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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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2015-06-23 Starter relay or related problem on 1956 Buick Roadmaster:

This system uses a switch mounted on the throttle body of the carburetor . when the throttle is depressed and there is no intake manifold vacuum (engine not running) the switch allows the starter to engage

2015-06-11 Starter relay or related problem on 1956 Buick Roadmaster:

I have a question, is this car one that engages the starter swhen you turn the key all of the way over for when you press the gas pedal?

2015-05-26 Firing order on a 1950 Packard straight 8:

The oil viscosity rating 10-30 is actually 10W-30. It means that the oil will pour when cold as a straight 10 designated oil. The second number, in this case the 30 means that the oil will stand up to

2015-05-11 Brake Light on 1956 Ford Truck:

I think that you have called the problem correctly, I agree with the directional light switch, a common problem in the day. Replacing the switch is relatively straight forward and fairly simple. Pull the


This is one of those questions that goes not have one set answer. If the engine is mostly original and has not been rebuilt back to close tolrances then I would use a 30W with an API rating of at least


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