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  1. Turbo System Safety Checks

    The safety components of the factory designed turbo system have some interactive groups of safety “checks”. They are as follows: 1. The exhaust gas by-pass valve works independent of all other safety systems. It is controlled by the by-pass control valve and maintains the amount of boost that the turbo...

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  2. Engine Front Drive Pulleys

    The standard drive pulley has one groove. It drives the water pump/fan and alternator or generator. A two groove pulley is used for power steering where the second groove drives the power steering pump. For P/S and AC, a third groove is needed. It is a second drive pulley hub...

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  3. Conversion to 4-Speed

    The 4-speed manual transmission wasn’t offered in the GM compacts until April of ’62, probably about 100 sold in 62 Olds (Jetfire and Cutlass). Less than 500 and maybe less than 200 in ’63 Olds Jetfire and Cutlass. Buick Special and Pontiac Tempest also offered, but I don’t know how...

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  4. Drive Shaft Variations

    Here is some information for anyone looking for 1962/63 Olds Cutlass/Jetfire drive shaft parts or information! There were 5 different drive shafts, 2 different styles of center bearings and 2 styles of center bearing hangers. I do believe they all used the same 4 U-Joints.  GM confounded the issue even...

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  5. Engine ID Codes

    Attached are engine ID codes for the ’63 F-85 215 cid engines. The ’61 and ’62 engines used the same suffix and prefix codes as in the ’63 Service Manual page in the attached picture (click here to download a PDF version of the chart). for ’61 engine codes started...

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  6. Jetfire Clutches Q&A

    I have a question I hope you can help me with.  I just learned last night that the clutch in my ’62 Jetfire 4 speed restoration project is a 10 inch clutch, as compared to the clutch in my ’62 Cutlass, which is a 9 1/2 inch clutch.  I would...

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  7. Paint Colors

    Attached are color codes from ’62 and ’63 for your use.  The letter and number codes from the ’62 sheet are the same for ’63.  The color code for Provincial White (C) exterior with the Wedgewood Mist (F) interior for a Jetfire (63-3147) would be listed on the firewall tag...

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  8. Muffler Tips

    Over the years I have had requests to supply or help find the unique exhaust tips that were supplied on all Jetfire cars. At one point I had several NOS tips that I had found at swap meets. I have installed all that I have had on various Jetfires that...

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  9. Jetfire Turbo Rocket Fluid

    In this chart is Jim Noel’s method of mixing the correct amount of alcohol and lubricant to replace what GM called ‘Turbo-Rocket Fluid’. Additional Comments: Windshield washer fluid is the cheapest source of methyl alcohol (methanol or MeOH). Windshield washer fluid is a ratio, depending on the freezing point suppression...

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  10. Air Filters

    Two types of air filters were used in the same air cleaner housing.  There was a “pleated paper” element that was disposable and replaced about every 10,000 to 12,000 miles.  I have never seen one, new or used.  The most common type is a breathable (as in “open cell”) foam...

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