These are basically emails I sent to my Buick buddies....
Subject: Making progress on my 12 Buick
(Sunday Sept 4th) The boss said I could start on the 1912 Buick model 34 roadster before I finish the 15 speedster because it will be a century old next year & we want to have it on the road for it's 100th birthday.
Last weekend, I worked on geting the windshield figured out. It appeared to be a Model T Ford windshield, so I took it to one of my Ford buddies and learned that although it was similar, it was not Ford. He did give me the keeper clips for the glass and gave me a Ford parts catalog with some good drawings to help me find what I need. Then one of my Buick buddies brought over a local body & fender man to look at the lower running board areas that are rusted out on all four fenders. He plans to pick up the car near the end of the month to start working on them. I removed the fenders so maybe he won't have to take the whole car.
Today, I dropped the pan (actually the lower engine case) to clean and lube the crank and camshaft before turning over the engine. This took all morning because the lower case involves removing bolts from the timing gear cover, removing the oil pump tubes, and many (hard to get at) cotter keyed nuts from under the car. It took almost all afternoon to put it back together too.... I refilled the crankcase and the engine is now ready for a trial start.
Sent: Monday, September 05, 2011 10:48 AM
Subject: Re: Making progress on my 12 Buick
Well gang, it runs good!
I got it running this morning before 10 AM and will work on refreshing the tranny & rear end lube next.
I may even go for a ride this afternoon!
OK, now for the afternoon update...
I lubed the chassis, added some tranny lube, & checked the rear end and it was OK.
I started it again and backed it out the driveway into the street.
Reverse and first work good, but the clutch was so grabby I decided to pull it back into the shop and treat the clutch.
I had to go to four places to get some neatsfoot oil for the leather clutch, but when I looked closer at the clutch, I decided it needs replacement.
I will pull the clutch after I remove the body and send it to Bob Knaak for new leather.