1985 Buick Electra - Phase 1: Repairs

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  1. Darcane

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    First thing: remove the deflector!

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    Battery doesn't hold it's charge, and it idles rough and tries to die on me. I'm confident that is due to one of many vacuum lines that are visibly cracked/torn, so I'll start there. Air pistons holding up the hood have been replaced so the hood actually stays open now.

    The power seat won't move, and is so close to the steering wheel that it is nearly undriveable:
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    Pulled the seat and found this. There is an electric motor behind this steel bracket, you can just see the shaft coming out. That shaft fits into an adapter that connects to a plastic transmission. That adapter is clear broken and nothing rotates when the electric motor is powered up.

    Any ideas where I can find that part? I've struck out so far.
     
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    OrthmannJ Hillbilly Deluxe

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    Progress!
    I'd say that's a good start. :thumbs2:
     
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    Found it!

    eBay to the rescue. It's GM part # 20614175:
    https://www.ebay.com/i/112433824803
    Should be here next week.
     
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    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    Soooo...you also have a Mustang and a...Chevy/GMC pickup?
     
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    I was gonna suggest EBay, you already beat me to the punch and found it. I also think one of the things you’re gonna enjoy about this forum is that there will be folks that have or know of parts and parts cars that will have overlapping parts. I’m quite sure like that power seat mechanism is used on Caprice and Olds. Etc. good luck with her, and you’re right. It looks much better without the bug catcher up front.
     
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    Heh... snooping around my crowded garage?

    '68 C10. My first vehicle, 400SBC/700r4, bagged.
    '68 Mustang. My aunt bought it new. 289/C4.
     
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    Get used to it Darcane. Some of these eagle eyes around here will be able to tell you your tire pressure. I did notice those two cars however, figured the Mustang was a ‘68, but I didn’t want to appear forward. Thought I’d leave that to the bold ones on here. Lol
     
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    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    What's the first thing all military recruits learn when they arrive in boot camp?

    TO PAY ATTENTION TO SIMPLE DETAIL, and in my defense, that's all I did.

    Anyway, very cool stable you have going, I did also know about the Panther at the left, but that's because you already mentioned it. If it's '79-'87 and you need parts, I have a thread for selling them on here. It needs serious updating, as I've helped a few other members, but I also have a few sedan-only parts, I think. PM me if you have anything you're looking for.
     
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    No worries. If I post a picture for the world to see, it's fair game.

    Panther? The only Panther I know of are Crown Vics, and I don't have one.
     
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    OrthmannJ Hillbilly Deluxe

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    Might as well post full photos of the C10 and the Mustang.
     
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    Sure, here's my pickup:
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    And the Mustang:
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    Beautiful truck! I have wanted a C-10 since I was a teenager. Just haven't fulfilled that dream...yet. :D
     
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    Very nice. I have to say, 68 is probly my most favorite of the first gen Mustangs.
    They both look like they are in excellent condition. Did you restore them?
     
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    The C10 was a father-son project. I bought it when I was 14, (I'm 41 now) we swapped in the engine and a 5-speed, rebuilt the suspension and lowered it, rebuilt the differential, put fuel injection on it and had a friend paint it. I later bagged it, switched to a 700R4 after fragging the tranny, and upgraded the wheels. It was a nice driver, now the paint is showing it's age again, the EFI is toast, and needs some other repairs before driving it. It's at least in the garage now, so it won't deteriorate any further. That was priority #1 after the divorce.

    The Mustang was my aunt's, she bought it new. Drove it daily until the early '80s when:
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    one nuke ruined her day...

    No, she got rearended. She parked it in her L.A. garage... for nearly 20 years.

    My dad, brothers, and I got the car, brought it home, repaired the body, when through the fuel system, brakes, and fixed any major issues with it and returned it.

    Recently my Aunt decided to retire and I arranged a deal with her to keep the car in the family. I picked it up Feb 2018 and drove it home (L.A. to Washington). While it did fine, the suspension and brakes need some serious attention before I drive it much more. Otherwise, it doesn't really need much.
     

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