Jeff Trahan

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  1. I'm attaching a picture of my car's starter/solenoid. When I got it, I was told to press down on the top piece (above the spool of wire) to crank the engine. But now all the wires have been disconnected. How do I re-wire it to crank with the dash-mounted starter button? Jeff
  2. That makes sense. He has a '31 Buick 96 that needs a major restoration. Thanks for identifying the parts! Jeff
  3. I got the pictured bumperettes from my uncle but don't know what car they're for. Can anyone help? Thanks. Jeff
  4. I received my Marvel carburetor back from Classic late last week. Thanks to everyone for the help.
  5. I received my Schebler SX carburetor back from Classic Carburetors (just returned, not rebuilt) but they still have my Marvel TD. I hope they're still working on returning carbs to everyone but it's strange that they didn't send both of mine back at the same time. Jeff Trahan
  6. Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, I don't know why it was partially torn down. My grandfather bought the car about 40 years ago and I think he never worked on it. It's just been sitting there. One post above mentioned pistons, valves, and timing gears are available. How about connecting rods, push rods, valve springs, rocker arms, cam shafts, hardware, etc.? Is it only the block, crank shaft, head, and manifolds I need to worry about? Thanks.
  7. I recently acquired a 1931 Buick model 8-96. It needs a complete restoration. The body is fairly solid. I'm not sure all of the trim items are there. The engine is my main concern. The car has been stored in an enclosed building but the head is off the engine and stored in the car's trunk. I don't know what condition the engine was in when the car was taken out of service. Obviously, there is surface rust on the engine and inside the cylinders. The sticker on the window indicates the car has not been operated in about 60 years. Is the engine able to be rebuilt? What should I do? Thanks. Jeff Trahan
  8. The engine runs pretty well so I'm not that concerned about the timing anymore. It's hard to believe but I think the mechanic may have put the timing light on the wrong plug wire. I'm only a few months away from getting the car on the road. Then I'll really be able to really warm it up and do a "final" adjustment of the timing and carburetor settings. It sure seems to be running rich right now. That may be because I never installed a new choke stove. There is a small port on the back side of the exhaust manifold on the passenger side at the exhaust point for cylinder #5. I'm assuming that is where the choke stove connects. For those familiar with the 322 Nailhead, let me know if I'm incorrect. Thanks.
  9. I understand. But the reason I bought this car in the first place was to use the engine/transmission to (actually) restore my uncle's 1935 model 46C, which he bought disassembled many years ago and which has sat in his shed ever since. The restoration of the model 46C will take a lot longer than the restomod of the model 47. I should have known better than to post photos of a restomod on this site. My bad. You might like one of my other projects better: a true original restoration (except for the re-produced wheels) of my uncle's 1955 Roadmaster, even though it's not pre-war and not quite finished yet.
  10. I ended up putting a 327 crate engine in my '35 Buick with a 6-speed manual transmission and a full body/uphostery restoration. Here are some recent pictures. It's almost done! Jeff
  11. Thanks for the advice. I did install the "K" cup the opposite way of what was shown in the drawing, as buick5563 suggested, and it works like a charm. It may have worked the other way too but I didn't try it.
  12. I've read this and other topics and still can't figure out how to re-assemble the horn on my '55 Roadmaster. If I follow the diagram above, it seems that the horn ring is fastened to the wheel with the nut on top of the steering shaft, so it won't move. Then the horn button is attached to the ring with the threaded contact plate so that won't move either. The spring is permanently compressed between the two pieces and doesn't allow movement. What am I missing? Is the horn supposed to blow by pressing the button or the ring or both? Thanks. Jeff
  13. I brought the car to a mechanic to get it tuned up and he said the harmonic balancer must have slipped because the timing indicater is off by about 30 degrees. When the timing mark looks like it is set correctly, he can't even get the car to start. Is it even possible for the timing mark to slip 30 degrees on a 322 nailhead? Thanks for your help. Jeff Trahan
  14. I posted this on a Buick forum but now I realize it probably isn't from a Buick. So I'm posting it here. Does anybody have any idea what car this hood ornament came from? It was installed on a 1935 Buick model 47 that I purchased. Thanks. Jeff Trahan
  15. I bought a 1935 Buick model 47 that had the hood ornament in the attached photo. It looks incorrect. Can anyone tell me if it is the right one, and if not, what it is supposed to look like? Also, if the attached isn't a 1935 Buick, what is it? Thanks. Jeff Trahan