Thomas J. Bianculli

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  1. Many thanks, I have just ordered one, price was about 1/4 of the one on eBay. I took me about 5 minutes to figure out BHA was Buick Heritage Alliance. I was aware of them but unaware they had made so much progress and sold reproduction literature. Most of the other books I have were purchased from Faxon.
  2. I just located one on eBay https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-1940-Buick-Dealer-Facts-Book-ORIGINAL-over-110-pages-FEATURES-MODELS/163610922408?hash=item2617f88da8:g:cwgAAOSwrqhclUVt From the pages shown, I am sure it is interesting, but at $199.00 Buy it Now I will go into the haven't purchased category.
  3. I agree the black one should look better. In my past experience, many aluminum or silver paints don't look that good as they age. Again, unless my grandson decides to drop a big pile of money on the car some time in the future it will never get past DPC so I really don't have to worry about losing points. Before my current engine problem I was only 200 miles away from my 2,000 mile award. Wait until next year. Since my car is about 23000 before the changeover point and I actually have documentation in the service bulletins I will continue to have an interesting discussion topic, which this thread indicates. I would never have expected my query to generate 2 pages of replies. Thanks to all who have responded. Tom
  4. I am not aware of this book which makes me a bit dumb as I have been fooling around with this car just over 50 years. I do search eBay fairly frequently and may come up with one sooner or later. I did pick up the 1940 Service Bulletins this way . The index shows 2 articles, page 45 discusses the leakage problem and recommends replacement, giving the part numbers for both units. Page 139 Goes into more detail on the problem, states the colors of both units and states the serial numbers when the change occurred on all series. The new unit cost the dealer $3.60 and the customer $6.00. $2.40 profit in 1940 would probably be enough that every service writer or whatever they were called at that time would be eager to install one on any non-filter equipped car coming into the dealership.
  5. I expect to bring the filter home and paint it as soon as I drive the car to the shop to pull the engine. Tentatively I have a ride home lined up for a week from tomorrow, Sept 20. As soon as I get it home I will start on it. When done I will photograph it. Apparently most of the modern manufacturers use 001 in their part number. Several years ago I bought one of the high priced ones and the seller forgot to take it out of the NAPA box. I think their number was 16001. The last time I needed filters I got WIX51001.
  6. Thanks, I found "The Great Oil Filter Debate" in a Chevy Message Board: https://www.stovebolt.com/techtips/engines/oil filters/index.html Apparently early L-1 units had a seam as well.
  7. By the serial number, mine would have been black. K. Green has posted he has two engines, one early and late that do not appear to have been disturbed and both have black filters of the revised type. Others have raised the hypothesis that cars delivered east of the Mississippi did not have factory filters unless so ordered and any filter would have been dealer installed. At least in my lifetime my car will never surpass DPC quality so I will paint the filter black. Again I am grateful that so many have responded to my query.
  8. Thanks to all that have responded. Surprising how much interesting conversation and research we can dig up over such an obscure item. I guess the consensus is I will not be off the mark if I paint it black. It will be a while but I will post a pic when done.
  9. I think I have a gray one floating around but I think it is the wrong size. Somebody else mentioned the service bulletins in another thread and I found a reference. It seems filters were black on early models. These units had a seam at the bottom. This seam tended to leak and was replaced with a one piece filter painted silver. It further states on 50 Series cars produced at Flint it began at Serial 13657193, about 23000 units after mine was produced, so my filter will be black. I don't have a build date for my car, but once found a metal strip tag with a September 1939 date wrapped around the rear seat springs. Funny how such an obscure topic can create such discussion. Thanks again for your input, Tom
  10. Hi Dave, Thanks for the reply. See my post directly above. From the 1940 Service bulletins I found mine is an early unit produced, not like I said 2000, but 29,000 cars before the switch. This will produce something to talk about when somebody else tells me it is wrong at a cruise or show. Besides, the air cleaner (wrong decal-Chevy) and oil filler cap are already black with a silver decal so the 3 units almost in a line will match up. Thanks for taking the time to look up the picture for me, Tom
  11. I got my answer on another thread about 1941 engine details. 1940 Super referred to the 1940- Service Bulletins.As I scarfed one up on eBay last year. Lo and behold on Page 139 it states Early filters were black and had a seam. This seam tended to leak and was replaced with a one piece filter painted silver. It further state on 50 Series cars produced at Flint it began at Serial 13657193, about 2000 units after mine was produced, so my filter will be black. I don't have a build date for my car, but once found a metal strip tag with a September 1939 date wrapped around the rear seat springs.
  12. I have owned my 1940 Super for 50 years. The engine was replaced with a 1948 Super unit before 1964, the last registration before I got it. There was no oil filter when i got it and at some time I installed a junkyard unit. I guessed and painted it in what I thought were AC Delco colors and attached a decal. I have tried to detail the engine as close to original as I can and the only visible difference is the mounting bosses on both sides of the block. The engine is finally tired enough that it will be rebuilt and while it is in the shop I intend to freshen up all the accessories before reinstalling. Does anyone have any idea what color the filter should be painted??
  13. I used Koch's, www.kochssteeringwheels.com Tel: (661) 268-1341Fax: (661) 268-7011Email: customerservice@kochs.com They were very easy to deal with and asked me to send my horn ring plastic so they could match the color. Mine was done in 2013, and the check in my records is $429.00. Maybe more now but call and see.