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  1. Hello Carl, Wow:eek:, really, I wouldn’t think those old drive trains could handle interstate speeds. Mind you that this is a Series 40 93bhp engine. Not the Century or the Road master which is claimed to go about 100mph. This engine also has about 92k miles on it which I believe is a lot for them. I wonder how many miles these engines could go with the old oil back in the day if maintained correctly. This engine never had an oil filter, but I cleaned out and took apart the engine and put new rings in. Never touched the rod bearings or valve guides. Does burn oil on startup but clears up after it's warmed up. No smoke when driving. Robert
  2. Thanks for the replys! I know that back in the 80s I had a 1987 nissan which no over drive and at highway speeds it too was very busy sounding. My 1994 sentra had OD and was a lot quieter. I just keep the old girl between 45 and 50mph. But Even that SOUNDS busy! AS Long as I'm not doing it any harm. Oil pressure is around 30 hot and temp is around 160 - 180. It,s Just so noisy, I'm working on Redoing the floor and installing some sound deadener. Thanks again, I probably should ride in more cars from that era! Robert
  3. Hello all, Hello All, Spring and Summer is on it's way!! This is a quick question regarding the 1936 Buick Special series 40. I usually drive the car about 10 miles round trip (location where I live) to car shows and weekend drives. I usually keep the speed of the car around 45 to 50mph, does that “hurt” the Buick since they are geared so low 50mph seems to really have high rpms where as my 1949 Buick Super Series 50 seems to curse fine at 50 to 60mph (Dynaflow). Thanks Robert <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p>
  4. Hello, Do you still have this radio for the '36 Buick? If so would you consider selling it? Thanks Robert
  5. Well, it really was not too bad as long as you take your time and meassure everything out. They are really pretty smiple back then.
  6. Hello Grandpa. Thanks and nice pictures depicting the differences and how the lights work. I have a ’49 Buick that uses mercury to turn the light on. When the trunk lid is raised the mercury flows to the contact points. Although this would look nice on the ’36 Buick, I don’t think it would work good because the trunk lids does not open all the way up (stays kind of straight out), therefore it would not all the mercury or little metal balls go toward the contact points. I figured I make a simple fix, and tie the trunk light bulbs into the dome light switch. This way I am sure they are off when not in use. I did the same thing for the glove box light (not included in ’36). I tied the glove box light into the “map light” switch. Robert
  7. Thanks, I am going to put two light in there that operate off of the dome light switch...so that should look good to. I don't think they had trunk lights back in 36 for any model. Radio...may take a while. They are A LOT of money!! Robert
  8. Thanks, My next challenge is to get the original radio and speaker, along with the dial.
  9. Hello All, I've completed the restoration of my 1936 Buick Special Trunk. I really did not have a photo to go by, so I used the old advertisment image as a guide. I am looking to find the radio head next for my restoration project. But can't seem to find any for sale. I am looking for either the "Ranger" or "Master" don't care which one. Thanks for reading. Robert
  10. 1936 Buick Special ring gear fixed using grade 8 5/16 1.25in bolts.
  11. Fixed ring gear on the 1936 Buick Special. Drilled out old rivets and replaced with 5/16 1.25in grade 8 bolts...see the pictures. Thanks again Robert
  12. Hello Kevin, Really, I do have a Fastenal around here. Maybe I should replace the bolts I put in and try using Grade 10 bolts. What I did use was Grade 8 5/16 X 1.25 and they seemed to bolt up fine. I've also went for a couple of rides and did not hear anthing, although I will be checking it to see if anything is under stress. But you did make a good point. I've wrote down your suggestion and may end up puting in the Grade 10 bolts with locking nuts just for good measure and a piece of mind! Thanks for your input. Robert P.S. I am new to all this stuff, but am very handy
  13. Hell All, 1936 Buick Ring gear fixed!! This project was not too bad. The hardest part is to remove the old rivets that got sheared off in the first place. 1. We had to make a punch that could fit in holes in the carriage and then penetrate to the ring gear. 2. Next is to drill out the rivets about 1/4(suggested from my 1949 Buick shop manuel). This was hard because I kept breaking drill bits. 3. Once the rivets were weakened, you can just pound them out with a sledge hammer and a punch. 4. Next, would be to insert the Grade 8 5/16 bolts that are about 1.25 inches long. I was lucky enough to find bolts that did not have big heads or nuts. 5. Install them with lock washers and torque them down to about 40-50lbs. I will be uploading a video sometime on youtube of the ring gear in action with the bolts. Thanks for all your help. Robert
  14. Hell All, 1936 Buick Ring gear fixed!! This project was not too bad. The hardest part is to remove the old rivets that got sheared off in the first place. 1. We had to make a punch that could fit in holes in the carriage and then penetrate to the ring gear. 2. Next is to drill out the rivets about 1/4(suggested from my 1949 Buick shop manuel). This was hard because I kept breaking drill bits. 3. Once the rivets were weakened, you can just pound them out with a sledge hammer and a punch. 4. Next, would be to insert the Grade 8 5/16 bolts that are about 1.25 inches long. I was lucky enough to find bolts that did not have big heads or nuts. 5. Install them with lock washers and torque them down to about 40-50lbs. I will be uploading a video sometime on youtube of the ring gear in action with the bolts. Thanks for all your help. Robert
  15. Hello All, Thanks for helping me along with the project! I have a most no time work on this between working to jobs. BUT, I did find time to get the parts I needed with the help of you guys guiding me. I did manage to find some 5/16 grade 8 bolts from a small hard ware store. I am not thrilled that the bolts don’t have spacers and are threaded all the way to the head, but I think if I torque them down tight enough (start at around 35lbs cross tighten, then final tighten at 50 – 60 lbs) that should not move or get loose, I am also buying some lock nuts as well. These old ring gears have a 12 rivet pattern, that I am substituting bolts for. I also, put some bolts on last night and then spun the rear, nothing seems to bump or hit the case or the pinion gear!! So my fingers are crossed that this will work. I’ll keep you all posted Robert
  16. Dandy Dave Thanks for your reply, I am not sure how the car was taken care of pre me. But I do know one thing, I had to replace the engine in it (three cracks in block). The guy who I bought it off of said the original transmission needed to be replaced, so the only thing not original (I guess) is the differential. So, I guess through years of many drivers with many habits, this should be the next thing to go. The gears are not chipped or broken so, that’s probably a good thing. Grade 8 bolts with small heads I guess would work.
  17. Thanks for replying both Mark Shaw and 50jetback. Also, thanks for giving me the dimensions of the bolts. This will be tricky. I have a 1949 Buick Super Series 50 along with the shop manual that explains that you must re-rivet the ring gear back on. But for the ’49 there does not seem to be much tolerance for the heads or nuts if you wanted to switch from rivets to bolts. However, while playing around last night with ’36 I’ve stuck in some cheap regular bolts with large heads about the size of the rivet heads on both sides of the case and ring gear. I guess my concern would be if the nuts would hit the pinion gear, but they did not. So, that what I am going to try finding is some grade 8 bolts and nuts. Robert
  18. Hello, Well to be honest, I don't know when I bought the car there was already gear oil in the rear. I just kept toping it off with 75w-90. But I only put maybe 500 miles on the car before they broke. I assume the car has around 92k by looking at the odometer. robert
  19. Hello All, Recently while coming back from a car show (60 miles round trip) in my 1936 Buick Special, at the bottom of my driveway the ring gear rivets went in the differential leaving me stuck. Has anyone tired to put the ring gear back on with harden cap screws or bolts? If so, what is the correct length, width and toque specs? I want to avoid having rivets put back in. The ring and pinion gears are not chipped, or broken. I also had the correct level of gear oil as well. What could possibly cause this? Everything is stock. Car has about 92k on the odom. Any advice or suggestion would be appreciated. Thanks Robert
  20. Hello All, Recently while coming back from a car show (60 miles round trip) in my 1936 Buick Special, at the bottom of my driveway the ring gear rivets went in the differential leaving me stuck. Has anyone tired to put the ring gear back on with harden cap screws or bolts? If so, what is the correct length, width and toque specs? I want to avoid having rivets put back in. The ring and pinion gears are not chipped, or broken. I also had the correct level of gear oil as well. What could possibly cause this? Everything is stock. Any advice or suggestion would be appreciated. Thanks Robert
  21. Yes, but i was looking around on ebay, google, and such, and could not find any. So they must be rare. So I figured maybe if I post on here, i might have some luck. Robert
  22. Hello All, I am looking to buy a radio for my 1936 buick special. It does not matter if it's the "Master" or the "Ranger" I just want to get one at a decent price... if anyone can direct me to someone who might be selling one. I'll even consider just the parts or th dial portion. THANKS Robert<!-- google_ad_section_end --><!-- google_ad_section_end -->
  23. Hello, I was looking to buy one or to maybe locate one for sale, i know this is an old one. Robert
  24. Hello All, I am looking to buy a radio for my 1936 buick special. It does not matter if it's the "Master" or the "Ranger" I just want to get one at a decent price... if anyone can direct me to someone who might be selling one, THANKS Robert<!-- google_ad_section_end -->
  25. Hello All, I am looking to buy a radio for my 1936 buick special. It does not matter if it's the "Master" or the "Ranger" I just want to get one at a decent price... if anyone can direct me to someone who might be selling one, THANKS Robert
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