Recent content by '51 Special

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    What paint is possible?

    Thanks for the tip. As I have neither the place nor the skills to do the necessary bodywork and paint, I will mention this to any shop I can find. Oddly, when I visited the website, the 1951 Buick colors list made no mention of Geneva Green (paint code no. 4) on my car's tag.
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    Trying to locate moulding clips for '51 Special side spear trim

    Thanks Todd. I called Mike at, had a helpful conversation, and learned he has many unidentified trim clips that are not shown on his website. I sent him detailed descriptions and pictures of two different versions of the 4602341 clip, one off of my car, and another off of...
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    Trying to locate moulding clips for '51 Special side spear trim

    I have to replace the side spear pieces behind the gravel shields as both are in tough shape. Problem is I found far more body holes to fill than usable clips. The clips slide into the edges of the trim, are rectangular, 1 and 5/8 inches long, 7/8 inch wide, have a spring from one side that...
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    52' Rebuild Mishaps and Questions

    Mine is a '51 Special with my perceived need to replace the leaking Dynaflow with a stick shift. Like you, I just wanted to drive it. I pulled the worn 90,000 mile engine to switch the crankshaft for one out of a stick-shifted '50 Super. (Dynaflow engines use a different crank than do...
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    Stuck Heater Control valve

    Unfortunately, my '51 Buick shop manual is of no help. It tells me how to operate the heater, but has no information on disassembly, trouble shooting, or repair.
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    Stuck Heater Control valve

    The heater control valve on my '51 Special is stuck in the full heat position. (This is not good in the summer.) The cable is free but the control valve itself will not turn. I have not taken anything apart yet. Any suggestions on how to free it up?
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    Hi from FRANCE

    Thierry- She's a beauty!
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    From Dynaflow to T5

    Now that you have information on how to avoid the need to use a "manual transmission" 320 crankshaft, there remains the problem of sourcing a bell housing. FYI, there is a casting that connects the Dynaflow torque converter bell to the engine, and also mounts the starter motor. It is about 2...
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    From Dynaflow to T5

    From my experience with the (smaller) 263 Buick I-8, your best bet is to start with a crankshaft, flywheel, and bell housing from a 320. (On the 263, there is no way to mount a Buick flywheel on a crankshaft from a dynaflow engine without extensive (and expensive) machine work. The correct...
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    1952 Temerature Gage

    I also had mine rebuilt, for the same reason you need the services (broke off the temp sensor in the head). Try Gold Star, 13804 Cienega Road Hollister, CA 95023. (I don't have a phone number.) Cost me $80 in 2012. '51 Special
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    What paint is possible?

    I very recently stopped at a body shop/rod builder/restoration shop to ask about some work on my 51 Buick Special 2 dr. sedan. It needs rust repair near the very back edge of the trunk floor and in the panel just below the trunk lid, about 2 square feet of metal repair on the side of the left...
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    New driveline a 51 48d

    Steve- Check out the January 19, 2014 posting in "Transmissions and drivelines" headed "Looking for torque tube 50 sedanette." You will find specifics for a (relatively) straight forward move to an open driveshaft and strong rearend. (I also have a 1951 48D, converted from Dynaflow to standard...
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    glass setting tape choices

    I'm about to replace a cracked door glass on my '51 Special Model 48D 2-dooor sedan. I know I should buy some glass setting tape for the glass to door regulator installation. There are various thicknesses offered, and prices are all over the map. (From $1 per roll to $1.50 per foot.) Does...
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    lever shock questions

    Well, now that my 51 Special is back on the road after many years, it is plain that the shocks are a bit sloppy, and the fluid levels are low or very low. The manual says to fill with "only G. M. or Delco Shock Absorber Fluid." These products are no longer made. I recall someone once mentioning...