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Brad Sears


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All automotive including antique and collectible. However if the car has been modified I can only answer in general terms and maybe get you pointed in the right direction.

Experience in the area

Automotive tech instructor. Syndicated auto columnist 1970's though the early 1990's. Syndicated auto radio talk show, Ask Brad About cars, CBS Radio 70's through 90's TV Show "Last Chance Garage" 1980's PBS-TV syndicated. Auto instructor for the following companies: Fram Autolyte Holly Carter AMF Ford Motor University Of Conn Blue Hills Technical School Sugar River Technical Center Grew up in a family garage in Needham Mass and turned wrenches from the age of 14.


Manchester Union Leader, Nashua Telegraph, Motor Service Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Popular Mechanics (Saturday Mechanic early 80's), Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and lots more.


More than I care to remember. Basically Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, Northeastern University, Fitchburg State Teachers College, Tufts University, and a lot of factory schools along the way.

Awards and Honors

Moto Award winner. And much more.

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What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I learn every day and a day without learning is waisted.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

In the history of the world the auto industry is just a fly speck on histories time line but perhaps the single greatest invention for the benefit of mankind.

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2014-08-07 6 volt battery for 1929 Graham-Paige:

Good-morning Steve: Sounds like you have a rare nice car. Now to the questions. First before I started replacing parts and throwing money at the car I would want to make a few tests. I would start with

2014-07-28 VIN CHECK ..IS THIS A SS 1974 NOVA?:

The best source of information on the car is the Body Data Plate that is located under the hood on the fire wall. With the information from that plate we can then tell if the car is a clone or not. The

2014-07-25 59 FORD RETRACTABLE:

I was a factory service guy with Ford in 1959 and worked on a lot of them when they were new. The 57 model was a true night are but by 59 they had a lot of bugs worked out. There are several companies

2014-07-19 # of teeth on speedo drive gear:

Ok the rear ale ratio can only be determined accurately by getting to see and count the teeth on the pinion and the teeth on the ring gear. On your car that means removing the center differential carrier

2014-07-15 Using Phosphoric Acid on Metal:

The manufacturer of these products recommends washing the product off after 15 or 20 minutes. I have tried it both ways and find that the makers directions do the better job. Then if you are going to paint


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