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  1. 56 4dr hardtop special, not mine

    At least it will be a good donor parts car for someone, unlike this 1962 Wildcat
  2. 401 crankshaft but 40-under bearings?

    You could get it metal sprayed and re-ground to an available size, but that would most likely result in being far more costly than just finding another crankshaft, which would be the best option.
  3. 1929 Buick Engine

    From what I know the 1929 and 1930 engines are the same except for piston size.
  4. Kelsey Wire Wheels - how does this work

    Maybe he just changed his mind on the shipping deal and thought it was all too hard ? Many times sellers on USA Ebay won't sell / ship to international buyers, even with great feedback ratings. I don't know why. I have had to forego a few good deals because the seller would not ship even when I was going to be paying. Anyhow Stuart, there are a couple of reliable companies here that will bring them over for about the same money. Trouble is you will still have bear the cost of freight to a yard in Los Angeles CA
  5. Carolina Roadmasters: Collect all 4

    Great story and pictures Brian. Better than any I read in a glossy news stand magazine. Enjoy your new Buick when she arrives.
  6. Bob's Automobilia contact

    Got it, thankyou.
  7. Bob's Automobilia contact

    I can't find any email contact for Bob's. Has anyone contacted via email ? I just want to enquire about a part.
  8. new acquisitions at Browne Salvage, Sunset, TX

    I think I would need to take an Indian snake charmer with me to be crawling over those cars for parts.
  9. Nailhead rear main seal -- Help.

    Thanks for you advice on this buick man, but it's too late. After much ( too much ) deliberation / procrastination I've installed with rope seal. I got NO responses from any of the rubber seal suppliers on multiple requests for correct install procedure. Not even BEST who supplied the gasket kit without instructions. So I didn't want to take any chances with getting it wrong. If the rope leaks ( badly ) at least I then have the option to install the rubber seal as you suggest. Too hard or not possible to change from rubber to rope without taking engine out and to pieces. And I ain't doing that again
  10. 1954 Buick rear end wanted

    Are you after the complete rear axle housing or just the centre and gears ?
  11. Buick Tachometer

    7000 RPM tachometer in my son's 1962 Wildcat
  12. 1930 Marquette Phaeton phoenix AZ craigslist

    There's NO way any Australian would consider that car for the price. For several reasons ------ 1. The currency exchange rate would put that car about A$ 30-35,000 landed. 2. The cost of restoration is high here just like North America and that puts the overall cost to be up in the stratosphere. 3. Marquette ( touring cars ) here are not that "rare". I know of two locally and one is for sale at A$9,000 ( US$6,000 ) and in about similar condition or better. It's not a six wheeled option though and has wood wheels. The sedan models are rarer here. We are the opposite to North America, mostly our vintage cars ( 1920s ) are / were open cars across all manufacturers. We do not have the severe cold weather like you have hence touring cars were more popular and cheaper. 4. You can buy a very nice fully restored proper Buick touring car here for around A$25,000 so importing this car would be out of the question. Remember that green one from another General or Post War posting a few months ago ? I liked it and for the price was a good deal even if it was not the original colours.
  13. Nailhead rear main seal -- Help.

    The new rubber seal halves come with a diagram to show the correct forward facing lip install. But that's it as far as instructions go. Maybe the seal, with it's protrusion on each end is made to suit a number of engines ? That's where the success is measured I reckon. How much to trim and where ----- it being a different install procedure than the rope.
  14. Nailhead rear main seal -- Help.

    They seem to work for some people Benjamin , but not for others. There has to be a specific method of install for it to be successful. The rubber piece ends sit proud in the cap groove by about .020" or so. So there must be a trick to how much to trim ( if any ) and what sealant to use --- if any. That's the key to it all I reckon. These seals have a metal wire core so they wouldn't need to have much crush, if not trimmed to a degree I can't see how they would not buckle under torque ? The supplier BEST ( and others ) have not got back to me yet , so will wait for help, if not then the new rope seal goes in. I've had enough of waiting and need to get this all together.