Mark Shaw

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  1. There are ten Cole cars listed in the current HCCA roster...
  2. I had three of those cars visit my Buick Barn on Father's Day.... On Sunday mid-morning (Father’s Day), I got a call asking for directions to my place. At noon, a roll-back tow truck arrived and unloaded the Packard in front of my car barn. John, the owner, drove it onto the lift in the barn so the transaxle could be disassembled and examined to find the problem. Meanwhile, a 1912 Simplex Touring Car and a 1913 Rolls Royce race car arrived with what I learned was the Red Rock “pit crew” (sorry I was too busy to catch everyone’s name). With the Packard up on the car lift, the pit crew went to work and soon found bad news; there were ball bearings in the gear lube as it drained from the transaxle. Later a destroyed bearing was found at the very rear end of the input shaft. And of course it was not a standard size bearing. So the pit crew started searching The Internet for a replacement. But because it was Sunday, they could not order the replacement until Monday morning. The pit crew soon departed in the Rolls and Simplex, and I loaned John & Bob (the two Packard guys from PA) my 1986 GMC Caballero to drive to Astoria, OR; the next stop on their tour. The tour was scheduled for a “lay-off day on Monday” to enjoy the day and to rest before continuing down the Oregon coast on Tuesday. That was my kind of fun for Father's Day! But wait, there’s more! John & Bob called about 11:30 Monday morning and had already picked up a replacement bearing. But it was a bit too wide to fit into the transaxle and would need to be machined to fit. They wanted a shop with a surface grinder to make the bearing thinner and a good lathe to machine a bit more room on the input shaft before the new bearing could be installed. So I called Salmon Creek Machine (my local do-it-all machine shop) owned by a cool car guy who agreed to take care of us for this emergency repair. They used a ceramic cutter on the lathe rather than a gritty surface grinder to cleanly machine the super hard bearing races. Then after much discussion on how to remove the shaft from the housing, somebody had the bright idea to save time by machining it without removing it from the housing. All went well and the machining was done in less than two hours. The new parts fit perfectly and the re-assembly of the transaxle went smoothly. Refilling the transaxle with SAE 250 WT gear lube took awhile because we had to transfer the viscous lube from a five gallon pail to a 16 oz. Coca Cola bottle that would fit between the transaxle and the car body. So Bob used the extra time between refills to fix the loose cut-out that was always open and very loud during the tour. By 5 PM, the Packard boys from Pennsylvania were back on their way to Astoria, driving quietly in high gear again! They were fortunate that their tour group had a lay-off day in Astoria so they could re-join the normal tour and didn’t have to take short cuts to catch up. And yours truly has been promised a really nice dinner next time I go to the Hershey PA swap meet!
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    1938 Special rear shocks

    I have had new replacement rear shocks in my shop for two years and still have not installed them. This thread is very informative and has reminded me to get this job done. Thanks so much to Mat & Don for your helpful instructions and photos.
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    Two Gentlemen's car/pickups For Sale

    Paul, If anyone doesn't buy yours because it's on the wrong side of the country, just refer them to me. I have a 1986 GMC Caballero for sale under your asking price. Note the wheels have been changed to original style.
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    someone who knows what it's for parts

    These look more like a convertible top latch to me.
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    Owner Manual for a 1914 Buick - Fuel System questions

    I have both a 1914 Reference Book and a 1914 Price List of Parts for Models C24 & C25 cars. There is precious little useful information in the Reference Book. The parts book does have drawings of most parts of the car with part numbers, but it has nothing on the fuel system.
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    Brass Buick questions

    Brian, Welcome to the prewar forum! According to my Standard Catalog of American Cars, your car has the same 201 cu in 4X4 engine that I have in my 1931 Model 31 Touring car. My car has a total loss oiling system with a fresh oil reservoir on the left front side of the engine & a piston oil pump that only pumps oil from the reservoir to the dash sight glass and gravity feeds back to the dipper troughs in the pan. Used oil simply accumulates in the pan and must be drained when the reservoir level gets about a quart low. I simply add one fresh quart to the reservoir and use the empty oil bottle to collect the used oil from the four pet cocks on the bottom of the pan. If your car does not have the reservoir, it must be recirculating like my 1912 and 1915 Buicks with the 165 cu in engines. These engines have a plug or pet cock on the side of the pan. I simply drain and refill the pan with fresh oil up to the level of the side pet cock at the end of each touring season. It is important to adjust the magneto points not to exceed 1/64" and Bosch recommends a spark plug gap of .015". This is so the mag will not overheat and melt the original pitch that coats the windings. Overheating can result in seizing the mag when it cools after a short stop for coffee (Ask me how I know). Therefore, I use the feeler gauges on my original Bosch Magneto wrench to adjust the mag points and spark plug points. I currently use Autolite #3076 or #3077 spark plugs that are no longer available, but Champion W18 or W89 plugs will work OK. I changed to the hotter Autolites years ago because the Champion plugs caused fouling in my car; especially after downhill runs. Others have posted the following on the BrassBuicks forum on Yahoo: Spark Plugs: "The original 1910-13 Buick plugs were the AC 1, which were a take-a-part two piece plug. The AC 1 was known in the trade as the "Buick" plug and had a 7/8 inch thread with a 1 1/8" hex nut for removal. It was also called a "long" plug with the 1/2" extension below the threads to place the spark into the combustion chamber of this overhead- valve engine. Since the Mason OHV engine was design by ex-Buick engineers for the 1914 Chevrolet 4's in Flint, the Chevrolet 4 also adopted this "Buick" 7/8" long plug for its 1914 models. Except by 1914 AC had announced its new design TITAN line with the first TITANS being a two piece plug but not field take-a-part. These plugs were real duds because they leaked combustion gases, so AC came out with the improved one piece TITAN design plug for 1915. So between 1915 and 1925 this plug would be labeled on the AC boxes as a 78 Long or 78 LT. Of course the original AC 1 take-a-part was still available as a replacement plug also into the late 20's." I am sure you will find lots of help on this forum.... Good luck with your new brass Buick and feel free to ask more questions as you go....
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    Anyone Catch What the '41 Roadmaster Brought?

    Not shown in the sold section... Buick&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1&rt=nc&_trksid=p2045573.m1684
  9. The Denver BCA Board Meeting Agenda includes reports from all BCA Divisions. So, since this forum currently serves for contacts and communications for over 400 registered members of the BCA Pre-War Divison, I hereby request our members to notify me about any issues you would like me to present to the board at the upcoming Denver Meet. Feel free to send me private messages if you feel your issues should not be public or if you simply wish to remain anonymous. I will do my best to convey your concerns or compliments to the board. Thank you, Mark Shaw Pre-War Division Director
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    wood floor board

    Kyle, I may have a spare striker plate...
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    Rims 1931, 60

    In 1931 Buick used split demountable rims.
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    Who's Going to Denver

    No tickets to see the cars or attend the swap meet. The host hotel is the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows, 10345 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree, CO 80124. I am staying at the Hampton not far away... I am not bringing a car going or going on bus tours, so I see no need to register. I will attend as Joe Public. However, since I am a BCA member, I plan to attend the BCA general membership and BCA board meetings. 😎
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    Who's Going to Denver

    I will be there Thursday afternoon through noon on Saturday. Staying at the Hilton Garden Inn.
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    Buick powered GMC/La France

    20's era Buick manifolds are often turned up side down to accommodate down draft carbs for better fuel efficiency. I know that GMC trucks used 6 cylinder Buick engines in the late 20's - 1930 with the original updraft carbs.
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