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About jvelde

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  1. jvelde

    1938 buick horn issue

    If you disconnected the Battery wire from the Horn Relay to silence the horns, it should not be draining the battery. If, however you just took the wire off each horn to silence them, the short is still active. The battery connects to the Horn Relay on the middle contact according to the wiring diagram in the Shop Manual. Still think your issue will be in the horn contact on the steering wheel, since that is where you were cleaning when it started.
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    1938 buick horn issue

    Bruce, Welcome to the Forum, always good to have another Pre-War Buick person on board. I noticed you have posted this in the AACA General Discussion section. If you scroll on down to the Buick section and post there in the Pre-War Forum, you will get your questions in front of more Buick people familiar with your vehicle - and they are really knowledgeable and helpful. Post some photos of your car when you get a chance, we love seeing what others have and are working on.
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    1938 buick horn issue

    Well, I do not know why it isn't showing discharge...! Just looked in the Bob's Catalog, and the Horn Button Separator is Part # HS-370 and is listed as $4.25. If you are not familiar with them, they have all sorts of Buick parts.
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    1938 buick horn issue

    The horn will only honk when grounded, so I suspect whatever caused it to come on is still grounding the circuit and draining the battery. I would take the horn ring off and see if there is something that has allowed the circuit to complete that needs to be fixed. There is a foam rubber separator between the horn ring and the horn contact plate that may have broken down. Bob's Automobilia (www.bobsautomobilia.com) has the parts if this is what you need. Photos in the 1938 Buick Shop Manual are on pages 264-266 (Electrical System Section 12-36 through 12-38).
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    Brake Cable Equalizer for '41 Special

    Here is a photo of the equalizer on my '39 Buick. Taken when the adjusting stud pulled loose from the front brake cable, Pretty simple to make one if you wanted to.
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    1939 Buick Special Shift Spring Bracket

    Hi Dave - took a couple of photos under my '39 just now - hope they help. The piece is right at 2 3/4" long. Couldn't hold the light, camera and tape measure all at the same time.
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    '39 Oil Leaks - Resolved

    Oil in distributor issue, I think, has been resolved thanks to member "edinmass". His suggestion to remove and clean all vents into and out of the block to reduce any pressure buildup in the block causing the oil to be pushed up into the distributor. His opinion that even a 1-lb difference in pressure could cause the problem proved to be correct. I removed the vent on the left side of the block, the oil filler breather cap and the breather tube on the right side and cleaned everything with parts cleaner and reinstalled after running the engine in the garage for 15-20 minutes with no oil being pushed up. Have driven 35-40 miles since, and the problem has not reappeared. So, Thanks Ed, I really appreciate your assistance and knowledge to help me solve this issue! John V.
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    Water Pump Options 1938 Special

    Just bought one a couple of weeks ago from Bob's Automobilia - www.bobsautomobilia.com, if you don't have luck elsewhere.
  9. Our Texas Region AACA hosted the 65th Annual Texas Tour this past week in Nacogdoches, Texas. The host hotel was The Fredonia Hotel, which had a 17 million dollar remodel in 2017. It was built in the mid 50's, and was restored in mid 50's modern style. We had over 80 cars and probably 180 or so people. We drove the Buick down on Wednesday and assisted with registration, parking lot marking, tour routes, and tour leading. The Buick logged 590 miles and performed well, considering the water pump had dribbled some before we left. I got a replacement pump from Bob's that arrived Monday before we left. I took the new pump with us, and installed it this week when we got back. Photos are on my wife's' phone, so nothing to share yet.
  10. out running around in the '39 yesterday and stopped by the Farmers Branch Rose Garden and Park. Took a few photos of the garden and the Buick while I was there.
  11. jvelde

    1939 buick holes under radio?

    Thanks Terry, that makes perfect sense, just never entered my mind.
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    1939 buick holes under radio?

    Here is where this has been discussed before - hope this helps....http://forums.aaca.org/topic/293224-1939-dashboard-photos/?tab=comments#comment-1604812
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    1939 buick holes under radio?

    The map light is located to the left of the radio, as you have pictured. I have always assumed the other hole is for accessory heater/defroster controls, but don't know that for certain. On my car the prior owner had installed another map light. When I replaced the wiring with Rhode Island kit, there was only provision for the one map light.
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    1939 Turn signal indicator lense

    I found some acrylic jewels at Michael's (I think). They had foil backing that I scraped off - just fit. Here is photo of it installed and also the package.
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    Need a big wallet for this one

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