Miss E

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    1937 Buick Century
  1. To Msmaron. Ive found Bobs Automobilia out of California to have a very comprehensive selection for my '37. I placed an order yesterday, and Bill helped me out over the phone. Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable!
  2. Holy Cow! Lol Thank you so much for helping us all out with this! :-)
  3. Update on tracing her ownership history ! My oh my, thanks to the internet I have already started tracking down previous owner information, and even spoke to a gent involved with the car some 20 years ago! He states that at that time she had just had a new interior fitted, was running well and was in need of a paint job. He commented that she had been completely stripped down in preparation for this... When he and his partner had a falling out and have not spoken since! (Sad as they are related!). He did give me that gentleman's name and city, and I have found his address and will be sending him a note to see if he would be willing to share more information on her last 20 years, and perhaps shed some light on her past as well. As as far as previous owners... I believe I may have also tracked down the daughter and grandson of the very first owner! I will be attempting to call them later today to verify and see if anyone has any memories of my girl ! Keep fingers crossed for me! I may may have leads on other subsequent owners as well... Updates as I find out more! :-)
  4. Thank you all so much! This forum has indeed proved to be most helpful! I checked yesterday and indeed someone has bypassed the original fuel pump (it is there, and they took the new line right up next to it so that it appears at first to be connected). Funny you should say that about the TV producer lol. I actually had someone talk to me about doing a travel adventure show a few years back! Lol. Too bad they never got it off the ground. I think it would have been great fun! Have to have lots of lol in life... To short to enjoy! Yes, Toby and I do enjoy our cars! I'm a lucky lady to have found a man who will encourage me in this! He likes all the new gadgets and hot rod types of vehicles, whereas I have a love for the original classic, kept as stock as possible :-) (not that there is anything wrong with the gadgets... Like these too smart for themselves phones that auto correct and make the strangest word choices! Lol) You saw her out there too?!? Awesome! Do you to to cars and coffee ? I will pm you! :-) Thank you again everyone! :-D.
  5. Thank you so much! Is is there a book or some other resource for all of this?
  6. I have been looking online and have yet to find a comprehensive guide to understanding the various numbers on my 1937 Buick Century. Ive been able to find some based on information in other peoples posts on various forums, but where the information is coming from... that I have not been able to find. Can anyone advise? Here is what I have found thus far: from the original owner identification card: Model 37-61 Sedan delivered March 8, 1937 Highland, Illiniois frame number: 3089078 (Same I found on the bottom frame) From other posts and my shop manual I see that there were 2,999,497 made by the start of 1937... which means that 89,581 were made between the first and mine...I think... Key number 8408 (Can I still get keys made with this number?!? I cant seem to get the glovebox to unlock! lol) Engine no: 63241202 (I am not sure that this is the same number as found on my engine.... see photograph... is this the right place to be looking?) I see plenty of numbers on the exhaust manifold pieces as well... not sure if they are useful.. If I am looking in the correct place, the numbers on my engine have GM over them and then 129 591 2 I note that the top cover does not have the same printing as I have seen on other straight eight engines... those seem to be blue with the red writing where mine is all black ... could it be because the engine has been changed?) ) From the vehicle/see photos: Style 37-4619 Body 6138 Trim 3?0 Paint 500
  7. I have finally managed (after several hours) to transfer the photos I've taken from my Ipad to various albums here. Please forgive me if I may have one or two in the wrong folders! lol Question of the day... why would someone have bypassed the original and added an electronic fuel pump. (I think that is what this is... It is on the passenger side undercarriage, not far from the battery, but along the outer frame) Is this something I should consider trying to bring back to original? (Were there issues with the originals, or (someone suggested to me) could this have been a less expensive fix to keep my girl going in the event of a failure of her original fuel pump?) Speaking of fuel... I was kindly given some information on why my poor girl may be having difficulty starting when warm. One of the possible reasons was modern fuel. Ive been told that there are additives that can be purchased to bring the (octane?) levels down to make our current gas more amenable to our classic ladies. Is this something anyone here can comment on?
  8. I cannot even imagine what price he would want for this!
  9. Awesome you are able to keep her in the family! :-)
  10. And the answer is... Still 6v! (She has a 6v battery anyway) lol
  11. Carbking / Jon, Thank you so much for this information! Im printing it out as I type :-) (yes, I too remember when a 6/10 was not a passing grade (Have you seen these new "report cards? Crazy!) ... and yes, I still prefer hard paper to refer back to! lol) I do have to give credit where credit is due... Someone (or ones) along the way loved this car. Either that or she is miraculously well preserved for her age. She may have been sitting for a while, but all in all she really is "clean". Todays project... about to get on Google and see if I can track down any of the previous owners I have been able to identify, and my uncle (previous electrician) is coming over to give me a lesson and help me figure out if we are 6 or 12 volt :-)
  12. Well, I actually found my girl at a backwater small used car dealer here in Nevada. Apparently they had a sports car that someone's wife just had to have, and she made the hubby give up one of his collection in order to get it. The story I got is that the gentleman had her and a few other cars sitting out in his barn/garage there. (I'm working on getting his name so I can try and reach him to ask more questions) Awhen she she spit up all over the other day, I had just pulled into Findlay Customs here in Vegas to talk to them about Cobra kit car they are working on for my fiancé. We let her cool down a while and then one of the mechanics took her and put the coolant in for me. When we went to leave he couldn't get her to start again. I had a similar experience after bringing her home. The next afternoon I wanted to move her off the street into our side drive and she wouldn't start for me. To me it seemed like she wasn't getting any fuel. The next evening I got a call telling me come outside. The head of Findlay lives down the street from me and wanted to help me get her off the street. Of course she started right up when I tried her again while he was there! Lol I had him show me why they thought the water pump should be dealt with and that is when he pointed out that water seemed to have been coming out of the water pump again as evidenced by the yucky coloured spray coming from that area. So today I went out and Took a bunch of photos so that I could sit down with the manuals and get a better idea of what is where etc. I noted that from all other information I've found I should have a Stromberg carb and I have a Carter instead. (Hope I've got the names right! Lol) I did discuss taking the radiator and fuel tank out and having Them all cleaned up while we pull the water pump and send it off to be rebuilt. At this juncture I'm thinking better safe than sorry. When I was taking the photos I did note that she seemed to have been hosed off and wiped down, but when looking from underneath and in the engine it was pretty evident she had been sitting some time. I found cobwebs and just general dustiness. She's going to probably need a new set of tires sooner than later. (Just too darned hot here in summer for me to take any chances ) I tried uploading photos earlier but I seem to be having difficulty getting them from my iPad to the site. Will try again later. :-) I should also mention that the one and only gauge that does not seem to work is the fuel gauge. I was thinking to put another gallon or two in and see if maybe she had just sucked up some gunk from the bottom of the tank. I did not want to try and start her again until I added gas as I thought that if this was the cause of the starting issue I did not want to clog her up with ick. And yes, I am enjoying this all very much!
  13. Thank you so much Eric! I actually found the same site (Kanter) last night (or rather this morning, as I stayed up till 5am browsing for parts lol). I have the shop manual that came with my girl, as well as the owners manual. I was trying to figure out how to use it without damaging it, so the larger one you showed on ebay is MUCH better IMO for practical use. I will snap that right up! Thank you for the suggestions!
  14. Hello All! Elise here. I have a very basic working knowledge of cars, picked up from friends along the way, but I am diving right in with my lovely lady. We had a wonderful ride last Saturday, and then again a couple of days ago... but that is when she revealed to me that she needed some assistance. Water everywhere upon stopping, and then after starting once, refused and sent fuel running from the carb. (I do suspect that the gent who put the water in the radiator for me may have simply flooded her, but I have been advised I should rebuild the carb). She did finally start again after a few taps to the carb, and I rushed her home...where she dumped water all over the street again, poor girl. A friend from a local custom shop stopped by and pointed out that the water seemed to be coming from the pump and that I should begin looking for a replacement. She is now safely in my back yard and Im now looking to learn all I can and find the appropriate parts to get her fixed up and running about again. I am located in Las Vegas and was hoping that I might be able to find some kind gents out there who I could ask questions of. I would like to know my girl and how she operates, rather than just take her to a mechanic and have them fix her up for me, so any assistance anyone would be willing to help with would be much appreciated! :-) I will be taking some more photos tomorrow of the engine compartment... as Ive been looking through the internet Ive seen something in photos that seem to be in another place in my car... lol ... could be I just do not know enough and am mistaken... but I hope someone out there will be able to assist, or suggest other sites that could be helpful. 'Looking forward to learning more, and already enjoying the existing posts here on the site. Many thanks for the interesting reading thus far, and in advance for future ones! Miss E (Elise)