Recent content by 322bnh

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    1956 century riviera

    Nope...only assists the wipers during low engine vacuum condition like driving uphill or passing. The brake booster gets vacuum directly from the manifold and stores enough vacuum for a few stops.
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    Best oil & Filter for Nailhead 401 / 445?

    No bad choices, but has there been a documented oil related failure of nailhead camshaft (stock valve train)?
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    Best oil & Filter for Nailhead 401 / 445?

    Unless you have a high lift cam and stiffer valve springs you don't need added zinc or even a high zinc oil. Most all conventional oils have more zinc than when these cars/engines were contemporary. A top end tear down (not oil related) showed at 150,000 miles: still hone marks in cylinders...
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    One more time: none of those parts will interchange between Buick and other makes. 1955 and back to 1946 and maybe earlier might interchange if the whole assembly is used.
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    Any chance there may be headers available for a '55 Century?

    Use the exhaust manifolds from a dual exhaust 56. Probably no performance difference vs headers --- just missing the 'testosterone effect' of the header sound.
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    Schocks rear of 1954.

    Panhard bushings are available from most Buick suppliers like CARS Buick in New Jersey, Bob's Automobilia, Fuscik Buick, etc. These are too soft and will soon wear out. Or Polyurethane: from part number "bulk 2007" will need to trim and grind to duplicate the...
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    Schocks rear of 1954.

    Fill the shocks with hydraulic jack oil. You might have to do it a few times to get oil down into the cylinders. If leaking badly but functioning well with a full load of fluid, just reseal: LINK Functioning lever shocks are better than any tube shock. Replace the panhard bar bushings to keep...
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    Electric fuel pump

    The brakes are vacuum assist and require more than the engine produces. Don't know who told you this, but the engine produces plenty of vacuum; yours and all other power brakes have vacuum storage too. The two stage fuel/vacuum pump does this so I guess the only other choice would be to put in a...
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    263 Stumbles under load

    Sometimes you get a stumble/bog when transitioning from the (rich) idle jets below the throttle plate to the (leaner) jets above. Try setting the idle screws as lean as possible while still maintaining acceptable idle.
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    revised engine hard to turn over

    If this is a standard transmission car, just tow it around the block with the plugs out to loosen it up. Watch the oil pressure gauge.
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    CALLING ALL DYNAFLOW GURU's Question About Dynaflow differences

    It will "work" if you change the U-joint to a 55, but that 56 transmission is about 1" longer overall and your axle will not be centered...the springs will rub in the pockets and the panhard bar will rub the differential cover. When I did mine I put a bunch of grease on the rubbing areas and...
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    Buick green engine paint.

    I tried some and it is not even close. Maybe if the whole engine is painted and looked at under the shade of the hood and parked away from some correct ones, it might pass... Different brands may have a tint different than the one I tried. You will be closer to correct buying from a Buick...