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  1. We replaced the new switch with another new switch and tried 12v 3.8 watt (originally used 2 watt) bulb. Surprisingly the 2 watts were brighter but still cluster was very dim. We are going to try halogen next and see if that brightens it up. Al T.
  2. All good responses gentlemen - We didd run a seperate ground wire originally & have rechecked that, we also are using a new headlight switch with reostat dimmer for the gauge lights. Picked up a new headlight switch w/ dimmer today at Napa as we were having some issues with headlights (Napa switch appears to have more sturdy connectors than original) and will install that. To Pont35Cpe - Thanks for the pics looks great & exactly like mine. We are running new sockets & wiring using VDO 600-802 bulbs they are 12v- 2 watts 9/32 base because they fit. We are thinking that the 2 watt bulb may be the problem here. Can you tell me what kind of bulb and what wattage it is. Your lights look great. Thanks all Al T.
  3. I have a 1936 Buick Special 3 window coupe and am converting over to 12 volt electrical system and all new wiring. All the lighting is working well so far except the gauge cluster. There are 3 new -12 volt bulbs in the cluster, one of which lights the high beam headlight red light . The other two bulbs illuminate the cluster from 2 quarter inch slots one on each side of cluster. All three bulbs light but are very dim, the back face is a cream color but solid with no light coming thru from behind just the dim light from the sides. You can make out the numbers on the speedo but can't see/read gauges or odometer. Any thoughts appreciated Thanks Al T.
  4. Dave Tacheny is out of the stanless hinges so I'll be sending mine off for plating. Thanks for the responses. Al T.
  5. Interesting to hear there was a stainless clad hinge - I'll check with Dave Tacheny and see what he has. Thanks fella's
  6. I am looking for a Hood Center Hinge for 1936 Buick series 40. The one I have is missing a lot of chrome and rusty. I have seen reproductions in polished stainless steel for 1930's Fords but they are not tall enough for the Buick and other GM's (i'm assuming). Has anyone seen repo's of this part for 36 Buicks or other GM's that might fit and save me from having mine replated. Thanks Al T.
  7. I found that Home Depot has a rubber mat product called Rubber - Cal which comes in a few different patterns and looks just like the mats used in the 30's & 40's. This product is .130" thk and comes in different lengths as it is advertised as a runner. It is for indoor & outdoor use and the cost is half or less of the mat advertised for auto use under the same name. THE POWER OF THE HOME DEPOT. Good Luck Al T>
  8. Thanks PLY33, went to O'reily's and although not on the shelf they did have a kit behind the counter with 4 different size brass adaptor fittings. The 5/8"nf x 1/4"npt fit right on. Thought this was going to be a nightmare - Happy Ending.Appreciate the help. Al T.
  9. I have a 1936 Buick special coupe, originally had a 233 straight eight engine. Am keeping everything I can stock and at least Buick - I have replaced the engine with a 1965 Buick 401 Nailhead & mating trans. I am keeping the original gauges as the cluster is in great shape and just works so well with the art deco interior. My problem is the temperature gauge capilary tube has straight threads and flat on four sides and the tip sealed itself in the engine. The Nailhead has a female pipe thread (tapered) hole and the two don't mate . Anyone know of an adaptor or have an idea to solve this problem ? Thanks Al T.
  10. Pont35cpe, Now that I am finally getting around to the headlights(ya I am getting close to finishing it) can you tell me what brand/model# sealed beam headlight you used. The pictures show a nice rounded lens and all I'm seeing in the stores appear much flatter. Also was the inner black ring part of the 1962 - 1980 MG headlight assembly or was that from something else. Keeps on lookin better every time I look. Thanks -36threewindow
  11. Thanks Carl, I'll look for it. Al T.
  12. Thanks Tom, Those look great ! Anything special about the early 60's MG rings or would any 7" ring work knowing what you know now ? Al T.
  13. I have a 1936 Buick Special coupe and will be converting to 12v system. The headlight cans are in good shape but lenses and inside reflectors are not. I would like to replace with a sealed beam bulb rather than the expense of replacing original. Anyone done this - how well do 7" sealed beam s fit in the bezel - what needs to be done to get to fit. Help appreciated
  14. I have 1936 Buick Special Coupe and the gauges are in great shape except it only has about an inch of copper wire sticking out the back and needs the capilary tube. Anyone have this item or know of aftermarket availability. They may be the same as other nameplates from that era.