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  1. Teaching a girl friend to drive a stick shift, I asked her if she knew how to "double clutch"? She said "You can't fool me, one of those pedals down there is the brake!" Woman goes into the dealer and says her mechanic told her to get a 710 cap as hers was missing. Puzzled, the parts man looked up her vehicle and could not find any reference to a 710 cap and she had no idea what it went to other than it was under the hood. She showed him the note her mechanic had written and it showed 710, but if you turned it around it was the "OIL".
  2. Years ago a club member asked my dad to help him set the idle jet on his car. Dad set the idle nice and slow and then all of a sudden the engine really slowed down almost dying and dad quickly adjusted the idle a little higher. With that we sat back and was happy with the idle speed of the engine. All of a sudden the engine sped up to a faster idle, so dad again adjusted the idle jet to slow it down. He then looked on the firewall and noticed the vacuum tank and realized when the tank needed refilling, it took some vacuum and slowed the idle. Yes, your engine will slow down when the vacuum tank is being filled. Similar to driving up hill in the rain with the wipers on and you have vacuum wipers. At this situation you may not have sufficient vacuum to run the wipers. You may have to let up on the throttle (and slow down) to get the wipers to work (or downshift) and then give it the gas to get up the hill. Understanding what is going on under the hood really helps. Don A
  3. NAPA has engine interchange books. You can usually find a piston from another engine that will work. Sometimes you have to place a bushing in the wrist pin. I have some interchange books. I would need the exact diameter, distance the center of the pin is to the top of the piston, type of top (flat, domed, cupped), pin diameter, number and location of rings (above or below the pin). You would want to buy a complete set of pistons so they are all the same. Even buying a complete set of pistons is less expensive than a single custom built piston. PM me at
  4. This 2-cylinder Buick can easily stay up with a stock Model T Ford. A friend in So. California tours with his Model F on the big-car tours and easily keeps up. Don
  5. The original question was what the Duer might be worth. The article above states the Duer has automatic intake valves, 2-cylinder 4" x 4" and a rope drive. These influence the price as this is a rather large engine, but has automatic intake valves and a rope drive. A very good looking car, but I would question its touring ability outside of parades. Don
  6. I believe the car is a 1909 or 1910. You can see two levers, one on each side of the rubber bulb for the horn. One is for reverse and the other is the rear outside brakes which came out in 1909 (I think). It definitely is not a '06 or '07 as the front fenders are flat and not flared. I forge t when they changed the vertical finned tubes in the radiator to a more "normal radiator. It might have been in 1910. You can see the gas tank filler right behind the radiator filler on top of the hood. The Model F Buick was a 22 HP 2-cylinder car and was probably the most popular 2-cylinder (and powerful) car in the day. Don
  7. My father had a 1925 WK in 1937. He and his brother rebuilt the engine. Water got into a cylinder and the lug broke off the bottom of one of the sleeves. Broken lugs are a common problem. Also, their model had an aluminum water manifold on the top of the engine that was always leaking. Otherwise, he loved that car. They all smoke as the sleeves must be lubricated.
  8. I have 2 vehicles with F-heads. The first is a 1909 Chalmers Detroit and the other is a 1913 Indian. The F-head design allowed the intake valve to be larger and directly over the piston. Except for the Mitchell automobile. Their early F-head was exhaust over the intake. I kid a good friend that they built their engine backwards. We also installed the later F-head engine in a '47 Willys Jeep replacing the flathead to gain a little power. I think a design advantage was to separate the hot gases surrounding the exhaust valve port from the intake valve port and distance the exhaust manifold from the carb.
  9. Playswithbrass, It is best to remove the magnets and charge each individual magnet. I have a small machine that was built to recharge the magnets from magnetos. It works great with a 12 volt battery. I test the magnet first by pulling down on a scale until the magnet lets go. Then recharge it and re-test it. Mark the magnets before you remove them so you will get them back correctly. What are you going to do with the splitdorf mags? Might one be available?