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  1. Hi, From what I can tell from past discussions and the wiring diagram for my '38 Special, there is no ballast resistor or resistor wire in the ignition circuit. Is this correct? What would be considered an acceptable voltage to see at the coil with the car running. Thanks, Tom
  2. Hi- I'm hoping someone might be able to identify the Buick in this photo. That's my grandparents and mom in Clinton Iowa in what they referred to as the "first Buick". I'm guessing the picture was taken about 1926 or so. Thanks, Tom
  3. Thanks for the input everyone. It has also recently come to my attention that they have either moved or opened a second location in Wilton, Maine. Perhaps things are a bit chaotic at the moment. But judging by the responses to the question of alternatives, I guess the answer is that there are none. Thanks, Tom
  4. So I'm getting ready to do the interior on my '38 coupe. I have requested samples from LaBaron Bonney but haven't received them yet. Meanwhile, I'm starting to come across more and more posts indicating that there seems to be some issues with them (LBB). Some posts on a Ford site of people who have multiple interiors on order but none being shipped, fabric changing color after 6 months, finding out that no fabric is available until after the ship date, etc. All of that makes me somewhat nervous. What alternatives, if any, does a guy have when it comes to interiors for a pre-war Buick? Thanks, Tom
  5. Thanks, I thought I had seen this before, now I realize what happens. Once you search a term, I guess you are no longer in a forum. but rather you are on a "search results" page. To conduct another forum specific search you need to revisit the forum and re-select "this forum" from the drop down list. A bit cumbersome, but better than sifting through all the Riviera posts to learn about the trim code for my '38. Thanks for the tips, Tom
  6. Hi, I have a 1938 Buick, so most of the help I need is in the Pre-War forum. But I don'y see how I am able to limit my search results to just that forum. When I use the main search field, I get site wide answers. Is there a way to filter by forum? Thanks, Tom
  7. Well, these two guys were in the glove box when I bought the car. I never could figure out why glove box springs would be this heavy, or figure out a way to mount them. Does anyone know what they are for? The coiled portion is about 1-1/4" diameter.
  8. Hey guys, Were springs used to assist in the glove box door opening, or was the latch mechanism supposed to kick the door open? If springs were used, a picture and/or source would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Tom
  9. Hey guys, Can I swap an AAV-16 with the existing AAV-1 on a '38 Special? Thanks, Tom
  10. Anybody have a source or this gasket? It goes between the carb (Stromberg) and choke on a 1938 Special. The last two rebuild kits I bought didn't include it. Thanks, Tom
  11. HI Peter, Thanks for the offer! I'll check with the machine shop today and let you know. Tom
  12. Hi- I'm having the engine from my '38 Special rebuilt. The machine shop isn't too comfortable reusing the connecting rod bolts. The engine was poorly rebuilt before I got it, and I think the bolts were over torqued. Does anyone know where I might find a set? So far I've tried (among others) Kantor, Northwestern Auto (in Michigan), Green Bay Parts World, and Dave Tacheny. Thanks, Tom
  13. Hi- I have a mostly original '38 Special business coupe. When I acquired the car a set of Century rear end gears were included in the deal. When I looked in the service book to see what will be involved in the swap, I broke out in a cold sweat. It looks like every phase of this project requires various special tools, gauges and brackets for indicators. It seems from my search of this site that this swap is a fairly common occurrence. At least it gets suggested a lot. I consider myself a fairly competent mechanic but have not done a gear swap like this before. I'd hate to have things spread out on the bench and then find out that I do need one of those weird gauges to do the job correctly. So does anyone here have first hand experience with this swap? Did you find yourself needing one of those special tools? Do you think it was worth the effort? Thanks, Tom