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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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2014-07-19 # of teeth on speedo drive gear:

Ok the rear ale ratio can only be determined accurately by getting to see and count the teeth on the pinion and the teeth on the ring gear. On your car that means removing the center differential carrier

2014-07-03 58 Ford Fairlane town sedan front suspension:

The two bolts that hold the upper inner shaft to the frame are torques to 70 to 90 pound feet. The outer shaft bushings or nuts on the on both the upper and lower control arms are torques to 90 to 100

2014-06-19 rearend gear ratio:

There are several dimensions that need to be considered. The first is from spring saddle to spring saddle. These are the mounting points where the rear springs rest and the spring U bolts hold the axle

2014-06-16 1958 Ford Retractable:

It is going to take a little 007 James Bond work on your part to find a body shop that will handle your baby. Forget the dealerships as they are more into insurance and warrantee work and don't like to

2014-06-14 1955 ford fairlane:

This sounds like a fan problem to me. When we added air to these cars back in the day we also added a high pitch heavy duty 5 or 6 bladed fan. If the car is equipped with a clutch fan that could be a problem


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