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Jerry Smith

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  1. Now that the generator is polarized correctly, the Buick is running for the first time continuously in a number of years. i haven't yet run it on the streets because i don't trust it quite yet. It's sure to have carbon build up and it sputters a bit but it seems the more i run it, more or less in place, the better it sounds. i have noticed condensation around the carburetor on the outside. We are in Texas and it's about 90 with 60% humidity so i'm thinking that's probably normal. Is there anything that can be done for that condition? thanks again for any input. Really appreciate all of you chiming in with your expertise. Blessings, Jerry
  2. Everyone, the 31 Buick is running, roughly, but running and the generator is genning with the correct polarity. It was evidently polarized in the wrong direction for some reason, but now runs. Once i jumped the "gen" term to the "Bat" term, there was a small spark and the ammeter started indicating correctly. i'm sure that i'll have more questions as we try to get it road worthy and trustworthy but for now, i can't thank all of you enough who chimed in with advice to help. Yall are great folks and carry a lot of knowledge. thanks again and Many Blessings, Jerry
  3. thank yall again!! will report back when i check these suggestions out. Blessings to each of you!! Jerry
  4. thanks Morgan, this is a 31 Buick and doesn't seem to have a regulator but does have a cut out relay. i've opened the band and looked at the brush compartment but not gotten into it yet. it looks relatively clean. how do i get to the field? any ideas really appreciated!! Blessings, Jerry
  5. thanks Guys, i'll report as soon as i get to look into your suggestions!! Really appreciate your responses. the 31 is about to get back on the road where he's supposed to be.
  6. After rewiring the old Colonel along with other mods and adjustments, we cranked it up and it ran nicely. the ammeter worked and drew 5-10 amps correctly. It ran for about 20-30 minutes. i was elated that everything seemed to operate correctly according to the little i know mechanically. The next day, we cranked it up again and the ammeter went the wrong way drawing about 5 amps. in my world, that would indicate that the generator is not genning and something is pulling on the battery. On this Buick, the generator seems to be integrated into several different things, distributor, water pump and maybe other stuff. None of those would seem to be part of the problem, i don't think. But they're so integral that it seems pretty difficult to try and open up the generator to find and take a look at the brushes, etc., that the manual suggests. I know this group is very knowledgeable so if anyone can give me a direction of where to start tracing this issue without messing up the integral things that are already working, i would really appreciate it. Again, i'm a retired mechanically challenged newbie tackling this fantastic machine that had to be amazing back in its day. Many Blessings, Jerry
  7. Thanks so much for this insight. I’ll keep looking!! blessings, Jerry
  8. is this car still for sale? if yes, can i get your email so that we can discuss? Blessings, Jerry Smith jerrysmith@cates.com
  9. John, we're interested in this vehicle since we have a 31 Buick 50 series already. Please let me know how you'd like us to proceed. enjoyed visiting with you today at the race track putting out the tiles. blessings, Linda and Jerry Smith 972-567-2403
  10. Thanks very much, Mark!! blessings
  11. thanks for posting about the Winn Synchrometer. I have a 31 Buick 8-57 and it has dual points which i'm trying to time as we speak. Really appreciate the tips!! Blessings, Jerry Smith
  12. Hey Dave, for a bigger selection of antique tires, you might try "Vintage/Antique tires" down in Dallas. Ph 214-688-0091. They usually have what you need or can get it. Hope this helps.
  13. Hey Envoy, can't help with your engine knock issue but looks like you have lots of help already. however, I have a '31 8-57 as well and am struggling with the Marvel updraft carb. Have you had carb issues? Do you know anyone who can rebuild these carbs? wish you the best!! I'm new to prewar cars but really enjoy even the problems and reading the great advice!! blessings,. Jerry
  14. Chuck, thanks so much for your kindness and willingness to share. This spring i purchased a 1931-57. It was originally a Pennsylvania car btw. Would you have any info in your find about the door latches? Also, a wiring diagram would be fantastic. Thanks for your time, Chuck!! Blessings, Jerry
  15. Nope, was not able to talk anyone in to rebuilding it. Got the kit from Bob's and am in the process of rebuilding it myself. Now, i'll REALLY need it rebuilt!....:-) Will post results once it is back in the car for trial runs! it would help if everyone would keep their fingers crossed for the next few days.....:-) Blessings, Jerry
  16. 1. every weekend and it's a 1931 8-57 2. Every year is what i'm setting up. More often if it looks like it's warranted 3. Most of the time 4. Not yet 5. quite a bit, still diagnosing issues at this stage. 6. Not yet but in the future maybe once or twice a year. 7. i guess everything's for sale....:-)
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