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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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2014-11-05 1950 ford brake master cyl. removal:

There are three bolts securing the master cylinder to the cars frame that need to be removed. There is a cotter pin and clevis pin holding the linkage to the pedal on and remove the lines and the cylinder

2014-10-30 Packard radiator:

The most common causes are over filling, defective radiator cap and engine running hot. Remember that when you shut the engine off after running a while the temperature will spike and this could cause

2014-10-12 Generator repair:

I use an electric motor repair company to do field repairs for me. I have tried dipping coils in varnish and other things but have not had success. A muli meter will only check for opens and shorts to


Okay, sorry to be so long getting back to you but the older I get the slower I go and the longer projects take. Now to the Bantam. You can accomplish the timing check by just removing the side plates that


The basic steps to set up timing a distributor are straight forward but require a little work. The first thing it to locate number one firing position. This is a straight forward procedure. The simplest


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