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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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2014-12-15 packard:

The factory time published in the fifties by Packard called for 9.9 hours to replace the lifters in the straight 8 engine. I have always allowed 30% more time than the factory flat rate. The factory flat

2014-12-01 vacuum system, carb initial needle settings:

A flat head V 8 should have a two barrel carburetor on it as from the factory. I usually make the new fitting using brass connections that can be found in most hardware stores. This base connection is

2014-11-23 Best Coolant for 1939 Buick:

The 160 is the recomended one for that engine. I would use the green prestone or any of the plain general purpose perminent anti freezes. I would not be concerbered with temperature readings that you have

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


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