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General Buick Tech / Shifter trim ring
« on: May 04 2019, 11:15:59 AM »
I am looking for the "chrome" trim ring that pops into the shifter handle over the "dummy" button on the right side.  Any one have an old handle laying around with this piece intact?

IHADAV8 Playground / Ed Baker's daughter
« on: February 06 2019, 08:04:26 PM »
Lost her battle with cancer today.  Ed has been away from the car business for several years taking care of her and his granddaughter. 

I have not talked to Ed since the fall when it told me that it did not look good, but, he is one of my closest friends in the car business.  He is a real car guy that has always helped everyone that he could. I don't understand why such bad things happen to the best of people.

My heart goes out to him, his granddaughter, and the rest of his family. 

IHADAV8 Playground / National Healthcare
« on: February 02 2019, 10:00:53 PM »
This does not sound at all like the glowing reviews of Canadian health Care that I hear here but it sounds exactly like what my Canadian employees told in 2000.

'Medicare-for-all' means long waits for poor care, and Americans won't go for it once they learn these facts

IHADAV8 Playground / Happy Birthday, David!
« on: January 16 2019, 09:19:33 AM »
I hope the Polar Vortex Express gives you a pass today and you can celebrate a great birthday!  I still remember being a kid!  :D

IHADAV8 Playground / Happy Birthday, John!
« on: January 06 2019, 05:21:17 PM »
In memory of a Canadian that had the sense to become an American and avoid all those taxes and tariffs!  Happy Birthday, a week late, John Garand!  The father of the greatest battle rifle of the 20th century :rock:

General Auto Tech / Bottle Honing and Break in Oil
« on: October 13 2018, 10:37:26 PM »
I have heard a jillion times that bottle hones were useless and I have seen them used more than once by some good engine builders

Most of the problems I have seen with honing came from trying to remove too much metal with the hone which resulted in burnishing the surface.  I suspect other problems came from failure to clean the cylinders well enuf after the process but no one ever admitted to that :D

General Buick Tech / Camshafts for turbo'd engines
« on: September 07 2018, 11:10:32 AM »
I stuck a link in the shout box a few weeks ago that no one took notice of.

It seems, according to  Comp, that modern turbos don't have nearly the high back pressure that the older units did so camshaft design is very similar to naturally aspirated engines.  That seems to explain why conventional camshafts seem to perform so well on today's fast cars.  For those that rail about the need to get modern with regard to camshaft selection so we don't leave all that power behind, it appears your time is past altho I know there are a couple that think they are smarter than Comp engineers :D

General Buick Tech / Okay, Tcorgn6-fix the blower high speed!
« on: August 21 2018, 07:41:24 PM »
Pull the connector off the blower relay. It's the relay that has an orange wire, a red wire, a dark blue wire, a black wire, and a purple wire going to it.

Now, with the key Off or ON, you should have power on the red wire at all times when you probe the connector side that it goes to.  That's because it comes from a fusible link that connects to the starter with all the other fusible links.  Check it with your meter or a test light.  If you do not have power there, then you have a blown fusible link.

If it does have power, be sure the key is ON in the run position and probe the the orange wire in the same connector.  It should show 12 volts on your meter or make the test light burn brightly.  If it does not have power, go to the connector I have been trying to get you to check for way too long :(  Normally it will have a burnt connection on the orange wire in the connection.  There is not much room to get to the connector but you will have to do it.  Look at the picture below.  It shows the location of the connector.  Those bolts are the hood hinge bolts.  It goes down in the inner fender right below and is in plain sight.

General Buick Tech / Power Seat Motor
« on: August 20 2018, 03:14:51 PM »
stopped at a car wash this morning and they moved the seat forward to vacuum.  that's when the seat motor decided it was time to strip the gear, or hopefully, break the coupler...'86 car

Is it possible to manually move the seat back so I can get a more normal driving position?

General Buick Tech / Window dew wipes-inner staples?
« on: August 03 2018, 10:20:56 AM »
The window fuzzy (not a fuzzy on our cars) is attached to the upper door panel with some staples...I wonder where you find replacements?  I have seen them advertised for Mustangs but not for our cars.

IHADAV8 Playground / Endoscope
« on: July 28 2018, 11:09:43 AM »
About a year ago, I bought an endoscope to use with my is an Depstech if you want to tell me how much better yours is  :068:

It works great and the only downside is that I have a usb-c port on my phone so it needs an adapter to plug in.  Very handy to see where I cannot see.

Recently, I could not find the adapter which chapped me off.  I bought another one..same brand...that works off wifi.  Now, this thing is great.  I can plug it into my battery storage pack for power, prop the phone up wherever I want and concentrate on aiming the probe.  I used it yesterday to look thru the valve cover bolt holes to be sure, I had the cover lined up right.

Eliminating the cable to the camera makes it much easier to take a pic or movies without losing aim of the probe.

I bet Earl has a bunch of these things for examining various orifices

Yeah, I found the adapter about 30 minutes after ordering a new one...of course, but, they are cheap and I like the new one

General Buick Tech / Intercooler Tech
« on: July 17 2018, 08:46:18 AM »
Seems a bit complicated for a Shout Box discussion :)

Once the technology has been discussed, it seems to me that the next logical progression is practical application.  Pros and cons of vertical vs Horizontal tubes.  End tank design vs practical application of said design on a given platform.  Large tubes vs smaller tubes with regard to cooling via expansion within the tubes vs surface cooling or convection against packaging constraints, etc.

And, practically, is there any difference given packaging restraints-is there really any significant, demonstrable, gains to be achieved thru design over current available designs ?

Sorry, I got lost in my mind on this one...Dr Pepper has not taken effect yet this morning

General Buick Tech / New Front Tires for the GN
« on: July 09 2018, 02:20:41 PM »
I parked my GN back at the end of 2014 and did not drive it again.  The primary reason I parked it was due to it smoking like a mosquito fogging truck.  It was down right embarrassing.  The alky system died about the same time and I dented the hood due to personal stupidity so all the roads led to parking it.

My diagnosis on the smoking seemed to point to the valve seals or guides being gone.  I did not have any significant blowby.

William has been bugging me to let him come down and work on it but I did not want to spend the money-especially not with the local machine-shop bandits.  A couple of months ago, I decided to try to fix it and decided to buy a new set of Champion iron heads but I could not bring myself to spend $1500 for iron heads.

I talked to Billy Anderson and he had a set of ported irons in the shop with 500 miles on them with T&D rockers, and the Champion valve covers, and gaskets so I made a deal with him.  He cleaned the heads and lapped the valves.  They already had roller cam springs on them.

I started stripping it down and William came down last month and we swapped them.  The old heads had a single GM shim under them and were about 20 years old...they were still in good condition in spite of seeing 30 psi a couple of times.  He brought a replacement hood with him.

We went back with 0.040" Cometics which cost me a little compression but it runs well. 

The old heads showed the seals popped off and a bunch of shattered dampers.  I guess those times when I over revved it past 6000 rpm with a big pop did not do them any good?

At any rate, cranking it up showed we got rid of the smoke altho the turbo seems to be spitting a little oil out the exhaust every once in a while.

When I went to get it inspected, they argued with me about the drag radials being too worn to pass as they were right on the no pass line.  They finally let it go and then found out the brake lights were not working.  Turned out the switch on the pedal was stuck closed and I pulled one off the other regal and got it inspected.

The tires on the front were from the '90's and made me nervous even tho they still had some tread so that is on my list of to do's.

The drivers side window stopped working and the gear in the drive was stripped.  Put a new motor in.  Now, I need to replace the rotten window fuzzies.  They crumbled when the door panels came off.  I am staring at them laying on my work table hoping they will install themselves.

In the mean time, the converter was too tight to stall the T66 and the 911 I had put on it once grenaded so I was back to a tight converter.  Few years back, I took a chance on buying a Vigilante on FB.  Got it swapped last week.  Someone had written 3500 stall on it but it was turning the rear tires around 3000 when the boost started to come up.  I discovered that when I used the tranny lock, it would take off and head to 3500 where I lost my nerve.

It is loose enuf that the engine does not die when dropping it into gear when it's cold and is not too loose to feel sloppy when easing into the gas.

At any rate, I got back to worrying about front tires.  I have the GTA wheels and they don't offer much for 16" rims (or 15" either).    I ended up buying BFG G-Force Comp 2 A/S and got them put on Saturday.  I was going to put them on the rear as well but the car is running so well that I wonder if I should stick with DR's, but it is not much fun out here to get caught in a thunderstorm on DR's and they don't always like to stop on a dusty road in my experience.  The current DR's (Nittos) are not very sticky anymore as they are quite a few years old as well but at least, I think, they are from this century :D

General Buick Tech / Turbo Tech
« on: July 05 2018, 05:49:06 PM »
Talking to Brad about turbos and my opinions about on certain turbos led me to look for a write up someone had doen in the past about the problems with some PTE units.  I recalled that the guy had torn down a PTE bb unit and noted that the bearings were small compared to other manufacturers such as Garrett.  I could not find the write up which is a shame because it was very detailed.

In the meantime, Brad sent me a link to a current thread on the other board.  It was started by a guy selling WORK turbos and some others and I noted he mentioned the bearing problems.  I also remember that PTE used steel thrust bearings on some units instead of brass like the other companies and this lead to failure as well prematurely.

Anyway, I don't read the other board, but, I thought this is an interesting thread

Here is the actual article the guy is writing   

General Buick Tech / Test time! Cam Sensor unplugged
« on: June 08 2018, 06:58:35 PM »
Will some of you guys that have large injectors do me a favor?  Crank your car up and unplug the cam sensor connector plug.

I have always thought that the car should flip into batch mode and keep right on running as if nothing had really happened.  Not every ones' car does so, however.  Now, John Spina just told me that the car assumes it has stock injectors when it flips over so cars with big injectors may run badly because they are running very rich.

My cars have SD chips and that may be a difference maker.

So go pop the connector and see if you will-if you have larger injectors.

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