Thanks for the advice in a previous post about the '89 Buick. I decided to
buy it and am very happy with it so far. Interestingly, it was imported
directly into Belgium in 1989 and then brought to the UK in 1999, so there
are a few differences (km instead of mile etc).
I just received my insurance policy and they limit windscreen to £350
payout. I remember the cost of replacing a '75 TransAm windscreen being
well above that. Does anyone know the rough cost of replacing a
windscreen, or a company that might be able to? I have just read the
policy now, so I haven't tried the standard windscreen fitters, but I
suspect they will not be able to get the part (although GM has a presence
in the UK now, so maybe ...). I will phone them in the morning as well.
Also, on a different note, I noticed that the brake drum was making a
rubbing noise, like a dry brake pad, or lots of dust, so I went to take
the wheel off. The car came with the original jack, but not the rest of
the kit needed to jack it up and take off the wheels (Can anyone suggest
where I might be able to purchase these from? They're not hidden somewhere
strange are they? (I have read the manual and it implies not) The previous
owner believes that they were in the car, although he never used them).
No matter, I have a number of appropriate tools :).
to take the wheel off, I noticed that the nuts seem to have
covers on them (glued/stuck on) that say "Metric". I assume that this is a
conversion cover that changes the size of the nut into Metric from
Imperial (it fits Metric 14 perfectly). I didn't realise when trying to
undo the nut that they were covers, it was only when the cover split from
the force and came off into the socket that I realised!!. Any idea where
these can be replaced?
Anyway, the wheel nuts were done up so tightly that we bent the tool
trying to undo them. Stronger, longer tool and even with my weight (pretty
heave) jumping on it, it wouldn't budge. The car originally had locking
wheel nuts, though I have been assured that they have been removed. There
is, however, one nut which looks significantly different to the others...
It has a rounded head and the nut part starts further down. It looks like
there is a second nut at a slighly angle beneath it, although I cannot be
sure... Any ideas? The previous owner says that he has had the wheels off
a few times.