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  1. Everyone is talking about alcohol free fuel, but to my knowledge everything in my area is E10 or higher. I am not aware of any alcohol free fuels available anywhere near where i live in Maine or New Hampshire. Is there a website to locate stations that sell it?
  2. My 1931 has operated for 89 years on its original mechanical fuel pump, which I rebuilt last year and which operates perfectly, so why would I want to add an electric pump now? For starters, it's not correct, and requires adding new wiring, lines, brackets, regulators, etc to my car. That's also why I don't install electronic ignition or radial tires on it. It adds needless electronic complication, is another component to fail, and potentially leave me stranded. Anything that can be accomplished mechanically vs electronically is a good thing in my book. As others have pointed out, it is also a potential fire hazard if improperly installed and used, and not turned off or on at the right time. Who wants to deal with that? Its easier just to prime the carb before starting or just crank it a few more times. I believe in keeping old cars as close to factory stock as possible.
  3. John, thank you for your input. Thank you to everyone else as well. I don' t have sidemounts so the larger size would not be an issue. That Packard is magnificent! Is that yours? What year and model is it? Original paint?
  4. I'm looking at purchasing a set of used Bedford Famous Coach tires (19"). They appear to be in good shape but of unknown age. Does anyone know when these tires were introduced? I have a picture of the code on the back but I can't determine a date sequence on it. The code is CYYA-P11V24 . Can anyone decode this date? Does anyone have these tires on a car? How do they age? The whitewalls are a bit dingy but may clean up. How do the whitewalls on them stand up over time? Supposedly there are no cracks in the tires and they are quite pliable. What should i pay for a good used set of these? Thanks.
  5. Steve- I was not aware parking lights were available in 1931 on Buicks. Please do send pics. I'm not keen on drilling holes in the tops of my fenders to mount them there, if that is where they are supposed to go. Also I only have one tail lamp and can't easily add a second OEM one, so was going to add two independent turn signal lamps for the rear. Thanks.
  6. Has anyone tried installing LED turn signal lamps (or any other 12v LED lamps) on an old 6v car? Planning on adding turn signals to my 1931 Buick. I know you can buy flashers for LED lamps. If run on 6v, will a LED lamp setup for 12v not work at all, be dimmer, or perform exactly the same as on 12v power? This is an example of a lamp I am considering. Thanks! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083W4X2QB/?coliid=I1KC8OVA58FV8D&colid=388H5YTS794KF&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
  7. Has anyone tried installing LED turn signal lamps (or any other 12v LED lamps) on an old 6v car? Planning on adding turn signals to my 1931 Buick. I know you can buy flashers for LED lamps. If run on 6v, will a LED lamp setup for 12v not work at all, be dimmer, or perform exactly the same as on 12v power? This is an example of a lamp I am considering. Thanks! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083W4X2QB/?coliid=I1KC8OVA58FV8D&colid=388H5YTS794KF&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
  8. Thank you all. I ran the car today. It had been 3 days since I drove it and the bowl was empty before I started it up! My smart idea was to cap the vent on the carb lid after I got done driving the car to prevent some evaporation. I found a small rubber cap that fit perfect over the vent dome. Well, it didn’t work. I placed it on after my excursion and immediately heard a hissing noise. Then gas started oozing out of the top bowl gasket under the cover and dripping out of the front air horn between carb and air cleaner. I quickly removed my cap but it kept dripping slowly out the air horn for at least another 10 mins. I’m not sure if it would have dripped out the air horn (front of carb) had I not capped it, but if it does, that is where some of my gas is going. Not sure why the bowl was pressurized after I shut the engine off enough to pump gas out after I capped the vent port on the bowl cover. Temperature Expansion? ================ I love the WD-40 stick and mustard bottle idea, I will give that a try!
  9. Thank you all. I ran the car today. It had been 3 days since I drove it and the bowl was empty before I started it up! My smart idea was to cap the vent on the carb lid after I got done driving the car to prevent some evaporation. I found a small rubber cap that fit perfect over the vent dome. Well, it didn’t work. I placed it on after my excursion and immediately heard a hissing noise. Then gas started oozing out of the top bowl gasket under the cover and dripping out of the front air horn between carb and air cleaner. I quickly removed my cap but it kept dripping slowly out the air horn for at least another 10 mins. I’m not sure if it would have dripped out the air horn (front of carb) had I not capped it, but if it does, that is where some of my gas is going. Not sure why the bowl was pressurized after I shut the engine off enough to pump gas out after I capped the vent port on the bowl cover. Temperature Expansion?
  10. Thanks. I did installed a backflow preventer in the line just behind the carb and it didn't help the issue any.
  11. Ben, we've all been there. Not in that exact situation, but doing "bonehead" things, then scratching our heads later! thanks. Hubert, thanks for the excellent writeup. I will check my float level. On the '31 the mixture adjustment is on the top rear of the carb so I don't think I have that packing nut on the bottom but i will verify. There is a bolt on the bottom that covers a jet port I think but I don't believe it is leaking. The '31 does not have a vacuum tank either, it uses a mechanical fuel pump on the side of the engine so that is not a factor in my case.
  12. Did gas in the 1930's not evaporate? People had to depend on these cars so you'd think the carbs would hold gas for a few days at a time at least. When an electric pump is installed, does this supplement or completely replace the original mechanical pump? Where on the car would the electric pump typically be mounted? Str8-8-Dave, yes I have the drain tube on the air cleaner. I would prefer to avoid installing an electric pump if I could prime the bowl easily by hand without taking the bowl lid off. I'll keep brainstorming and let you know if i find a solution and you do the same, thanks! Maybe a very small plastic tube that could be inserted through the bowl vent. I'll have to study it again. I forget how small it actually is.
  13. I have a 1931 Buick model 8-67. Has the marvel updraft carburetor. If the car sits for more than a day or two, the bowl becomes virtually empty which makes it difficult to start as the carb bowl must be filled by cranking and cranking before the engine gets any gas. I have a loop in my fuel line to the carb and installed a backflow preventer just behind the carb so where is the fuel going? I don’t think it could possibly all evaporate that quickly. I don’t see any evidence of it leaking out or running out the front. Anyone else had this issue? Does anyone have a good method for pre priming the bowl when it does empty? There is a very small vent hole on the top, perhaps there is a way to inject fuel through there. You cannot just dribble it down the top like you can on a modern downdraft unit. Thanks!
  14. I have a 1931 Buick model 8-67. Has the marvel updraft carburetor. If the car sits for more than a day or two, the bowl becomes virtually empty which makes it difficult to start as the carb bowl must be filled by cranking and cranking before the engine gets any gas. I have a loop in my fuel line to the carb and installed a backflow preventer just behind the carb so where is the fuel going? I don’t think it could possibly all evaporate that quickly. I don’t see any evidence of it leaking out or running out the front. Anyone else had this issue? Does anyone have a good method for pre priming the bowl when it does empty? There is a very small vent hole on the top, perhaps there is a way to inject fuel through there. You cannot just dribble it down the top like you can on a modern downdraft unit. Thanks!
  15. Further notes: I have removed the fan belt and spun the fan by hand and no noise. Will try it again and start it up. I’m quite certain that is not the issue. I have already dropped the oil pan (no sign of rust) and cleaned out any sludge I could get to. Have also removed rocker shaft, completely disassembled it and cleaned everything on it, blew out all lines feeding to it and from it. I’m leaning towards it being the timing gear or the generator gear/bearing, though I did put my scope on the generator directly and it did not seem to be coming from there. As pointed out, the water pump is not driven by the fan belt and it is quite far back on the right side of the engine so is nowhere near the area the noise is emanating from. The thing that puzzles me the most is that the knock is not there immediately at startup, it only seems to show up once oil pressure has risen. Has anyone pulled a front cover to look at the timing gear? Can it be done with the radiator still on the car? Can the engine be run with the cover off? thanks!