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  1. Hello again, I marked the timing mark on mine with white paint also, it is hard to find the mark is actually more of a slot about 1/16 th wide .As you mentioned get it to top dead center and you may be able to see it . They were originally marked from the factory but that was 1949 , amazed you still had the cover on your car, most were discarded long ago,to the point most owners don’t know they existed.
  2. Hello,there may be a metal cover over the flywheel window,most are missing.On the flywheel itself there is a marking that is supposed to be painted,get number 1 cylinder at top dead center and you should see the marking,believe it is 4 degrees from tdc it is like a grid mark on flywheel.If that doesn’t work pull off the lower flywheel cover and turn engine over until you can find .There are two marks on flywheel also used for setting valves timing mark and bottom dead center.
  3. This is a picture of a 49 Buick firewall may be similar to yours . Hope it helps.
  4. Hello ,I not sure how they would fit. I have seen stamp steel replacement aftermarket grills but they were similar to the originals , a complete left and right side and mounted to car like the die cast ones.
  5. Hello again, I had a 39 Roadmaster the signals were only on the deck lid BUICK EIGHT emblem and control was mounted on the gear shift lever .Getting back to the add on signal would probably be the best option as it could be removed if wish to go back to the original.
  6. Hello, never heard of anyone changing it over either, it’s part of the Buick that makes it a 49 Buick. You could put an add on type of turn signal but as previous post says you get used to it.It makes sense that they were on right side with column standard shift , left hand is always on the wheel, Buick are like that from 1939 .
  7. Hello on my 49 if full to 3/4 full it would read ok after that it would bounce up to half full then down to empty,I did add a ground wire but didn’t help,also on sender the first repo didn’t work correctly,didn’t have high enough resistance, ohm rate was low. this was as car was driving, stopped it would still bounce.
  8. Hello I have a 49 and it did the same thing, apparently the arm in the sender wasn’t contacting the small wire windings due to wear . I replaced the sender, fortunately it has a access plate so tank didn’t have to be dropped.
  9. Hello, I have a 49 Super with Dynaflow with the same gearing,The Dynaflow is some want slow on acceration so it has the lowest gearing they made, rpms are high at highway speeds .At the time they were built 50 mph was top speed limit except on the Pennsylvania turnpike where it was 70 mph. Some people have equipped an overdrive in the older cars to cruise at higher speeds, or as you mention replace the differential,If you can replace it with the whole carrier, it will be a bolt in operation that way , A shop manual will help the 1948 49 manual covers rear axle repair quite well . I had to replace the differential in mine with a used one as it was bad .
  10. Hello if it is the correct engine it should have hydraulic lifters,the 1948 49 shop manual shows how to adjust.They have you set the lash on 8 sets of lifters, then rotate the crankshaft 180 and set the other eight as flywheel is at correct location.
  11. Hello again, I believe the interior moldings and dash were unbuffed lacquer. I reduced the amount of gloss when refinishing the dash on my 49 .Being a convertible, it matches body color.
  12. Yes 49 s are a year of there own and probably the best looking of all postwar Buick’s Good luck on your project.
  13. From Buick Master Parts book paint code 1 is Carlsbad black,trim no 70 gray heather Bedford cord I think all of the closed cars were the two tone interior moldings but I don’t have the color codes for them.
  14. Hello again, as fat as the data plate this is the info on it,76-C Roadmaster Convertible. 48-4767X Fisher body no. with hydroelectric system. L 1981 Linden 1981 body built trim 75 is Redleather paint 25 is Aztec Green from master parts book
  15. Also .with only 9000 miles on it and assuming it original, it would be valued as an archivists car , that is how Buick’s of this era were built so people restoring one can check the fine details of original factory construction I was lucky to find a nice original 49 to compare to I was surprised and some of the less than prefect body panel fits and some of the lead work that probably would not be acceptable on a restoration.
  16. Hello again,on my 49 I rebuilt or replaced the front suspension components as needed after that had it realigned. Other than greasing it really doesn’t require much maintenance,Also the differential was bad on this car once again when replaced and resealed other than fluid checks little has to be done. With only 9000 miles on it may only need seals replaced and some other servicing, like oil and fluid changes. I would also go over the complete brake system replacing all rubber hoses ,check the steel lines and rebuilt or replace master and wheel cylinders, and check the linings.
  17. I agree the best way would be to restore what you have . Would not be cobbling to get things to fit .Parts are available thru Bobs or CARS in New Jersey.
  18. Hello again, this was before radial tires were available just had BF Goodrich wide whites .It had like a preload on steering, I had talked to other owners of similar cars and they seem to have similar experience.But we were used to driving 20 plus newer cars too at the time.
  19. Also a lot of the early power steering has little road feel , I had a 56 Cadillac and driving it you were constantly making steering corrections I had the front end rebuilt with little improvement.
  20. Hello, I have a 49 Super and changed to the bias look radial tires , it made the steering a little lighter. I am not sure how many and how much adaptation it would take to add power steering.Hopefully some one with experience in this will contact you. The appearance didn’t change much but the radials still have a low spot where they contact the ground. Handling is improved and braking also however it does ride slightly harder. I would not use them on a show car but for a driver it’s a good compromise.They were sized at R 7.60 x15 ., original size 7.60 x15
  21. Hello ,no they should be slotted screws as you have, the 49 also has the I’d number on drivers side door post also . I see yours is a Roadmaster Convertible mine is only a Super with Dynaflow, could use the power of the bigger engine,a little slow but smooth on acceleration.
  22. Hello here is a picture from my 49 that is similar to the 1948. The 1948 49 shop manual and 48 owner manual also shows placement of I D number. Hope it helps.
  23. Hello ,I have a Super with just the flat gasket,the exhaust pipe has about a 1 inch of the pipe that fits into the manifold above the flange area. I had replaced the exhaust system a few years back , so it was a repro .
  24. Hello it may be a aftermarket part , the Bombsight trim was a popular add on to cars that weren’t even Buick’s.The original ones will have a 8 digit part number cast on inside of base .The 46 ornament is different from later models as it doesn’t have the crossbar connecting the ring with inner rocket . I think they will interchange with 1947 to early 1949.
  25. Hello ,try online,Auto color library, they have paint for the older cars, in lacquer or base coat /clear coat. Be advised that it will be a new mix formula as the old color tints are no longer available.As you have some color to match to that may be the best way .
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