fun and dependable, safe and serious drivers-

    Especially the Maserati-engined CITROEN SM and the 6 different D and DS-21 and Pallas models,

    but the little AMI-6 and the incrredible 2-CV just make me smile!


    Our 1980 Fiat Strada was a very reasonable, comfortable 5-door hatchback, 

    more refined than a VW Rabbit or Dodge Omni, and a lot more fun to drive


    Our Peugeot 504 Diesel was more solid feeling than Fort Knox,

    and Just about as fast,

    but handled in thamazing French way with incomparable comfort while taking extreme high speed turns on 4 wheels and the door handles (like the 2-CV)



    From Our '05 Sebring convertible to the '68 Town and Country 413 ci Wagon to dad's '57 Plymouth 301 ci V8 Savoy to my '60 & '64 Valiants,

    and my wife's 318 ci '66 Dart GT convertible - neat toys with reasonable spirit


    Our only JEEP experience was our daughter's Grand Cherokee 4-WD which had so many electrical gremlins, we dumped it in favor of a Ford Expedition which was worse, and finally got6 her into a fantastic series of Chevy Tahoe models. She is driving the '04, passing the most recent, a low mileage '01 to her son in grad school.


    Me? I'll stick with My Suburban & Avalanche 8.1L 2500s, and the 7.3 Excursion Diesel

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