Ben Bruce aka First Born

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  1. Ben Bruce aka First Born

    1951 Buick Special - History

    I think you are correct on the 1950. The shop manual shows ALL series to be the same width, height. Only length is different. Ben
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    Question

    Chris, welcome to our world, Don't let the naysayers scare you off. Just jump right in. If you buy a car that is already being driven a substantial amount the chances are good that it has newer rubber components in the fuel system . If not, the replacement/repair stuff today will handle the ethanol. There are MILLIONS of us out here driving our old cars. Join us. Ben
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    For sale Buick.

    Speak for yourself, Eric. Speak for yourself. Nice Buick. Ben
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    Please introduce yourself...

    Great! Perhaps it will show up at one of our BCA chapter meetings. Ben
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    Please introduce yourself...

    Welcome, Bryan Last year for the Nail. What part of the world do you hail from? Ben
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    Ben's 1950 Buicks

    Tom, that is a Mod 52, Super Riviera Sedan. As opposed to a Mod 51 Super Sedan. Vent windows are operative. A quick tell between the two. Ben
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    Ben's 1950 Buicks

    The Special I refurbished. Rebuilt the Engine. Except for interior and paint, all work was done by myself with welding help from a son. The Special was then driven to Ames in July 2010. Then driven to Salado, Tx in April 2011 to the Buick and BlueBonnets show. And the good Lord willing and the creeks don't rise , I will drive it to Concord I June. The Super is almost as found . Very driveable as is. But I am not brave enough to drive it any distance, although I did drive it home tp MO from San Antonio, TX. So, John D, I guess if you are to see the Super, you will have to come visit me! Just say the word, and we will put on a pot of beans and a pan of corn bread. Ben
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    Ben's 1950 Buicks

    Ben, not a reveal. More a try to consolidate. I would like to have a more cohesive thread. I really had to dig to find this. Ben
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    Engine Stalls when hard stop or turn on headlights.

    What Willie said Ben
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    Vacuum Question for Dort

    I would install a vacuum gauge on the intake manifold. THEN I would know. Ben
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    Do You Remember When Edsels Were New? What Did You Think?

    I saw the first one the same way I did the retractable hardtop convertible top on the Ford. At the factory! I was working at the Ford assembly plant in Milpitas, CA. I don't remember thinking too much about it , one way or another. I believe it was just an unneeded car. No different than a Ford or a Mercury. And you folks are being too kind on names for the grill. Horse collar was bandied around. As was a more crude one. Ben
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    Ben's 1950 Buicks

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    1950 248.

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    1950 248.

    I am about ready to order parts for my rebuild. Would like to hear from others as to their ideas on the best places to buy. Looks like a rebore of .020. The crank is not worn too bad, but has .008 runout in the center. Looks like the head will be ok with out any thing major.
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    225/70R15 Suretrac Power Touring tires

    Well , you are not much help!. I am looking at them for my '50 for the WW as you are. I need some by the 23rd before a trip. Mine are almost ten years old and beginning to crack. Now if I can find them locally. Thanks, Ed Ben
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    225/70R15 Suretrac Power Touring tires

    Ed, did you go with these tires and if so, are you happy with them? Ben
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    Going to make a serpentine belt set up for straight 8

    Jim, the compressor tensionior is the same as the original generator. The alternator pivots on the mount it is mounted to on the compressor. All pretty simple, actually. I sure stewed on it enough. The alternator mount came from Bill Stoneburg. I had to modify it a little. Basically a "moon crescent" flange is bolted to two ears on the back [ right end ] of the Sanden compressor. A pipe spacer is welded to the bottom of the flange, extending to the corresponding ear at the front of the compressor. A couple of ears, 3/16x3/4 x about 3" are welded in an upright position to this spacer. These ears are placed such that the alternator pulley aligns with the front groove on the compressor pulley. Tensioner strap from alternator to a water pump bolt. After today, a total of about 1000 miler or so and belts are still tight. Ben
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    Raise your hand if you drove at least one old Buick this weekend

    Drove George to Vernon, Tx yesterday. Unfortunately, no pictures. This was to Summer's Last Blast car show. A '39 Special, a '70s Skylark and a '39 restomod were the only Buicks there. Drove just over 100 miles. Another 55 today just tooling around. Appears as though I MAY have licked the torque ball gremlin. We shall see. Ben
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    GIRLS ON BUICKS IV

    What a beautiful CAR. Must one take the girl to have the car? Ben
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    Going to make a serpentine belt set up for straight 8

    Evan never finished the serpentine belt mount. That I know of. I started off with my comp mounted like his. ....same problem I now have the comp mounted where the generator did mount, Two groove pulley on comp. Pulley grove nearest to comp [ back groove ] lined up with crank and water pump and driven with that belt. Alternator mounted on a manufactured bracket mounted on the comp. Alternator driven from front groove of compressor. About 1500 miles and absolutely NO problem. Have not even needed to tighten belts. Ben
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    Raise your hand if you drove at least one old Buick this weekend

    More like a Thoroughbred between two " plugs". Ben
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Well, dang it , man, that was a BARGAIN. Probably will not make it run any better, but sure looks good. A radiator shop here in town still does rodding. Had a Roadmaster one done in case mine did not cool with the A/C. Hope you get it running today. Ben
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Hang in there. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Ben
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    1941 McLaughlin Buick Roadmaster

    Does anyone know if a GM HEI module will work on 6V? If it will, I may have an answer. I had my Buick distributor modified with an HEI reluctor/pickup installed inside. The Module is on the cowl. I did not hide mine, but it can be mounted anywhere. Of course, George was changed to 12V when EFI was added. Ben
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    1939 Buick Torque Ball Needed

    Where is "down here", Jim? Ben