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Sorry guys, I really don't know much about nailheads, especially the outer workings so please forgive my ignorance and related stupid questions.

I keep forgetting to say it's a 64 425

What is this, it's something to create vacuum I assume but it isn't connected to anything currently? How releavant is it? The car runs fine (other than needing rings)

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Another total mystery, what is this orange ended thing bolted to the two middle bolts on the intake?

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I know I only said 2 questions but I have a bonus question :D What might this thing bolted to the inner fender be?

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The first picture is of a broken dash pot. It should have a rod sticking out of it. It slows down the primary thottle shafts from closing so quickly that it would kill the engine.

The second picture is of the electronic kick down switch. All TH400 (Buick called in an ST400) have electrically operated kick downs (passing gears.)

If the carburetor on your car is correct, there's a roller on the linkage that would engage the metal switch under the orange rubber and depress it to make 12V contact. The yellow wire comes from the harness and goes to the wiper fuse. The other wire is a ground.

The third picture is vacuum storage canister.

The attached pictures show the roller - circled in red, and the plunger with the spring around it on the dash pot. The plunger on yours is broken off.

Ed

PS, I looked at your pictures again and you have the correct carburetor for activating the kick down

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Thanks Ed, as always you're a wealth of information. I'll have to keep my eyes open for the missing/broken parts, I would imagine sourcing them will be a challenge. On the upside I haven't had any problems without them.

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You should be able to source a new dash pot from a local jobber. The one in the picture I sent is an aftermarket part. The OE part would not have the external spring on it. It appears that everything else is there.

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By the way, I`ve only seen silly answers, never silly questions. Knowledge is a shared commodity.:)

I know what you mean but I do feel like a little kid asking all these questions, what's that? what's that? My grandson is 6 and asks less questions :D

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Rob, don't feel bad. You're not the only one with lots of questions. My question is on one of the pics that Ed posted. There is something resembling a condenser riding piggy back on the coil. What is that? I have one on my '63 but it isn't connected (engine seems to run fine without it). My condenser is under the distributor cap. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks - JD

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