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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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Recent Answers from Brad Sears

2015-02-26 Pilot shaft length -T-85 trans:

As to the transmission it would surprise me if there were only three different input shaft length as this transmission was used in a bunch of different applications. But I am not up on the actual measurement

2015-02-13 87 turbo ford thunderbird:

I am sorry for the delay getting back to you as I had some unexpected medical problem that landed me in the VA hospital for several days. But old guys problems aside lets get your problem resolved.  First

2015-01-28 Battery problems:

I have had some problems with batteries from a well known parts store when I asked the battery to sit in winter storage. However that said I think the problem might be a little more sinister. If the alternator

2015-01-28 Mechanical Brakes, 31 Chevy:

Your car is fitted with mechanical brakes that are operated with pull levers. Unless all the pull levers to the four wheels are adjusted properly so that each brake operated at the same time with the same

2015-01-20 1982 Datsun 280ZX:

The Datsun/Nissan "Z" cars are starting to come up in value, finally. The average value for one in good running condition and decent body and interior would be $5200 for one with out turbo charging and


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