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  1. I was short on time this morning. Those delco units are wired to 12 volt voltage regulator out of the 60's. They charge the battery well. Your car doesn't appear to be a touring car so I'm sure it would work well for your application. Modern serpantine belt was used so a new pulley was made to replace the v-belt pulley on the original starter/gen. Personally I think a v-belt would work better and possibly slip less than the serp that was used in this car. 2 v-belts would be better but a new pulley would have to be made. A ring gear and mini starter from a forklift would be more foolproof but you have to add an alternator or charge the battery often if used on a tour.
  2. The belt units I've worked on didn't work that well because the belt was quickly saturated with oil and it would slip on the flywheel. These were large HP cars so maybe on a the smaller Buick and keep it wiped off you would probably be fine. They use a starter/generator from a 60's era simplicity lawn mower. They are a delco unit. The flywheel should have a groove machined in it to keep the flat belt in line.
  3. I'm in Michigan. Morgan, I have a 263 engine but I don't want to use it. The waterneck is located in a different position and I'd like to keep it correct. Between the motor mount castings and the waterneck it's easy to spot the newer engine. The rods in this were converted to slip bearings so I can use them.
  4. Our 40' special is leaking from a welded water jacket. Crack runs across most of the block under the head. I really don't want to stitch or try to reweld it. Figure I'd rebuild another and have it ready to swap in a weekend. Thanks, Brad
  5. I service a 41' Cadillac with factory air and when that car was new you would put the belt on in the spring and take it off in the fall. It's right in the owners manual. You have to lose your 6volt because a compressor clutch isn't available in 6volt. With all the companies around right now it isn't to hard to add air. It's just how classy it looks when your done. I've seen some bad ones. Kinda like an alternator on a car designed for a generator. Most make me want to throw up.
  6. I'm going on 10 years and 12k miles on our 31' Buick tuneup with points and condenser. I keep spares in the car but haven't touched them. Most have forgotten to bend the points flat so they actually close flat and not on a corner. It helps with life. Modern/Cheap condensers is a bigger concern than the points will ever be for me.
  7. My tank has had some pin holes soldered in the top at some point. I've been removing the solder and tig welding them shut. I'll tig the holes until it passes a pressure test and run it for this year. Once the tank liner I use is back in stock I will have the tank dipped, more pressure testing, welding, and then I'll seal it. I'd still buy a better one if it comes up. If I have to buy a new one and modify it a bunch then I might as well use this one because either way I'd want to line it after I move the filler neck. Thanks for the information
  8. Have a rusty tank and the tank sealer I use isn't available until mid july. Wonder if any good tanks are out there or if anybody is making them. 269-986-4697 Brad
  9. Are you saying you put standard bearings in a .010 over ground crank?
  10. I dislike assembly. Every piece will fight to the end regardless of how well it was fitted before paint or chrome.
  11. It's just a bummer for everyone involved. I go to Hershey for the swapping and leave before the car show. It's kinda like the deer hunting my father did with his buddies. All BS but a lot of fun. We social distance all day in the orange field and you can throw a bowling ball down the isle and not hit a soul most of the day. It's just a parking spot as the guys park in their spaces and start walking. How is it acceptable to do a car show and not the swap meet? Some in our group are getting older and giving them a year off and they might not return for numerous reasons. If not for them I probably won't make the annual trip because I can usually internet buy every part as soon as I get home instead of the walking the 26 miles to not find what I'm looking for.
  12. Stuff is getting deep. Who is asking people to die by opening a business responsibly? More lives will be ruined/affected negatively by this shutdown than the virus will ever do.
  13. Steve, I meant the USA. Not the aaca volunteers that setup and run the show. We all have opinions on the subject but the CDC released a death rate of less than .3%. Yes, that is .3%. I understood in the beginning when the numbers scared most everybody. We were scared for a couple weeks until the data started flowing. At this point who even knows how many have actually died from the virus as money is given for each death labeled "Covid". We are supposed to live in fear the rest of our lives and hide behind masks. If I was high risk I'd stay home. Right now I'm not going to live on my knees and I won't have my identity taken away by some homemade mask that doesn't work anyway. Here in Michigan we can't go to church but we can get pot/booze/lotto and put covid positive people in retirement homes. Something is wrong and people need to wake up if they love the good old USA.
  14. We were so fortunate to get Amelia Island completed before this crap stopped that also. I'm sad we won't have Hershey this year and a little ashamed of our society at the same time. Were a bunch of pathetic pansy azz's if you ask me. I understand the legal portion and it's sad what we've become.
  15. Are you adding flattener to the Imron? I'm not aware of semi-gloss Imron but I quit using the stuff over 5 years ago. Local jobber no longer mixes it but I could get black gallons. The last gallon I purchased had completely different characteristics compared to what I'd been spraying for years. Felt like I was paying for the name but the product wasn't the same. Personally I'd ditch the Imron and go the epoxy route only. SPI epoxy is the best stuff I've found. Reasonably priced and the best quality. Why add another topcoat that isn't as durable as the epoxy under it? I powerwash the blasted frame and then air dry before shooting the epoxy. This only works with larger commercial type compressors or mega leaf blower to get it dried before it flash rusts. This is depending on the humidity. Anything over 60% is going to go orange pretty quick. Any wipes are going to end up with fuzzy's on the metal. Which isn't a problem if you plan on sanding it.
  16. My bendpak hd9000xw is 6 years old and it's been flawless. I like the air locks. Friend has a Rotary Revolution has has a large handle that pulls 4 cables and he's gotta adjust it once a year and really liked the idea of the air ones. I have air at all times so it's not an inconvenience to me. I wish I would've bought rolling bridge jacks but was to cheap. Messing around with jacks is a little pain the butt and I'll probably at least one bridge jack soon. Some of those "show specials" look scary to me. I wouldn't risk my life under a bunch of extra cheap china steel. My bendpak is china steel but at least it's ALI certified. My next lift will probably be a mohawk with wheel lift adapters. Thats when your done fooling around.
  17. The color is not only important but so is the output. The cheaper ones I tried weren't any better than the florescents they replaced. The ones I listed are around 3000 lumens. Most were around 2000 and weren't an upgrade other than the utility bill. I don't care about the bill as I don't like working with trouble lights. I have a few that aren't frosted and I didn't care for them. If your working on your back they have a sharp glare out the corner of my eyes. Lots of fixtures with good even light is way better than few with really bright bulbs unless you like shadows and such. I've converted most of my fixtures with new tombstones from amazon. They are cheap and most of the originals are so cheap they break when trying to switch the pins. Mine strips were all lithonia but I bought some of the strips that are wired for led. Those are nice. You only power one side of the bulbs. Hot and neutral wires into the end. A lot easier than screwing around running through the ballast.
  18. I'd add a lot more light fixtures also. I've tried 6 different led 4' bulbs from different suppliers and settled with over 120 from Eledlights.com. Ultra hi lumen, 6k color with frosted lens. Best I've found for working on old cars. 4k or 5k color is yellow. I've never received any savings from led conversions because I always add more fixtures for more light. Strip lights the length of the shop with 6' between rows works pretty well. 4' Would be better. What type of insulation is in the walls and ceiling?
  19. Congrats Eric. Just came across this today and didn't realize you were selling. Kellie and I enjoyed sitting and visiting in the car at Eyes on Design when it decided to downpour. Someone purchased a great car.
  20. When we do a tour or a show the car gets driven there and home again. It was the way we were taught. Unfortunately that usually keeps us around within 300 miles or so from home due to time restraints. Someday we will have more time to venture farther out. 20 years ago other people had our same mentality but it's lost now. We were probably the only car that drove to St. Johns this year and especially pre-war. Meadowbrook used to have plenty of show cars in the hotel parking lots. If I could afford a J it would be driven to Auburn every year and would sit out every night just like our Auburn. Wouldn't matter how nice or which one it was. It's just how we do it. The white rolston, blue clear vision, and our Auburn coupe sat out in the rain saturday night and believe it or not they didn't melt.
  21. Most years the Wakens drive their 812 up from Oklahoma. It was trailered this year. A club member used to drive up from AZ but he passed away this year so that trip is over. Seems like it's fewer and fewer cars every year. The owners are passing and the cars aren't around like they used to. A couple years ago the White Rolston drove down from Hickory Corners. Depends on how many cars they bring. That year it was one so it was easier to drive down. I'm not aware of any Duesenbergs driven there this year. I've driven that white Rolston around 50 miles in the past and it was fantastic. I had the blue clear vision with aluminum belts in the shop last spring. Fantastic car, one of the best starting ones I've seen. My wife drives her Auburn coupe 90 miles each way every year while I follow with the camper. She's been driving it down for almost 25 years and her grandpa before that. She stays for the awards and I leave for home early. It's only let her down twice and both times have been a cracked rotor that grounds out to the top of the shaft. She fixed it the second time on the road. It was a real head scratcher the first time.
  22. It will never be for sale but a guy can dream.
  23. Thanks John, but one Auburn is plenty for me. If it wasn't the wife's car then I'd fill the space with something I like.
  24. They did make a coupe. It was released late in the 35' model year. About the rarest Auburns around. Estimated to be six left out of a hundred and some made. It was a cabriolet body with fixed wood/chicken wire top. I know of a few coupes that were turned into cabriolets since open cars were worth more at one time. Comfortable car to drive, back window rolls down and with cowl vent it moves air nicely. Ours has been driving down to Auburn fall for 40 years now. Bad thing with an Auburn is block problems. They are really thin under the valves and all seem to be cracked. They also have 7/16" fine head bolts into cast iron so they have all been helicoiled or they strip out.
  25. I'd check out Coker or Diamondback's website for standard tire dimension info. Flush the brake fluid if it's been sitting a while. Usually they need the works if it has been sitting. If it's power brakes they are known to dump brake fluid in the booster and not work properly.
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