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About 37_Roadmaster_C

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  • Birthday 01/18/1964

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    Central Washington State, USA
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    Electronics, amature radio, antique cars, metal working (machining), cats and family

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  1. 37_Roadmaster_C

    current leakage

    Hi Broken You have now joined the exclusive club for those of us that have to much technical experience and way to much time on our hands........ Also, Thanks Joe. That schematic will be very helpful to those of us that want to find the real answer for GM alternator failures .
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    Assembly of my 1928 Durant differential

    Hi Mike, I know nothing specific about Durant, but I would look things over with a critical eye. Depending on how the differential is built the gasket question you pose might have more importance than just leaking gear oil. It is possible that the gasket thickness may effect the preload on the bearings. It is probably unlikely, but I am having that exact problem with a modern (1996) GMC differential. Just look things over with the question in mind... Would spacing of the two halves effect the pressures on any of the parts? The only other thing I would be careful about is WHO I let work on my car. If someone takes it apart, they should be able to reassemble it properly. If they cannot then they are a hazard to your classic.... Robin
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    Water Pump Options 1938 Special

    Ihad the water pump on my 37 Roadmaster rebuilt by the Flying Duchman and will highly recomend them. The work was flawless and part of their services is to throughly clean the parts and repaint the housings. When it was shiped back it looked and worked like a new pump. I do not remember the cost exactly, but $150.00 rings bells. I have no regrets with the work and price.
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    1965 Riviera 401 Carb Question

    If the origional Carters only need a rebuild then they are by far the best answer. The Carters are not fancy nor do they have a spiffy name, but they are dependable, reliable and stock equipment. Why would you think needing a rebuild would make the stock carbs garbage? I'm sorry, but I just do not understand that thinking. Your car, your carbs and your decision. If you do replace the Carters, treat them kindly as someone will buy them to make a modified car stock again.
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    That looks like exceptional quality work. Just a tidbit of information for those who may want it.... Veradale is an old name for a community just east of Spokane Washington. Now it is part of Spokane Valley Washington. The area is the largest metro in Eastern Washington. Just a FYI....
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    Unknown part

    Loren, I gave you a like for the factory name
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    6V fog light wiring

    Matt, Disreguard my idea. Your switch is a different type. I am also curious about the two terminals under the fuse clips. My thought is that the switch may have provisions to be used either with or without the fuse depending on which terminal is connected to the power source. Just a thought......
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    6V fog light wiring

    Matt, Some of the old accessory switches were lighted. If yours is one of those the third terminal is ground. If you have an ohm meter check the resistance through all combinations of two terminals. Do this with the switch both off and on. Even better do the tests including the metal mounting surface as a fourth terminal. The reason for this is that the internal light may be designed to be tied into the dash lights so that the switch is only lighted when the dash lights are on. In that case the ground for the switch would be the metal mounting point. Let us know what you find.
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    When Re wiring Vehicle wire size

    No problem Frank. I just get pissy about things like this because I have been in the middle before. Now if you want a real productive argument, lets talk metric VS imperial pros and cons............ I'm running out now... is afraid of fire....
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    When Re wiring Vehicle wire size

    Ok guys, I am going to jump in here and call BS on the irrelivant argument about electron flow! Joe is correct if you want to grade a test for an engineering position. The real point of this topic is wire size and I mean the size (cross sectional area) of the copper. It has been explained that the current (amperage) required to do a specific amount of work (light a lightbulb, for example) is doubled in a 6 volt system as compaired to a 12 volt system. The more amps required means the wire needs to be larger to allow the amps through with acceptable voltage loss. The techno jargon is not needed to explain this to a non tech person. If you want an explaination of the scientific reasons including the math to prove why a certain wire size is used, feel free to take an electrical engineering course from a respectful school!!! Sorry for the snarkey response, but it serves no purpose for the original poster, to argue scientific nitpicking points. I have lived and worked on both sides of this fence and the point is moot for practical answers. Now one thing we seem to agree on is that buying a premade harness is generally more practical than making one yourself. Just for info, I bought my replacement harness from YNZ in California. They are just another option to check out. The harness for my 37 Buick was custom ordered with some modifications to meet my wants. The harness is perfect and the documentation is great. The mods I ordered were a larger wire size for headlight circuits, a rework to allow turn signals with the existing lights and a couple of extra wires for driving lights, spotlight and a possible future electric fuel pump. The finished harness looks like Buick made it in 1937. Again, sorry for the rant .
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    Oil (Groan)

    I would recomend a quality oil recomended for diesel engines, in a viscosity appropriate for the temperature. I am not sure what brands are available in the UK. The zinc issue is basicly handled with a diesel oil. The worst oil you can buy today is much better than the best available in the 20's. I mainly replied to this post just to say, "Beautiful Car". Have fun...
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    Can I reuse 1955 Packard 320 headbolts?

    I am very mixed on the replys to this thread. I will just toss in my thoughts for consideration. I understand and respect both Matt and Joe and their experience and technical knowledge. In my time as a amature machinist and a car and farm fixer I have never replaced a head bolt on pre 80's engines. Matt makes a good point with the consideration that if the bolts are replaced with appropriate new bolts you will have no doubts. New high grade bolts should not cost $18.00 each. More like $2 to $5 each. As long as the head and block are both the same metal, I would not be afraid to reuse origional bolts as long as they are not obviously damaged. I would make sure the bolts AND threaded block holes are clean and cleared. I would also make sure to measure bolt clearance as mentioned above in case the head or block were ever milled from origional. Another thing to watch for that costs nothing is carefully count the number of turns it takes to bottom out the bolts in the block without the head. This will give you a reference point. When you install the head and tork the bolts keep a close count on the turns used. I would expect there to be several turns unused. If it is getting real close I would simply expect either the head/block was machined or the bolts had streached. Either way, new bolts should be used. I would also make it a point to retork the bolts after a couple of heat cool cycles and again after a month or so of average driving. It is a bit excessive, but a retork after winter storage could not hurt. Just my thoughts, for what you paid for them .
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    1937 Buick Special - Opinions re. condition

    In a post above someone asked if all 37 Roadmasters had wood in the body. The answer is - YES. The Special was all steel. The Century I am not sure. I have been told both ways. 1938 and newer, ALL Buicks were all steel bodys.
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    1936 Roadmaster broken pistons

    I do not know about your 36 320, but my 37 has a new rebuild with 38 pistons from Egge and there were no problems at all. Egge also did the machine work on the rods for insert bearings and they also were a perfect fit.
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    37 Buick solenoid end play

    Whoa, stop, reread Bloos instructions. You do need the starter removed and on the bench. The 1/8 inch clearance he mentions is between the starter gear and the inside edge of the starter nose casting. I will confirm Bloos information....It was the starter on my Roadmaster that he rebuilt... works great .