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  1. I will add my recent experience. I installed the ball without any "measurement" . As the shop manual states, the front shaft should just drop slowly by itself (from its own weight).. After several tries, I got to this condition, and put it all back together. So far, so good. Just my two cents worth. Gary
  2. Good morning, I looked for the same item for my '39 series 40, for over 10 years, and all I found was one side, NOS, but had been bent in storage in a couple places. That was several years ago. I finally had the pieces made of "standard" rounded stainless, and while not original, much better than nothing, especially from ten feet away. Gary
  3. Hi everyone. Just my experiences. My '39 had running board antenna, only on the left side. There were no insulators on the right side. so the whole right side running board was grounded to the car frame. With only one running board 'working", you can imagine how bad the reception was. That was when I was in Upstate NY, and had several AM stations. When we moved to Florida, I have only one AM station near enough to receive well. I finally put a whip type antenna where many '30s had them, on the left side just ahead of the left door. Works much better. Just my experience with these AM radios. I do remember back in the 1950's, when nearly all car radios were AM, at night we could receive stations from across the country, if they were so called "Clear Channel" stations, which I was told were allowed up to 50,000 watts output. This discussion brought back many memories. Gary
  4. Just a bit of advice- the Stromberg AAV-16 is for the small 248 engine. I think you need a Stromberg AAV-26 for your 320 cu.in. engine. One has 3 bolt mounting and the AAV-26 has 4 bolt mounting. Gary
  5. I agree with Ben. Alan Kriss has done work for me in the past, and I was well satisfied. He advertises in the Buick Bugle, and I think I have seen his ad in the AACA magazine. Just my experience. Gary
  6. With regard to cruising speed, my '39 (248) has 3:90 gears, and 2500 rpm is just 55 mph. It is happy there, and a little less happy at 3000 which is 65 mph. Happy being defined as smooth and relaxed, not straining at all. Regarding engine temp., here in FL it is usually hot, so overheating can be a problem. I do OK with the temp. around 180, until a stop light. Makes you want to plan your route! Poor water circulation must have been a problem, because in 1941 and newer 248 engines, there was a change to the front of the engine block so they could use the larger water pump, as on the 320 engine. We are just now getting a little cooler weather, not over the low 80's, so the '39 is happy again. By the way, I have driven this car about 38,000 miles in the last 16 years. Good luck to all. Gary
  7. When I bought my '39 special about 16 years ago, a Motorola pushbutton radio came with the car. It was not working. It appeared to have been installed by the original selling dealer, as all brackets were correct, and the front firewall insulator pad was depressed where the radio mounting bracket was in place for many years. The biggest difference was that the speaker was mounted on the top of the radio chassis, out in the open, so to speak. On the sonomatic, the speaker is enclosed it the radio itself. I sold it long ago, and restored a '39 sonomatic radio a number of years ago. Pushbuttons for the sonomatic are extremely hard to find. I ended up with a set that is not show quality, put they are functional. Of course functional or nor, where I live there is only one AM radio station, so I do not have much choice in programs! Good luck with the radio. Gary
  8. Looks like a model 41, 4-door. Different from my '39 , model 48, which is a 2 door sedan. Gary
  9. I had the same problem on my '39 at least 10 years ago. If my memory is correct, after I took it apart, and used a straight-edge on the casting, there was a very small defect in the casting. Did not leak before, so the tiny area must have been filled with rust, or some other junk. Again, if my memory is correct, I had the casting very slightly machined to be completely flat. I have also heard of the fitting that screws into the cylinder being not flat. I did not have that problem, just the old casting was not flat enough to fully seal. Also, closely examine the brass washer for any defects which could cause the same problem. Gary
  10. On my '39, the rear shocks bolt directly to the frame, holes drilled in the frame at the factory. No bracket needed. The '38 series 40 I have been told actually used tubular rear shocks. I have not looked at a '38. The links that connect the end of your arm on the shock are available at Bob's Automobiia (www.bobsautomobilia.com) Good luck in your restoration. Gary
  11. I have recently replaced the rear axle seals in my '39 series 40. I have been told that the bearing should be packed with wheel bearing grease, and both seals installed to keep the grease in the bearing. Apparently, the rear axle gear lube plays no part in this. My '39 has not been apart in about 30,000 miles, and there was still grease in the bearing. The outer seal had failed, letting a little bearing grease drip down the backing plate. With luck, I may never have to replace this again. Gary
  12. Thanks for the info. Both the Pre-war and the Post-war forums have been very helpful over the past 15 years. Gary
  13. Thanks for the reply. I was referring to the "2x4" inlet filter on the left rear side of the block. I bought a 2x4 filter from a 1950, series 40 or 50, and it has a cover the fits over the filter with one end open. I am trying to verify if the opening should face the front or rear of the car. It seem that the opening facing front would be the correct way, but I do not know. Thanks again. Gary
  14. Hello, I am usually on the Pre-war forum with my '39, but I have a question about a 1950 (do not know if it was a 248 or 263). I bought on Ebay a rear crankcase breather. I believe it is the same from about '39 to at least the end of the 248 in 1950. The breather came with a partial cover that the seller said came from the 1950 - the car is long gone, so he did not know which of the small engines was in it. I have looked for a picture of a 1950 engine in Buick shop manuals and parts books, but rarely is there a photo of this area of the block. Anyway, this "cover" which fits over the breather and is held on by the same bolt as the breather, is open at only one end. It seems to me that the open end would be forward, as this is an air inlet. I have seen one photo of a Buick engine, not in a vehicle, that had the closed end forward, which does not seem right to me. So, if any of you folks with a 1950 small series engine know which way the cover goes, please let me know. Any info is appreciated. Gary Morse
  15. Thanks to all who have replied. Jenz, the 263 that I looked at is in a salvage yard near me. It has not been run or even moved in many years. Probably not worth much more than scrap metal, as internals are unknown. It is near (10 miles) to me, so it would not have to be shipped. Most of the external parts are gone. I did not realize there were so many differences between the 248 and 263. At my age, I probably do not have enough active years left. I will keep the '39 as is for now. Gary