JohnD1956

72 Electra, aka "The Queen"

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Good work JD - looks great.  Nice idea on the third distributor mark just as you pull it.  Learn something new every day

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Thanks Ken,  Of course it would have worked better if I didn't mistakenly wash them off while I was cleaning the parts.  Good thing I took close up pictures.

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Pa Toohy!!!  The Holy Grail turned out to have a hole in the bottom.  It's not for my car.  Wrong color, missing option for Cruise Control and the wrong vehicle ID!!!  Back to the search!

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I have always loved the Buick rally wheels.  However, I like them more with the thin white wall showing.   Great looking Buick! 

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Thanks. On some cars i might agree. But if I ever have to replace my tires, i'll probably keep the blackwalls.

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After dragging the back end around to and from some National Meets, I decided to install heavy duty rear springs. 

 

Not quite sure I like it this way but it's done.  Here's the pre-change height.

 

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And the post change height

 

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I hope these settle in a little bit and the car comes down just a bit, but more importantly I hope the back end stays up when we load it with luggage.

 

Here's some pics at a recent cruise in

 

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Quite the change, does it sit level with the front end now?

If you drive yours to next year's National, maybe we can park them together sometime, as my wife especially wants to go there in the '69.

Keith

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John,

I like the look!  :)

I put after market cargo coils in my '58 Special which raised it at first but settled down only slightly.

More importantly, it keeps it's height with everyone in it now with no sacrifice to the ride comfort.

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Thanks friends.  Keith: The back end is higher than the front now.  But like Dei, I hope to keep it closer to level when it is loaded for a trip.  Meanwhile, it is going to Allentown.  I would really like to get some pictures of our cars together!   Willie:  LOL, but save your breath for scrubbing your whitewalls... I'd rather be driving than worrying about that.    :D

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 John, it makes me wonder if we were brothers separated at birth or something. First, in the 70's you buy a 1956 56R, a couple of years later I bought a 1956 76R, and much later on you buy an Electra Limited, then I buy one. kind of freaky, Eh!

 Keith

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Wow, Nothing new since Sept 2015!  Almost two years!  I like a car that just keeps going.  As long as it stops when you want it to. 

 

Somewhere in Chicago I heard that awful brake screech once and then wondered if I had ever changed the brakes.  I went back and found evidence that I got the car with 88K on it, and being around 104K now, thought , surely I changed the brakes.  But further checking did not show any proof I ever bought the new brake pads for it, so I kept my mouth shut and avoided jamming on the brakes to the best of my ability.  Today the Queen got a new set of discs!. 

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Also in the past two weeks I finally fixed the area under the battery. The battery the car came with leaked from the positive terminal. I did neutralize the acid with a baking soda wash a few years ago but decided to paint it now. 

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Luckily the sheet metal was not destroyed.

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During the annual State inspection yesterday I had a chance to look over the underbody. It certainly appears this car still has its original exhaust system.

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You mean you have to get your car state inspected? They even put it on a lift to inspect?

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2 hours ago, GARY F said:

You mean you have to get your car state inspected? They even put it on a lift to inspect?

 

They have to pull at least one wheel to check brakes. 1996 and newer OBDII cars are plugged into a state-owned computer to verify there is no MIL and no active codes.  Just another way that our state state government 'takes care' of us here in the Empire State (where 'empire' refers to the state bureaucracy)...  <_<

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2 hours ago, EmTee said:

 

They have to pull at least one wheel to check brakes. 1996 and newer OBDII cars are plugged into a state-owned computer to verify there is no MIL and no active codes.  Just another way that our state state government 'takes care' of us here in the Empire State (where 'empire' refers to the state bureaucracy)...  <_<

 

LOL.  Actually, I don't even object to this.  I look at this glass as half full, not half empty.  I get to look over the underside of everything once a year at least,  and look at the mechanicals and brakes myself. If something is wrong I want to fix it.  I may not have show cars but I have equity in all my toys, and I drive em all.  I don't want to damage them, or myself, by overlooking some safety items.   It's not expensive for cars pre OBDII. 

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The Queen gets a cousin:

 

So, on  Father's Day my son shows up driving this!

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And, naturally it drops dead right as he pulls in the driveway.   It needs some work this week which meant he had to leave it here and will come back for it, but when we got it running again I just had to have some fun.

 

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Family and Cars!

Does it get any better than this??? ?

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Separated at birth and now reunited!  ;)

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good read john and very informative . shame the pics on the car shop and rear spring swap  didn't show on the thread , would like to have seen them .

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