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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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2015-09-29 Low voltage to lights 39 Mercury:

The first question that I have  is the wiring harness original  or has it been altered or replaced? Let me know. To check the system check the voltage at the input side of the headlamp  switch with the

2015-08-25 1969 camaro coupe:

Lets see if I can help out a bit. There are two wires that run to the + side of the coil. One should be hot when the ignition is turned on. That one connects to the ignition switch hot terminal and runs

2015-08-23 Brake light:

There are two ways that causes the light to come on. The first is the emergency brake applied and the second is the switch in the pressure differential valve is sensing that the hydraulic pressure in the

2015-08-09 56 tbird:

The most likely thing that comes to mind is a defective power valve in the carburetor. This is a common problem with Holley carburetors. The black sooty powder on the plugs tells me the engine is running


It depends on the polarity of the cars electrical system. Most 12 volt cars are what is called negative ground. On most 12 voltsystems the neg side of the coil goes to the distributor  point. The reverse


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