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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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    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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    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...
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    Lighting Switch in '51

    My 51 Special is getting more and more fun to drive (particularly with a front-end kit installed by someone who understands kingpins). That gets me into details that I have previously ignored. Here is the latest: the lighting switch. Mine currently works just fine for the headlights/parking...
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    '51 Hood hinge issue

    The car is a 1951 Special. The problem is the hood will not stay in place when it is open and resting on the support hinged on the center of the cowl. When initially opened and placed on the support, all appears fine. But, after a time spent working on the car with the hood opened, the hood will...
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    248 babbit rods

    I am considering picking up a '47 Super. It doesn't run. Assuming an engine overhaul is necessary, can I replace the babbited rods with insert bearing rods from a '49 or '50 248? I ask because the price of re-babbiting, or converting the original babbited rods to accept inserts, looks scarey...
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    Electric choke?

    I couldn't find any existing thread, so I though I would start one. My '51 Special 263 lacks an exhaust manifold valve. I cut it out of the way after I spent many hours unsuccessfully trying to free the thing. Well, that may work in the summer, but not here (North Dakota) and not now...
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    Fuel supply problem

    The backstory is that, after I bought my '51 special at auction in 1992, I soon discovered that it would regularly starve for fuel, acting like it was out of gas no matter how full the tank. I tried lots of things: rebuilt the carb and fuel pump, had the gas tank steamed out, then etched and...
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    removing chrome?

    My pace for putting my '51 together has been slow. I had the back bumper re-chromed in 1996, and am just now getting it back on the car. Here is my problem: There is a 24.5 inch rail that mounts between the bumper guards, and on that rail was mounted a piece marked "Guide L-43," which in turn...
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    Forgot to polarize generator - what next

    I recently installed a generator of a 1950 Buick on my '51. Other than installing a narrow-belt pully, I made no changes to the "new" generator. However, I did disassemble it to clean it up as it had been sitting in a hoodless engine compartment for many years. It had a very recently (in use...
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    ignition issue

    I just completed rebuilding the 263 in my '51 Special. It was running just before teardown. I re-installed the original distributor (Delco-Remy 1110815), and a new coil that had only minutes of use before the teardown began (I wanted to make sure it would run before tearing into it, and I had...
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    Speedometer driven gear problem

    In order to match up my speeedometer to the 3.6 to 1 ratio rear end in my 51, I need an 18 tooth driven gear. Problem is, I'm not finding an 18 tooth driven gear for a manual transmission. Can anyone tell me if the speedometer driven gear assembly can be disassembled. (The manual says: "The...
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    Source for spring lock on Buick clutch fork?

    Help. I need what buick refers to as a "release rod nut lock" that fits on the small end of the clutch fork ("clutch release yoke"), and is a spring steel pair of fingers. The same small bolt that holds it to the fork also holds the leather boot that fits into the bell housing. I cannot find a...
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    Wanted: Alternative clutch plates, '39-'52 Series 50, '39-'55 Series 40

    The "crown spring" pressure plate used on these Buicks remains available, provided you have a rebuildable core (or $275+ or -). We know that the pressure plate used on a 1989 Jeep Cheroke 4.0 ltr. six, with 5spd, bolts right on, because that application is described by Rande in his post last...
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    51 Buick drivetrain paint question

    I know the engine paint scheme for 1951 Buicks, but I have not seen information about paint color (if any) on: 1. The clutch cover (Buick calls it the "housing (lower)"). I know the bell housing (per Buick, the "housing (upper)") is turquoise, but I have never seen a clutch cover with any paint...
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    Freeze plug removal

    In the process of overhauling my 263, I need to replace at least some, and perhaps all, of the freeze plugs. I have two problems: 1) I can't get the freeze plugs out. Drilled a hole in the middle, tried to pry on the plug. But it is badly corroded, and just collapsed. Tried another, same...
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    Cleaning or replacing hydraulic lifters

    I'm rebuliding a hydraulic lifter 263 that was running with minimal valve noise. No hop up, just work that needs doing on an engine with 108,000 miles. Because the engine appears to have ahd the head replaced with a used head, some or all of the lifters may have fewer than 108,000 miles of...
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    Straight Eight hydraulic lifter removal

    On a 263 that was running a month ago, I have the pushrods out and the hydraulic lifters uncovered. I can easily move the lifters up to about 3/8ths of an inch above the lifter bore using a bent copper wire, but no further. They won't come quite that far using a magnet. Am I doing somehting...
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    I-8 crankshaft and bearing questions

    I recently found a needed 263 crankshaft for a manual transmission car. The engine was frozen due to sittting for years with no manifolds, but the crankcase had a combination of oil and water sufficient to keep the crankshaft bathed in oil the whole time. I just unbolted and lifted it out. I...
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