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    Morris Plains, NJ
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    Restoring pre-1938 radios, electronically and cabinetry. Most time these days is spent restoration and upgrading my newly acquired (Aug 2016) '37 Buick Special 4-dr.

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    38 Century Driveability Hiccups...

    Watch out for a frozen heat riser between the intake and exhaust manifolds. Its operated by an spiral thermal spring on one side of the manifold and a counter balance weight on the other side. Make sure that this mechanism operates freely. Mine was frozen in my '37 and caused the carburetor to get too hot, making the engine feel week and feeble above 40 mph after ten minutes of driving. Even though I managed to get it free (copper hammer repeatedly on both ends of the hinge pin), there is enough residual rust in the hinge pins to prevent proper operation. To remedy it I set the mechanism to a non-heat position (full frontal CW) and putting the thermal spring on backwards to keep it permanently in the non-heating position. The car runs fine now at all speeds. Since I don't drive the car in winter weather I really don't need to have this device operating.
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    Rusty Gas Tank

    Until I learned about rust in the gas tank, my "new" '37 Buick appeared to run out of gas every two or three miles. The fuel filter clogged daily. Before the gas tank was sent out for splitting, sand blasting, and lining, my mechanic showed me a large pile of rust he had poured from the tank. Gas with alcohol= water in the tank.
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    38 Buick Glove box clock blows fuse

    Brian- Did you ever get this clock working? If it still doesn't work I'll offer you my fifty + years of professionally servicing electronic instruments and with a mountain of equipment. I won't damage it more than the present condition; message me if you want to send it to me for analysis and probable repair. You shouldn't have oiled it; that should really be flushed out. A minute application of a dry lubricant like micro-powdered TFE works very well in clock movements.
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    New member with ‘36 Buick Special looking for parts

    I've got an original Harrison heater in my '37-41 and it has pre-punched holes through the firewall above and below the tag.
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    1936 DeSoto S1 Airstream Touring Sedan! WOW!

    My mistake. I've always thought of the AirStream models as being the Chrysler type bodies. Learn something every day.. Thanks.
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    1936 DeSoto S1 Airstream Touring Sedan! WOW!

    Is this car really an "AirStream"? It looks like a normal sedan of the time to me.
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    38 Buick Glove box clock blows fuse

    It sounds like you have found the switch. It operates when the clock spring winds down; its strictly a mechanical operation. In normal operation it will be open and when the spring is wound down it will close, apply current/voltage the the coil, and thus wind the movement. If its closed, probe it to see if it pops open; it could have a weak return spring or perhaps the contacts have burned themselves into a short. If the contacts have burn damage, some super-fine sandpaper or an abrasive contact cleaner may be needed. Above all, do not use spray can contact cleaner!!
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    38 Buick Glove box clock blows fuse

    That's a 2 amp fuse as I recall. The switch that is operated by the coil sounds like its stuck.
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    What Years Buick Used Switch Under Accelerator Pedal

    I deliberately removed the manifold starter switch from my '37 Buick to protect the flywheel ring gear. If the engine didn't get off to a strong start, the starter would try to re-engage with the flywheel while the engine was running at a very slow speed. I just couldn't stand the grinding clashing sound of a ring gear being destroyed. If there was an adjustment for it I never found it.
  10. None of these "plastic" ferrules on my '37 door handles and cranks want to move, they are frozen in place on the handle shafts. That means that I can't remove the door panels to fix the window regulators. Is there a trick to getting these to move without breaking them?
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    Dangerous hydraulic jack

    The jack that I originally posted about came in previously opened and taped shut. There was no instruction sheet. It is rated as 2 1/2 ton and my first application here was to lift the body by the frame high enough to place the jack stands. I would never tried to lift the entire front end or rear off of the ground with such a cheap device; it was intended for single wheel or body raising only. I've been using the same jack stands for 55 years. It was stupid on my part to have not realized that something was missing from the new jack, a dumb mistake not to be repeated. I've always used screw type jacks but not the vertical type from the 20's or 30's. When I bought this hydraulic jack I put it in the Buick and the screw jack went into the Jeep Wrangler- another mistake.
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    Dangerous hydraulic jack

    Now I understand! The saddle was missing in my box! Thanks all for advising me of the real problem.
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    Dangerous hydraulic jack

    I don't want to cause a huge controversy but I do want to raise an issue of safety. Be very careful of these hydraulic jacks. Today was my first use of the jack, raising the body of my '37 Buick so that I could get underneath it. The car slid off of the jack twice after lifting the body/frame less than two inches. It didn't roll. The frame didn't bend. The pavement was flat. I was not underneath the car. This jack is simply unstable and unable to make a solid , safe contact to an automobile frame. I've gone back to my screw jack.
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    1936 Buick shutting off

    Have a look at the sediment jar on your fuel pump. If it has a lot of rusty junk in it, that same sediment may have worked its way into the carburetor and simulate a "no gas" condition. What I'm getting at is that if your gas tank has not been serviced and lined for use with modern ethanol fuels, you may just have an internally rusted gas tank. Ethanol contains water and that water will rust your tank. Its a problem that drove me nuts for the first few months of driving my new '37.
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    1936 Buick Over heating problem HELP!

    My '37 248 had a far FAR worse overheating problem. Five miles was my maximum mileage per drive before overheating. Then I used "Evapo-Rust", a radiator additive that dissolves rust. After two hours at high idle and I couldn't make my engine overheat with the most strenuous driving. Amazon carries it and probably auto parts stores. Its an outstanding product. I am in no way connected to the manufacturer of this product.