Daves1940Buick56S

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About Daves1940Buick56S

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  • Birthday 06/10/1953

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    Rockville, MD
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  1. Daves1940Buick56S

    38 Buick Glove box clock blows fuse

    OK, another thought. This was covered in another thread, but if you put a diode connected in reverse across the coil you will greatly extend the life of the points. Use a 1N4007 (1 kV PRV) for max protection against spikes. Basically the diode provides a path for the induced voltage built up in the coil as the points open. Cheers, Dave
  2. Daves1940Buick56S

    38 Buick Glove box clock blows fuse

    Brian: When you oil a clock, in general don't put oil on the gears themselves but where the pivots at the ends of the arbors (shafts the gears are pressed on) go into the end plates. This is where the friction will occur when they are dirty. Clock oil is viscous enough to kind of stick to the arbors, for a while anyways. Also make sure the shafts and pivots of the armature is also free and a little lube is ok, but not too much. Cheers, Dave Spinney beat me to it by a minute!
  3. Daves1940Buick56S

    Question on Garage Supports

    Thanks Lamar! Just plain old asphalt shingles on the roof. We are going to try to sort of match the house so it will be a colonial-style garage, whatever that ends up as, and likely brick over frame like we did our addition. Cheers, Dave
  4. Daves1940Buick56S

    Question on Garage Supports

    We have a tree service - a small family owned local outfit that has been in business over 50 years, so all of our trees get looked at about twice a year. And they do clear out the dead branches, but sometimes one will get ahead of them and fall. We had a big windstorm a couple of months ago and I lost a big branch, although not nearly as big as the one in your photo. I do not think the project will hurt the tree. First, the slab edge will be about 8 feet from the trunk. I know the roots extend out to the drip line, but another thing in my favor is that the ground slopes away from the edge of the existing pad towards the tree, so the slab will only be an inch or so into the ground near the tree, assuming a 6 inch deep slab. Cheers, Dave
  5. Daves1940Buick56S

    Question on Garage Supports

    Will do. I will probably start the process in a couple of months, assuming my current work contract goes most of the rest of the year, with the build next Spring. Cheers, Dave
  6. Daves1940Buick56S

    Question on Garage Supports

    OK, it looks like the better way is upgraded standard framing. I can deal with that. Cheers, Dave
  7. Daves1940Buick56S

    Question on Garage Supports

    Yeah, that's a non-starter. That was the deal I made with my wife, so...
  8. I am seriously considering putting up a detached garage to house my growing collection, or at least some of it. We have a nice 30 ft wide by 22 ft deep space at the edge of the current pad. So will be putting in a slab. I can't go much deeper than 22 fet due to property line and a large oak tree that I don't want to disturb - too much anyways. So this oak has a nasty habit of shedding a big branch every few years. By big I am talking sometimes 5 in diameter. Probably big enough to go thru a conventionally framed garage and do damage to the cars inside. Can I avoid this by spec'ing steel beams for the basic frame and ceiling joists? Or is there a better way? Cheers, Dave
  9. Daves1940Buick56S

    38 Buick Glove box clock blows fuse

    Brian: The only adjustment is to make sure the points close before the wind-down is complete. The main thing is the resistance of the points when they close. If it's correct the current should fairly quickly energize the coil and enough of a magnetic field (B field) will be induced to knock back the armature which "winds" the clock and separates the points. If the resistance is high the build up of current, and of the resultant magnetic field, will be slower and the points will carry more current than design permits and burn. We're talking about a millisec or 2 for good points and a couple/few of 10's of msecs for higher resistance points. Cheers, Dave
  10. Daves1940Buick56S

    New Addition to Garage

    Leif: No, got it it New Jersey. Much cheaper shipping! Here are the numbers: Tag Style 38-4627 (Model 66S Sport Coupe) Body L 133 Trim 410 ( Tan mohair fabric which it does not have currently) Paint 515 ( Rembrandt black) Engine 63480728 Frame 33256002 Cheers, Dave
  11. Daves1940Buick56S

    New Addition to Garage

    Thanks all! It's like a dream come true! Cheers, Dave
  12. Daves1940Buick56S

    New Addition to Garage

    Mark, that is exactly my plan! Cheers, Dave
  13. Daves1940Buick56S

    New Addition to Garage

    Pete: One of the previous owners "customized" the wiring. The switches control instrument lights, map light, spotlight, driving lights, etc. My plan is the remove the dash and "undo" some of the changes and upgrade the wiring as necessary. And repair the radio and clock. The same thing I did to my '40. Didja catch the huge Super Ray Cross Country lights? Cheers, Dave
  14. Daves1940Buick56S

    New Addition to Garage

    Another pic...
  15. Daves1940Buick56S

    New Addition to Garage

    Well, I did it! I am now the proud owner of a 1938 Century Sport Coupe 66S. In very good condition. No doubt I will have some questions and need some advice from you 37 and 38 guys. I will join the 37/38 Club shortly. Meanwhile, herewith some pictures, boys and girls...