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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Brian, the amperage rating is stamped on the side of the alt,,,, and in 66 was probably around 65 or less.... yes they can usually built to raise the amps....while we are on alternators there is the cheap trick of putting a toggle switch on the field wire that kills the alt while you are drag racing to gain back the power drain that it has....
    Sarge , what part of it is broke.... kind of hard to figure a solution without knowing that... if it is the bronze plunger you can make one of ordinary brass.. the plastic bushings are more of a challenge...may have to break out the old dremel tool and dental tools and make some parts....
    Doc "Widely unknown"

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    some of the buicks came with alluminum drums does any body run these on there cars ??? it helps with wieght
    1970 skylark conv 350 2004r trans 3.08 22mpg hwy
    1985 gmc suburban restored 454 16.0
    1987 gn bought new 11.3
    1994 roadmaster daily driver 13.4
    1998 regal gs wifes 14.1
    1994 blazer plow truck
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  3. #28
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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    I still have the aluminum drums on my Buick.

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Me too...have you put that manifold on yet?????
    Doc "Widely unknown"

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    Quote Originally Posted by doc View Post
    Me too...have you put that manifold on yet?????
    i havnt checked anywhere but can they be bought new anywhere
    1970 skylark conv 350 2004r trans 3.08 22mpg hwy
    1985 gmc suburban restored 454 16.0
    1987 gn bought new 11.3
    1994 roadmaster daily driver 13.4
    1998 regal gs wifes 14.1
    1994 blazer plow truck
    1979 tucker sno cat max speed 22mph

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sergeant Major View Post
    OK... how about a "cheap trick" on fixing the horn ground on a 63 Cat...
    HOW DO I KNOW IF MY 70 GS 455 HAD A SWITCH PICTH TRANS? THANKS FOR THE HELP I RAN A 9.949 @77.8 MPH IN THE 1/8 NOW THAT I FIXED A FEW THINGS AND ADDED SOME THINGS OFF YOUR LIST I HOPE TO DO BETTER CAN YOU BELIEVE I WAS RUNNING A 390 CFM CARB? HOPE TO DO BETTER WITH THE 850 CFM SWAP AND THE CRANK CASE BEING VENTED RIGHT. ALSO WENT FROM A 225-60-14 TIRE TO A 295-50-15 SHOULD GRAB ALSO ON THE IN TAKE THE PARTS THAT YOU SAID TO CUT OUT COULD YOU POST A PIC PLEASE SO I GET IT RIGHT. IM A BIT CONFUSED ON THAT
    Hector Carrillo 626 488 5472 Carhex73@yahoo.com here to help with all of your parts needs also on face book www.facebook.com/carhex1.

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    Carhex ,,, send me your email address and I will send you a pic of the intake mod....
    Doc "Widely unknown"

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    Quote Originally Posted by doc View Post
    Carhex ,,, send me your email address and I will send you a pic of the intake mod....
    carhex73@yahoo.com thanks
    Hector Carrillo 626 488 5472 Carhex73@yahoo.com here to help with all of your parts needs also on face book www.facebook.com/carhex1.

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Normally, the converter switch is wired to idle (can use the same lead as the neutral safety switch), the brake (brake light switch) and WOT (micro-switch on the throttle linkage). Now you have clean idle in neutral at rest (safety switch), in drive at rest (brake switch) and hard acceleration.
    However: converter stall speed and torque multiplication pretty much stops when the car speeds up, so you only have it once (although you'll get a bit more shift slippage o the 1-2 and 2-3).

    Here's the general manifold idea. One carb flange is done, one isn't.
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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Quote Originally Posted by doc View Post
    Brian, the amperage rating is stamped on the side of the alt,,,, and in 66 was probably around 65 or less.... yes they can usually built to raise the amps....while we are on alternators there is the cheap trick of putting a toggle switch on the field wire that kills the alt while you are drag racing to gain back the power drain that it has....
    Sarge , what part of it is broke.... kind of hard to figure a solution without knowing that... if it is the bronze plunger you can make one of ordinary brass.. the plastic bushings are more of a challenge...may have to break out the old dremel tool and dental tools and make some parts....

    Figured it out Doc. It was the ground. Evidently where it is placed (steering column near the power steering box) I couldn't find very easy. All fixed.
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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    love that turquois Burrick.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by doc View Post
    love that turquois Burrick.....
    Turquois?? Dang now ya need glasses... (or a stronger prescription)
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    Yeah, Sarge, I need glasses, teeth, money, time, and on and on and on
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    Quote Originally Posted by doc View Post
    Yeah, Sarge, I need glasses, teeth, money, time, and on and on and on
    Doc we're in the same boat..
    1963 Wildcat 4 Dr. HT



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    Sarge, the horn relay is hot all the time and grounding it with the horn button/ring is what makes them blow....
    Doc "Widely unknown"

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    Thanks Doc. You had me at "cheap"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1973buickgsstag View Post
    Block the heat risers on your heads-dont need that extra heat(helps when engine is not up to operating temp-but hurts at operating temp)good for about 5 horse.
    I'm no expert just something I read in the past.
    Thanks for all the great tips.
    I'm no expert either, but something I read said that there's a butterfly (valve) in the heat riser (that was a '65 Riv I was readin' about). I guess, just make sure it's working right, for those of us who live in colder climates (pretend that's a shivering smiley!)
    Last edited by OlySezHey; 02-05-2010 at 12:39 AM. Reason: (that was a '65 Riv I was readin' about)

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Actually , on a nailhead, I dont recommend blocking the heat risers at all,,, the nails have a ''divorced'' intake that runs way cooler than the other engines already.... and as to the butterfly valve, I cut the short ,top half of the butterfly off , leaving the long half there,,, this insures that the butterfly wont get flipped over and block the exhaust ....but still works....intake temps on a nail head is in the neighborhood of 125 deg...after the engine is fully warmed up...on a nailhead you need enough heat to vaporize the gas so it will burn....
    Doc "Widely unknown"

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Quote Originally Posted by doc View Post
    Actually , on a nailhead, I dont recommend blocking the heat risers at all,,, the nails have a ''divorced'' intake that runs way cooler than the other engines already.... and as to the butterfly valve, I cut the short ,top half of the butterfly off , leaving the long half there,,, this insures that the butterfly wont get flipped over and block the exhaust ....but still works....intake temps on a nail head is in the neighborhood of 125 deg...after the engine is fully warmed up...on a nailhead you need enough heat to vaporize the gas so it will burn....
    Thanx doc, sounds like a REALLY good tip, do you know would I have any luck trying to find a new one?

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Some body makes a repop.... dont know who.... if they go bad I usually just cut out the butterfly and plug the holes.... you still get heat up to the intake,, just not as much... but you still need some....
    Doc "Widely unknown"

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    Doc,

    Sorry if this has been asked before......do you recommend the intake manifold mods on a dual quad intake? If so, I presume both front and rear should be modified?

    Thanks,

    Chuck
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    i would say so, Chuck,,,,, take a look at the new eelco manifold,,,, they did it and I am thinking that they did it because that configuration works best....just be real carefull with your cutting,,, dont want to ruin a good manifold.....
    Doc "Widely unknown"

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Hi guys, I don't really know much to be honest.

    But a trick my Uncle showed me is a way to keep your car from vapor locking.

    Add spring operated clothes pins to the metal fuel line to the carb. They act as a heat sink!

    When he started putting those on my car's line I had a genuine "What the..?"
    He told me it's an old rodder's trick.

    Hope this helps. At the least; it's cheap!
    Louis B.

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    Quote Originally Posted by ancientx View Post
    Add spring operated clothes pins to the metal fuel line to the carb.
    Forgot to mention; use only WOOD clothes pins. You'd think it'd be obvious, but let's face it.....
    Louis B.

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    Default Re: Docs cheap tricks.....sticky

    26. learn and do all mechanical, body,and maintaince your self ... saves a ton of money...

    Other then racing and Cruising #26 is half the fun, good advice!!
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    upside down. -- Paul Newman
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