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Bob Engle

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  • Birthday 06/19/1943

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  1. I use the 12 volt battery out of my trailer brake system. small gel battery and easy to remove and relatively inexpensive. Bob Engle
  2. I don't know of any seal supplier for the shaft seal. They are a pain to take apart. The seal cover is pressed on and there is no room to get behind the cover to remove. I have had some luck with using a torch to quickly heat the outer cover so it can be removed. I have taken rubber sheet and formed the seal that is inside this cover. Sometimes I have to make several attempts to get it sealed properly. The original seals appear to have been a cork impregnated compound. Bob Engle
  3. If you have wire wheels, you can use a standard 3 legged puller. You don't need to use the threads. You can rent or borrow one from many auto supply houses. Bob Engle
  4. The 32 Specs manual says "It is important that the cylindeer head bolts are not pulled down tighter than can be done with a 9" wrench using one hand on the wrench". I personally think it is mor e important to tighten the head in small increments. I am not fond of their tighrning sequence. I prefer to start in the middle and work side to side out to the ends. I tighen in 10 # increments up to 60 psi and then check again after a warming sequence on the engine. The key is to not distort the cylinder head, but pull it down uniformly. If replacing the head bolts, I do not recommend grade 8 bolts. They require more torque to stretch them. I have found that many 32 cylinder heads have had the bottom of the hex bolts rounded off and also rounded cylinder head bolt hole edges. I have counter bored the holes and installed a hardened washers flush with the cylinder head top surface, along with new head bolts to prevent further damage to the cylinder heads . Bob Engle
  5. Terry: Ill take them, just tell me the shipping cost and a check will be on the way. Bob Engle
  6. It's not a 50 series. Engines on 50 series do not have the top water tube on the engine. It's not a 1931 as it is a six cylinder.
  7. Electricity will take the path of least resistance. If the wires are arcing, it's possible that the connectors at the plugs are not in top condition, It's also possible that the plug gap and grounding of the plug to the engine block is not at it's best. Would any of the teflon antiseize products on the plug threads reduce the conductivity? I would also test a slightly smaller plug gap to see it's effect. The available plug wires are rubber coated with a cloth weave on the outside to look like orignal products. Even if the cloth is wet, the rubber should have enough resitance to prevent arcing. 9mm wires have more resistance than 7mm wires. More questions than answers. Forgetting appearance, run the wires without using the metal tube and put separators on the wires to keep them away from each other and any grounding potential. Bob Engle
  8. And long stays for the windshield/ top support. Bob Engle
  9. Were the wires you got 9mm? My car had 7mm wires and I replaced them with the correct 9mm. John Brillman has the wire with the correct cloth braid on the outside, You need to cut and solder the plug connectors on the wire. Cost is aboit $1.60 per foot plus shipping. He has a web site for any info you may need. Bob Engle
  10. One of my hunting buddies sent a bunch of old photos, and we all like to look at photos. Who can I.D, the years and models? Last photo is one of my favorites, I'd love to have that Buick sign! Is that a Buick in the last photo? Bob Engle
  11. John Brillman has the plug wiring. Phone 540 477 4112 It is modern inside with woven outside. I guarantee his price will be less than competitors. I made a set for my 17 D45 as my car had 7mm od wiring and I went to the correct 9mm wire. oak with black tracer 0ver 10 feet $1.60 per foot. Bob Engle
  12. We talk about spring wire diameter, spring length uncompressed, but I haven't heard anyone talk about the spring rate (pounds per inch of compression). To me this is the most critical specification. Wiire diameter and uncompressed length can vary from original, but the wrong spring rate can cause a lot of damage. Bob Engle
  13. I have used brake clean solvents on woven brake lining and then high pressure air. solvent disolves the greas and oil and then air blast to remove from the material. I would think you could use your favorite solvent and then air to clean them up. They are made of woven material with no bonding agent theat could break down with solvent use. Bob Engle
  14. Sure looks like a cone clutch to me. Very similar to my 17D45. I wrestled with the relining of my clutch last year. There are advocates as well as detractors for leather, kevlar and woven friction lining. I ended up having a local restoration shop reline my clutch with woven material as they guaranteed their work. I have to date been happy with the clutch performance. One argument for the woven material is that without a restoration of the engine seals, and replacement of the bearings with sealed bearings, there is a significant potential for grease and oil to get on the clutch matierial and the leather and kevlar will not perform well with these materials on the clutch face. As I have said, I talked with people that are happy with all of these materials. I doubt that there is one correct material. Bob Engle
  15. Stop at the BCA booth GBK 35-37, early on your visit. They always have a list of Buick booths and buick suppliers. I am hoping for good weather Saturday as I want to bring my 1917 D45. It's not a show stopper, but I want to get the 100 year old AACA badge. I sure hope it will drive from the trailer parking area to the show field. Bob Engle
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