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buick disc brakes

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Question From kensoncustom on buick disc brakes

hello i have a 66 buick electra convertible i would like to upgrade my brake system to front disc.any suggestions?

Response From Hammer Time

Look for a company that sells a whole retrofit package with the master, knuckle and everything.

Response From kensoncustom
Top Rated Answer

tried wilwood they dont make a kit for that

Response From Hammer Time

A 5 minute search showed me a bunch of them.

http://www.summitracing.com/search/?keyword=Disc%20brake%20conversion&dds=1

http://www.bing.com/search?q=disc+brake+conversion+kits&form=MOZSBR&pc=MOZI

Response From kensoncustom

hello thanks for your time on my buick brakes,although these places only supply kits for skylark,special models.
i found a company called scarebird that makes a bracket for caliper ,i can buy rest parts needed at local napa store.
i will let u know how it turns out

86 Buick Electra windshield washer

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Question From oldgeezer on 86 Buick Electra windshield washer

Because of recurring troubles with original windshield washer system, want to bypass washer pump and put in a TRICO universal pump.
The original pump is located on the firewall, I think it basically just plugs in to connections on the firewall. Not sure, but the TRICO pump probably
can be mounted anywhere, but Ill probably mount it near the water reservoir which is nearer the grill.

How difficult is it to hook up the TRICO pump on this model of Buick so it works with the original controls underneath the steering wheel?

86 Buick Electra 4-dr automatic trans, 75000 miles
3.8 liter engine
Hood swings up from back, not from usual front

Response From steve01832
Top Rated Answer

As Sidom said, there are only 2 wires at the washer pump. The black wire is ground and the other wire (pink)? is feed. Hook these up to the new pump and you should be all set. If you must cut the factory pigtail off the washer pump, cut wires at least 3" back from pigtail. This way if you ever want the factory pump working again, you can still solder the wires on the pigtail rather than have to buy another one. These pigtails are getting outrageously expensive.

Steve

Response From oldgeezer

Ok, thanks for the advice.

Response From Sidom

I haven't installed any of these but if you get a wiring diagram for that circuit and find the power & ground wires for the washer pump & use those as your power & grounds it would seem the pump should work with the factory controls.

Tune Up Specs for 1967 Buick Electra V-8

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Question From rhsaxt on Tune Up Specs for 1967 Buick Electra V-8

I am a new gearhead to your forum and looking forward to answers given and received. I worked 8 years in the 60's and 70's as a mechanic and body repair man in an Olds-Cadillac Dealership.....then I got my engineering degree and worked in the Chem Mfg for 34 years.....never drifting far from my gearhead roots(pretty much a GM guy). I am currently helping a man in my church "bring back to life" a 1967 Buick Electra. It appears to have the 350 motor from that year ( it's the original mill....the car is a one owner). The usual Haynes manuals available in the local parts stores do not include this car. I need info on spark plug gap, engine timing , points gap and points dwell. Anyone have this info and willing to share? In the future , I hope that can be on the giving end of the information.

Thanks,
Bob Saxton
Pace, Florida


Response From Loren Champlain Sr

Bob; The spark plug gap would be .035"; Dwell 30; Not sure about timing. Most were around 4-6 BTDC. Of course, we can't get the octane now, so you may have to retard the timing a degree or two at a time to get rid of the ping. You could start at 8-10 BTDC, then go from there. Once everything else is set, adjust the carb: You turn the air/fuel mix screws clockwise to lean, counter-clockwise to enrichen. What I'd do, was back off, then start leaning until the rpm just started to drop, then back off 'till it just 'recovered'. That would give you the best lean idle. Of course, do one screw at a time. Might not hurt to do it a couple of times allowing the engine to run a bit in between final adjustments. If you set the idle speed at 600-650 in drive, should be close.

Response From rhsaxt

Loren, thanks a bunch for your complete and quality reply. I alaso appreciate your advice on the octane rating issue. I will be working on this car Thurs or Friday of this week , so your input was very timely. I did not mention it in my original inquiry , but I have a 58 Corvette that I am going to do a body-off restoration ( 245 engine , BW 4 speed and Posi rear end)....and if my health holds , I have a 58 Belair that I am going to restore ( not an original restoration ) and power to be the unit that I will pull the 'Vette to shows. These projects have been a lifelong dream and current retirement will afford me the time. Just and interesting tidbit.

Take care, thanks, again for the specs and God's Peace and Blessings to you and yours.

Bob

Response From Loren Champlain Sr

Bob; Thankyou, so much, for the kind reply..Us ol' farts gotta stick together. Many of us 'cut our teeth' on just what you are working on. LOL. If you have any more questions, or just want to BS, feel free. Have a great week.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

Loren's right on with the timing idea vs anything printed right now which I have EVERYTHING of on paper only and not looking at it. Set timing based on the best fuel you can buy octane wise and best to use only "premium" fuel even if it says "regular fuel" on the gas cap in red metal! J'me Souviens! Also remember that regular was 93 octane back then - premium went up to 105!

It's a very straight forward engine. "Uniset" points are handy.

One caution: Timing cover should be an alloy and some of the little bolts will be sticky on water pump to cover. Put some penetrating oil on them now for any day that they need to come out as if this is just what I'm thinking they were easy to snap off.

I have the "Pro Edition" Chiltons for that in old greasy well worn paper monster book now but could dig up details on most items in this car.

Time for some of us "old farts" to kick in

T

Response From rhsaxt

Mr. T , thanks for the "Amen" on Loren's answer....you guys are great ....and I really enjoy the "old fart" discussion; everytime I get in the shop and get down on the floor to do something, I have to go through a bunch of contorsions to get back up! I eventually get the job done , but it takes longer, good thing I no longer do this work for a living....I'D STARVE!

Take care, all....
Gearhead Bob

Response From Loren Champlain Sr
Top Rated Answer

Oh, that's when you were younger and good lookin'!

Response From Loren Champlain Sr

Old farts? Whatchu taukin' bout? U taukin' 2 me?

Response From Tom Greenleaf


http://www.new1.com/jkohl/images/Mr%20Old%20Fart_350.jpg

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http://classic.mountainzone.com/climbing/2000/forbidden/photos/disp-photos/07-09-very-old-man.jpg

That's a pic of me about 10 years ago

T

windshield wiper transmission

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Question From tubular190 on windshield wiper transmission

I have an 85 buick electra and need a windshield wiper transmission. I can not find one anywhere, but i have found one from an 86 regal. Would that fit my 85?
Engine is a 3.8 not exactly sure of correct mileage on engine..

Response From Mr.scotty
Top Rated Answer

Windsheild wipers don't have a transmission. They do have a motor though.

Response From re-tired

You may have trouble finding older cars in a salvage yard .Most "clean house"and crush anything over 7-10 yrs old. Some U-pull it and yards that deal in vintage iron are the exception.

Response From re-tired

There is a thing called a wiper transmission . It's part of the linkage assy. Here's where you can git one.
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Parts Bin - Auto Parts and Accessories Catalog - wiper linkage - 1985 Buick Electra Wiper Linkage

Response From Mr.scotty

Heh.., Who would have ever guessed it.
I just call them linkages.
A junkyard would be the best place for that.

Response From Mr.scotty

Really.., My local junkyard has lots of old cars.
And it's only $12 bucks for steering transmissions there (i know cause i keep there price list handy)

I guess E-bay would be his next best option.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

So true RT - they are worth a lot in the metals so here they are removing awesome body parts, alternators, starters, a few things and off they go. Ad right in front of me $500 for anything 2000 up and $300 if older! They want the metal and think there's a gov't credit to get old cars off the roads!

T

Response From Tom Greenleaf

You mean all the mechanisms that make both work? No matter really but the Regal is probably different - not sure.

Guess is the exact part(s) you need would also be on Olds 98s, Pontiac Bonneville and the other full size similar cars of the vintage.

If you have a "pull your own" salvage yard you'll see and if not any get you own parts in the yard they would know what matches or should! Bring broken parts with you if needed to save any wasted efforts and time,

T

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1984 Buick Electra Coil Spring Set - Front 8 Cyl 5.0L Moog

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1979 Buick Electra Exhaust Clamp - N/A 8 Cyl 6.6L Walker

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1979 - Buick Electra V - 403 N/A
Walker

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1986 - Buick Electra V 3800 231 FWD N/A
Walker

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1990 - Buick Electra V 3800 231 FWD N/A
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1989 - Buick Electra V 3800 231 FWD N/A
Bosch

1985 Buick Electra Spark Plug 8 Cyl 5.0L Bosch

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    • Hex Size: 16
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    • Manufacturer Heat Range: 8
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1985 - Buick Electra V - 307